When we’re not busy having a pandemic, Record Store Day falls on the third Saturday in April. This year’s spring event was postpone, replaced with three RSDs in August, September, and October.
The numbers are coming in from the August event, which was held on the 28th. According to Discogs.com, business was up substantially–at least in the US–rising 41.1%, translating into 78,680 pieces of vinyl sold.
Nice. But how was this possible in an era of social distancing? Two reasons:
- Stores were allowed to list their special RDS releases online for the first time. That meant you didn’t actually have to physically to the shop.
- People were obviously interested in buying records despite the pandemic.
I should have some Canadian data on Tuesday. Meanwhile, there are two more Record Store Days to come on September 26 and October 24.
Here’s a song about going to the record store.