A ‘National Album Day’ has been announced to take to place for the first time ever to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the album format.
The event, which will be held on October 13, will mark the culmination of a week-long series of events and activity around the country.
Planned activity will include retail events and artist personal appearances, classic album Sundays LP playbacks and artist interviews/fan Q and As and online listening parties.
A social media campaign (@AlbumDayUK / #NationalAlbumDay) will invite people to nominate and share the album that has most inspired them and at 3.33pm on 13th October – National Album Day – fans, stores, radio stations and public spaces will be invited to play their favourite album in full.
Leading the “national conversation” will be the artists and producers who give expression to the album as a conceptual body of work and help to define the format’s purpose and meaning.
Paloma Faith, one of of the event’s artist ambassadors, said: “I vividly remember being excited by so many classic albums as I was growing up, like Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, Dylan’s ‘Freewheelin’’, and Erykah Badu’s ‘Mama’s Gun’, although, if I had to pick one, the album that most inspired me was Tracy Chapman’s self-titled debut.
“It featured the incredibly powerful ‘Why?’ – a song that has become a real anthem for me not least as it was the first to bring home the emotional power of lyrics. The way we engage with music may be changing, but for me the album remains the ultimate expression of the songwriter’s craft.”
Over 135 million albums, were either purchased, downloaded or streamed in 2017, a rise of 9.5% on 2016, and 4.1 million of these were on vinyl – the highest level since the start of the 1990s.
The BPI estimates that 5 billion albums have been sold in the UK since the format’s advent in 1948.