Even as record stores–the kind that sell CDs–have closed across Singapore, a bunch of new stores have opened up. Their secret? Specializing in vinyl. From the Straits-Times.
The CD is dead… long live vinyl?
As digital downloads and plunging CD sales lead to the demise of yet another big music chain in Singapore, boutique stores specialising in vinyl records have been opening and thriving.
Music chain Gramophone closed its last store at The Cathay for good in September, after 22 years of business and as many as nine stores four years ago.
HMV shuttered its four-year-old, 12,000 sq ft flagship store in Somerset on Tuesday, leaving only its smaller store in Marina Square.
Yet, three new boutique music stores have opened in the last year: House Of Turntables in Plaza Singapura, Vinylicious Records in Parklane Shopping Mall and Hear Records in Burlington Square.