Duncan Laurence made history when he gave The Netherlands its first Eurovision win in more than four decades. And now he’s doing something different to celebrate the success of “Arcade”. Duncan’s Eurovision-winning song will be released on a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single.
The A-side of the single will be the familiar studio version of “Arcade”, while flipping over to the B-side will reveal and acoustic version of the song.
Vinyl used to be the standard format for Eurovision songs to be released on. Indeed, the previous Dutch Eurovision winner Teach-In released their winning single “Ding-a-Dong” on 7-inch vinyl back in 1975.
But times have changed and music technology has moved on. Now Eurovision songs are more likely to be streamed on services like Spotify or Apple Music, or purchased in digital download format.
In previous years, delegations have used CD singles as a means to promote their country’s song. However more recently many delegations have moved to online downloads and electronic press kits. This was combined with the 2019 press centre no longer using pigeonholes to distribute promotional material, in order to cut down on waste.
Buy for those who like physical media, the annual Eurovision compilation album is still available on a two-disc CD release. In 2017, the songs from Kyiv were released in a special edition boxset, including four vinyls, a 56-page book, the usual CD release and digital download codes for the songs. However, there was no vinyl release of the 2018 album and there appears to be no vinyl plans for 2019.
But depending on the success of the “Arcade” 7-inch single, could we see more Eurovision stars who release their songs on vinyl?
What do you think? Will you buy the 7-inch of “Arcade”? Should more Eurovision singles be released on vinyl? Or is digital the way to go? Tell us your thoughts below!