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Sainsbury’s announce plans to sell vinyl in 171 stores across the UK

26-03-16

The demand for vinyl means the supermarket giant will stock LPs for the first time since the 1980s.

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Good news for fans of the black plastic – leading supermarket Sainsbury’s has announced it’s going to be selling vinyl albums from next week, 21 March.

The superstore says it will sell a mix of current hits and classics, with prices starting at £12. The range available will include huge sellers like The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse, along with some of the more successful albums of the year so far.

Speaking to Music Week, Sainsbury’s head of music and books Pete Selby said: “There is an enduring love for this format with music fans and we’re delighted to offer an ongoing selection of titles for everyone, from contemporary releases to much-loved classics. Our customers have rich, varied tastes and our range will naturally reflect this.”

The UK’s first Official Vinyl Charts launched in April 2015, in a year which saw the format’s sales soar to more than 2.9 million, its eighth straight year of growth. 2015’s top vinyl seller was Adele’s 25.

Vinyl will be available in 171 stores across the UK, giving Sainsbury’s the largest number of vinyl outlets on the high street for a single retailer. And anyone looking to make the switch to vinyl will have a bit of encouragement – participating stores will also sell a turntable.

Here’s what’s going to be available from Monday 21 March:

ARTIST TITLE
AC/DC BACK IN BLACK
ADELE 25
AMY WINEHOUSE BACK TO BLACK
BOB MARLEY LEGEND
DAVID BOWIE THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST…
DAVID BOWIE NOTHING HAS CHANGED
DAVID BOWIE HUNKY DORY
EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA
FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS
FOO FIGHTERS THE GREATEST HITS
LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN IV
LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN
NICK DRAKE PINK MOON
NIRVANA NEVERMIND
OST GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD
THE BEATLES SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
THE SMITHS THE QUEEN IS DEAD
THE SPECIALS THE SPECIALS
THE STONE ROSES THE STONE ROSES

So what are your thoughts on this latest development in the vinyl world?