Record Store Day 2013 in the UK broke the album sales record previously set last year.
For those of you who bought new albums for Record Store Day last weekend, you’ve just helped break a record. The guys behind RSD announced today the final results from this year’s event held on 20th April, with indie store sales setting a new benchmark for the event. Singles sales were up around 20% and albums sales up a massive 60% on last year’s total. According to the Official Charts Company, 80% of the Top 10 Vinyl Albums this week were Record Store Day exclusives. The sales were helped along by live performances from British artists Frank Turner and Paul Weller amongst others and great media coverage on radio and social media (particularly Twitter). This goes against the argument that digital media has harmed the old vinyl format.
“Indie record shops pulled out all the stops once again to make Record Store Day UK a huge success. They proved yet again indie stores are more than just shops – at their best they are a focus for the passion, the excitement, the stubborn belief in the power of great music which is the hallmark of the true music fan.” – Record Store Day UK Coordinator Spencer Hickman
To read the full summary of the event, head over to the Record Store Day website.