HMV’s Vinyl Week returns for 2017 – great idea or cynical vinyl cash-in? Tell us what you think….

From Music Week

HMV has unveiled plans for Vinyl Week 2017, as it returns from June 9-18.

On Saturday 17, Ed Sheeran’s debut album + will be available alongside a range of exclusive coloured vinyl

In addition to +, further exclusives include Iggy Pop’s 1977 classic Lust For Life on silver vinyl and Suede’s self-titled debut, from 1993, on gold vinyl. The retailer will reveal more exclusive editions in the lead-up to the event; see below for a full breakdown of the records unveiled so far.

The exclusives are available in-store only and shoppers are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment, with a maximum of one unit per title per customer.

The BPI’s Q1 2017 figures showed vinyl sales up 35.8% year-on-year, which still represents growth, but is significantly below the 61.8% uptick during the same period in 2016 and the 69% lift in Q1 2015. Vinyl now accounts for 4.5% of total label revenues.

After those figures were released, industry retailers told Music Week they believed the boom would continue, despite the slowdown.

HMV vinyl week exclusive editions:

Ed Sheeran: + HMV exclusive sleeve on black vinyl (4000 copies)
The Creation: Our Music Is Red on red & purple vinyl (1000 copies)
Suede: Suede on gold vinyl (2000 copies)
Iggy Pop: The Idiot on silver vinyl (1500 copies)
Iggy Pop: Lust For Life on red vinyl (1500 copies)

Read more here

So what do you think, a great way to grab an exclusive/limited version of a vinyl release or a cynical attempt to cash-in on the ‘vinyl revival’?

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