Record Store Day has been declared a success after music sales for independent record stores across America were up 59% on the previous week and up 3% on the same day last year.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Record Store Day 2013 was the most successful day since the day began in 2008. Stores have averaged a 59% increase compared to the same week in 2008.
Music fans search more for vinyl during Record Store Day. Vinyl sales were up 217% compared to the previous week and up 36% from the same week in the previous year.
Last week vinyl album sales accounted for 37% of all albums purchased in America. 82% of all vinyl album sales last week came from independent music stores.
“Record Store Day is a great way to shine the spotlight on the amazing experience that Independent record stores bring to music consumers,” says David Bakula (SVP Client Development & Insights, Nielsen Entertainment). “With year-over-year growth, and exclusive packages in a format that consumers value with rich content, Record Store Day will continue to be an event that drives music consumers to Independent record stores.”