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Vinyl enjoys revival as sales pass the million mark

Annual vinyl sales have been boosted by a new released from Pink Floyd. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/Empics Entertainment

Annual sales of vinyl albums have soared past the million mark for the first time in 18 years.

The format has been undergoing a renaissance with sales gradually increasing in recent years and it has now hit the seven-figure mark for the first time since 1996, only 11 months into the year.

Pink Floyd's first new release for 20 years, 'The Endless River', helped the figures sail over the million mark as it topped the chart at the weekend, according to new figures released by music industry body BPI.

The best-selling vinyl album of the year to date is AM by Arctic Monkeys, which was released in the summer of 2013.

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Pink Floyd artist Storm Thorgerson dies

Storm Thorgerson pictured with his Dark Side of the Moon artwork at an exhibition in 2008. Credit: PA

Graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, arguably best known for his Dark Side of the Moon album artwork, has died, Pink Floyd musician Dave Gilmour said today.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend," wrote Gilmour.

"The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work."

Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar in 1944 and studied English and Philosophy at Leicester University as well as Film and TV at the Royal College of Art.