Record Store Day

  1. Record Store Day Chart Recap: Vinyl Album Sales Reach Historic High

    April 24, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Record Store Day (RSD) shakes up Billboard's charts, as a bevy of albums and singles released for the indie retail event on April 19 overwhelm our lists. On the 25-position Tastemakers chart -- which tracks the top-selling albums at independe ...

  2. Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales

    April 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan (charts below). Indie ...

  3. Record Store Day New York: Rough Trade, Generation Records, Permanent Records

    April 20, 2014 8:57 PM EDT April 19's seventh annual Record Store Day was wildly successful in New York, so much so that music fans were still lining up outside stores past 4pm waiting for a chance to purchase coveted releases issued specially for the day. At least tha ...

  4. Record Store Day Washington, D.C.: Smash!, Crooked Beat, Red Onion

    April 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT In Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, set against a backdrop of Ethiopian restaurants and global boutiques lining the area's bustling 18th Street corridor, a conga line of shoppers traipsed up and down th ...

  5. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  6. Jack White to Create World's Fastest Released Record for Record Store Day

    April 03, 2014 6:17 PM EDT 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 to mark Record Store Day, April 19. The indefatigable promoter, who once released a record by drop ...

  7. Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A)

    March 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT   A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stat ...

  8. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador (Read His Letter on the Appointment)

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration ...

  9. U2 to Release Song for Record Store Day Black Friday Event

    November 25, 2013 1:47 PM EST U2 is releasing the new song "Ordinary Love" via Record Store Day's Black Friday event, it was announced today. The single will be printed on a 10" record and is limited to 10,000 copies. U2 was also a part of the inaugural Bla ...

  10. Record Store Day's Adapter Inaugural Prize Winners Include Tame Impala, Postal Service, GZA, Rodriguez

    September 12, 2013 9:38 PM EDT The Record Store Day coalition has named the recipients for its first-ever Adapter prize, so named after specially designed 45 adapters presented to winners. Tame Impala's “Lonerism,” on the Modular and distributed by INgrooves, picked up r ...

  11. Record Store Day Drives Vinyl Sales to Historic Peak in SoundScan Era

    April 25, 2013 2:40 PM EDT Thanks to Record Store Day (April 20), weekly U.S. vinyl album sales hit a historic high. A total of 244,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the largest one-week sum for vinyl albums since Sound ...

  12. Record Store Day Backbeat: Billboard Hits Six Stores in 12 Hours

    April 21, 2013 7:02 PM EDT Record Store Day started as a celebration but now it’s big business, too. Of course, it’s been about business since it began in 2008, with retailers initially comparing it to Christmas. But it’s also a party, with some great shows and in-stores ...

  13. Record Store Day 2013: Brooklyn's Black Gold Records; Hoboken's Tunes

    April 20, 2013 4:09 PM EDT Halcyon Days: Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Sound Fix on its final Record Store Day. After nine years in business, the independent music retailer closed its doors for good. (Photo: Reggie Ugwu) Brooklyn's Sound Fix’s Last Day, Smiles Tinged ...

  14. Record Store Day Q&A With Graham Jones of 'Last Shop Standing'

    April 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT Record Store Day has made “Last Shop Standing” -- a new documentary on U.K. record shops -- the official film of this year’s edition of its annual event. “Last Shop Standing,” released in the U.K. last year and coming out April 20 on DVD, has ...

  15. Global Retail, Labels Plan For Record Store Day 2013 at NARM

    May 10, 2012 10:31 PM EDT While this year's Record Store Day was a resounding success, retailers and labels met in a townhall meeting to figure out how they can make next year's event even bigger. The meeting started with a report from a couple of international p ...

  16. Record Store Day Brings Explosive Sales to Indie Stores, SoundScan Data Shows

    April 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT The scene at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl during Portugal. The Man's set on Record Store Day. (Photo: Jerry Rubino) Record Store Day produced explosive sales gains at indie stores, that helped the U.S. industry slightly outpace the ...

  17. Record Store Day Nashville: Liquid-Filled Jack White Records at Third Man; JEFF the Brotherhood Rock Grimey's

    April 23, 2012 4:18 PM EDT The owners of Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music, Doyle Davis (left) and Mike Grimes, take a quick break in the parking lot behind the store that services as a performance stage and retail space. (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Buyers started forming a ...

  18. Backbeat: A (Record Store) Day in the Life: Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles

    April 23, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, left, and Patrick McCarthy from the Light in the Attic Records visited nine record stores in the L.A. area separately before joining forces to spin discs at Origami Vinyl. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Neil Schield knew he could make a handfu ...

  19. Record Store Day: Fans Flock to Stores in NYC Area, Across the Globe

    April 22, 2012 6:29 PM EDT On Record Store Day, the line outside New York's J&R Music World reached all the way down the corner, and around it toward Nassau Street. (Photo: Charlie Bagarozza) The faithful flocked to record stores all over the world on Saturday -- R ...

  20. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  21. Retail Briefs: Essential Music & Marketing Launches North American Division

    January 23, 2012 8:40 PM EST Essential Music & Marketing Launches North American Division -- Essential Music & Marketing, a U.K. and European indie distribution company, has launched a North American division. Erik Gilbert, who previously was VP of client strategy at ...

  22. Black Friday, Cyber Monday Great for Retailers; Record-Store Day Items Drive Music Sales

    November 29, 2011 1:42 PM EST While music merchants say that they too, like retail in general, experienced a strong sales for the Black Friday weekend, some of them acknowledge that music wasn't leading the charge. "We had a great weekend," says one chain execut ...

  23. Read: Independent Retailers' Open Letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West About 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives

    July 28, 2011 4:54 PM EDT In response to Jay-Z and Kanye West's decision to offer exclusive sales programs to iTunes and Best Buy for their forthcoming "Watch the Throne" LP, a number of independent retailers have written an open letter to the duo protesting ...

  24. Record Store Day: Nashville Report & Photo Gallery

    April 18, 2011 1:25 PM EDT 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 t ...

  25. Nirvana, Regina Spektor, Lez Zeppelin: Record Store Day 2011, NYC Report

    April 17, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Thousands of shoppers flooded New York City's record stores on April 16 lured in party by roughly 300 exclusive releases made available for the fourth annual Record Store Day. At Permanent Records in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when the store opene ...

  26. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  27. Regina Spektor To Make Special In-Store Performance At New York's Other Music For Record Store Day

    April 08, 2011 2:23 PM EDT Regina Specktor will hold a special in-store performance at New York indie mecca Other Music on Record Store Day, April 16 -- and fittingly enough, the performance itself is limited edition. The first 100 customers who buy Spektor's special R ...

  28. Foo Fighters Announce Special Record Store Day Gig, Album

    April 04, 2011 4:39 PM EDT The Foo Fighters will be one of the artists making high-profile shows of support for Record Store Day on April 16 when the Rosewell/RCA recording act plays a set at Fingerprints in Long Beach, Calif. "I'm proud to be a part of Record Sto ...

  29. Retail Briefs: McNamee To Give NARM Keynote, Birdel's Records Shutters, March Is Metal Madness

    February 28, 2011 4:15 PM EST Elevation Partners' McNamee To Give NARM Keynote Address -- Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee will make the keynote address at the NARM Convention's "Digital Breakfast," to be held on the last day of the confab, which runs ...

  30. Ozzy Osbourne Named Record Store Day 2011 Ambassador

    February 22, 2011 11:36 PM EST Record Store Day is proud to announce the appointment of Ozzy Osbourne as Record Store Day Ambassador 2011. The annual independent music retail celebration will take place on April 16. Ozzy fans who come out to support RSD will have the first chan ...

  31. Record Store Day 2011 Set For April 16

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The fourth annual Record Store Day has been set for April 16. Held annually on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day aims to celebrate the culture of more than 1,400 independent music stores around the world by hosting in-store events and ...

  32. Black Friday Leaves Music Retailers Optimistic For Holiday Season

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The holiday music sales season is off to a good start, music retails say. Black Friday (Nov. 26) has left many retailers optimistic about their sales prospects for the overall holiday selling season. In its weekly customer e-mail, Rochester, N.Y.- ...

  33. Indie Retailers Bring Exclusive To Black Friday

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The organizers of Record Store Day are bringing a slew of exclusive releases to independent music retail for the upcoming "Back to Black Friday" promotion on November 26. The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping d ...

  34. Germany's Record Store Week Expands

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Germany's leading music stores and independent outlets are once again mobilizing as the second annual Record Store Week looks to boost the country's dwindling retail sector. Beginning today (Oct. 29) and wrapping Nov. 5 the nationwide ev ...

  35. Business Matters: Performance Rights Act, Record Store Day, UMPG, TuneSat and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dat ...

  36. One Last Thing On Record Store Day...

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It keeps snowballing, doesn't it? By all accounts this year's Record Store Day was, again, a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales. And because many Record Store Day reports tend to be anecdotal, it's nice to get a l ...

  37. U.K. Record Store Day Sales Up On 2009

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Record Store Day in the U.K. said that singles sales by volume were almost double that of last year's event. The April 17 international promotional event included numerous in-store gigs and more than 100 exclusive releases in th ...

  38. Crowds Come Out For Record Store Day

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If Manhattan indie record stores were any indication of this year's Record Store Day turnout, 2010 was another success as it brought out music aficionados of all stripes, all in search of the more than 175 limited editions exclusively manufac ...

  39. U.K. Record Store Day Set To Be Biggest Yet

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are among the high profile names leading the line for the U.K. leg of tomorrow's (April 17) Record Store Day - an event that organizers are confidently predicting will be Britain's bi ...

  40. Stores Gear Up For Record Store Day

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Record Store Day is a coordinated event launched by the three national retail coalitions, its up to each individual store to create their own magic, says Music Monitor Network executive director Michael Kurtz, one of the organizers of the da ...

  41. Australia Set For Rival Events On Record Store Day

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian music retailers are again taking sides on what should be the sector's annual celebration of unity, Record Store Day. The April 17 Record Store Day initiative is uniting independent retailers around the globe on an unprecedented sca ...

  42. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  43. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that ...

  44. Reports: Traffic, Sales Up At 2009 Record Store Day

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to the 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kickoff Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume th ...

  45. Indie Retailers Ready For Record Store Day

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite the success of online retailers, explosion of Internet downloads and high-profile closings of Virgin Megastores and Tower Records stores, bricks-and-mortar record stores aren't all spinning toward oblivion. Although hundreds of indepe ...

  46. Record Store Day Preview: Events, Releases

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco's advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing ...

  47. Record Store Day Row Down Under

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two rival Record Store Day campaigns will roll out simultaneously in Australia next Saturday (April 18), the splintering a reaction to concerns about the inclusion of the big retail chains. The trade body AMRA, which counts more than 500 members, ...

  48. NARM To Host 'Noise' Conference

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming National Association of Recording Merchandisers annual convention, which runs June 7-10, will also serve as the host for the Noise in the Basement Creative Conference for independent music retailers, which will occur on the last two d ...

  49. Metallica Plans Appearance For 'Record Store Day'

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As part of the upcoming "Record Store Day" (April 19) Metallica will do its first in-store appearance in nearly a decade. The band will participate in an in-store signing and fan meet and greet at Rasputin Music's Mountain View stor ...

  50. Indie Stores Unveil Plans For Record Store Day

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Alliance of Independent Media Stores announced today its plans for the first annual Record Store Day which will take place April 19. Stores that are part of AIMS, CIMS, MMN, Newbury Comics, and the Value Music Group of Indie Stores will partic ...