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The mysterious power of old Bollywood LPs: There are few things that put me in such a nostalgic mood than a vinyl record of Bollywood songs from my childhood. I recently discovered it is the same for my elderly aunt, for whom records from the 1950s bring back a mixture of precious and painful memories.

Massive crowds flock to 6PR bushfire album sale: The lure of music on vinyl attracted huge crowds to the 6PR Radio carpark at 169 Hay Street in East Perth, with the queue stretching far down the street towards the WACA. The radio station donated its 8000 vinyl LPs for the sale and it proved a huge hit with the public who snapped up almost every LP raising nearly $19000 for those who lost everything in the south-west bushfire.

Get in the groove at Wonder Records: Last June’s launch of Apple’s streaming service may have thrilled thrifty music lovers, but many listeners who want to hear their favorite albums at the highest quality contend that MP3s, the digital music transmitted via the Internet, can’t compare to the quality of vinyl. According to data released by Nielsen Soundscan, digital listening hasn’t made vinyl a thing of the past, as more than 9.2 million vinyl records were sold in 2014 — a 52 percent increase from 2013.

EMI are taking a trip down memory lane at Hayes Old Vinyl Factory: EMI are inviting former employees at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, to come back and share their memories of the iconic site. The factory was a major employer for the town and produced records by some of the world’s best-known artists, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard. The reunion will take place on Wednesday, February 3, from 10am-1pm and is hosted by the EMI Archive Trust in conjunction with the BBC for their People’s History of Pop project.

Vinyl record store expanding into new space: When they opened their Black Hills Vinyl record shop in Rapid City in 2012, Jennifer and Michael Calabrese had no way of knowing how big a boom was in store for old fashioned records. But now just a few years later they’ve outgrown their space in the old Creamery Building in Rapid City. Now they are opening up in a new space that’s two-and-a-half times larger on St. Joseph Street between Sixth and Seventh. The couple plans to expand into cassettes and also offer live music performances.

New pressing plant to quadruple vinyl production in Brazil: Located in São Paulo at the former site of Continental Records, Vinyl Brazil will be up and running later this year. The factory will be able to press 140,000 records a month, according to founder Michel Nath, who has been building the factory for over a year and rescued pressing machines from junkyards.

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