Record Store Day 2017 sales hits a new high

Nielsen Music has released some data via Billboard from this year’s 10th anniversary Record Store Day event, revealing the increasing growth and success of this annual celebration year by year.


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During the week of Record Store Day which ended in April 27th, album sales at independent stores jumped a whopping 197% compared to the previous week – and vinyl album sales went up 484%, with a mind-blowing amount of 409,000 albums being sold that week.

For non indie retailers the figures are even higher, with a 213% increase in album sales with 547,000 sold.

Compared to Record Store Day 2016, this year saw a 1.4% growth, with independent stores representing a 31% wedge of physical album sales, which is the sector’s highest ever weekly share. Nielsen also reports that sales of 12″ jumped from 4,350 % to 89,000 for the week from a previous figure of 2,000.

Check the top selling albums during RSD 2017 here:

Top RSD Exclusive Albums at Independent Record Stores
Rank Artist Title
1 Grateful Dead P.N.E. Garden Auditorium…
2 The Doors Live at the Matrix
3 The Black Angels Deathsong
4 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live From Welcome to 1979 (EP)
5 The Cure Greatest Hits
6 Santana Woodstock: Saturday August 16, 1969
7 Stevie Nicks Rarities
8 The Cure Greatest Hits Acoustic
9 Rush Cygnus X-1 (EP)
10 Various Artists Really Rock ‘Em Right: Sun Records…
11 David Bowie Bowie: Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74)
12 Vangelis Blade Runner (Soundtrack)
13 Fleetwood Mac Alternate Mirage
14 David Bowie Bowpromo
15 Dave Matthews Band Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95
16 Drive-By Truckers Electric Lady Sessions
17 Elton John 11/17/70
18 The Head and the Heart Stinson Beach Sessions
19 Sia Spotify Sessions (EP)
20 Alice in Chains Get Born 93/99 (EP)
Source: Nielsen Music, for the week ending April 27, 2017.


Top RSD Exclusive Singles at Independent Record Stores
Rank Artist Title
1 U2 Red Hill Mining Town (2017 Mix)
2 Beatles Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
3 Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive
4 Pearl Jam State of Love and Trust
5 The Smiths The Boy with the Thorn in his Side
6 John Williams Main Title – Star Wars: A New Hope
7 Jimmy Page & Black Crowes Misty Mountain Hop (Live at Jones Beach)
8 Prince Little Red Corvette/1999
9 Patti Smith Hey Joe
10 Prince Partyman
11 Def Leppard Ride Into the Sun (The Def Leppard EP)
12 The Lumineers Angela (Song Seeds)
13 Jane’s Addiction Been Caught Stealing
14 Sharon Jones/E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders Heaven Bound
15 Deee-Lite Groove Is In the Heart
16 Frank Zappa Rollo
17 The War on Drugs Thinking of a Place
18 Spoon Hot Thoughts
19 Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times
20 Against Me! Stabitha Christie
Source: Nielsen Music, for the week ending April 27, 2017.

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