Record Store Day in the US provided albums with a 130% sales boost
Nielsen Music revealed the hard data behind Record Store Day 2016 in the US, showing how successful the event has become.
Albums sales were boosted by 130% over the previous week, whilst singles sales increased by 2,600%.
Vinyl was obviously a big winner with a sales increase of 321% over the previous week, and 75% of that vinyl was sold at independent record stores. Over 10% of all albums sold in the US during Record Store Day week were on vinyl.
The availability of limited, ‘one off’ editions is clearly a big draw for fans and stores sold over 300,000 copies of these limited runs between albums and singles.
Most importantly, independent record stores saw their share of physical sales in the US jump to 30% during Record Store Day week, up from 14% the previous week.
The top 3 Record Store Day album releases were:
- Sublime - "Jah Won't Pay The Bills"
- J Dilla - "Diary" (vinyl LP)
- Madonna - "Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits"
The top 3 Record Store Day single releases were:
- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
- Twenty One Pilots - "Double-Sided"
- MC5/Melvins, "Side By Side: Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)"