In a year dominated by news of global worldwide protests, deep political chasms and 30-50 feral hogs, Discogs has seen relatively quiet success that reflects steady growth. We began the year with some big news from 2018, a single by The Sex Pistols became the most expensive 7” ever sold on Discogs. Later that month, Discogs users hit a pretty impressive landmark: 300 million releases were added to Collections. We also surpassed another huge milestone this year: 11 million master releases added to the database!
The Work Continues
We’ve spent some time making improvements to allow users to discover new music through the connections available in the database. Those include recent changes to the logged-out homepage, Lists and Genre/Style pages. We’re also testing a new Master Release page template and other page types are soon to follow in 2020. With goals of making the site more user-friendly and efficient, the changes should bring Discogs’ now 20-year-old code base up to par with other websites.
Reaching Music Aficionados Around the World
Last year, we realized that the number of English releases left to add to the database was limited. We also noticed that releases from certain countries and languages were woefully underrepresented. With that in mind, we committed to an internationalization push in 2019. Discogs now officially supports 9(!) languages:
We’re still working on getting all of our help and support docs translated. If you have familiarity with any of the above languages other than English and want to help with our translation projects, visit the Discogs translation hub. We also have translated articles on the Discogs Blog. See what’s available in your preferred language here.
Huge Record Fairs Worldwide
We also hosted some big events across the world, highlighted by record fairs paired with concerts in NYC and Brighton. More to come on that front in 2020 as well!
Find some of the Discogs Community’s favorite 2019 releases, most trafficked blog articles and revisit the music icons we lost in this year to remember.
2019 Best of the Discogs Community
Are there ways to determine great or rare music outside of sorting by Most Collected or Most Wanted? Join us as we explore some other methods of looking at music releases from 2019.
2019’s Best Discogs Music Articles
1955 – 2019
English musician. Lead singer and principal songwriter of the band Talk Talk.
1969 – 2019
English singer, dancer, and motorcycle racer. The frontman of The Prodigy.
1961 – 2019
American Outsider singer-songwriter and visual artist.
1963 – 2019
American singer, musician, and songwriter. Frontwoman of The Muffs. Late in her career, she was part of The Pixies.
1944 – 2019
American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and painter. Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band the Cars.
1947 – 2019
American musician and singer-songwriter. Founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators.
1943 – 2019
American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer.
1937 – 2019
American rock guitarist and surf rock pioneer. Forever remembered by the iconic Misirlou featured in Pulp Fiction.
1958 – 2019
Lead singer and keyboardist for Roxette.
1998 – 2019
1939 – 2019
Influential drummer of Cream.
1941 – 2019
New Orleans funk legend who embodied the New Orleans voodo-creole sound.
1931 – 2019
Pioneer of Bossa Nova sound in Brazil.
1967 – 2019
Silver Jews lead singer with a groundbreaking solo album released in 2019.
1985 – 2019
LA rapper and social justice icon.