Godfrey’s RiverBend Information driving vinyl resurgence

GODFREY — For the initial time in a few a long time, vinyl documents last calendar year outsold CDs, in accordance to business experiences.

RiverBend Records operator Billy Hurst explained which is straightforward for him to believe.

Vinyl is hot, the Godfrey businessowner mentioned, noting data are built using a warmth approach. Now sales figures make the form of actual physical media even moreso.

“I consider vinyl actually outsold CDs very last year,” Hurst explained, introducing the two vinyl and CD sales are up.

“It’s all tied to people today just wanting a kind of actual physical media — some thing they can maintain, glance at and enjoy the artwork, examine the credits, et cetera,” he said. “Something that they can maintain and perhaps even pass on to their little ones sometime.”

About 41 million vinyl albums had been sold final yr, outpacing the revenue of 33 million CDs, in accordance to the Wall Street Journal. Business Insider has said that vinyl outselling CDs — in accordance to the Recording Business Affiliation of America’s (RIAA) once-a-year revenue report — transpired for the initially time in a few decades, highlighting a “extraordinary resurgence” of the physical music structure.

Vinyl data made up 70% of all bodily tunes sales in 2022, bringing in a complete of $1.2 billion in revenue, in accordance to the RIAA.  Sales of the two formats took a nosedive in the early aughts, thanks to streaming platforms. But each individual has made a comeback in latest yrs.

“Of course, streaming is even now really well-known, but what’s cool about showing somebody your audio selection on your phone of your laptop?” Hurst asked.

“It’s interesting to go in excess of to a friend’s household and search via their history assortment or CD/cassette assortment,” Hurst said. “You can understand so considerably about a man or woman from seeking at their songs collection.”

Back again to the vinyl resurgence.

“It will help when artists like Taylor Swift promote in excess of a million physical copies of their album,” Hurst said. “I have been amassing vinyl for over 30 many years, and RiverBend Information has been in enterprise now for just about three a long time in the region. And, imagine it or not, there are nonetheless individuals that stroll in the shop and say, ‘There’s even now folks that buy these old items?'”

Certainly folks are still purchasing these old factors.

“Some individuals think it’s a fad,” Hurst explained. “But the truth is that vinyl has been all-around for more than 100 yrs, and isn’t heading any place.

“There is a little something therapeutic about placing on an album and listening to it from entrance to back, as the artist intended it to be heard,” he said.

“A majority of our customer base are 17 to 25 yr olds. That technology essentially grew up at a time exactly where the songs market all but abandoned bodily media,” he mentioned. “All they knew ended up downloading MP3 singles from iTunes or a very similar system to their gadgets these types of as iPods or their phones.

“For the to start with time, they are really enjoying ingesting music in its purest variety, and it is interesting for all of us,” Hurst mentioned.

RiverBend Data is located at 2720 Grovelin St. in Godfrey.