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Vinyl spins a record-setting sales week

The biggest vinyl sales since 1991

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Wax is no longer on the wane. Nielsen SoundScan reports that during the week ending April 21, 244,000 vinyl records were sold — more than any other week since SoundScan began in 1991. The bump is thanks to the sixth annual Record Store Day, which fell on April 20. ”The younger generation has completely embraced the format,” says Michael Kurtz, who organized the event. ”Vinyl was dead in 2006, but now on Record Store Day, the average age is about 24.” What are the kids spinning? Of the approximately 450 limited-edition titles released on RSD, the top movers came from the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and Phish. But all artists should be taking note, says Kurtz: ”It’s only getting bigger.”