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Vinyl Is Back! Record Store Day 2017 Spiked Sales By 213%

By: Renee Grant

The return of vinyl records has been debated over the last few years. While the popularity of the medium has been on the rise, many have said that records would never reach the level of prominence they once enjoyed. Enter Record Store Day 2017.

Related: 98.1 WOGL Celebrates Record Store Day!

Boasting a whopping 547,000 albums sold in one week, Record Store Day 2017 is one of the most successful events honoring records in recent history. Bolstered by plenty of limited edition releases, the 10-anniversary of the celebration proved to be one of the best based on the numbers released by Nielsen Music.

Album sales at independent record stores during the week of April 27th rose 197% over the previous week, the largest leap since Record Store Day began. Vinyl sales, in general, saw a spike of 484%. Across the board, all vinyl retailers combined (including non-independent shops) saw a rise of 213%. The numbers mark the largest non-Christmas sales week for albums since Neilsen began tracking purchases in 1991.

Check out the list below of the top 10 Record Store Day exclusive albums that were sold in independent record stores below. Did you buy any of these?

Top RSD Exclusive Albums at Independent Record Stores:
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…

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