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2018 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2018 and 2019 in numbers

It’s a day late, but it’s here! It’s now 2019 and it’s time for the big look back on the year 2018 in VGM vinyl like we do every year.

And what a year. It’s the third year in a row where the record for most VGM vinyl releases in a year have been broken. 2017 was a great year with around 130 new titles, but 2018 had around 145 new titles. And this number does not include different color variants and repressings of older titles – it’s all new stuff!

We still have plenty to look forward to, too, as I’m currently counting 72 upcoming titles that have yet to be released. And there’s no sign that the lovely people at the many VGM vinyl labels are slowing down this year (so hide your wallets).

The Labels

Once again iam8bit is the most productive label with a massive 17 titles released in 2018 with Old Man’s Journey just shipping beginning to ship out before Christmas. They have slowed things down a good bit, though, with only 3 announced upcoming titles for 2019 (as opposed to the 15 announced titles they had at the end of 2017). They have also become the first (and so far only) VGM label to announce a title and later cancel the release (and doing so twice in 2018).

The big surprise label in 2018 is Fangamer who have completely exploded onto the stage with a 11 new titles. They seem to have really found their place with releases of popular indie game soundtracks and finished off 2018 strong with the anticipated Stardew Valley 4LP box set. They only have one confirmed announcement for 2019, but I’m sure they’ll be releasing many titles again this year.

Yetee Records have also really found their niche with some more obscure indie game soundtracks and released 10 VGM vinyl titles in 2018. They have 2 confirmed VGM titles announced for 2019 including a very interesting Star Fox arrangement.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. had a busy year, too, with 9 new releases. They are continuing strong with their Konami partnership and also put out the soundtrack to Celeste, which is arguably one of the most popular indie game soundtracks of 2018. They have 9 upcoming titles announced, most of which are scheduled to release in 2019 too, so we’ll be hearing a lot more from Ship To Shore this year.

Black Screen Records had a somewhat slower year compared to 2017, but still managed to put out 7 new titles in 2018 including one of my favorite releases of 2018 – Spaceplan! They have 2 upcoming titles announced for 2019 as well.

Laced Records also had a strong year with 7 new releases including the massively anticipated DOOM (2016) soundtrack and surprisingly music from RuneScape. They also have 2 confirmed titles announced for 2019.

Mondo also had a good year with 7 strong titles including the highly anticipated Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night and Katamari Damacy – which was the VGM vinyl community’s favorite release of 2018 in the poll I did with the Video Game Grooves podcast.

Data Discs put out 5 new releases including some titles from new partnerships with Konami and Capcom alongside their popular releases of Sega soundtracks. They have 1 title announced for 2019 – the very popular Thunder Force IV soundtrack.

Ghost Ramp also had a good run of 5 new titles including the highly praised Hollow Knight soundtrack. They’ve also promised more good things to come in the new year and have 2 confirmed titles coming.

Other worthwhile mentions would be Brave Wave with 4 releases, with more to come next year, and Materia Collective who put out their first 4 vinyl releases in 2018 and already have 4 more titles scheduled for this year.

There are many more, but the list is already dragging on – in short, it’s been a very strong year for VGM vinyl labels. Many great and varied titles coming out and it looks like it’ll continue on in 2019.

Blip Blop in 2018 (also in numbers)

Blip Blop has now been a thing for almost 3½ years, which is crazy considering I sort of started out on a whim. Thanks to all of you who follow the site and enjoy the content. I’m sorry about your wallets, though.

Last year for this post I had done over 200 news posts for the site and I’m currently well over 300, so it looks like I’m on a 100+ posts a year now. Last year there was just over 1000 releases in the directory and now we’re sitting at over 1200 – 1223 to be exact (including color variants, promo copies and such).

Listings – both available and upcoming – include music from 1296 different games on 77 different gaming platforms.

And what about the users on the site? Well, there’s been 20670 unique visitors this year, which is a nice increase compared to last year. You visit from mostly the same places as last year with almost half of all visitors being from the US, almost 10% from the UK and 5% from Canada, Germany and France respectively. The majority of users are people who have visited the site before, so it looks like you guys like what you’re getting here.

If this is all a bit too heavy on the numbers and you’d like a more discussion-based look back on 2018 I once again joined the good folks from the Video Game Grooves podcast for their “Best Of 2018” episode.

So what does the future hold for Blip Blop? Well, I have the same boring answer as last year – more of the same. I don’t have the time to set up any drastic changes, but I’ll continue keeping you guys updated like always.

If you made it all the way down here then thanks for reading and checking out this look back on 2018 in VGM vinyl. 2018 was a great year and it looks like 2019 will be great as well.

2017 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2017 and 2018 in numbers

The big numbers post for 2016 was a great success, so I thought “why not make this a tradition”? So here we are at the beginning of 2018 with a look back on 2017 in VGM vinyl releases.

Last year I claimed that 2016 had been an insane year and the year with most ever VGM vinyl releases. Well, that record has now been taken by 2017 – and with quite a few releases.

While 2016 had around 90 releases, 2017 had almost 130! And that’s just different soundtracks – not different variants and repressings. We even had 2 VGM flexi disc releases, which hasn’t happened since the early 90s.

It doesn’t look like the market is stagnating either as there’s currently 76 titles scheduled for 2018. With that development from last year, there’s a good chance that 2018 also will have more new titles than ever before.

The Labels

Just like last year iam8bit is the most productive VGM vinyl label out there ever. Finishing with their much anticipated Persona 5 box sets they end with 21 new soundtrack releases in 2017 alone, which brings them to a total of 56 releases in their back catalog. And with another 15 announced titles planned for 2018 there’s no sign of them slowing down.

Another label that had a very productive year is Black Screen Records who released 12 new soundtracks on vinyl including label founder Kevin Schultz’ dream release – the Earthworm Jim Anthology 2LP. They have 4 titles confirmed for 2018 with another few announced, although without any strict ETAs.

Data Discs continued their series of high quality remastered Sega soundtracks as well as the soundtrack for the new Sonic Mania game. They also surprised us with the Metal Slug soundtrack, which was the first from a new partnership with SNK. They have 2 new titles announced for us in 2018 and I’m sure we’ll see more from their new partnership with SNK as well.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. had 4 new vinyl releases in 2017 as well as a hand in one of the flexi releases. 3 of the 4 titles followed up on their partnership with Taito and Konami – including the highly regarded Snatcher release. They have several announced titles as well – 3 of which are planned for early 2018.

Mondo had a strong year and followed up on their partnership with Konami with several titles from the Castlevania and Contra series. That is planned to continue in the new year – as well as new partnerships with the newly announced Katamari Damacy soundtrack.

Spacelab9 had 7 new soundtrack titles in the past year as well as new pressings of older titles. Among their releases were the acclaimed Dark Souls, The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtracks. They have 3 announced titles coming this year, including an interesting Namco compilation.

Ghost Ramp followed up on a good 2016 with some solid new titles for 2017 including Nuclear Throne and Crypt Of The Necrodancer. They already have 2 titles coming early in the new year as well as some confirmed titles we’ve known about for some time.

Laced Records also released 3 good titles in 2017 including the charming Yooka-Laylee score. They have announced the Absolver and Ruiner soundtracks for 2018 so far and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more from them.

A surprise among the labels are Yetee Records, who had released a few titles in the past years, but had a whopping 7 new vinyl soundtracks for us this year – plus 2 flexis. These included the popular Starbound soundtrack and a partnership with Tribute Games, which will continue into the new year. And speaking of the new year – there’s already 6 confirmed titles.

Another label with a great year is Brave Wave who had 7 new releases this year including classics like Ninja Gaiden and newer soundtracks such as Shovel Knight. They have 3 new releases confirmed for the new year, but I’m sure we’ll see even more.

2017 also saw several newer labels join in such as Gamer’s Edition and Gamemusic Records, alongside G4F Records. All 3 of them put out 2 releases each and it will be interesting to see what they have in store for 2018.

If you want to read more about all the different labels putting out VGM on vinyl, then I have a small guide to them here.

There are of course more labels putting out game music on vinyl than those above – and there are still new ones coming.

Blip Blop in 2017 (also in numbers)

The end of 2017 marks almost 2½ years of Blip Blop, which is incredible! I’m stoked to still be able to do this and I’m super happy that still more people follow the site.

I’ve been doing a whopping 4 contests/giveaways where I’ve partnered with the great people from The Yetee, Video Game Grooves and a generous fellow collector.

A year ago I celebrated my 100th post and right now I’m well past 200! Where there was almost 800 different releases in the directory last year, there is now more than 1000 – 1033 to be exact!

There are listings with music from more than 1100 games from 73 different game platforms in the directory.

And how about you lovely people who visit the site? Well, we’ve had 17543 unique visitors to the site this year. Almost half of all visitors are from the United States, with 10% coming from the UK with Germany, France and Canada close by. There’s also been an increase in Japanese visitors. More than half of you guys and gals keep coming back for more, so I must be doing something right 🙂

Most visitors come from Google, but a lot of you are visiting from social media as well, which goes well with a consistent increase in followers on Facebook and Twitter. So thanks to all of you who are following the site there.

If you’d like less numbers and more discussion about the releases from 2017 I’d strongly recommed giving the last Video Game Grooves episode from 2017 a listen. I’m featured as a guest on that episode and we take a look back at our favorite titles from 2017.

So what’s to come? To put it a little boring it’s gonna be more of the same. I have some personal things which will likely prevent me from doing a lot of extra improvements on the site programming-wise. But fear not – I still plan on bringing you the latests news on new (and old!) game music releases on vinyl.

2017 was a great year for video game music on vinyl and 2018 looks like it will be just as impressive! Looking forward to what it will bring.

2016 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2016 and 2017 in Numbers

I’ve been plotting this post for a while, because 2016 has been an insane year for VGM vinyl fans and collectors. And what better way than starting a new year by taking a look back at the old one?

Before getting started I can reveal that 2016 has been (by far) the year with most VGM vinyl releases ever. A rough count says that we’ve had around 90 new titles (including both retail and promo only releases). For reference, previous record years 2015 and 1987 had just over 50 and just under 40 respectively.

It’s been speculated that the VGM vinyl market would be over-saturated if things are to continue this way. However, there’s 60 new titles announced for 2017 so things don’t appear to be slowing down just yet. It seems that the new year will be even more crazy and filled with releases than 2016.

The Labels

So who’s putting out all of these? Well, anyone who’s been following the scene will know that the big player right now is iam8bit. With 34 releases out (and another 12 announced for 2017) they are now the most productive VGM vinyl label of all time. A record previously held by Japanese G.M.O. Records who put out 29 records during the late 80s.

However, they are not at all the only label doing VGM vinyl out there;

Black Screen Records had a great year with 4 indie game soundtrack releases and 2 announcements for the new year so far.

Data Discs continued with great SEGA releases and added 5 new ones – including the highly anticipated Streets Of Rage 2 soundtrack – to their discography. And there’s already 2 announced releases coming out in 2017.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. also put out 4 new titles – 2 of which are the first in a series of releases featuring music from Taito and Konami games. And they have 8 new titles planned for the new year – starting with the anticipated Snatcher soundtrack.

Mondo only had one new release – the Castlevania soundtrack. They did however announce a big Konami partnership, so while no dates have been confirmed, 2017 looks to be an exciting year from them.

Spacelab9 added 3 new titles to their discography and I have it on good authority that we’ll be seeing more VGM releases in the new year. There are no concrete announcements, but there have been some hints about what’s to come.

Then we have Ghost Ramp who put out their first 3 VGM vinyl releases in 2016 and have 4 upcoming titles announced.

Another 2016 debutant is Laced Records who stormed onto the VGM vinyl world with their succesful Hotline Miami Kickstarter. They also had a good year with 6 releases. No announcements for 2017 so far, but I think we’ll hear news soon enough.

Want to read more about VGM vinyl labels? I have a small page listing them all with links for their sites right here.

These are of course not the only labels, but they are the most active ones. Not to mention that several releases have been self-released by composers and developers as well.

Blip Blop in 2016 (also in numbers)

Well, it’s been an active year in VGM vinyl, which means it’s been an active year for me. Blip Blop celebrated its first anniversary back in July (meaning we’ve been rocking this thing for almost 1½ year now!).

I ran my first ever contest with Spacelab9 where two lucky participants won copies of the Fallout 4 picture disc, which was great fun.

I also wrote my 100th post for Blip Blop recently, and announced that I had added the 700th release to the directory. Well, right now we’re sitting at 788 releases so we’ll see an announcement for 800 available releases soon enough.

The site is covering releases with music from 918 games from 66 different gaming platforms.

How about visitors? Well, since launching the site on the new domain back in February there’s been 13,308 different visitors to the site. More than half of all visitors are from the United States (with the United Kingdom and Germany having the second and third most visitors with just under 10% each). Each month half of all visitors are people who have previously visited this site – so you guys keep coming back! Most of you are coming from Google, but after that most of you seem to be visiting from social media sites (Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in particular).

So what’s planned for 2017? I have some ideas to implement a few requested features and pages, but I’m not a great programmer so it might take a little while. There are some secret projects planned, that I can’t talk about yet – but they will be cool! Other than that Blip Blop will keep on rolling like it’s done for the past year and a half. And as usual, please send me any good ideas and suggestions for the site and I’ll see what I can do.

So this was 2016! The first full year of Blip Blop. I hope you’ve had as much fun with VGM vinyl as I’ve had so far and that 2017 turns out to be just as fantastic.