It will come as no surprise to the HRH community but our favourite format is continuing its phoenix-like rise from the ashes!

According to the latest figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) sales of vinyl surged past the three million mark in 2016.

And that’s the highest annual total since 1991!

Vinyl will have a big part to play within HRH Mag throughout 2017 and we can’t wait to see what treats lie in store for collectors of hot wax – old and new.

The BPI recorded a 53% increase in vinyl sales compared to 2015 as more than 3.2 million units were sold.

David Bowie led the charge as vinyl sales increased for the NINTH year running. In 2007 just 200,000 LPs were purchased.

The depth of the vinyl revival is illustrated by the fact that over 30 titles sold more than 10,000 copies in 2016, compared to just 10 in 2015. Vinyl LPs now account for nearly five per cent of the albums market.

The biggest-selling vinyl artist was Bowie, with five albums posthumously featuring in the top-30 best-sellers – including his Mercury Prize shortlisted Blackstar, which was 2016’s most popular vinyl recording.

Overall rock’s enduring appeal was reflected in sales across the UK charts with Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Blink 182 all enjoying number ones.

HRH Mag Editor Simon Rushworth said: “I have been a lover and a collector of vinyl for more than 30 years and whether it’s a brand new release or a gem from the past, nothing beats finding that special disc.

“My Wurlitzer jukebox is always full of the rock and metal I love – right now everyone from White Lion to Testament and Green Day to Yngwie Malmsteen is enjoying their fair share of spins. The vinyl revival is fantastic news for rock and metal and long may it continue!”