Saturday is Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day
Record Store Day celebrates brick-and-mortar record retailers. (Source: Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Remember record stores? Well, some of you may be surprised to hear that they're not exactly a thing of the past.

In fact, Saturday is Record Store Day, a day designed to celebrate independent brick and mortar retailers specializing in record sales.

Stores across the globe now celebrate the day with sales, promotions and special releases.

Here are a few record stores in the Lowcountry participating in some way with Record Store Day:

  • Monster Music & Movies - Charleston
  • The Vinyl Countdown - Charleston
  • Soundwave Records - Summerville

It's best to call ahead for store hours and details about promotions.

The first Record Store Day was held on April 19, 2008.

Vinyl album sales have increased over the past 12 years, comprising 8.5 percent of all physical album sales in 2017, up from 6.5 percent in 2016.

The increase of record sales are driven mostly by the re-release of classic albums. The re-release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the top-selling vinyl LP of 2017.

According to Nielsen Music Tracking, the top 10 vinyl album sales in 2017 are:

  1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. The Beatles, Abbey Road
  3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  4. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
  5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
  6. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack)
  7. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of…
  8. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
  9. Soundtrack, La La Land
  10. Michael Jackson, Thriller

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