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Digital Subscriptions > Long Live Vinyl > Sep 2019 > Does the 7-inch single have a future?

Does the 7-inch single have a future?

Back in the day it was popular music’s most magical artefact, nowadays the 45 looks to be on the verge of extinction

The Big Question

Addressing Vinyl’s Most Pressing Issues

T here’s no doubting that vinyl’s resurgence has been great for the album format, as 11 years of consecutive growth reliably informs us. The revival has not been so kind to the 7-inch single which, to be frank, is struggling.

Starting with Phil Leigh, the founder of online retailer Norman Records, we asked a number of industry insiders for their take. When questioned about the immediate challenge for the format, Phil wasn’t in the mood to tip-toe around the subject. “Extinction! Most 7”s these days retail for between £8-15. That’s a lot to pay for essentially two tracks. We sell nowhere near as many as we used to. Sales have plummeted over the last few years due to the cost and also not as many are being made.” Another retailer, this time of the bricks and mortar variety, Tony Boothroyd at Vinyl Tap in Huddersield reluctantly conirms Phil’s worst fears, but isn’t ready to let go just yet. “It’s noticeable over the last few years that we get offered fewer and fewer 7” singles on the new-release order forms. When I was a kid buying records for the irst time, it was 7” singles I started with. It had to be an amazing album for me to shell out that amount of cash, and so singles were very important. I’ve spoken to record company reps about this and they say it’s not viable inancially, apart from select releases.

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