Throwbacks are Back
By Christian North
Records have been yesterday's news and a dying industry for a long time. That is until vinyl had a massive rise in popularity over the past few years. This is especially apparent with a new record store called Records and Rarities that has recently opened up in Tysons Corner.
Vinyl records are still a major booming industry despite their loss in popularity since CDs hit the market. Vinyl was first created when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, and though they are not as popular today as they were back then, there is still a big market for them.
According to “Billboard”, vinyl sales increased nearly 10 percent in 2018 since the previous year, which sold almost 17 million units. Total sales reached $419.2 million, a significant increase from the previous year’ $388.5 million.
Even musicians who are popular with today’s listeners such as Katy Perry, Post Malone, Khalid, and Taylor Swift have their albums printed on vinyl. Also, vintage records are easy to find in stores. But watch out for the price tag. Some records are priced at up to over $500 if it is an original print of a well-known album. An original print of The Beatles’ White Album from 1968 is $900 with photos and a poster included.
Vinyls are making a comeback and it sounds like they might be here to stay for a while. “There is something very textured about vinyl that gives it kind of a crackle, and digitized music is very cleaned up,” said English Teacher Rachel Olarinde. “I think there is something very comforting about that. You might think of it as like the hum of the universe, just drawing on that sort of noise pattern we like as human beings.”
“A lot of people think that analog recording sounds better than digital recordings,” said Evan Foster (10). “It’s also kind of a collectors item, and personally I think that you can hear a difference, but some people don’t.”
Though there are alternative ways to enjoy music, turntables have become easy and cheap to buy online or in stores, ensuring vinyl will stay relevant.
“It's much more convenient for me to have it on my phone,” said Mrs. Olarinde. “But I think there can still be worth in keeping that system alive.”