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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Vinyl records are hot again — outselling CDs in 2020. But there aren't enough manufacturers to fill the demand.

The big picture: Orders are delayed weeks or months, and artists are having to set release dates several months in advance to allow time for the newly popular vinyls to be made.

The squeeze is due in part to the pandemic, per the New York Times.

  • Many manufacturing plants shuttered, and there was a shortage of polyvinyl chloride, the material used to make vinyl records.
  • The machines used to make records are also outdated and often decades old — leftover from when vinyls were last this popular, the Times reports. New machines are in short supply and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Case in point: Adele announced the release date for her November album six months in advance to allow time for vinyl record production.

What to watch: 2021 vinyl sales have already eclipsed 2020 sales, as music-lovers — especially younger ones — fall back in love with the old way of listening to albums. Look for the supply squeeze to continue as the craze keeps intensifying.

Go deeper: The future of music is (still) vinyl

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

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  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
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Why it matters: Russia has massed more than 94,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and could be preparing for a large-scale invasion at the end of January, Ukraine's defense minister said Friday.