Music sales surged at America’s third annual Record Store Day, held on April 17th to encourage fans to rediscover local music shops.
Compared to the prior week, overall U.S. album sales in the independent sector increased 12 percent, including a substantial 119 percent uptick in vinyl sales for the weekend and an even heftier 529 percent growth in vinyl single sales according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Acts from the Black Keys to Soundgarden to Bruce Springsteen released exclusive vinyl singles, part of the nearly 175 limited vinyl and CD releases offered in the U.S. for Record Store Day. Nielsen SoundScan also recounted that overall album sales were up three percent on a year-over-year basis, while chain music stores saw a seven percent R.S.D. sales gain this year.
Congratulations to everyone involved, including the 1,400 worldwide, and 800 U.S., participating stores, plus all the fans and bands who took part. And remember, you don’t need a holiday to stop by a record shop and peruse new tunes. Make any day Record Store Day by continuing to support local music retailers throughout the year.
Liz Kennedy, Deputy Director, Communications, RIAA