We’re all just boomers after all.
Neilsen Music is reporting a massive, record-setting haul for the 2019 edition of Record Store Day. With the 12th annual event in the books, the tally shows close to a million vinyl album sales for the week ending April 18. Total album sales came to 827,000 vinyl albums.
Streaming be damned: this is the third-largest sales week for vinyl albums since Neilsen’s SoundScan launched in 1991.
Digging deeper into the numbers, Neilsen reports an increase of 12.8% compared to vinyl album sales for Record Store Day week 2018.
The top two albums sold during Record Store Day this year were from Baby Boomer acts – which 5 Mag noted make up the vast majority of vinyl sales and the “vinyl revival” as a whole – with the Grateful Dead’s Warfield album topping Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks: Test Pressing. Green Day’s Live! Woodstock 1994 took the #3 spot, with new rock act Greta Van Vleet’s From The Fires taking #4. Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Pearl Jam, Weezer and The Doors round out the artists placing in the top 10 albums sold for Record Store Day this year.