Well, it looks like the vinyl revival wasn't a fad after all - ARIA has today announced the launch of a weekly vinyl albums chart after numbers have demonstrated an upwards trend in the sale of LPs in Australia.
Over the span of eight years, vinyl sales have been consecutively increasing in Australia, with last year posting an impressive 15% increase despite the ease of access for streaming and digital download services.
In a statement released today, ARIA Chief Executive Don Rosen attributed several factors to the increasing interest in the decades-old format, claiming "The renewed love affair of Australian music fans with vinyl albums has been a phenomenon over the last few years. There is a major sense of nostalgia to the experience of vinyl. The format is tangible and collectable, often with original and numbered artworks.”
“Artists are increasingly using physical formats such as vinyl as a way to give their fans a substantial way of showing their fandom, often working hand in hand with the digital and streaming version for the artist.”
The first official ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart is set to be launched this Saturday - conveniently coinciding with Record Store Day - at 5pm, and can be found here for future reference. ARIA have also unveiled a 2018 End of Year Vinyl Album Chart to reflect on the waxy successes of last year, with Queen's Greatest Hits taking out the top spot for the year.
Check out the 2018 End Of Year ARIA Vinyl Album Charts here.