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Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

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This article originally appeared on Billboard.


Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Pomplamoose's Nataly Dawn) has been buying two copies of every vinyl record. "I always buy one for me, and one for whatever this is going to be," says the founder of VNYL, a recently Kickstarter-funded rent-a-record service self-described as the "Netflix of vinyl," and the "this" to which he refers. "It's like the stock market, right? You invest a little bit here, a little bit there over time, and suddenly you have a ridiculous amount of vinyl."  

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Jul 7, 2014 10:30 AM

Hugh McIntyre

How Jack White Has Changed the Vinyl Game

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In June 2014, Jack White secured another number one album, with his latest Lazaretto starting off in the top spot. The title is White’s ninth to reach the top ten, and his second to reach number one (the other being his first solo album Blunderbuss).

Lazaretto sold 138,000 copies, with 40,000 of those being vinyl. It is important to note how many from that total were records, as this marks the largest sales week in vinyl for any title since SoundScan began collecting data in 1991.