In rotation: 7/15/16

How leaving the EU could change the vinyl record industry: Like many sectors, the music industry is likely to feel the effects of this departure, and the vinyl record industry is no exception. The results of this referendum could potentially affect the production and distribution of vinyl records (especially given the great number of labels currently using European vinyl pressing plants, such as Record Industry, to manufacture their records) and it could lead to a change to the British music scene as we know it.

Warner Music Issues Potentially Devastating Blow to Small Record Stores, Distribution and marketing arm WEA shuts down accounts of a number of stores doing less than $10,000 in business annually with them: WEA, Warner Music’s distribution and marketing arm, has shut down the accounts of “about a hundred” retailers that did less than $10,000 in business with the company last year, a WEA source has confirmed to Pitchfork. The move put into effect an existing policy requiring a $10,000 minimum annual order for stores holding direct accounts with WEA. This could have a devastating effect on small record stores around the country, representatives for various shops tell Pitchfork.

Spoon and Local Natives are luring fans into record stores with exclusive vinyl: In a world where vinyl is enjoying a record-breaking resurgence, it’s clear music lovers crave a more personal experience — one which costs time and rewards with deep appreciation. That’s why Los Angeles band Local Natives, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, and Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz have decided to turn conventional music distribution on its head through a clever new program called Vinyl Gratification.

Sonos to open its first shop in New York City: Sonos’ first ever physical store will open on 19th July in the SoHo district of New York City. Customers will be able to experience Sonos speakers in seven different listening rooms…Each of the six listening rooms upstairs are 10’ x 12’ and feature different furniture and layouts to resemble different rooms in the home. Customers will be able to listen to songs from every major streaming service or play vinyl records through a Sonos Connect or Connect:Amp.

David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best selling vinyl record of 2016 so far: Published earlier this week, Nielsen’s mid-year report details a climate of falling album sales in every format except vinyl, which is up 11%. But what is everyone buying? Unsurprisingly, David Bowie’s parting Blackstar gift is the best selling vinyl record of 2016 with 57,000 purchases so far. To put that into context, the album has already sold better than last year’s most popular items, bar two releases: Adele’s 25 and Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Inside Out Vinyl Records Coming To SDCC: Oh My Disney have announced some great limited edition Inside Out 7″ Vinyl Records will be available at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, which takes place on July 21st to 24th. These can be found at the Mondo booth (#835), each record contains segments of Michael Giacchino’s score. Each record will have the main theme (“Bundle of Joy”) and an additional track from Giacchino’s flawless score for the Disney•Pixar classic, as well as exclusive artwork from Phantom City Creative that plays off a classic album cover (including: Isaac Hayes’ Joy, Hole’s Live Through This, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream).

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