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Donagh Molloy and Hugh Scully of Dublin Vinyl

Donagh Molloy and Hugh Scully of Dublin Vinyl

Donagh Molloy and Hugh Scully of Dublin Vinyl

Vinyl records are set to be the big seller this Christmas after making an astonishing comeback.

And Dublin Vinyl, a small independent Irish company, is now playing a major role in fuelling the rise of the 19th century old phonograph record.

Irish and UK sales of vinyl records are set to reach a three-decade high as fans unable to attend live music events during the pandemic splashed their spare cash on building up their record collections.

Vinyl sales in these islands are on course for the best year since 1990 when Sinead O'Connor and New Kids on the Block topped the charts.

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In America, vinyl sales have outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s.

In America, vinyl sales have outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s.

In America, vinyl sales have outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s.

In America, vinyl sales have outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s, as streaming continues to increase its dominance in the market.

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"We haven't seen sales like this globally since 1990, and long may it continue," says Donagh Molly, who has set up a successful vinyl pressing plant and runs online vinyl store Record Hub with former Irish DJ Hugh Scully.

As well as pressing albums for the local market, including a reissue of A Woman's Heart on vinyl, the Glasnevin-based company is working with the world's top record labels and international artists.

They have also seen the demand for vinyl grow through their Record Hub online record and merchandise store, which has a wide selection of albums outside of those pressed by Dublin Vinyl.

Top sales in the UK and Ireland this year include Oasis What's The Story Morning Glory?, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, Nirvana's Nevermind, Harry Styles' Fine Line, Lady Gaga's Chromatica and Queen's Greatest Hits.

"We haven't got the final end of year reports yet, but from our own experience on the Record Hub and from the demand for production, this year in particular is the busiest we've ever been," Donagh tells the Sunday World.

"It will never be back to where it was pre-CD, and nobody is expecting that, but people have been saying for the last seven or eight years that it will level out and it's still been increasing massively.

"It's due to various factors. Some people are in it for nostalgia. There's the classic people who say that sonically there's nothing like vinyl. And I don't think anyone ever had the same emotional attachment to CDs as to vinyl.

"Strangely, Instagram is also playing a part. A customer said that every month his 14-year-old daughter spends €20 on a vinyl record, takes a picture of it and sticks it up on Instagram… then puts it on the shelf and streams it on Spotify!

"I think the increase in vinyl sales is also due to the fact that more and more titles have been becoming readily available as pretty much everyone is doing vinyl now. There are artists who see it as a rite of passage to have their music on vinyl.

"Sales of turntables last year were up 400 per cent on the year before. We're lucky we're nicely stocked on The Record Hub up to Christmas."

For more information go to therecordhub.com

Sunday World


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