What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares
What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

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Record Store Daytrotters: The Scene Outside Nashville's Grimey's where The Great Book of John performed following an introduction by Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Customers in Nashville put up with colder-than-normal temperatures to get their hands on a limited selection of Record Store Day releases on Saturday. When Grimey's opened at 10am, a few hundred people had formed a line down the road behind the store and around a couple corners. The first people in line were said to have showed up at 2am. Later in the day customers enjoyed live music, food and rummaging through bins of cheap vinyl and CDs.

Over at Third Man Records, hundreds of fans were first treated to a quick press conference. Mayor Karl Dean awarded Third Man founder Jack White with the first annual Music City Ambassador Award for his "commitment to Nashville's unique creative climate and musical diversity." Afterwards, both the Third Man brick-and-mortar store and the Rolling Record Truck were open for business. Because of the cold weather, however, the Jerry Lee Lewis performance - recorded for a Third Man release - was postponed until Sunday.

Doyle Davis, co-owner of Grimey's, tells Billboard the store was 72% over its previous single-day sales record set on Record Store Day 2010. The line for RSD releases lasted until 3pm and the store sold out of most of its RSD stock.

"We had large quantities on the Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons w/ Laura Marling, Ryan Adams 7", Kings Of Leon 10" and even the Big Star Test Pressing reissue and those held out longer than I expected but they all sold through," he writes in an email. "And everything that we have left over will definitely sell through. It's all great stuff and we only have handfuls of each title left or ones and twos."

In addition, Grimey's sold out of many non-RSD vinyl such as TV on the Radio's "Nine Types of Light" and the reissue of Jeff Buckley's "Grace. "We'd ordered up on that stuff too and with so many people in the store for the first time they were grabbing everything. It's gonna take a week to recover and re-order."

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Vinyl raconteurs line-up for Record Store Day at Jack White's Third Man Records HQ
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Grimey's pre-rush tranquility before the 10:00 a.m. rush.
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Record Store Men: Hundreds line-up just before Grimey's opened for business.
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Mobile Music: A long line at Third Man Records' Rolling Records Store across the street from the Third Man Records in Nashville
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Crate Diggers: The 10:00 a.m rush at Grimey's
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Great Balls of Cool Air: Due to cold weather, Jerry Lee Lewis's Record Store Day performance was postponed a day. No matter, it was a great set of classics and covers. On stage with Lewis (center) was guitarists Steve Cropper (far left), Ken Lovelace (second from left), drummer Jim Keltner and bass player Jack Lawrence (far right)