Record Store Day sales up 11% over last year

Written by Scott Mervis on .


GambinoRecord Store Day on Saturday was a big hit, as you probably know if you visited a record and saw all the people there.

The main stats, according to Nielsen Soundscan, are that it increased sales at indie record stores by 91 percent over the prior week, and RSD sales were up 11 percent over last year.

The hot vinyl came from Childish Gambino, Afghan Whigs, Nirvana and Flaming Lips.

Here are some other stats:

-- Independent Record Stores represented 19.4 percent of the total national volume of all Physical Album sales this week. This is the highest share of Physical Album sales for the Independent stores since SoundScan started tracking sales by store strata.

-- Vinyl LP sales at Independent record stores were up 280% vs. the prior week and up 58% vs. the week of Record Store Day last year. This is the most successful Record Store Day week for Vinyl LPs.

-- Fueled by Record Store Day exclusives, Independent Record Stores represented 85% of the total national volume of Vinyl LPs this week. In 2013, Independent Record Stores sold 82% of the total national Vinyl LPs.

-- This week represented the second-highest sales volume for the Independent Record Stores in a non-holiday week since 2008.

dttb-largeVinyl Highlights:

-- Vinyl LP Sales increased 176% this week over last week at all stores.

-- Sales of 12” Vinyl exploded this week increasing more than 3,100% over last week, and up 113% over the same week last year.

-- RSD 2014 is the most successful Record Store Day ever for vinyl with LP sales up 58% over the week of RSD 2013.

-- Vinyl LPs accounted for 52% of all album sales (CD, LP, other album formats) at Independent record stores this week. The week of RSD 2013, LPs accounted for 37% of all album sales at Independent record stores.

-- Of the top 50 Vinyl LPs in the U.S. this week, 43 titles were either exclusive Record Store Day releases, or were widely released for the first time this week.

-- The top 50 Vinyl LPs combined to sell 35% more copies this week than during the week of Record Store Day in 2013.

-- 68 different Vinyl LPs sold more than 1,000 copies this week, compared to 17 Vinyl LPs with exceeding 1,000 copies sold during the week of last year’s Record Store Day.

-- YTD Vinyl LP sales are now up 36% vs. the same period last year and are on pace to exceed last year’s record-high volume.

Billboard’s Top Vinyl LPs for the week ending 4/20/2014

flaming1. Childish Gambino/Because the Internet
2. Afghan Whigs/Do To the Beast
3. Notorious B.I.G./Life After Death
4. Bruce Springsteen/American Beauty
5. Jimi Hendrix/Live at Monterey
6. Grateful Dead/Live at Hampton Colliseum
7. Tame Impala/Live Versions
8. Joy Division/An Ideal For Living
9. Flaming Lips/7 Skies H3
10. Ramones/Meltdown With the Ramones

Billboard’s Top Vinyl Singles for the week ending 4/20/2014
1. Nirvana/Pennyroyal Tea
2. Flaming Lips & Devo/Gates of Steel
3. The Cure/Just Like Heaven
4. David Bowie/1984
5. Love/Rush / 7 and 7 is
6. Frank Zappa/Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow
7. Pantera/Poison Idea/Side By Side: The Badge
8. Paramore/Ain’t It Fun
9. Fleetwood Mac/Dragonfly
10. Garbage/Girls Talk S**t

Source: Nielsen SoundScan


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