Record Store Day Announces 10 Year Anniversary
Record Store Day has announced it will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sunday April 22nd, 2017. The annual event seeks to promote brick-and-mortar music shops through special vinyl and CD releases issued by an array of artists.
It will be a significant milestone for RSD. It was created in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees, and since 2008 has grown massively. RSD now includes 1,400 participating independent stores in the U.S. and thousands more globally. While the major labels have since joined the celebration, independent labels remain the crux of RSD, providing 60 percent of the official releases in 2015.
Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes was named the first RSD ambassador – after coining the idea – in 2009. Since then, RSD ambassadors have included Josh Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Chuck D and Dave Grohl. Metallica served as RSD ambassadors in 2016, performing a set at Rasputin and releasing a live CD, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, to raise money for charity.
Although that was also a CD release, the success of RSD has reflected the growth in recent years of music on vinyl. It’s happened in the U.K and also in the U.S.
BuzzAngle Music has published its first-ever yearly report on U.S. music consumption, and reports that vinyl record sales rose 25.9% in 2016. It’s not just dance music. Rock music contributed the most to vinyl’s strong performance in 2016, with 63% of vinyl albums sold from the combined rock genres.
Twenty One Pilots’ 2015 record Blurryface was the top-selling vinyl album of 2016. “Deep catalog” releases – older albums reissued on vinyl in often lavish sets – are also selling well.
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