Record store daze?: Biz debates the future for physical music

Mark Sutherland

The music industry is hoping that Record Store Day 2018 will give a timely boost to physical music retail after a torrid first quarter in the sector.

BPI figures show that physical album sales slumped 24.2% in Q1, compared to just a 4.2% fall in Q1 2017. And even the vinyl revival showed signs of topping out, as sales grew only 4.7% year-on-year, compared to a 35.8% increase this time last year.

“There are many things which made it a ...

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