Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pink Floyd lead UK vinyl sales resurgence

Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River” has become the fastest-selling vinyl album of this century as it leads a resurgence in the format in the UK.

The Official Charts Company reports the project’s first week UK sales were the highest of any LP released since 1997.

“The Endless River” features material recorded by guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright during sessions for 1994’s “The Division Bell”, and serves as the band’s tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Consumer interest in Pink Floyd and other acts was high enough to push UK vinyl sales passed the one million mark for the first time in 18 years.

“In scoring the biggest opening week for a vinyl album this millennium, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River illustrates the British public’s renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20million business this year – an incredible turnaround from barely £3m just five years ago,” says Official Charts Chief Executive Martin Talbot. “This resurgence also underlines music fans’ continuing fascination with the album.”

“The Endless River” delivered Pink Floyd its 6th UK No. 1 and first in almost 20 years.

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