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vinyl records

As we told you last week, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger recently claimed that his company was the world's number one retailer of vinyl records.

However, Billboard now disputes that claim after conducting their own survey. Specifically, Billboard surveyed music labels, distributors, and wholesalers accounting for roughly 80% of the U.S. market and concluded that Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl with a 12.3% market share, followed by Urban Outfitters with 8.1%. Among the top five retailers selling vinyl were also Hastings Entertainment, Hot Topic, and Trans World Entertainment.

And while Billboard's analysis only covered the U.S. vinyl market, they point out that Amazon has a much larger sales presence internationally than does Urban Outfitters.

Converge vinyl

I can't say that I would have guessed this, but then again, I don't shop there. Specialty retailer Urban Outfitters is now the world's biggest seller of vinyl records, according to their CEO.

Here's the scoop, courtesy of BuzzFeed:

"Music is very, very important to the Urban customer... in fact, we are the world's number one vinyl seller," Calvin Hollinger, the company's chief administrative officer, said at a meeting with analysts yesterday. He explained that instead of having thousands of vinyl albums online, the company has a system in place that lets it seamlessly offer inventory from roughly 100 vendors without actually owning that inventory, a model it might use with Anthropologie's home goods.

Vinyl records have been a rare and unusual bright spot for the music industry in recent years, as noted in the chart below, starting with the launch of Record Store Day in 2007. Sales of vinyl LPs rose to 6.1 million albums last year, the highest since at least 1991, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and sales this year are on track to beat that. Just in June, Jack White set a vinyl sales record with his album Lazaretto.

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The video Grohl mentions can be viewed below.




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