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Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age

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In 1948, New York’s Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra put out a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

You know the one – the release widely regarded as the first ever album.

Since then, the format’s taken on various shapes and sizes, as fans listen to music in different ways.

Although recent figures suggested UK sales had halved since 2010, the world’s leading streaming platform says the album is “alive and kicking”.

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As the UK’s first National Album Day celebrates “all aspects of the album” (and Violin Concerto in E minor marks its 70th birthday) Spotify UK’s head of shows and editorial says an album release in 2018 “can still be absolutely monumental”.

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