Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day!
To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around.
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves,” Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D said earlier this year after being appointed ambassador of Record Store Day 2014. Past ambassadors included Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes (2009), Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2011), Iggy Pop (2012) and Jack White (2013).
“It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other," Chuck D continued. "The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”
Record Store Day 2014 offers a wide variety of exclusive releases, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good News" and Bruce Springsteen's "American Beauty" EP to music by Haim, Notorious B.I.G. and Skrillex, has some 450 titles. See a full list here.
Artists scheduled to make to make in-store appearances today include Barenaked Ladies (Sunrise in Toronto), R.E.M.'s Mike Mills (Bullmoose in Scarborough, Maine), Phillip Phillips (Rasputin in Berkeley, Calif.) and Mark Mulcahy (Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn).
Additionally, Jack White will attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-ever released record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind. White will take the stage in Third Man's blue room in its Nashville studios and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP "Lazaretto." The masters will be rushed to United Record Pressing, which will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell.
In the early hours of April 19, #RecordStoreDay, #RSD14 and #RecordStoreDay2014 became a trending topic on Twitter. So in honor of this year's Record Store Day, we've compiled a list of Tweets from artists, retails and labels around the globe who are participating in one of the music industry's most celebrated events.
— 5 Seconds of Summer (@5SOS) April 19, 2014
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) April 19, 2014
Record Store Day ppl- send pics of your Ain't It Fun "broken" vinyl + where you got it! If you hashtag it #ParamoreRSD we can RT some later!
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) April 19, 2014
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 19, 2014
— Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) April 19, 2014
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) April 19, 2014
— Pierce The Veil (@piercetheveil) April 19, 2014
— Sub Pop Records (@subpop) April 19, 2014
As it is #RecordStoreDay2014 today we've put some 7" copies of 'Lay Me Down' in selected Record Stores. Keep your eyes peeled for them!
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) April 19, 2014
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) April 19, 2014
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 19, 2014
— Bob Ward Fox25 (@Bward3) April 19, 2014
— The Fray (@TheFray) April 19, 2014
— Grimey's Nashville (@Grimeys) April 19, 2014
— Amoeba Music (@amoebamusic) April 19, 2014
— One Direction (@onedirection) April 19, 2014
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) April 18, 2014
— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) April 17, 2014
— Spotify USA (@SpotifyUSA) April 19, 2014
— XL Recordings (@XLRECORDINGS) April 19, 2014
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) April 18, 2014
Happy #RecordStoreDay! Some of you have already found a nice little surprise from BANKS. Support your local record stores!
— BANKS (@hernameisbanks) April 19, 2014
— The Black Angels (@theblackangels) April 19, 2014
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) April 19, 2014
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 19, 2014
— Manchester Orchestra (@ManchesterOrch) April 19, 2014
— Fat Possum Records (@FatPossum) April 19, 2014
— Instagram (@instagram) April 19, 2014
— Domino Recording Co (@Dominorecordco) April 19, 2014
It's @recordstoreday! What are you doing on the internet? Go buy some wax!
— Barsuk Records (@barsukrecords) April 19, 2014
Sold Out At Alot OF Places, Hopefully @amoebamusic Have The WOLF Vinyl! Not Sure
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) April 19, 2014