David Bowie tops the Record Store Day singles and album chart
London, 25th April 2016: Three months after the death of David Bowie rocked the world, classic recordings by the star have topped the Official Record Store Day Singles and Albums Charts.
Tens of thousands of vinyl enthusiasts turned out to support their local indie record stores on Saturday 16th April to celebrate the 9th Record Store Day.
Over 230 independent shops participated in this year’s event with live performances and special events making it one of the largest simultaneous music parties the UK has ever seen. Of the 500 limited edition releases available, David Bowie topped both the Record Store Day singles and album chart with his 7” picture disc “TVC 15” and “The Man Who Sold the World” LP with the original German cover artwork on the disc.
Source: Official Charts Company
On the success of this year’s Record Store Day, Jon Tolley of Banquet Records in Kingston said “It’s hard to write this as if it’s in the past tense. For us, Record Store Day is actually a month long affair really. There are so many great releases bringing so many music fans in to the store. I really do believe it’s a celebration of, not just physical music, but how people buy it! Yes, there’s the people grabbing the classic re-issues from yesteryear, but there’s also countless numbers of younger people picking up music from today’s artists. For some it’s their first time in a record shop, for some it might even be their first time picking up a physical release. It’s a unique atmosphere for customers and staff alike, and there’s a real buzz unlike any other time of the year.”
And it also proved to be a huge success for new indie retailers who celebrated Record Store Day for the first time. Dave Thorney, of Quicksilver Music in Southport said “My first experience of Record Store Day was fantastic. To see hundreds of people come through the door, both familiar faces and new, made me feel like we were all part of something really special. The atmosphere throughout the whole day was amazing, and the support and thanks I received from customers has made me want to do it all again next year.”
Kim Bayley, CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association who coordinates Record Store Day in the UK with a board of indie retailers, said of the newcomers “Record Store Day has played such a positive role in stemming the tide of closures of independent record shops which seemed inevitable in the days before the launch of the event. Record Store Day continues to encourage new entrants to the market with a further 17 independent record shops having opened in UK in the past 12 months. But above all, it’s fantastic to see Record Store Day celebrated with the hundreds of parties, performances and one-off events across the UK, with both customers old and new. Here’s to our tenth anniversary next year!”
In true Record Store Day fashion, hundreds of dedicated record collectors arrived at their local shops from the early hours to bag the one-off exclusives. Despite the rain (and in some locations snow), the record for the earliest queue-goer was broken by a die-hard Madonna enthusiast named ‘Fat Reg’. Reg took to Square Records in Wimborne from 8.30am Friday morning to get his hands on the reissue of the Japanese LP.
For VOD Music in Mold, the UK’s smallest record shop at just 67 square foot, record numbers of fans queued through the night for a chance to visit his tiny shop “The first person in the queue arrived at midnight and the more arrived very soon after. By opening time the next morning they were queueing the length of the street!” said owner Colin Truman. “There was a great atmosphere despite overnight snow in the area. New friendships were made by likeminded music fans.It was always going to be a bit of a squeeze being the UK's smallest shop but we had record numbers of people through the door. People had travelled from all points of the compass to make this a very special day...one we will never forget!”
Record Store Day was conceived 9 years ago in the USA and is coordinated by the Entertainment Retailers Association in the UK. The day brings together hundreds of the UK’s independent record shops to celebrate their unique culture on the third Saturday in April. Exclusive vinyl is made available on the day and shops often have live music and in-store events to celebrate the event.
Vinyl releases have been a core part of Record Store Day since its launch and Record Store Day has in turn spearheaded the UK vinyl revival. In 2008 there were just over 75,000 vinyl albums sold in the UK. Propelled by Record Store Day sales reached 2.2 million units in 2015. In 2016 alone, LP sales are already up 64% on last year’s figures.
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