First published on www.usatoday.com
Record Store Day, established to boost the bottom lines of independent record stores, saw its sales boom Saturday, with many outlets reporting their biggest shopping bonanzas ever.
In the week ending Sunday, overall album sales at indie stores were up 91% over the prior week and up 11% over the week preceding last year’s Record Store Day, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Indies represented 19.4% of all physical album sales last week, the highest share since SoundScan began tracking sales by store strata.
Vinyl sales at indie stores are up 280% over the previous week and up 58% over the week of Record Store Day last year, making it the most successful RSD for vinyl LP sales.
Thanks to RSD exclusives, independent stores represented 85% of the total volume of vinyl LP sales last week, vs. 82% last year. This year’s RSD sales week is the second highest non-holiday week for vinyl since 2008.
“Record Store Day keeps shining the spotlight on the experience that independent record stores uniquely bring to music fans,” David Bakula, Nielsen Entertainment senior vice president, said in a release. “Propelled by Record Store Day, independent record stores had their highest weekly physical album share in SoundScan’s history. It has become a major music event that compels artists to deliver premium content and drives music consumers to independent record stores.”