Watch NME's video report from this weekend's celebrations
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds scored the highest-selling vinyl single of this year’s Record Store Day, which organisers have said is set to break all previous sales records.
The ex-Oasis leader’s new EP ‘Songs From The Great White North’ edged Arctic Monkeys’ new track ‘R U Mine?’ into second and Sex Pistols’ re-release of their classic 1977 track ‘Anarchy In The UK’ into third in the vinyl singles chart. A picture disc of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Rocky Ground’ completed the top 5.
More than 300 artists offered up new vinyl releases to coincide with Saturday’s (April 21) celebrations, with new material, cover versions, rare tracks and studio outtakes all released.
There were also a number of special instore performances – click above to watch NME video interviews with Little Boots and Keane, who appeared at London’s Rough Trade East. The clip also features contributions from punters on the day, revealing the records they’d managed to get their hands on, and the event’s co-ordinator Spencer Hickman.
Initial feedback from stores has suggested Record Store Day 2012 has achieved bigger sales than any previous year. A detailed breakdown of sales is due to be calculated later this week.
Vinyl sales are reported to be up over 50 per cent compared with last year’s figures, with some participating stores reporting sales increases of over 100 per cent compared to 2011.
Hickman commented that the event and indie record stores are “proving to be more relevant than ever”.
I can’t believe just how busy RSD was again this year, there were queues round the block with fans both young and old enjoying the unique atmosphere indie stores provide ensuring that RSD has become the date music buyers are marking in their diaries.
Meanwhile, Alabama Shakes’ debut album ‘Boys & Girls’ topped the first ever Record Store Chart last week (April 20), which was launched to coincide with Record Store Day. The chart is calculated on physical sales from independent record shops and is being overseen by the Official Charts Company.