Sony to Relaunch Vinyl Record Production (News)
Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)—Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. said Thursday that it will make vinyl records for the first time in nearly 30 years as they are regaining popularity.
The company, affiliated with Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp., has introduced a pressing machine to cut grooves in records at a Shizuoka Prefecture plant operated by Sony DADC Japan Inc., a fully owned unit that now produces DVDs and other discs.
Sony Music Entertainment ended its production of vinyl in 1989 due to falling demand in the face of the booming popularity of compact discs. In recent years, though, older aficionados have been joined by younger fans of the LP sound. According to an SME spokesperson, the company judges that there is enough of a resurgence in the market to justify its reentry.
The Recording Industry Association of Japan reports that domestic production of vinyl records hit 799,000 units in 2016, up nearly eightfold from the all-time low of 102,000 units pressed in 2009. Music fans are increasingly appreciating the warm analog sound of vinyl and popular Japanese artists have been releasing new albums on the older medium. "We are seeing growing interest in vinyl records among younger generations of listeners," notes an RIAJ publicist.
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