The numbers are in, and Record Store Day 2014 has gone down as a big success. Overall record sales at independent record stores rose 11.2 percent compared to this time last year, according to Nielson Soundscan. Considering Record Store Day is ultimately about helping independent shops stay in business, this April 19th had been the best RSD ever.
According to Billboard, this Record Store Day was also the biggest sales day for a number of record stores around the country, including: Permanent Records in Brooklyn; Waterloo Records in Austin; Stinkweed Records in Tempe, Arizona; the Sacramento-based chain Dimples; and Hungry Ear Records in Kailua, Hawaii. Boston-based chain Newbury Comics also reported this RSD as one of their highest-grossing sales days.
As far as individual sales are concerned, Nirvana came out on top for the best-selling vinyl single, according to Billboard, with "Pennyroyal Tea." Surprisingly, Childish Gambino's Because the Internet topped the best-selling vinyl album chart.
In the arena of more good news, year-to-date vinyl sales are up 36 percent compared to this time last year, according to Nielson.