More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The resurgence of the format has led the Official Chart Company to confirm a soon-to-launch vinyl record chart.

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"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.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up To Money, he said: "It's really remarkable. We're seeing it come back as a significant earner for the music industry as well.

"Only five years ago this business was worth around £3m a year. This year it's going to be worth £20m."

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Earlier this month, Pink Floyd's The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl album since release 1997. The record shifted 6,000 copies - a tiny amount compared to digital sales though proof that vinyl sales are alive and well. 

The total figures are expected to rise to around 1.2 million following the Christmas sales.

"Most of us did write off vinyl," said Gennaro Castaldo from music industry body the BPI. "Whilst the candle flickered and nearly went out... it didn't entirely go out. 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."

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Some put the resurgence in vinyl down to a "hipster" trend in favouring archaic formats to streaming services such as Spotify.

"Things that were cool decades ago, but fell out of fashion, are making a comeback," one shopper at Rough Trade East, the popular Brick Lane record store, told the BBC.

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