If you had told me ten years ago that in 2015, new releases by the world’s biggest artists would be issued on vinyl, and that chain stores—and not just boutique record shops—would stock them, I would’ve called you crazy. read more
Urban Ouftitters is now claiming to be the “world’s number one vinyl seller.” According to Buzzfeed, Calvin Hollinger, chief administrative officer for the Philadelphia-based clothing retail chain made the claim in a meeting with analysts yesterday: “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer…in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.”
Hollinger’s claim hasn’t been sourced or verified, but even if technically true, it could easily be misleading; the reality is that independent record stores certainly sell more vinyl than Urban Outfitters, but they don’t have a single corporate owner. (Update 9/29/2014: Ed Christman at Billboardconfirms that indie store market share is far larger than Urban Outfitters, and also discovers that Amazon, not Urban Outfitters, sells the largest volume of any single corporate retailer.)
Andrew Webster chats with Scott Ross from Moonshine Music
Thursday, September 14, 2000
Moonshine Music is the US’s largest independent electronic music label.
The company began as a rave promotion in L.A. in the early 90s. His first
compilation, ‘Techno Truth’ began a string of releases focusing on the
growing techno/DJ culture in America. Nearly a decade later, Moonshine
can boast some impressive names: Carl Cox, DJ Dan, Keoki, Dieselboy, AK1200,
John Kelley, for starters. Andrew Webster talkswith Scott Ross, the Director of
New Media at Moonshine about piracy, business models and artist relations.