This year’s Record Store Day saw its most successful vinyl sales ever, which rose 58 percent over RSD 2013. Independent record stores saw a 91 percent increase in sales overall compared to the previous week. Record Store Day 2014 also helped independent stores have their highest weekly stake in physical album sales (around 19 percent) in Nielsen Soundscan’s 23-year history of record sales-tracking.
For the record (ha), Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” seven-inch claimed the highest position on Billboard’s top vinyl singles chart for the week, while Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet topped the vinyl LPs chart. Paramore, the Flaming Lips, Joy Division and Pantera all also managed to chart as well. Check out the top 10s for both charts below.
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"
If you missed it, listen to the RSD Nirvana tribute, In Utero: In Tribute.