Record Store Day pushes huge sales week

News / April 26, 2013

According to reports out of USA Today and Billboard, Record Store Day 2013 was nothing less than a smash success. A total of 244,000 vinyl LPs were sold during the RSD week, which is the largest one-week total for vinyl albums since the Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. Furthermore, vinyl sales increased by 36% over the 2012 edition of the holiday. And there was a 59% jump in album sales at indie record stores from the previous week to RSD 2013, with a 217% increase in vinyl sales at indie stores.

Along with RSD, there were also debuts from Fall Out Boy, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Flaming Lips contributing to the total; a perfect combination for the industry. And this total doesn’t even take into account many of the indie webstores who held sales for the record collecting holiday.


Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

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