Record Store Day boosts vinyl sales 2,000%; record store clerks ask if they can go get coffee now

Record Store Day boosts vinyl sales 2,000%; record store clerks ask if they can go get coffee now

You might think kindergartners made up these ridiculous percentages, but according to BuzzAngle Music, they’re all true. In the first-ever release of Record Store Day sales data, the website is quoting some sales figures that should make independent record store owners and fans ridiculously happy, and not-fully-recovered indie record store employees ridiculously exhausted.

It was a big one this year. The biggest, even, and one of the first to prominently feature releases from mainstream artists (a sometimes controversial move). Independent record stores reported a 2,042% vinyl sales jump last Saturday for Record Store Day, with an average 645% sales growth in comparison to the previous Saturday (again, yes, these are real, verifiable, not made up by a hyperbolic child on a bus sales figures). BuzzAngle has kindly compiled some lists of Record Store Day’s Top 25 Albums and Top 25 Singles. Good to see Bruce Springsteen and Joy Division finally getting some recognition!

Top 25 albums:

01. Tame Impala – Live
02. The Grateful Dead – Live at Hampton Coliseum
03. Joy Division – An Ideal For Living
04. The Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3
05. The Ramones – Meltdown With The Ramones
06. The Velvet Underground – Loaded
07. Death Cab For Cutie – Live 2012
08. Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 1969 Singles
09. The Pogues – Live With Joe Strummer
10. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
11. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
12. Various – The Wizard of Oz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
13. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
14. Green Day – Demolicious
15. The Civil Wars – Live at Eddie’s Attic
16. Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers
17. Pixies – Indie Cindy
18. Chvrches – Recover EP
19. Various Artists – Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day (Volume 1)
20. The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest
21. The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle
22. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live At Monterey
23. Johnny Cash – With His Hot and Blue Guitar
24. The Doors – Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
25. Garbage – Girls Talk

Top 25 singles:

01. Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die
02. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. – Side By Side Series: Just Like Heaven
03. Devo/The Flaming Lips – Side By Side Series: Gates Of Steel Live
04. Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty
05. David Bowie – 1984 Picture Disc
06. Mystery Artists – Rush / Love – Side By Side Series: 7 and 7 is
07. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
08. Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew
09. Off! – Learn To Obey
10. Conor Oberst/Dawes – Million Dollar Bill / Easy/Lucky/Free
11. Fleetwood Mac – Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer
12. Poison Idea/Pantera – Side By Side Series: The Badge
13. Haim – Forever
14. Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time
15. Mazzy Star – I’m Less Here
16. Conor Oberst – Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends
17. Atmosphere – The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single
18. Broken Bells – Holding On for Life
19. Cage The Elephant – Take It Or Leave It b/w Jesse James
20. Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band – Say Goodbye To Hollywood b/w Baby Please Don’t Go
21. Kings Of Leon – Wait for Me b/w Don’t Matter (Live)
22. Dream Theater – Illumination Theory
23. Ray LaMontagne – Supernova b.w. Pick Up a Gun
24. Clutch & Lionize – Run, John Barleycorn, Run / Ether Madness
25. Frightened Rabbit – Live From Criminal Records

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