in China though it will take some time to recapture the glory years of the 1990s,” Hou

says. “The completion of the factory shows that China’s vinyl record production, wh

ich originated in Shanghai in the 1920s, is ready to take off again in the same city.”

According to Nielsen Music’s sales report for 2018, 16.8 million vinyl recor

ds were sold in North America over the year, 15 percent more than the year before.

A vinyl revival in China started in 2005 and then in 2012, says Zheng

Yu, a record shop owner in Beijing. The boom is the result of a commercial redisco

very and appreciation of vinyl records among collectors and record stores, he says.

“Life is improving all the time in China and some listeners have realized that the format gives off a better sound. It’

s not only old fans who grew up buying and listening to vinyl but younger listeners, too. The

y’ve grown up with the internet but see vinyls as a kind of tangible entertainment and as arresting works of art.”

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