The vinyl revival has taken another leap forward with Tesco starting to sell LPs for for the first time in its history.
From this weekend a limited range of vinyl albums, by artists ranging from Elvis to George Ezra, will go on the shelves of Britain’s biggest supermarket as it tries to cash in on the comeback of record players.
After losing out to CDs, downloads and live streaming, vinyl is now enjoying a boom. Annual sales are expected to reach a 20-year high this year at close to 2m albums.
The vinyl album market was worth nearly £26m in 2014 – soaring from little more than £3m in 2009 – as middle-aged music fans rebuilt lost and scratched collections, joining hipsters and other younger fans buying a growing number of special releases by bands like One Direction.
Such is the revival, that an official vinyl chart launched earlier this year.
Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan said: “Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options.”