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Historic Record Store Day Fuels Massive Week Of US Vinyl Sales

This was the largest Record Store Day week of vinyl sales since tracking began.
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In its 11th year, Record Store Day, the once small operation has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that has become an economic stimulus for the vinyl industry. According to new data released by Nielsen, via Billboard, Record Store Day had its largest sales ever and this fueled the third largest amount of vinyl sold in a week since Nielsen tracked those numbers in 1991.

Record Store Day was held on Saturday April 21 and the vinyl sold on that day helped yield 733,000 vinyl albums sold in the week ending April 26. This is a record for the week with Record Store Day and the third most since Nielsen started tracking sales. More encouragingly, 580,000 vinyl albums were sold at independent retailers, which is a very important part of Record Store Day. It aims to get buyers out to actual record shops and not just buying from Amazon or Urban Outfitters.

It isn’t exactly known how many were sold on Record Store Day instead how many were sold around it because of awareness of the day, however one can assume the vast majority of the new sales were on Record Store Day. Vinyl sales were up 190% compared to the previous week, 733,000 vs. 253,000. This was the third largest week since vinyl tracking has started in the US, behind Dec. 24, 2015, when 753,000 copies were sold; and the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, when 811,000 were sold. Those had the advantage of the holidays.

See the most sold albums and singles below via Billboard.

Top Record Store Day-Exclusive Albums at Independent Record Stores

1. Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits

2. David Bowie - Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)

3. Neil Young - Tonight's the Night Live at the Roxy

4. Rage Against the Machine - Live at the Democratic National Convention 2000

5. Bob Dylan & The Grateful - Dead Dylan & The Dead

6. Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Mono)

7. Prince - 1999

8. The Cure - Mixed Up

9. Grateful Dead - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69

10. Phish - Billy Breathes

11. Nas - Illmatic: Live From the Kennedy Center

12. The Doors - The Matrix Part II

13. Ramones - Sundragon Sessions

14. Madonna - Madonna (The First Album)

15. The Cure - Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra)

16. The National - Boxer Live in Brussels

17. The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

18. Jerry Garcia - Run for the Roses

19. Soundgarden - A-Sides

20. Tom Waits - Bastards

21 Tom Waits - Brawlers

22 David Bowie - Bowie Now

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23 Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror)

24 Sublime - 89 Vision

25 Madonna - You Can Dance

Top Record Store Day-Exclusive Singles at Independent Record Stores

1 Led Zeppelin - Friends/Rock and Roll

2 David Bowie - Let's Dance (Full Length Demo)

3 Sufjan Stevens - Mystery of Love

4 The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy

5 Jimi Hendrix - Mannish Boy/Trash Men

6 Fleet Foxes - Crack Up (Choral Version)/In the Morning (Live in Switzerland)

7 Cheech & Chong - Up In Smoke (40th Anniversary)

8 Descendents - Who We Are

9 The Police - Roxanne

10 Phoenix - Monologue

11 The Flaming Lips - The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon

12 Florence & The Machine - Sky Full of Song/New York Poem (For Polly)

13 Steven Wilson - How Big the Space

14 Def Leppard - Live at Abbey Road

15 Mac DeMarco/Shamir - Beat Happening Covers

16 The Regrettes/The Distillers - Side by Side

17 Czarface - Man's Worst Enemy

18 Elvis Costello - Someone Else's Heart

19 Original Cast of Spongebob Squarepants, The New Musical - (Just a) Simple Sponge

20 Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos/You and Your Sister

21 First Aid Kit - You are the Problem Here

22 Trampled by Turtles - Wildflowers

23 Kevin Morby + Waxahatchee - Farewell Transmission/Dark Don't Hide It

24 The Voidz - Qyurruys/Coul As a Ghoul

25 MC5 - I Can Only Give You Everything/I Just Don't Know

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