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Record Store Day, by the numbers


Ever since the first one in 2008, Record Store Day has grown from a single day annual event to a year round celebration/promotion of the world's locally owned, independent record stores. RSD has grown rapidly by focusing attention on the institution that was once the center of the musical universe for artists and their fans.

2008: RSD is born

Record store
Photo by Tim Whitby / Getty Images

• About 300 record stores in the US and a handful in the UK participated in the first Record Store Day.

Metallica hosted the official launch, at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, California.

• You could count the number of special RSD releases on your fingers.

• It turned out that 2008 was a boom year for vinyl record sales, which were nearly double the previous year's and were the most in any year since Nielsen started compiling sales data in 1991.

2009: Growth spurt

RSD in L.A. 2009
RSD in L.A. 2009 (photo by Andy Sternberg / LAist)

• Remember the year before, when there were fewer than a dozen special RSD releases? In 2009 there were nearly 90.

• Eight more countries join in, and more than 1,000 stores worldwide participate in the second RSD.

American Idol devotes a segment to RSD, and it is Record Store Day in New York City, by official proclamation of the mayor.

• Artists make RSD appearances in about 500 stores, among them: Bob Dylan, The Stooges, Tom Waits and MC5.

2010: Once is not enough

Record Store Days by Gary Calamer and Phil Gallo
Sterling Publishing

• RSD expands to two events, the traditional third Saturday in April, and the new Black Friday Record Store Day on the day after Thanksgiving.

• The number of RSD special releases continues to grow exponentially, from fewer than a dozen in 2008 to nearly 90 in 2009 to more than 150 in 2010.

• Store participation continues to increase as well, now up to 1,400 worldwide with most (about 1,000) in the US.

• RSD prompts the publication of two books, Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops by Graham Jones, and Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again by Gary Calamer and Phil Gallo.

2011: You read the books, now see the movie

RSD 2011 at Amoeba San Francisco
RSD 2011 at Amoeba San Francisco (photo by Kaitlin, courtesy Amoeblog)

• The numbers continue to grow: 600+ artists make in-store appearances, stores in nearly three dozen countries are now participating, there are 150+ special RSD releases, including two dozen by classic rock artists.

Billboard attributes a spike of more than 180,000 records the third week of April directly to Record Store Day.

• A feature length documentary about RSD, Sound It Out debuts at SXSW.

2012: Five years old and all grown up

There were more than 400 RSD special releases, and a new weekly chart based on sales in independent record stores in the UK was launched. The first Official Record Store Chart was released the day before RSD.

2013 - RSD #6

Among the hundreds of exclusive RSD releases for 2013:

  • The Doors - 7" vinyl "Soul Kitchen", and hardcover edition of John Densmore's book, The Doors Unhinged
  • Country Joe & the Fish - 12" vinyl I Feel Like I’m Fixin' to Die, remastered from the original source tapes
  • The Animals - 10" (45 rpm) vinyl "The Animals Is Here" and "The Animals Are Back"
  • Paul McCartney and Wings - 12" vinyl Maybe I'm Amazed live version originally released in 1976 as a radio promo single
  • Cream - Live at the Royal Albert Hall three-LP deluxe set

How you can interact with RSD

At a store, online, on your mobile device ... you can pick and choose how you would like to be a part of Record Store Day.

RSD Guide App for iOS and Android

Participating Stores

In-store Special Events



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