Hors d’Oeuvres: Record Store Day a Success

We had a feeling that this year’s Record Store Day was a success from all the buzz and first-hand stories we heard last Saturday, but we can now quantify RSD 2011 based on the SoundScan figures. Indie record stores sold 13% more albums during the week of Record Store Day in 2011 against the same period in 2010. More importantly, album sales at independent record stores increased more than 39% during RSD week compared to the previous week.

Let’s hope this trend continues in 2012 and that more artists continue to put out exclusive Record Store Day material with a focus on full-length releases. Also, while we’re making suggestions, how about upping limited edition releases by 1,000 or 2,000 copies so more fans can get RSD vinyl at the stores instead of from flippers on eBay.

Here’s a look at six other stories of note…

Finally, this oral history detailing the Beastie Boys early days ranks among the best articles we’ve come across this year. Writer Amos Barshad was able to convince nearly every collaborator who particpated in the group’s rise to fame to participate, making for a wonderful read. Speaking of the B-Boys, let’s see if you think as highly of Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 as we do…


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  1. John R Reply

    Great album. Who would have thought these guys would still be relevant in 2011! I was not the biggest fan of License To Ill when I was a young buck, but every album since has introduced me to so many other artist through their unique taste in sampling. Rock on Beasties!

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