Tesco to trial selling vinyl, starting with Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden’s first studio album in five years, The Book of Souls, will go on sale on vinyl in 55 Tesco Extra stores around the UK when it’s released on Friday 4th September.

Tesco has been selling record players in its largest stores for the past year, so giving "customers some new vinyl to play on those decks seems like the logical next step”, according to Michael Mulligan, Tesco music buyer.

The triple-vinyl LP will go on sale for £24, with Iron Maiden co-manager Dave Shack saying it will offer “six sides of premium 180g vinyl and some unique, quite spectacular artwork across the whole package”.

Tesco will be running a promotion on the band’s own-brand Trooper beer alongside the record, selling a bottle for £1 when bought with the LP or CD. Yes, Iron Maiden have a beer.

Mulligan also suggested Tesco could sell more vinyl in future: “If this trial is a success then we would consider selling more vinyl albums before the end of the year.”

Compared to the 55 stores selling vinyl, the CD version will be available from 850 Tesco stores around the country.

With vinyl album sales hitting 1.3m in 2014, the highest since 1995, and with sales in 2015 already up 69%, it’s a timely move by Tesco. In 2014, CD sales dropped 6.5% and downloads dropped by nearly 9%.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.