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Record Store Day Breaks Sales Records, Nirvana Tops Vinyl Singles

LPs accounted for more than half of all albums sold at independent record stores

General view at Rough Trade East on Record Store Day.
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April 25, 2014 8:15 AM ET

This year's Record Store Day was the most successful ever for vinyl sales, which rose 58 percent over Record Store Day 2013. Additionally, independent record stores saw a 91 percent sales increase overall compared to the previous week, compared with 59 percent in 2013 and – going way back – 0.4 percent in the consumer event's inaugural year, 2008. Record Store Day 2014 also helped independent stores claim their highest weekly share in physical album sales (over 19 percent) in the 23-year history of Nielsen's record-tracking system SoundScan.

What Were the Most Anticipated Releases for Record Store Day 2014?

Vinyl as a music format broke a number of records (no pun intended) the week of Record Store Day. The format accounted for more than half of all album sales at indie stores. Forty-three of the LPs among the Top 50 vinyl albums sold that week were Record Store Day releases or released for the first time that week. Sixty-eight different vinyl album titles sold more than 1,000 copies that week, compared to 17 for the previous year's Record Store Day. The week also helped push vinyl sales up 36% over the same time last year, putting it on course to exceed 2013's record-high volume of sales.

Childish Gambino's Because the Internet topped Billboard's vinyl LPs chart for the week, and Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" 7-inch claimed the highest echelon of the vinyl singles chart. Here are the top 10s for both of those charts:

Billboard's Top Vinyl LPs for the Week Ending April 20th:

1. Childish Gambino, Because the Internet
2. Afghan Whigs, Do to the Beast
3. Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death
4. Bruce Springsteen, American Beauty
5. Jimi Hendrix, Live at Monterey
6. Grateful Dead, Live at Hampton Coliseum
7. Tame Impala, Live Versions
8. Joy Division, An Ideal For Living
9. Flaming Lips, 7 Skies H3
10. Ramones, Meltdown With the Ramones

Billboard's Top Vinyl Singles for the Week Ending April 20th:

1. Nirvana, "Pennyroyal Tea"
2. Flaming Lips and Devo, "Gates of Steel"
3. The Cure and Dinosaur Jr, "Just Like Heaven"
4. David Bowie, "1984"
5. Love and Rush, "7 and 7 Is" (released as unnamed "mystery artists")
6. Frank Zappa, "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow"
7. Pantera and Poison Idea, "The Badge"
8. Paramore, "Ain't It Fun"
9. Fleetwood Mac, "Dragonfly"
10. Garbage, "Girls Talk Shit"

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