Record Store Day and Vans’ new vinyl supports Black-owned record shops
June 12 marks Record Store Day 2021.March 1, 2021
Together, the two companies are putting out the dual vinyl Songs for You, Vols. 1 & 2 that will specifically benefit Black-owned independent record shops in the United States.
Late last year, the United States saw a massive spike in vinyl record sales over the holidays. In fact, Record Store Day’s Black Friday event and Taylor Swift‘s folklore helped the industry sell over 1.445 million vinyl on the weekend before Christmas.
Now, Record Store Day hopes to keep the momentum surrounding physical album sales going this year. On June 12, Record Store Day is officially holding its 2021 event. This time around, however, RSD is teaming up with Vans for a special collaboration. Together, the companies are releasing the dual vinyl Songs for You, Vols. 1 & 2.
The new compilations feature nineteen tracks from prolific Black artists including Curtis Mayfield, H.E.R., Run The Jewels, Summer Walker, Common, Pop Smoke and Freddie Gibbs among others. Roberta Flack’s recent cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is also included. As well, the release features artwork from award-winning artist Aamba Chavis, an emerging young voice in Black visual arts.
Songs for You, Vols. 1 & 2 will be available to purchase exclusively in record shops on June 12. From there, Vans and Record Store Day will reinvest proceeds from the sales into Black-owned record stores across the United States.
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“Black-owned record stores have always represented something more than just a place to buy music in their communities,” RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz says. “These businesses have been hubs for social and political activism, self-expression, culture, and belonging. They are at the heart and soul of the music industry and the impact they have had on their communities to push for important social and political progress is immeasurable.”
What are your reactions to Vans and Record Store Day’s new collaboration to help Black-owned record shops? Are you planning to participate in Record Store Day 2021? Let us know in the comments below.