April 13 is Record Store Day. Conceived in 2007 to "to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally", Record Store Day is met with special promotions in many locations, making it the perfect day to go digging in the crates for some rare LPs.
Interestingly, the recent resurgence of vinyl
in the United States has been largely led by artists from the LP era. As the following chart, based on Nielsen
data, shows, all but one of the ten best vinyl-selling acts in the U.S. in 2018 were big before the guy who invented Spotify
was even conceived.
The Beatles sold 321,000 vinyl albums in the U.S. last year, with Abbey Road being their best-selling album with 76,000 units sold. Pink Floyd and David Bowie round off the top 3 vinyl-selling artists of last year ahead of Panic! At the Disco, the only contemporary band in the top 10.