Record Store Day 2013 Features Highest Sales Ever

That’s right, folks. Record Store Day this year had a new …record… for sales. The USA Today is reporting that 200,000 units were sold the week of RSD this year, up from 147,000 in 2012. Vinyl sales overall have been on the increase for a while even as overall music sales were slumping.

Perhaps most interesting is how the rate of increase on album sales over the prior week has changed each year. The growth has been as follows:
2013 (April 20, 2013): +59%
2012 (April 21, 2012): +27%
2011 (April 16, 2011): +39%
2010 (April 17, 2010): +12%
2009 (April 18, 2009): +21%
2008 (April 19, 2008): +0.4%

I actually thought this year’s Record Store Day exclusive releases were below average compared to years past (the year I got my Soundgarden 7″, Queens of the Stone Age 7″, and Them Crooked Vultures 12″ stands out as a nice time), but there were strong enough releases and enough of a growing market for things to still be on the way up.

Did you miss RSD? Check out our feature on its best releases here. And for god’s sake, if anyone has the At The Drive In vinyl, hunt me down and flip it my way.

Dan Bogosian
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