But of course…
By Fred Mills
Those of us with one foot in the music journalism biz and one foot in the record store biz already knew this; we were on hand for Record Store Day this past Saturday (at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC), and sales went through the roof, both for the event itself and for the entire store’s history. (Below is the line of folks waiting to get in at 6 a.m. at Schoolkids.)
But it’s still kind of cool to have the national mainstream media to stand up and take notice: according to Rolling Stone, the above statement is indeed quite true.
Sez the Stone: “Record Store Day sales reached new heights last weekend, with total album sales increasing by three percent over last year, and by 60 percent over the previous week, according to new numbers from Nielsen SoundScan. All of Nielsen’s Record Store Day figures take into account sales during the week ending in April 21st.
“Among the most impressive numbers were sales for vinyl LPs at independent record stores, which sold 200,000 units this year as opposed to 147,000 units last year, an increase of 36 percent. A total of 244,000 vinyl albums were sold during the entire week, and vinyl LPs also accounted for 37 percent of all album sales in any format last week. Fourteen vinyl albums sold more than 1,000 copies, as well, and 82 percent of vinyl LPs last week were sold at independent record stores. Album sales in all formats at independent record stores jumped 59 percent over sales from the previous week, while last year’s RSD week only saw an increase of 27 percent over the previous week.”
Well, all right! See ya next year, punters!
Meanwhile, industry pundit Bob Lefsetz weighed in today with an encouraging shout-out to the folks who shop at Record Store Day. Thanks, Bob!
“THE VINYL REVOLUTION: It’s a hobby. Like stamp collecting. Albeit with a lot more press. Just because you spinners are yelling at the top of your lungs that does not mean the rest of us care. While you’re at it, why don’t you bring back dial telephones, typewriters, cathode-ray TVs, pagers…” -Bob Lefsetz