Record Store Day Canada: Alexisonfire Tops Album Sales, Vinyl and Singles See Gains

Vanessa Heins


Classic artists Neil Young, The Doors, Rush, Santana and David Bowie topped the list of Record Store Day exclusive album sales in Canada, but it was reunited Canadian screamo act Alexisonfire that had the No. 1 selling release on April 22, according to Canadian figures provided to Billboard by Nielsen Music.

Alexisonfire’s Crisis was followed by Young’s Decade, The Doors’ Live at the Matrix ’67, Coheed & Cambria’s Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Rush’s Cygnus X-1, Santana’s Live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bowie’s Cracked Actor, the Space Jam soundtrack, Notorious B.I.G.’s Born Again, and, at No. 10 Claypool Lennon’s Lime and Limpid.

Vinyl LP sales at retail stores increased 349 percent in the week ending April 27, as compared to the week prior. There was an 8 percent increase in overall album sales at retailers versus a 12 percent decline in the rest of the market. Music retailers also experienced a jump from 8.5 percent of the total album business the week prior to 10.2 percent of the total album business during Record Store Day week.

Sales of physical singles also grew by a whopping 1,600 percent over the previous week.

The top Record Store Day exclusive singles were Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” (No. 1); Pearl Jam’s “State of Love & Trust/Breath”; John Williams’ “Star Wars: A New Hope”; The Smiths’ “The Boy with the Thorn in his Side”; U2’s “Red Hill Mining Town”; Toto’s “Africa”; Alice in Chain’s “What the Hell/Get Born”; Lumineers’ “Song Seeds”; Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart”, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Go Robot/Dreams of a Samurai” (No. 10).


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