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Vinyl records seeing resurgence in popularity

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Nick Navarro, owner of Tower District Records in Fresno, says many buyers are looking for classics, making an old hobby new again.

“The last two years have been just a crazy, unprecedented resurgence,” he said.

In 2021, vinyl records accounted for 7% of total music sales with $ 1 billion.

They are the classics that are music in the ears of the customers.

“Things like the Beetles, AC / DC, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, all of them are still very popular,” Nick said.

“You just never know what you’ll find,” says Freddie Monfredi. “It’s like getting to the bottom of a rattle box.”

At Tower District Records, you’ll find just about everything from David Bowie to Bob Dylan.

“We have people who say, ‘Oh, man, I sold my records years and years ago.’ and now they’re coming back, “said Nick.

This is exactly what happened to Ricardo, who is a regular at the local store.

As prices continue to soar, collectors say they will continue to chase their favorite vinyl tracks, and record store owners predict that demand will become even more popular.

“I saw pieces of vinyl that were 25 cents, one dollar, two dollars, three dollars,” he said. “Now, you see vinyl tracks like the one I’m buying right now, and they’re up to $ 80, $ 90.”

“I do not see this increase in vinyl popularity going anywhere soon,” Nick said. “In fact, what is a crisis right now is for independent artists to try to transfer their music to vinyl.”

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