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.