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‘Needle 2 The Groove’: Jill Scott Highlights The “Radical Imagination” Of Madlib’s…

Jill Scott also played selections from Art Blakey and James Brown, as well as the Claudine soundtrack. Our newest video series Needle 2 the Groove — where vinyl lovers and collectors across the world talk about some of their favorite records and why they bring them comfort — kicked off with Chuck D sharing some notable records from his collection … Read more‘Needle 2 The Groove’: Jill Scott Highlights The “Radical Imagination” Of Madlib’s…

A Special J Dilla ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ 20th Anniversary Box Set is…

J Dilla debuted Welcome 2 Detroit in 2001. Celebrate that album with a special 12 disc vinyl box set. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest albums in J Dilla’s catalog: Welcome 2 Detroit. The album, which was his solo debut, was originally released on February 26, 2001. To celebrate the … Read moreA Special J Dilla ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ 20th Anniversary Box Set is…

The Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 (October Edition)

October’s Record Store Day festivities are upon us and the drops span the gamut of genres, eras, and regions. Closing in on the penultimate installation of this year’s sprawled-out, three-turned-four-part Record Store Day 2020 celebration, somehow there are still quite a few exclusive drops for both novice and seasoned collectors slated for the remaining couple … Read moreThe Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 (October Edition)

Chuck D Kicks Off ‘Needle To The Groove’ By Highlighting Richard Pryor,…

Okayplayer kicks off its new video series Needle to the Groove with Chuck D, who spoke about some of his favorite vinyl records. Have you ever wondered what some of your favorite artists, entertainers, and public figures’ most beloved vinyl records are? Well, this is what Needle to the Groove is all about. Okayplayer’s newest video series, Needle to … Read moreChuck D Kicks Off ‘Needle To The Groove’ By Highlighting Richard Pryor,…

The Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 Releases (September Edition)

The second installment of 2020’s three-part Record Store Day celebration is upon us. Comb through another batch of picks for your crate explorations. Like seemingly anything the year has wrought, Record Store Day is hitting a little different in 2020. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this most unfortunate year’s chase is spread across three separate days at the … Read moreThe Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 Releases (September Edition)

Vinyl Sales Surpass CDs for The First Time in 34 Years

Despite an industry-wide slowdown, wax has officially taken the crown for physical format sales. Vinyl sales have secured a historic comeback in the first half of 2020. According to a recent report from The Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl has officially outpaced CD sales for the first time since 1986, accounting for $232.1 million … Read moreVinyl Sales Surpass CDs for The First Time in 34 Years

The Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 Releases (August Edition)

Here is Okayplayer’s official Record Store Day guide for August 2020. Like seemingly anything the year has wrought, Record Store Day is hitting a little different in 2020. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this most unfortunate year’s chase is spread across three separate days at the tail-ends of August, September, and October, with drops … Read moreThe Essentials: Record Store Day 2020 Releases (August Edition)

Eight Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores to Support During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Graphic: Teneille Craig for Okayplayer.com These Black-owned record stores are sure to have something you’ll want to add to your collection. Small businesses throughout the United States are suffering amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, particularly record stores. Deemed non-essential businesses, most record stores are closed during this time and are therefore losing out on sales. … Read moreEight Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores to Support During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Report: Vinyl Still Strong as US Album Sales Hit Historic Low

(Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images) Wax keeps a steady pace amidst industry-wide coronavirus shutdowns. With the music industry (and virtually all others) currently shuddering in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, album sales are taking an equally historic dive. PLAYLIST: The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – feat. Knxwledge, Little Dragon, keiyaA … Read moreReport: Vinyl Still Strong as US Album Sales Hit Historic Low

Worldwide Vinyl Supply Jeopardized By “Devastating” Manufacturing Plant Fire

Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images The Apollo Masters manufacturing plant has been completely destroyed by the fire. Vinyl supply throughout the world may be threatened following the destruction of a manufacturing plant caused by a fire. READ: This At-Home Vinyl Record Cutting Machine Could Change Mixtapes Forever In a report from The Desert Sun, the … Read moreWorldwide Vinyl Supply Jeopardized By “Devastating” Manufacturing Plant Fire

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