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LET’S GET PHYSICAL: One Media launches new vinyl imprint as market explodes

19 January 2024

LET’S GET PHYSICAL: One Media launches new vinyl imprint as market explodes

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LONDON: One of the world’s first digital-only record companies, One Media iP, has launched a vinyl imprint to exploit the continuing growth of the UK vinyl market.

One Media iP PLC (OMIP:LON) unveiled its new record label, ‘The Carolean’, to take advantage of the explosion in the vinyl sector, which has just posted its sixteenth consecutive year of growth in the UK. A recent report from the Entertainment Retailers Association showed vinyl sales grew by 17.8% in 2023, generating £177.3m in revenue.

One Media will use its Carolean record label to reissue some of the biggest songs and artists from its 250,000-strong catalogue. Initial reissues include collections from Mungo Jerry, who’s global hit ‘In the Summertime’ remains the joint-third biggest selling single of all time (30 million sales), The Troggs, disco legend George McCrae and soul-reggae star Judy Boucher.

One Media’s CEO, Michael Infante (pictured), said: 

“The hunger for physical product – vinyl in particular – among music fans is something we’ve been tracking for several years and we believe it’s a niche now worth exploring. One Media is still, at its core, a digital record company and distributor: we were the first to acquire and exploit digital rights in 2005 – long before the major record companies and hedge funds – and 95% of our revenue comes from streaming. But, like most other music fans, we have a soft spot for 33’s and 45’s and now there’s a genuine business case to ‘get physical’!”       

The Carolean – so named after the era of King Charles 3rd (the ‘Carolean’ age, as opposed to the former ‘Elizabethan’ age) – will reissue the four albums below, with the Mungo Jerry LP in mono, as a special. The first four releases will be followed with a further tranche of four reissues – details TBA. The catalogue will be distributed by Lasgo.

The first four reissues on The Carolean record label:

The Troggs – Wild Thing

Judy Boucher – Can’t Be With You Tonight

George McCrae – Rock Your Baby

Mungo Jerry – Ten Grooves in Glorious Mono

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Vinyl Market 2023 – Key Stats

-UK market is now worth £177.3m

-1m vinyl sales in the UK in 2023

-8% increase in vinyl sales compared to 2022

-Highest sales since 1990

– 16th consecutive year of growth

Biggest sellers of 2023 in UK:

1 Taylor Swift ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’

2 Rolling Stones ‘Hackney Diamonds’

3 Lana Del Ray ‘Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’

4 Taylor Swift ‘Speak Now’ (Taylor’s Version)

5 Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’

[Sources / ERA / BPI]



Pete Flatt, PPR Publicity Ltd.

07930 304 301



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