Cassettes roll back into fashion: Format follows vinyl with huge boost in sales after acts start releasing albums on tape

  • Music fans on both sides of the Atlantic are returning to the cassette
  • Return to prominence comes two decades after they were replaced by CDs
  • Vinyl sale records have grown steadily since 2007 to 20-year high in 2015
  • Oxford Dictionary dropped ‘cassette player’ from concise edition in 2011 

15599A80000005DC-0-image-m-7_1456094511014Music fans on both sides of the Atlantic are returning to the cassette two decades after they were replaced by the CD

First LPs and record players made a comeback – now the cassette tape is rewinding back into our lives.

Music fans on both sides of the Atlantic are returning to the cassette two decades after they were replaced by the CD, and more recently digital downloads.

This nostalgia for the old format comes despite the frustrations that led to their decline, including their tendency to become scrambled and jammed in players.

Sales of music tapes are rising so quickly in the US that the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade body for music labels which also certifies gold and platinum records, is investigating ways to track sales for the first time since the early 1990s.

It is thought the revival was started by underground music acts.

But now, more mainstream musicians have started producing albums on cassette again.

British singer Marina and the Diamonds released her last album, Froot, on cassette late last year.

Albums from top US stars are also available on cassette, including Justin Bieber’s latest release, Purpose, and Kanye West’s Yeezus.

They are being sold at fashion chains such as Urban Outfitters, as well as being available online.

Meanwhile Hypnohouse Trax, a British dance music label, has put out a collection of its own on tape.
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  1. I find it puzzling that the prerecorded cassette is making a comeback. Even when they were popular, I would buy a recording on vinyl and make a cassette copy on my deck that was superior in quality to the prerecorded version for play in my car’s cassette deck.

  2. This Was the best News for us music lovers. For me the Casette format never die. The format IT self are very practical in my opinion. The best sound of cource you vil have from a good casettedeck and recording with quality type 2 and metal tape. One of the reason for replasing the format to cd 20 yars ago Was posibble the bad sound from Casette prodused the same time AS an lp from a record company. Many musiclovers prefere the the Lp , because they think best sound come from lp. The Casette have not so good sound, and IT Was more expensiv than lp. Anyway there are also Many good exsample of good Recorded tape from recordscompany, with good sound quality. This is also good News for the future. IT is more correct to record lp and singlerecord to a analog recorders than digital recorders. I have Recorded Many type 2 and metal casettes of music i prefere liste toJar

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