Dad Rock Chart Takeover
- Dec 11, 2017
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Why Dad Rock Is Knocking New Releases Off The Chart
Whilst past articles of ours have focused on the resurgence of the vinyl format among the younger generations, HMV's 2017 sales figures suggest that it's dad-rock that's fueling vinyl's performance. With Ed Sheeran powering ahead in early 2017 with 13,500 copies of "divide" sold in the first week alone, the momentum is still going with it on track to be the biggest selling album on vinyl of the year. But in the wake left by Ed Sheeran, we see dad rock staples like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Oasis making ground on the chart.
So what's causing this nostalgic drive to own vinyl for the Dads of this generation? The answer to that can be found in the titles being bought.
Radiohead, Oasis, David U2, Pink Floyd, Manic Street Preachers, these are all artists who rank in the Top 40 Best Selling Vinyl Singles 2017. These are all artists which the "Dads" of today undoubtedly had on vinyl when they were younger. When the 90's rolled around, many of them would have binned these archaic symbols of the past in favour of the new Audio CDs. But now that we've progressed even further and binned our CDs, many a dad is looking back to that trusted format, vinyl.
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BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor believes that this dad rock resurgence will be shortlived.
“Typically, vinyl sales are dominated by heritage rock acts, but in 2015, Adele’s 25 was not only the bestselling album title overall – it also topped the year’s official vinyl chart,” says Taylor. “Last year, Amy Winehouse’s classic Back to Black was the biggest selling vinyl title in December and the second-highest seller for the year overall.”
So although we may be seeing what seems to be a resurgent dad rock culture, if things go the way that Geoff Taylor foresees, it may soon die off.