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For all the conveniences and addictions of the digital age, more people are daring to defy the technological evolution and go back to “analogue.”
A spate of small pubs thrive in Seoul’s hotspots around Itaewon-dong and Hongik and Konkuk universities, enticing aficionados of the sound of vinyl records. Top Korean singers including Cho Yong-pil, Shin Seung-hun and G-Dragon have recently launched new albums not just as digital downloads but also as vinyl records.
The trend appears to be an international one. In 2012, about 4.6 million vinyl records were sold across the U.S., up nearly 18 percent from a year before and 460 percent from five years ago, according to Nielsen SoundScan, an information and sales tracking system. Annual sales in Japan have also been doubling since 2010, reaching 300,000 in 2012.