RSD week brings with it 773K vinyl albums, singles sold

News / Record Store Day 2018 / May 1, 2018

Record Store Day 2018 led to another huge week of vinyl sales, with 773,000 vinyl albums and singles sold. This included 580K, according to Billboard, “the single largest week for the format at the retail sector in Nielsen Music history.” This consitutued a rise of 190% compared to the previous week (733K vs. 253K), with 98 percent of that gain coming from indie stores.

According to Billboard, it’s the third biggest vinyl sales week since 1991. The other two were Dec. 21, 2017 and Dec. 24, 2015.

Here are the top 25 sellers for RSD in the U.S., both albums and singles.

1. Bruce Springsteen — Greatest Hits
2. David Bowie — Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78)
3. Neil Young — Tonight’s the Night Live at the Roxy
4. Rage Against the Machine — Live at the Democratic National Convention 2000
5. Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead — Dylan & The Dead
6. Pink Floyd — Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Mono)
7. Prince — 1999
8. The Cure — Mixed Up
9. Grateful Dead — Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69
10. Phish — Billy Breathes
11. Nas — Illmatic: Live From the Kennedy Center
12. The Doors — The Matrix Part II
13. Ramones — Sundragon Sessions
14. Madonna — Madonna (The First Album)
15. The Cure — Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra)
16. The National — Boxer Live in Brussels
17. The Rolling Stones — Their Satanic Majesties Request
18. Jerry Garcia — Run for the Roses
19. Soundgarden — A-Sides
20. Tom Waits — Bastards
21. Tom Waits — Brawlers
22. David Bowie — Bowie Now
23. Car Seat Headrest — Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror)
24. Sublime — 89 Vision
25. Madonna — You Can Dance


1. Led Zeppelin — Friends/Rock and Roll
2. David Bowie — Let’s Dance (Full Length Demo)
3. Sufjan Stevens — Mystery of Love
4. The Notorious B.I.G. — Juicy
5. Jimi Hendrix — Mannish Boy/Trash Men
6. Fleet Foxes — Crack Up (Choral Version)/In the Morning (Live in Switzerland)
7. Cheech & Chong — Up In Smoke (40th Anniversary)
8. Descendents — Who We Are
9. The Police — Roxanne
10. Phoenix — Monologue
11. The Flaming Lips — The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon
12. Florence & The Machine — Sky Full of Song/New York Poem (For Polly)
13. Steven Wilson — How Big the Space
14. Def Leppard — Live at Abbey Road
15. Mac DeMarco/Shamir — Beat Happening Covers
16. The Regrettes/The Distillers — Side by Side
17. Czarface Man’s — Worst Enemy
18. Elvis Costello — Someone Else’s Heart
19. Original Cast of Spongebob Squarepants The New Musical — (Just a) Simple Sponge
20. Chris Bell — I Am the Cosmos/You and Your Sister
21. First Aid Kit — You are the Problem Here
22. Trampled by Turtles — Wildflowers
23. Kevin Morby + Waxahatchee — Farewell Transmission/Dark Don’t Hide It
24. The Voidz — Qyurruys/Coul As a Ghoul
25. MC5 — I Can Only Give You Everything/I Just Don’t Know


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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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