Noel Gallagher has dismissed the current resurgence in vinyl’s popularity, suggesting that the revival will come to an end by 2020.
In January, vinyl sales in the UK topped 1.3 million for the first time since 1995, while Gallagher’s recent album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ has been named the best-selling vinyl album of 2015 so far.
Speaking to Q recently, Gallagher said of the feat: “Yeah I know, unbelievable isn’t it? For the people who still want to buy and own music, for me to be sat at the top of that list really is great. Until you look at how many people are actually buying it and it’s like a thousand albums! Fucking hell, I’ve probably got more than a thousand sat in my office right now. But it’s the streaming thing, there will be no record sales by the end of the decade, I think.”
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The former Oasis man also admitted that he downloads music rather than buying albums from a record shop: “Well, where do you buy records these days? I can’t go to HMV. How long do you think it would take me to get out of HMV if I went in? If I go into a record store they usually turn into autograph sessions so I avoid them now. I think that’s the way music is going now though, for me anyway, I’m more into tracks.”
On where he finds out about new music, Gallagher added: “I’m reliant on Paul Weller. I don’t know what he does, he must listen to fucking independent radio all the time because he’s forever on the phone to me all the time saying, ‘Have you got all this? Check this out, check that out.'”
It was recently announced that Noel Gallagher is set to play a free Radio 2 gig during December. Gallagher will perform at BBC Radio Theatre in London on December 7 as part of an all-day event.
“We’ve persuaded a fantastic range of world class musicians to our In Concert stage over the years and it’s great to have Noel Gallagher join us again with some unique interpretations of his songs,” BBC Radio 2’s head of music Jeff Smith said.
Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that both Noel and Liam Gallagher will take part in an upcoming Oasis documentary made by the team behind this year’s Amy Winehouse biopic.
James Gay-Rees of production company On The Corner and director Asif Kapadia will follow up their work on the hugely successful Amy with a new flick charting the rise of the Britpop band right from their early days. Filmmakers are said to have been given “unprecedented” access to the band and unseen archive footage.
Kapadia will act as executive-director on the film with Mat Whitecross (Spike Island) to direct.