You can now add a vinyl copy of Nirvana’s Nevermind to your weekly shop when you visit the retail giants
It’s experienced a surge in popularity in recent years that saw UK sales figures top the 1.3m mark for the first time in two decades this January, and now supermarket behemoths Tesco have recognised the selling power of vinyl by announcing they’ll stock it for the first time.
From this weekend (5-6 December) there will be a limited number of vinyl albums sold in Tesco, as the retailer tests the popularity of the format. Records that will be available to Tesco customers include The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, Prince’s Purple Rain, Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. and Nirvana’s Nevermind.
Speaking of their decision to stock vinyl, Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan told The Guardian: “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.”
Noel Gallagher’s Chasing Yesterday is the highest-selling vinyl album of 2015 so far. Gallagher, though, is unconvinced that vinyl’s selling power is back for good. 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.”