Indie Vinyl Stores Report Record-Setting Sales Numbers For Record Store Day 2014



With the numbers now in, Record Store Day 2014 can officially be declared a success, as indie record stores are reporting huge increases in sales for this past weekend. How exactly do we know this? For the first time ever, the day’s sales totals have been compiled, as BuzzAngle Music has produced a detailed write-up of the statistics, confirming that the vinyl holiday should become a regular tradition for all music aficionados and purveyors.

According to the numbers, records stores saw their sales increase by 646 percent on April 19 compared to the previous Saturday, April 12. For the industry as a whole, vinyl sales jumped up by 1855 percent from the previous week, while indie record stores saw that same category jump up by 2042 percent. It’s hard not to be impressed with those figures.

Additionally, BuzzAngle Music provided a list of the top-selling vinyl albums and singles for the day. Atop the albums list is Tame Impala’s Live, while Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself And Want to Die” was the most-bought single. You can see the entire list over at BuzzAngle Music

Record Store Day has endured its fair share of criticism from fans, artists, and journalists alike nearly since its inception. However, with some hard data now on its side, it’s likely safe to say that the event will live to see another day.


  • NavinJay

    I have been attending RSD now for the last 4 years since the first time I even heard of it. I live in Central Florida and the few independent record shops in my area don’t carry a huge inventory of RSD releases. Except for one shop that also sells a lot of NEW vinyl releases all year around. They seem to get much more stuff for RSD. Could there be a link with shops that concentrate more on new vinyl all year around and what they get allotted to them on RSD? This year I was on vacation in Myrtle Beach on RSD and we passed right by Monster Records in Charelston, SC so we spent the night in Charleston and was in line bright and early on the 19th at Monster Records. There were about 100-125 people ahead of us in line when we arrived 30 minutes before the doors opened. We were lucky to get in the door right away after they opened and they had moved A LOT of their existing used vinyl either onto the sidewalk outside (on sale) or shoved under tables inside. They had setup racks displaying all the RSD releases and it was a madhouse the first 15 minutes we were there with people trying to find what they wanted. We wanted the Ghostbusters and the Frank Zappa “Yellow Snow” and were lucky to find both. And we got a bunch of other stuff including the Peanuts Cruiser player and some used vinyl. Total we spent about $250.00. We had a great time. We later went on to Myrtle Beach and spent some time in a record store there on the same day. They had all their vinyl on sale and we spent about $100.00 there on some great stuff (used). All in all it was a VERY rememberable and exiting day! Can’t wait for next year’s RSD! Oh, the Peanuts Cruiser was for my wife the Peanuts collector. I have a nice Technics turntable already to play my records!

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