Monday, June 17, 2024

Pop Bop: Harry Styles New Album Biggest Debut of Year So Far Including A Record 175K Vinyl LP Records


Somewhere out there, there are 175,000 record players. (I haven’t used one since 1990.)

That’s right. Harry Styles sold a record 175,000 vinyl LP records this week of his new album, “Harry’s House.” It’s a vinyl record “record” of sorts in the current era. (In the old days, artists sold millions o these things.)

“Harry’s House” sold 515,000 copies including all those LPs, paid downloads, and streaming equivalent sales.

I think it’s great all these people are listening to Harry on vinyl, although his album isn’t necessarily a sonic experience. But it’s a great entry point especially for young people.

Are you ready for this? “Harry’s House” average price on LP is a whopping THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS or seven times the amount we paid when records ruled the roost! If records had cost that much in 1975, I’d have had no collection at all.

Kids, go to Amoeba Records on line and buy some really great albums for your new record players. Try some Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell jazz, Sting, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and, of course, Beatles. For fun add the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, and Nina Simone. Buy them used for $1.99. A few scratches? That’s the whole point!

PS I’m worried you don’t have a little integrated amp and cool speakers. Go to

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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