Billings document retailer sees vinyl gross sales develop exponentially

    Billings document retailer sees vinyl gross sales develop exponentially

    BILLINGS — At Cameron Data on Central Avenue, you’ll discover all the pieces from Pink Floyd to Taylor Swift. The shop has seen a document variety of gross sales annually because it opened in 2019.

    Nationwide, gross sales of vinyl data just lately surpassed CD gross sales, and that is no shock to Cameron Data proprietor TJ Goodwin.

    “At any given day, we’ll have between 10 and 15 thousand data within the retailer,” Goodwin mentioned.

    Cameron Data is a haven for vinyl document hobbyists, and the previous pastime has new life. Goodwin mentioned document gross sales topped greater than 40 million nationwide final yr.

    “This has not simply been an uptick over the past couple of years, it’s grown 10%, 14%, 15% over the previous couple of years. It’s been exponential,” mentioned Goodwin.


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    He’s seen that development at his personal store.

    “It’s pushed not simply by individuals who love data, however younger individuals who have by no means skilled the format,” Goodwin mentioned.

    Billings resident Lance Lundvall noticed the decline of vinyl, when CDs and even cassette tapes started to exchange the know-how, and he mentioned Monday was excited in regards to the comeback.

    “For those who had requested me if data have been going to be well-liked 20 years in the past, I might have laughed ‘cuz you couldn’t discover them anyplace,” mentioned Lundvall.

    What’s taking place now’s music to his ears. Lundvall began amassing data simply a few years in the past and now has greater than 500. He’s at Cameron Data practically each week including to his assortment.


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    “I’ve all the time received the choice to play my cellphone for my music as effectively. However to me, there’s nothing like turning on the turntable and sitting again and enjoyable and listening to music,” Lundvall mentioned.

    It seems he’s not alone as there’s now one thing for everybody when it comes to document choice.

    “What’s neat about vinyl data now’s it’s not simply previous traditional rock that’s on vinyl. Now virtually each new launch comes out on vinyl,” mentioned Goodwin.

    What’s previous is now new once more, and Goodwin is for certain that document gross sales are solely going to develop.

    “When somebody solely grew up with digital music, they don’t have that bodily music id. And I believe that’s why vinyl is so well-liked with younger individuals. It provides them a musical id that they’ll present bodily,” Goodwin mentioned.