Record Store Day

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Record Store Day
Type Cultural, commercial
Celebrations Live performances, limited edition music releases
Date Third Saturday in April
2014 date April 19  (2014-04-19)
2015 date April 18  (2015-04-18)
2016 date April 16  (2016-04-16)
2017 date April 15  (2017-04-15)
Frequency annual

Record Store Day is an annual event, founded in 2007, held on the third Saturday of April each year to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.[1] The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world.[2] A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event.


Sparked by a comment by Bull Moose employee Chris Brown that something could be done along the lines of Free Comic Book Day, and with inspiration from a brainstorming session during a record store owners' meeting in Baltimore, Record Store Day was officially founded in 2007[1] by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner and is now celebrated[1] at stores across the world, with hundreds of recording and other artists participating in the day by making special appearances, performances, meet and greets with their fans, the holding of art exhibits, and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases along with other promotional products to mark the occasion. Each store holds their own party for the day, to celebrate the perceived individuality of each store, and the place it holds in its community. Although Record Store Day, the day, only occurs once a year, Record Store Day, the organization, provides promotions, marketing, and other opportunities for stores throughout the year, maintaining a website, social media and other means of promulgating its views about the value of independent record stores. Record Store Day is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Dept. of Record Stores, along with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and the Alliance of Independent Media Stores.


Universal Music's sales manager, Marc Fayd’Herbe, has described Record Store Day as "the single best thing that has ever happened" for independent record shops.[3]

The event has been criticised for catering to record collectors, rather than casual music fans, and delaying the release of non-affiliated records by monopolising the capacity of record pressing plants.[4] Major labels have been accused of hijacking the event, and the policy of shops being obliged to buy on a no-return basis has been criticised, along with many of the limited releases being re-sold online within hours, at inflated prices.[5][6]

Record Store Day by year[edit]


Unofficial Ambassadors: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day 2008 at Rasputin Music in Mountain View on April 19, 2008. They signed autographs for 500 fans, 100 of which were MetClub members. Non Metclub members had to wear red numbered wristbands while the Metclub members wore blue ones. Metallica in conjunction with Rasputin Music gave away free T-shirts sized small to extra-large to all of the fans that got their autographs. There were approximately 10 special Record Store Day releases in the first year, including releases by Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Stephen Malkmus, Vampire Weekend, The Teenagers, Black Kids, and Jason Mraz. Billy Bragg met Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz in an airport and agreed to help kick off Record Store Day in the UK with a special live appearance. Approximately 300 stores launched Record Store Day in the USA, including Waterloo Records, School Kids Records, and Vintage Vinyl. The first organized involvement by UK stores included Piccadilly Records in Manchester, Jumbo Records in Leeds, Resident in Brighton, Sister Ray and Rough Trade in London, Rapture in Witney, Oxfordshire, Spillers in Cardiff and Avalanche Records in Edinburgh and Glasgow.


The second annual Record Store Day was celebrated on Saturday, April 18, 2009 with approximately 85 special releases and appearances by the likes of Slayer[citation needed], Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Iron & Wine, The Stooges, MC5, Wilco, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, The Eagles of Death Metal.[citation needed] The total number of artist appearances in the US was approximately 500. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy announced that "there would be no Wilco if it weren't for independent record stores" and the band made a surprise appearance on Record Store Day @ the Disc Exchange in Knoxville, TN. Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes announced that he was the official "Ambassador of Record Store Day" and the band made an appearance at Rhino Records. Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that the City of New York officially recognized Record Store Day as a city-wide event and the judges on American Idol talked about their favorite records in honor of Record Store Day in the episode of American Idol prior to the event. Even though 95% of the special releases made for Record Store Day were for the USA, the event began to grow internationally with over 1,000 record stores in the US, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany all participated in the international event.[citation needed]


The third annual Record Store Day took place on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The official ambassador for the event was Joshua Homme.[7] The official book of the event was "Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops by Graham Jones". KCRW's Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo also released their own self-published book, "Record Store Days", which talks about independent record stores, with artist quotes provided by used throughout the book, and a specific chapter devoted to Record Store Day. NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York City once again honored the day. Anything Anything with Rich Russo released a vinyl album of local bands performing on his radio show as well as doing a bus tour visiting numerous New York and New Jersey record stores. Several artists made in-store appearances to mark the event:The Smashing Pumpkins announced that they would kick off the tour promoting their new album with a special Record Store Day concert at Amoeba in Hollywood, CA. Other artists to announce special appearances included Frank Black, Exene Cervenka, Angie Stone, Jason Derulo, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Josh Ritter, HIM, Slash, Sick Puppies, Care Bears on Fire, and Emmylou Harris. The year's event was also celebrated by giving young artists an opportunity to showcase their talent in the form of a national "Record Store Day: High School Battle of the Bands".[8] Local, participating independent record stores nominated one local high school band by picking a cut from the band's supplied recording and entered their name and song cut into the contest. A panel of record executives and members from the Fender Corporation judged the entrants. Nine national semi-finalists were chosen to appear on a limited edition, compilation vinyl LP of their winning songs. Pressed by Gotta Groove, the LP features digital convenience. On the day of the event, it was announced that the grand prize winning band was SANUK, an indie band of HS students from Indianapolis, Indiana. They received a generous prize package of musical gear from the Fender Corporation and recording time with recording greats - Jack Ponti and Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley. SANUK was championed by their local record store, Indy CD & Vinyl. The sponsors of the contest were Caroline Distribution and EMI Label Services, Fender,[9] and Fender Music Foundation. Aside from the Band Battle contest, many participating record stores had a line-up of live talent performing throughout the day. In 2010, more than 1,400 independent record stores participated in the unofficial holiday. More than 1,000 were from the US alone. Record stores saw a 41% increase in sales over the previous year's celebration, and a 109% increase over the previous Saturday's sales.[10] By this time, the event had become such a nationally recognized event, that in the U.S., it was even referenced on "Saturday Night Live."[11] During the year, the first Black Friday Record Store Day was also held, on November 26, 2010.

This year's releases included:


The fourth annual record store day took place on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The official ambassador for the event was Ozzy Osbourne.[7] Over six-hundred artists celebrated the event with in-store appearances, making it the world's largest music event of its kind. Artists who made in-store appearances included Beastie Boys, the Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Todd Rundgren, Anvil, Del McCoury and the New Orleans Jazz Preservation Band, Regina Spektor, Jack White and Jerry Lee Lewis, the dBs, The Raveonettes, TV on the Radio, Frightened Rabbit, the Deftones, Chuck D, the Beach Boys's Al Jardine, Lonely Island, and Josh Groban. Most of the releases for the year were limited between 300 and 7000 copies worldwide. According to Billboard Magazine, the 182,000 bump in unit sales in the week that Record Store Day was held was directly attributed to the success of the event itself. The official film of the event was "Sound It Out", a feature-length documentary directed by Jeanie Finlay, documenting the Sound It Out Records shop in Stockton-on-Tees, the very last record shop in Teesside. The film premiered to critical acclaim at SxSW and had its joint premiere at SheffDocFest and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. During the year, the second Black Friday Record Store Day was also held, on November 25, 2011.[12]

This year's releases included:

Releases for the Black Friday Record Store Day included:


The fifth annual Record Store Day took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The official ambassador for the event was Iggy Pop. This year, over 400 different releases were made for the day, including:

  • Abba - "Voulez Vous" / "If It Wasn't For The Night" (12" numbered vinyl)
  • Arcade Fire - "Sprawl II [Remix]" (12" vinyl)
  • Arctic Monkeys - "R U Mine?" (7" limited purple vinyl)
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop - "Doctor Who: Sound Effects" (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop - "Out of This World" (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Rocky Ground" / "The Promise [Live]" (7" vinyl, 1500 copies only)
  • Bruno Mars - "The Grenade Sessions" (10" vinyl)
  • Buddy Guy - "This is Buddy Guy" (180g LP)
  • Chiddy Bang - "Ray Charles" (7" dinked vinyl, 450 copies only)
  • Chase & Status - "Flashing Lights [S.P.Y. Remix]" (12" vinyl)
  • Childish Gambino - "Heartbeat" (12" vinyl)
  • Coldplay - "Up with the Birds" / "U.F.O." (7" vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Cradle of Filth - "Midnight in the Labyrinth" (2 cd)
  • David Bowie - "Starman" (7" picture disc vinyl)[13]
  • Disturbed - "The Collection" (12" vinyl 2500 copies only)
  • Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water" (7" vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Devo - "Live in Seattle 1981" (2x 180g LP + 2x posters box set)
  • Emeli Sande - "Heaven" (12" vinyl)
  • Enrique Iglesias and Dev - "Naked" (12" vinyl)
  • Florence and the Machine - "Only If For A Night" (7" vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Foster the People - "Broken Jaw" / "Ruby" (7" orange vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks" (12" vinyl)
  • Fun. - "The Ghost That You Are To Me" (12" gold gear shaped vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Garbage - "Blood for Poppies" / "Battle in Me" (7" red vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Gorillaz - "Do Ya Thing" (10" picture disc, 500 copies only)
  • Grateful Dead - "Dark Star" (12" vinyl)
  • Iggy Pop - "I'm Bored" / "African Man" (7" lime green numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • James Brown - "Live at the Apollo" (7" vinyl)
  • Jamiroquai - "Rock Dust Light Star" (2x 180g LP + 1x cd box set, 3000 copies only)
  • Janis Joplin - "Selections from the Pearl Sessions" (2x 10" numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • June Tabor & Oysterband - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (7" vinyl single) issued by Topic Records
  • Kate Bush - "Lake Tahoe/Among Angels" (10" picture disc vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Katy Perry - "Part of Me" (12" heavyweight pink vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry - "Blackboard Jungle Dub" (10" box set, limited edition multi-colored vinyl)
  • Leonard Cohen - "Live in Frederiction EP" (12" vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • M83 - "Mirror" (7" vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • M. Ward - "Primitive Girl" (7" white vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • Metallica - "Beyond Magnetic" (12" vinyl)
  • Michael Bublé - "Georgia on My Mind" (7" peach vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Miles Davis - "Forever Miles" (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Songs From The Great White North EP (12" white opaque numbered vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • Paul McCartney - "Another Day" b/w "Oh Woman, Oh Why" (7" vinyl)
  • Pete Townshend - "The Quadrophenia Demos" (2x 10" vinyl)
  • Phish - "Junta" (limited edition deluxe 3-lp vinyl set, 5000 copies only)
  • Professor Green - "How Many Moons [Remix]" (12" green vinyl)
  • Rory Gallagher - "Stomping Ground" (10" numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Stadium Arcadium" (2006 deluxe edition re-release, 2000 copies only)
  • Regina Spektor - "Old Jacket" (7" white vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Ryan Adams - "Heartbreak A Stranger" / "Black Sheets of Rain" (7" vinyl, 2500 copies only)
  • Sex Pistols - "Anarchy In The UK", "God Save The Queen", "Pretty Vacant" and "Holidays in The Sun" (7" numbered picture disc vinyl, 3500 copies only)
  • She & Him - "Volume One" (180g LP, colored vinyl, 100 copies only)
  • Sigur Rós - "Hvarf/Heim" (12" translucent pale green double vinyl) (North America) / "Ekki Múkk" (vinyl, 10") (Europe)
  • Silverstein - "Support Your Local Record Store (7" vinyl)
  • Simple Minds - Theme For Great Cities (moby remix) / I Travel (2012 john leckie remix) (12" single, 1000 copies only)
  • Social Distortion - "Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes" (2x 180g red and orange LPs + poster box set, 750 copies only)
  • St. Vincent - "KROKODIL" / "Grot" (red vinyl 7" single, 2500 copies only)
  • T. Rex - "Telegram Sam" / "Metal Guru" (7" coloured vinyl, 750 copies only)
  • T. Rex - "Electric Sevens" (4x 7" vinyl box set)
  • Tegan and Sara - "Get Along" (180g lp, 300 copies only)
  • The Black Keys - "El Camino" (2x 12" + 1x 7" vinyl, poster and bonus cd box set, 6000 numbered copies only)
  • The Civil Wars - "Billie Jean" / "Sour Times" (7" vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • The Clash - "London Calling" (7" vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • The Flaming Lips / Mastodon - "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" (7" pink vinyl, 10000 copies only)
  • The White Stripes - "Handsprings" / "Red Death at 6.14" (7" red and black vinyl)
  • Steven Wilson - Catalog / Preserve / Amass (live album, 2000 12" vinyl copies only)

To coincide with Record Store Day 2012, the UK's Official Chart Company launched the Official Record Store Chart, a weekly music chart based solely on sales from independent record shops.[14] The chart was first issued on 20 April 2012, the eve of Record Store Day 2012.[15]


RSD 2013 was held on April 20, 2013. Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz was knighted in France in January.[16] The official ambassador was Jack White of White Stripes fame and founder of Third Man Records. The White Stripe's album Elephant was reissued in a limited edition 10th anniversary double LP, consisting of one black and red split colored disc and one white disc.[17]

The list of releases for 2013 included:[18]

In addition, Boards of Canada used RSD 2013 to launch a viral marketing campaign for their much anticipated album, Tomorrow's Harvest, when a new vinyl record by the band was placed in a New York record store for purchase. The record allegedly sold on eBay for $5,700 but the buyer ended up being a fraud. It was later sold in a closed auction for an undisclosed sum.


Record Store Day 2014 at Drift Records, Totnes.

RSD 2014 was held on 19 April 2014. Official ambassador for this year was Chuck D. The list of releases included:


Record Store Day 2015 took place on April 18. The list of exclusive releases included:[20][21][22][23][24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c About Record Store Day
  2. ^ Passey, Brian (February 26, 2011). "Vinyl records spin back into vogue". USA Today. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (31 March 2015). "Universal call Record Store Day 'the single best thing that has ever happened to the indie stores'". NME. IPC. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Sisario, Ben (18 April 2014). "Watch Out, iTunes. Vinyl Still Lives.". New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Hebblethwaite, Phil (17 April 2014). "Is Record Store Day In Crisis? A Quietus Investigation". The Quietus. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Swanson, Dave (31 March 2015). "The Flipside of Record Store Day: In the U.K., Not Everyone Is a Fan Read More: The Flipside of Record Store Day: Not Everyone Is a Fan". Diffuser. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Ozzy Osbourne named Record Store Day Ambassador". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Record Store Day 2011 web site
  9. ^ "Record Store Day Battle of the Bands" News, Fender web site
  10. ^ "Record Store Day a $ucce$$". Hits Daily Double. April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Record Store Day is 'more important' than Christmas". LA Times. April 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ Wax Poetic-Vinyl Fanatics Unite!: Record Store Day Presents Black Friday 2011
  13. ^ "McCartney, Bowie, Phish drop rare vinyl for Record Store Day", MSNBC (, retrieved 21 April 2012 
  14. ^ "New chart for record stores". Sky News. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chart for independent record sales". UK: MSN Music. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Midem 2013: un bilan positif en dépit de la crise - 10/02/13 - Cannes", Channel Riviera, February 8, 2013 (French). Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  17. ^ Rawden, Jessica. "The White Stripes Releasing 10th Anniversary Elephant LP on Record Store Day", Cinema Blend. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  18. ^ "RSD 2013 Official Releases List" (PDF). Record Store Day. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Roberts, Randall (April 19, 2013). "Record Store Day's most curious releases: A list of vinyl to chase". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Record Store Day 2015 Releases", Record Store Day. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  21. ^ Grow, Kory (March 10, 2015). "Record Store Day 2015: Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, U2 Plan Releases", Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  22. ^ "25 Record Store Day 2015 Releases We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On", NME. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  23. ^ Kaye, Ben (March 10, 2015). "Full List of Record Store Day 2015 Releases Revealed", Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  24. ^ "The Top 40 Vinyl Album Chart". XFM. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe", Record Store Day U.K. 2015

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