Tesco to become the first UK supermarket to sell vinyl records

Would you pick up a vinyl record along with a loaf and a pint of semi-skimmed?

Would you pick up a vinyl record along with a loaf and a pint of semi-skimmed? Well Tesco are to become the first UK supermarket to sell vinyl as it prepares to stock its first LP this week.

The supermarket giant will trial sales of vinyl this Friday (September 4), beginning with the release of Iron Maiden's new album The Book Of Souls.

The news comes as vinyl record sales passed the one million mark last year for the first time in two decades - and have already surpassed that figure in 2015.

Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan told Engadget: "In the last year we began selling record decks in our largest stores and initial sales are very encouraging so giving our customers some new vinyl to play on those decks seems like the logical next step."

Engadget reports that The Book Of Souls LP will cost £24 and will go on sale in 55 of Tesco's biggest Extra stores, while the CD will also be available in 850 supermarkets as well as online. 

The news comes as Official Charts launched the Official Vinyl Albums and Singles Charts following a strong resurgence of the format earlier this year. To date, the biggest selling vinyl album of the year is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Chasing Yesterday - click here to see the full Official Top 40

MORE: See this week's Official Vinyl Singles Top 40

MORE: See this week's Official Vinyl Albums Top 40 

If the trial is success, a wider selection of vinyl albums are expected to make their way on to store shelves by the end of the year. 

Would you buy your vinyl records from Tesco? Leave your comments below:

Article image: Rex