Happy Record Store Day Everyone!
Today marks the ten year anniversary of Record Store Day, which first took place on April 19th, 2008. Within this period of ten years, we witnessed monumental developments within the Music Industry. Generally, the inauguration of digital streaming platforms such as Spotify and Youtube permanently changed the way we consume music on a daily basis. On the other hand, physical music products became inconvenient. This resulted in the steady decline of music retail.
YET, the Music Industry is simply unpredictable. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, physical music sales in the US rose above digital downloads last year for the first time since 2011. This highlights that music lovers still want to get their hands on physical products. CDs, Vinyls and Cassettes are indeed back in business.
So what is Record Store day?
Record Store Day is an annual event. It was introduced to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store”. The day honours independent record store owners and those working within the music retail industry. In general, Record Store Day was set up to inform the world about the unique culture of record stores all over the US.
Every year, special physical releases and numerous promotional products are exclusively made for this day only. Albums and singles are re-produced as vinyls, cassettes and CDs in the spirit of Record Store Day. This year, a huge collection of music catalogues have contributed to the event. AC/DC, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Florence & the Machine and Taylor Swift are a small handful of artists who’s music has been released in a unique, physical form.
Ireland is certainly celebrating the day with a full list of participating record stores available here. During the day you can expect exclusive physical product sales and special music performances jotted all over the country. Check out Nialler9′s great list of events happening around the country here.
To conclude, Record Store Day is a fantastic event which honours the physical sale of music. Independent Record Stores and their employees are celebrated for their work worldwide. In general, it is a day for physical music and a day for music retail. So, celebrate in style and buy a copy of your favourite album.