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A New Sales Record For Record Store Day Says Nielsen

Launched in 2007, Record Store Day brings together music fans, artists and independent record stores to celebrate indie music culture

July 8, 2018

 

It’s a celebration of independence, but not the one on the 4th of July.

In 2018, Record Store Day had its best year ever, and Bruce Springsteen showed he still is “the Boss,” with his Greatest Hits album leading the Top Record Store Day-exclusive Albums at Independent Record Stores chart.

Record Store Day marked its 11th year on Saturday, April 21, and retailers sold 733,000 LPs during the week (April 20-26), an all-time high for Record Store Day week, according to Nielsen Music sales data. Music fans bought 580,000 vinyl LPs.

In total, 799,000 albums in all formats sold at independent record stores, the highest non-holiday week sales total in the U.S. since July 2005.

“RSD 2018 reached new highs for independent record stores as a whole, as well as the vinyl format, said David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen Music. “And, the impact of RSD reaches far beyond the stores and vinyl sales—it’s a major factor in the success of the music business overall.”

 

799,000 Albums in all formats sold at independent record stores during the week of Record Store Day

 

During RSD week, total albums sales at independent record stores rose by 200% over the prior week, and overall album sales were up 23% over Record Store Day week in 2017.

Read more: Why Are We Seeing A Revival of the Vinyl Record?

Vinyl LPs were a hot item at independent record stores, as music fans bought 427% more during Record Store Week 2018 than the week prior.

 

Visual representation of Nielsen Music sales figures for Record Store Day 2018

 

Read more: Is Vinyl’s Comeback Here to Stay or Will Streaming Conquer All?

Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, David Bowie’s Welcome to The Blackout (Live in London ’78), and Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night Live At The Roxy, topped the charts of top RSD Exclusive Albums at independent record stores.

The Top RSD Exclusive Singles at Independent Record Stores, respectively, was Led Zeppelin’s “Friends” (Rock And Roll), David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (full-length demo), and Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love EP.”

 

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Watch Led Zeppelin’s Record Store Day promo, and the energy around RSD 2018.