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Sony will start pressing vinyl records again because they're trendy

30 June 2017

Sony Music is set to start pressing vinyl records again for the first time in nearly thirty years.

The move has been made by Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) in Tokyo, which operates independently of its New York-based sister company. UK-based HMV also reopened its vinyl-focused store in Shibuya, Japan almost two years ago after this record resurgence.

Official figures showed vinyl sales were worth £2.4 million in the United Kingdom, compared to the $2.1m amassed from digital downloads.

The surge in popularity of vinyl has been widely reported in recent years, with the format attracting older, nostalgic buyers as well as younger people.

A factory southwest of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday. A shop manager shows off a period Jimi Hendrix record at the RECOfan shop in Tokyo
Sony's Vinyl Comeback After Nearly 30 Years

But first, the company needs to do some hiring-they are "scrambling to find older engineers familiar with how to make records", AFP writes.

According to IFPI stats, physical music sales represented 73% of total record industry revenues in Japan a year ago - making it the world's biggest physical music territory.

Sony did not say what music it will release in record format, but Nikkei said the lineup will include popular Japanese songs from the past, including Sony-owned titles, as well as chart-topping contemporary albums.

In Britain, where vinyl's rebirth has been particularly pronounced, records generated more revenue than advertising-backed tiers of streaming platforms past year.

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Sony will start pressing vinyl records again because they're trendy