Tesco to begin selling vinyl for first time as format’s popularity continues to rise

Customers can buy albums by Coldplay and Prince among others

Tesco have begun selling vinyl albums as the popularity of the retro format continues to grow in the UK.

In January, vinyl sales in the UK topped 1.3 million for the first time since 1995, while Noel Gallagher’s recent album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ has named the best-selling vinyl album of 2015 so far in October.

As of this weekend, the supermarket giant will stock a limited range of albums on vinyl; including records by Coldplay, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.

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Priced between £12-£20, albums available in Tesco include Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’.

Having tested the market by stocking vinyl copies of Iron Maiden’s latest album ‘The Book Of Souls’ over the summer, bosses at Tesco are confident in the popularity of the format.

“Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options,” Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan told The Guardian.

With annual sales expected to reach a 20-year high in 2015m with close to 2m albums sold, the vinyl boom shows no signs of slowing down. The market was worth over £25m in 2014, up from £3m in 2009.

However, Noel Gallagher recently shared his view that the revival won’t last and said people will have forgotten about vinyl again by 2020.

Speaking recently about the popularity of his album on vinyl, Gallagher said: “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.”