Record Store Day is one of the bigger dates on the calendar for vinyl fans that get to find exclusive releases and record shops go all out to get customers in and vinyl out the door. RSD's growth has helped fuel vinyl sales for the day, week and even year. 2019 was no different, generating the third largest week in vinyl sales according to Nielsen, who started tracking in 1991.
According to Billboard, in the week ending April 18, 827,000 vinyls were sold in the US. This is the highest for Record Store Day week and the third largest since 1991. 827,000 eclipsed the previous record for Record Store Day week, which was 733,000 in 2018. However, the highest numbers since Nielsen tracking occurred were during the Christmas season of 2018 with 905,000 and 880,000 being sold the weeks ending December 27 and 20 respectively.
Even better news is that 673,000 vinyl albums were sold at independent record stores, which shows that big box store entrants and e-commerce players aren’t taking the entire market.
The top selling vinyl for the week was Grateful Dead’s live archival acoustic concert package Warfield: San Francisco, California, October 9th, 1980 / October 10th, 1980.
Since Nielsen only started officially tracking in 1991, there were potentially bigger weeks, but calculations before Nielsen were not the most accurate.