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Vinyl records make a comeback in Sweden

Published torsdag 4 juli 2013 kl 10.09
"It's cool, it's sexy, everyone loves vinyl"
(4:29 min)
Teijo and Lena Agélii-Leskelä of Plugged Records

Vinyl was declared dead long ago but it seems to be making a comeback. Figures published in 2012 showed that vinyl record sales in Sweden had increased 10-fold in five years.

And it's not just nostalgics, technophobes and hip DJs who are buying vinyl records today.

According to husband and wife team Teijo and Lena Agélii-Leskelä of Plugged Records, many Swedes around 30 and up do not want to download music. They prefer to get CDs and vinyl records instead.

Many younger people, too, are turning to records and are visiting music stores as they see it as a novelty, says Teijo Agélii-Leskelä.

"The younger generation wants to find something new and vinyl is new to them because they didn't grow up with it. Now that everybody talks about vinyl as a cool thing, kids are buying more vinyl records than CDs because kids want to be cool."

While younger people do not tend to buy CDs today, people above 30 still do, he adds and says that what is common to music lovers of all ages is that more and more people are coming back to the social way of finding music - in real-world music stores among other music fans.

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