Record Store Day

Record Store Day Quick Facts - AU

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2022 Date16 April 2022
Record Store Day

Record Store Day History

Record Store Day seeks to promote and celebrate independently owned record stores. It hopes to bring vinyl enthusiasts together. This day focuses on independently owned stores whose product lines consist of at least 50% music retail. It considers those stores that receive their primary business from a physical store. Today, corporate and online retailers are making it increasingly difficult for the smaller independent locations to compete and so, Record Store Day aims to support these real, live, physical, indie record stores - not online retailers or corporate behemoths.

Record Store Day was created in 2007 when independent store owners came together to discuss the idea. It is observed annually on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of April. Each year, an official ambassador wears a ceremonial sash and promotes independently owned record stores (notable ambassadors include Metallica, Jesse Hughes, and Ozzy Osborne).

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Record Store Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the Almighty Institute for Music Retail, as of 2012, there were only about 1,600 independent record stores in the US.
  • Global recorded music sales totaled $15 billion in 2014. The recording industry's global revenue was primarily generated by digital revenues (46%) and physical sales revenues (46%).
  • Between 2013 and 2014, the recording industry's digital revenues grew by 6.9%. This growth can be attributed to music subscription services, which increased in number by 39% over the same time frame.
  • We are drowning in a sea of Myspace, blather, and too much information. Music is everywhere and nowhere. The independent record store is the solution, a place staffed by friendly (or not) people who are actually paid to weed through this crap and help you find the good stuff - Dean Wareham (Luna)
  • Independent record stores rule. They are the last refuge for those who are looking for music that's outside of the box or outside of this decade - Chris Faller (The Hush Sound)

Record Store Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Enter a Record Story Day contest for a chance to win related prizes. Contest rules and entry are located on the Day's webpage while other contests are offered on social media pages controlled by Record Store Day.
  • Watch a movie or documentary about record stores and their culture. Some of our favorites are: Empire Records (1995), 500 Days of Summer (2009), Nowhere Boy (2009) and Sound It Out (2011).
  • Purchase records from your local independent record store. On Record Store Day, many stores have new releases or exclusive old records available for purchase. Some of the larger record stores even have visiting artists that can autograph your new purchase.
  • In addition to purchasing records, purchase an official Record Store Day T-shirt, cap or bag to help the cause. The shirts have graphics and writing such as, I still buy records or record store day to help generate awareness for the day.

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