By Daniel Hunter

Music fans have been turning back the clock by buying more than one million vinyl records so far this year.

It is the first time that many records have been sold since 1996.

It comes as a shock to an industry where Taylor Swift, one of the biggest pop artists in the world, recently pulled her music off a digital music streaming platform.

"In an era when we're all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic," said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company.

Earlier this month, Pink Floyd's The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl record release since 1997.

Martin said that the vinyl industry was worth around £3 million five years ago, but it's set to be worth £20 million this year.

Such is the resurgence of the apparently old fashioned way of listening to music that the Official Charts Company told the BBC it is to launch a weekly vinyl chart.

Gennaro Castaldo from music industry body the BPI told the BBC that we shouldn't write off vinyl.

"Whilst the candle flickered and nearly went out... it didn't entirely go out," he said.

"I think the start of the 2000 period, a few rock bands came along - The Killers, Arctic Monkeys - it's helped made vinyl cool again.

"The difference between vinyl and other formats is that it's viewed as an art form, really - the audio quality, the sleevenotes, the cover art.

"Whilst other formats are being superseded every time technology improves, vinyl doesn't really fit into that category because it's more than that."

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