No longer just a niche hobby for dads and hipsters, vinyl is experiencing a major resurgence in mainstream music. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) annual revenue report, vinyl records outsold CDs in the US last year for the first time since 1987, selling 41 million units against 33 million for CD.
Vinyl record sales have consistently increased over the last 16 years according to the RIAA report published on Thursday, now accounting for 71 percent of all physical music format revenue. The growth margins here aren’t trivial, either — while physical formats as a whole increased by 4 percent, earning $1.7 billion between 2021 and 2022, vinyl sales alone accounted for $1.2 billion, experiencing a 17 percent increase in sales compared to the previous year. Comparatively, CD sales plummeted by 18 percent in 2022.
Brownie Bytes asks why? Why do you think this music format is making a comeback? Doesn’t the digital version sound better?
SmartAsset scanned IRS data from 2019 to see what each state’s biggest earners had in common, and what made them stand out from everyone else. They adjusted their 2019 findings to 2022 figures using the data from the BLS’s CPI for urban wage earners and clerical workers.
• Being one of America’s top earners is the hardest thing to do in Connecticut, where you’d have to rake in more $955,300 to join the one percent club. If you’re looking for a compromise, earning more than $336,900 would put you in the top five percent.
• Earning upwards of $275,000 would make you among the top five percent in New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Colorado, Virginia, Washington, California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
• The top one percent earners have an average tax rate of 25 percent in the top 15 states.
From average gas bills to how many minutes they’d go out of the way to fill up at a particular gas station, here are America’s favorite, and least favorite, places to fill up the tank.
Payless Power surveyed 1,011 Americans about their gas station preferences, asking them about brand loyalty and how much they usually spend when filling up the tank. Ten percent of the survey respondents were Baby Boomers, 22 percent were Gen X, 43 percent were Millennials and 25 percent were Gen Z. Just over half (57 percent) were men.
Overall Costco was rated the best gas station, while Valero was rated the worst. Costco was ranked cleaner and cheaper than others, while Valero was ranked as one of the meanest stations.
On average, people who stopped at a Circle K, Speedway, Shell, Love’s or Wawa gas station spent more than $50 on each visit, whereas Costco and 7-Eleven had the cheapest bills.
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A customer at a taqueria on the southwest side of Houston shot and killed a would-be armed robber, according to video released by the Houston Police Department. The customer reportedly gathered the money taken by the robbery suspect and distributed it back to the victims before leaving the restaurant.
Scammers are always finding new ways to dupe people out of money. In the U.S., phone calls remain the primary way swindlers hook older victims.
A study published last month by the Federal Trade Commission found that 24% of adults over age 60 who reported losing money to a scam in 2021 said it started with a phone call—the largest percentage of any method, including email, text and mail. For victims 80 and older, phone calls were behind 40% of scams.
Scams range from robocalls pitching car warranties to young people posing as grand-children in need of a bailout. The best way to protect against phone scams, online-safety experts say, is to not receive the phone calls in the first place.
So how do you do that?
While ignoring mystery calls is effective, it isn’t always feasi-ble. Perhaps you don’t have all the numbers of healthcare providers, insurance companies and other vital services stored in your phone’s contacts. Also, caller ID often doesn’t identify the name of the business that is calling. Tech companies are developing solutions for diverting scam calls. And even though the majority of Ameri-cans over 65 have smartphones, there are also ways to protect yourself if you’re on a landline.