Report: Sheet Music is the New Vinyl

October 23, 2013 By:
According to The Independent, sheet music is making a rapid rise in popularity thanks to the iPad and snobby hipsters everywhere. It seems technology has advanced so far it has come full circle offering people the ability to use one of the oldest forms of music notation on a digital platform. Apparently, now that your favorite songs are available in sheet music on your mobile device, reading musical notes is cool again. 

"Download sales of sheet music are soaring as musicians learn to play along with Adele’s 'Skyfall' and Emeli Sandé’s 'Read All About It Part III'.

Nine of the top ten best-selling sheet music songs of 2013 so far are by solo female singers including Pink, Birdy and Christina Perri, whose Twilight soundtrack song 'A Thousand Years' has prompted countless amateur YouTube cover versions.

The sheet music industry, which had been facing potentially terminal decline, as music-lovers shared lyrics and chord notations over the web for free, has now seized upon the renewed desire to 'play in a day' current hits."

The aim of this new technology, says The Independent, is "liberating musicians from the requirement to carry around sheaves of paper music."
And who is at the center of this trend? None other than the king of hipster himself: Beck. These companies give a lot of the credit to Beck's Song Reader. The album, released in 2012, was made up entirely of sheet music, leaving the fans to generate the songs from it themselves.
So, congrats. You have a new thing to spend your money on.