My Chemical Romance Records to Be Released as Vinyls

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March 2015 will mark two years since My Chemical Romance completely shocked their fan base by announcing that they would be splitting up.

Though this came as a massive shocker, it didn’t take long for each individual member to start their own individual music projects.

This Afternoon, it was announced that both their second and third album (Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade, respectively) would be reissued as vinyls.

Funny enough, the rumors of a vinyl version of the records has been circulating for a while now. A few months back, a website named Shop Radio Cast had posted that they would be releasing both albums on vinyl, but many got suspicious of the posting since there was no track listing or release date in the information area.

According to the band’s former Warner Bros. associated website which is now headed by a site administrator rather than the band, the vinyls will be available at Hot Topic and Newbury Comics.

Both record will be available for purchase beginning on Feb. 10, but both retailers will have different versions of the records.

That and other information such as where to directly purchase them can be seen below.

“We’re happy to announce that “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” and “The Black Parade” are back in print on vinyl and will be available beginning February 10th!  To mark the occasion, there will be two color versions available exclusively at Hot Topic and Newbury Comics.  See below for details.

 
Hot Topic
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – CLEAR w/ Red Splatter
The Black Parade – CLEAR
 
Newbury Comics – http://bit.ly/1sE20Kq
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – Opaque Red
The Black Parade – Opaque Grey”

Urban Outfitters NOT the Ruler of Vinyl Sales

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Sorry Urban Outfitters, it looks like your secret is out, you aren’t the king of vinyl sales after all.

Last week, Urban Outfitters took a victory lap around record stores when the chief administrator officer Calvin Hollinger claimed his company was the “world’s number one vinyl seller.”

Not happy or convinced about that claim, Billboard decided to do their own snooping into the claim and of course, they found out that Hollinger had exaggerated his claim that Urban Outfitters were the top seller of vinyl.

The music mag took it upon themselves to survey music labels, their distributors, and wholesalers which according to them makes up about 80% of the United States music market.

The result revealed that Amazon is actually the number one seller of vinyls, not Urban Outfitters like we were all led to believe. In the statement from last week, Hollinger had said that their sales even trumped Amazon; guess that was not true.

According to the survey, Amazon comes in with a total of 12.3% of the market vinyl sales market while Urban Outfitters actually comes in at number two with 8.1% of the vinyl market. Rounding out the list of the top five sellers of vinyls are Hastings Entertainment with 2.8%, Hot Topic with 2.4%, and Trans World Entertainment with 2.2%.

Label sales and distribution executives pointed out that Amazon has a further reach internationally than Urban Outfitters who only have about 50 outside of the U.S. as opposed to the 300 plus they have stateside.

Apparently, the people behind Urban Outfitters knew this backlash was going to happen because according to Billboard’s report, they haven’t been able to get in touch with any of the executives at the company and were told by the operators, they do not speak with the pres.

Ouch. Well, no one likes to be seen with egg on their face.

Urban Outfitters: Ruler of the Vinyl Sales

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We know that the rise in vinyl popularity has slowly been gaining steam, but would you ever imagine that a hipster paradise clothing chain would lead the pack?

Last night, Urban Outfitter’s chief administrative officer, Calvin Hollinger announced that Urban Outfitters is leading the pack in selling the most vinyls in the last year.

Most would assume that the resurgence in vinyl sales could be attributed to things like Record Store Day or bands rediscovering this form of music release, but no. The store that has recently made headlines for releasing that offending Kent sweater with “not” blood splatter on it and stupid knick-knacks made for frat boys, has managed to outsell Amazon, Insound, or any record store for that matter in the vinyl department.

“Music is very, very important to the Urban customer. In fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller,” Hollinger said.

The CAO explains that the key to their “success” is simple. Instead of having thousands of vinyls available online, the company has a system that allows them to offer inventory from around 100 vendor without actually owning any of the merchandise.

In other words, they act like your local consignment store, but instead of having funking clothes, they have an online store full of a slew of vinyls. Kind of ingenious.

Last years, vinyl sales reportedly hit 6.1 million while 2014 is on its way to smash those numbers.