Vinyl record lovers, mark your diaries for April 23rd.
More than 300 new music releases are expected to land that day, with most of them debuting – or exclusively available at – independent record stores, as part of Record Store Day 2022.
Artists scheduled for releases include Nicki Minaj, Foo Fighters, Mariah Carey, the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift, who is a World Record Store Day Ambassador. Many are albums or singles never before released on vinyl, while others are released on colored vinyl.
For example, a 50th anniversary release of the Stones’ “More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)” is available on two glow-in-the-dark vinyls. Among the 25 tracks are 1963’s lead single “Come On” and a cover of Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied”, as well as rarities previously unavailable on vinyl in the US.
And Minaj’s “Beam Me Up Scotty,” a 2021 reissue of her 2009 mixtape, is on psychedelic fuchsia vinyl.
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Swift has an exclusive 7-inch single from “The Lakes,” a bonus track from her “Folklore” album. On the other hand: “The Lakes (original version)”, an orchestral version of the song which was not previously available on vinyl.
And her song “The Man” appears on “Portraits of Her,” a charity compilation album made with cobbler Vans to benefit We Are Moving the Needle, a nonprofit group supporting women in the recording industry. Other female artists include Banks and Julia Michaels,
You can also buy vinyl for kids: ‘Peppa’s Adventures: The Album’ features Peppa Pig, the star of the popular British animated TV series.
The origins of Record Store Day
This marks the 15th anniversary of Record Store Day – the first was on April 19, 2008 – designed as a way to celebrate independent record stores and the vinyl LP format. Typically, the event is held on the third Saturday in April, often with artist appearances at some of the 1,400 independent record stores in the United States.
For the past two years, there have been no official celebrations due to the coronavirus lockdown and various local and state restrictions on purchases. Instead, the occasion was marked by a series of “drops” of new releases affiliated with Record Store Day.
“We didn’t want to call it Record Store Day, because we didn’t want them to think that we’re encouraging people to go hang out and drink beer and watch a band because we weren’t.” , said Record Store Day. says founder Carrie Colliton.
This year, retailers, record labels and vinyl manufacturers are facing supply chain issues, including the availability of vinyl pellets, paper and even labor to press and produce records. , she says. June 18 has therefore been designated as the release date for discs that are expected to miss the April 23 event.
“Let’s face it, there may be some who can’t even make June, and then we’ll look at when they can get out,” Colliton said.
Last year, US vinyl sales rose 51% to 41.7 million, nine times the amount of vinyl sold in 2011, according to MRC Data, which provides data for Billboard charts.
“People really like vinyl now,” Colliton says. “And everybody wants to sell vinyl now.”
Other Record Store Day 2022 releases
► Foo Fighters, “Making A Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)/Chasing Birds (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version)”: A 7 inch disc with new versions of these “Medicine at Midnight” titles.
► Mariah Carey, “#1’s”: a collection from 1998 of her first 13 list heads.
► Kirk Hammett, “Portals”: The Metallica guitarist’s debut solo album is part of several Record Store Day releases released on CD as well as vinyl. The CD format saw its sales increase by 1% in 2021 to 40.6 million, said MRC Data.
►The Jackson 5, “ABC”: The quintet’s second studio album is available for the first time on 180 gram blue vinyl.
►The Replacements, “Unsuitable for Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert (Live)”: One of the alternative rock band’s earliest soundboard recordings.
For the full list of Record Store Day releases, visit recordstoreday.com.
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