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David Bowie Star Man of Record Store Day

Legend is the bestselling artist of last 10 years

2017 marks most successful Record Store Day to date as sales up by 40%


(Credit, Rona Duthie, Flashback Records)

As record shops all over the UK celebrate the most successful Record Store Day in history, the best-selling charts are in and it’s classic David Bowie recordings that take on the top spot.

In fact, over the course of the last 10 years of Record Store Day, exclusive David Bowie releases have dominated Record Store Day sales, with 11 appearances in the top 10 albums and singles chart. That’s over twice the amount of the next best-selling artist behind him, The Sex Pistols, who have appeared 5 times in the last 10 years.

Bowie’s also racked up more Record Store Day number 1s than any other artist, taking the top spot on the albums chart with The Man Who Sold the World in 2016 and Cracked Actor in 2017. And on the singles chart, he had a three year run at number 1 with 2014’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, 2015’s Changes and 2016’s TCV15.

However, it was The Smiths who knocked him off the 2017 singles chart this year, with their previously unreleased version of The Boy with the Thorn in His Side. The single made headlines this week as fans discovered a particularly pointed message etched on the vinyl: “Trump will Kill America”

Though, if you are counting vinyl sales overall, Bowie continued his reign as best-seller, as his non-RSD version of the No Plan EP in black combined with the blue version would have overtaken The Smiths for the number 1.

2017 marks most successful Record Store Day to date

All over the country, shops are hailing the 22nd April as the best Record Store Day to date, as sales rose a whopping 40% on the event’s 10th birthday.

The increase comes as sales of albums increased by 35% and singles nearly 50%.

The year on year rise is testament to the experience record shops offer their customers, not only on Record Store Day, but throughout the year. Music lovers came out in the droves to pay homage to their favourite record shops and celebrate buying physical music. Though Record Store Day took place on Saturday, the increase in sales will continue for record shops over the next few weeks as the search for limited editions remains a month long affair.

Over 230 shops took part in this year’s event, welcoming lots of new stores who celebrated their first RSD. Revolution Vinyl who took part in the event for the first time this year said, “We had such a good weekend. We had no idea what to expect and were really chuffed with the support locally. We took over 8 times more vinyl than normal and were excited to welcome lots of new customers through the door.”

And it was customers themselves who were breaking records too, as this year’s earliest queue-goers lined up outside their local stores from as early as 5am the Friday before!

Ashlie Green of David’s Music in Letchworth said, “What an amazing day to celebrate 10 years of Record Store Day. It's been another great year with a fantastic cross section of genres and artists to cater to all tastes and moods. From classic heritage artists; David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Smiths and The Cure that appeal to a wide audience, to newer acts; Cabbage, Slaves & Blossoms to draw in a younger crowd who will hopefully become hooked for the other 364 days of the year! We are so chuffed with the turn out and the enthusiasm we had on the day and we are so excited to hear similar stories from shops across the country. Here's to the next 10 years!"

Any remaining Record Store Day releases will appear on shop websites tonight at midnight http://recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores/ 

Record Store Day Albums Chart

Record Store Day Singles Chart