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Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, The Cure : Stars of Record Store Day 2023

by Ashley King, Digital Music News, June 1st, 2023

Record Store Day 2023 is the best vinyl week on record for independent record stores since its inception. Participating independent record stores sold 1.7 million physical units (LPs, CDs, and cassettes) during the week — 82% of which were vinyl (1.4 million.).

The emerging star of Record Store Day in 2023 is as the event’s founders had hoped upon its inception: exclusive content. Vinyl buyers predominantly want to own content from their favorite artists not available elsewhere. In many cases, these are fans buying for the collector’s aspect rather than to listen to the physical format — the percentage of vinyl buyers who own record players increases as the listeners get older.

The Stars of Record Store Day:

1. Taylor Swift – folklore: the long pond studio sessions

2. Pearl Jam – Give Way

3. The Cure – Show (2023 Remaster)

4. Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna Live 1981

5. The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet

6. Grateful Dead – Boston Garden, Boston, MA 5/7/77 (Live)

7. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes – The B-Sides

8. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – The Sound Emporium EP

9. Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival – You

10. The Ramones – Pleasant Dreams (The New York Mixes)

Record Store Day 2024 begins on April 20, 2024.

Read more about this on Digital Music News's website where it was initially published.


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