From the archives
Hannah Ellis-Petersen writes:"Make no mistake," declared George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, this month. "With very few exceptions, albums are edging closer to extinction."It was enough for musicians and fans alike to take to social media in their droves to jump to the defence of a format that has dominated the music industry for half a century.
Yet Ergatoudis has the facts on his side. The statistics for album sales and revenue from online streaming services show consumers are bypassing the traditional constraints of the LP and listening to a cherrypicked selection of hits. The playlist is now ...........