Thanks to Record Store Day 2020’s first drop on Aug. 29, U.S. vinyl album sales surged to a new weekly high in 2020, as 802,000 copies were sold in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s a 63% increase compared to the previous week’s sales.
That 802,000 haul is also the largest week for vinyl album sales since the week ending Dec. 26, 2019, when 1.243 million copies were sold.
Further, the 802,000 sum is the biggest week for vinyl albums outside of the Christmas shopping season since the week ending April 18, 2019, when 848,000 were sold. That week included Record Store Day 2019 festivities.
Due to complications caused by COVID-19, Record Store Day 2020 – which was slated to take place April 18 – was split into three separate drops: Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. In turn, the Record Store Day-focused releases and exclusive titles that were all due to hit independent and small chain record stores on April 18 were spread across the three days, including the two upcoming dates. Many titles are released specifically for the annual music store holiday, including unique color vinyl variants, hard-to-find catalog pieces and niche reissues.
The biggest-selling album at indie and small chain record stores in the week ending Sept. 3 – as reflected on the weekly Tastemakers albums chart (dated Sept. 12) – was Billie Eilish’s Record Store Day release Live at Third Man Records, with 13,000 copies sold. The 10-track acoustic album was recorded on Nov. 6, 2019 and was released exclusively on blue opaque vinyl. The set also debuts at No. 55 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Eight of the top 10 albums sold at indie and small-chain retailers (see list, below) were either released for Record Store Day or had a new format of variants issued for the holiday. Only Taylor Swift’s Folklore (No. 3 for the week) and Metallica’s S&M2 (No. 4) were not Record Store Day-focused, though the latter had a color variant exclusive to indie stores for its release on Aug. 28.
Here are some fast facts on Record Store Day 2020’s First Drop and its sales impact, along with the top 10 selling albums of the week at indie and small-chain stores.
All data is for the week ending Sept. 3 in the U.S.
Top 10 Selling Albums at Indie and Small-Chain Stores – as reflected on the Tastemakers albums chart (dated Sept. 12):
1. Billie Eilish, Live at Third Man Records (13,000 sold via indie and small-chain stores)
2. David Bowie, ChangesNowBowie (10,000)
3. Taylor Swift, Folklore (9,000)
4. Metallica, S&M2 (9,000)
5. David Bowie, I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74) (9,000)
6. Gorillaz, D-Sides (9,000)
7. Gorillaz, G-Sides (9,000)
8. Tyler, The Creator, Cherry Bomb (7,000)
9. The Cure, Bloodflowers (7,000)
10. The Who, Odds & Sods (7,000)
Total album sales across all formats (physical – including CD, vinyl, cassette, etc. and digital download): 2.212 million – up 26.1% compared to previous week.
Physical album sales (CD, vinyl, cassette, etc.): 1.561 million – up 33.3% compared to previous week.
CD album sales: 751,000 – up 11.7% compared to previous week. That’s the best week for CD album sales since the week ending Aug. 13 (767,000).
Vinyl album sales: 802,000 – up 63% compared to previous week. It’s the largest week for vinyl album sales since the week ending Dec. 26, 2019 (1.243 million). It’s also the biggest week for vinyl album sales outside of Christmas season since the week ending April 18, 2019 (848,000), which contained Record Store Day 2019 impact. Record Store Day in 2019 was April 13.
Independent store physical album sales: 718,000 – up 93% compared to previous week. Biggest week for indie store album sales since the week ending April 18, 2019 (848,000), reflecting Record Store Day 2019 impact.
Independent store CD album sales: 191,000 – up 24% compared to previous week. Best week for indie store CD album sales since the week ending March 12 (239,000).
Independent store vinyl album sales: 525,000 – up 143% compared to previous week. Largest week for indie store vinyl album sales since week ending April 18, 2019 (673,000), reflecting Recording Store Day 2019 impact.
With almost nine hours left of her road trip from Oklahoma to California, Del Rey answered Antonoff’s questions about her year-long journey between releasing Norman F—ing Rockwell!, her sixth studio album which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, to wrapping up Chemtrails. But as she took a trip down memory lane, Antonoff inquired about how she brought Joan Baez with her onstage for a special duet of Baez’s hit “Diamonds and Rust” last October.
“On the last tour, we went to Berkeley and I really wanted to do ‘Diamonds and Rust’ with Joan, and she was kind enough to accommodate me. Nobody necessarily wants to show up to do a giant show for 15,000 kids at Berkeley, but she told me that if I’d drive out 80 miles from Berkeley, then we could practice at her kitchen table, and if it was good, she would do it,” the 35-year-old singer-songwriter recalled. So that’s what I did. She corrected me on all my harmonies, and by the end, it was great.”
But the real kicker was what happened after their scream-worthy performance. “Then we went out clubbing to this Afro-Caribbean two-step place and danced all night. She f—ing outlasted me,” she said.
As the “Doin’ Time” singer ties the loose ends of her current project that’ll be released at an unknown date this month, she discussed two of the defining tracks, “White Dress/Waitress” and “Chemtrails over the Country Club.” She started the first while playing the piano at The Muppets creator Jim Henson’s studio, where Antonoff noted they were “being watched over by a giant Kermit.”
“What I like about that song is that for all of its weirdness, when you get to the end of it, you understand exactly what it’s about. I hate when I hear a song that has a great melody, but I have no idea what they’re talking about,” Del Rey said of “White Dress/Waitress.” “In the grunge movement, a lot of the lyrics were super abstract, but the melodies and the tonality were such a vibe that you felt like you knew exactly what the singer was thinking. Nowadays, you get a beautiful melody but you don’t really know what the person is talking about, or if it’s even important to them.”
And the latter titular track doesn’t signal where she’s been before, but where she’s headed and who’s been by her side along the way, from her girlfriends to her siblings to her dogs, cats and chickens. “‘Chemtrails’ is the title track because it mentions them all and it mentions wanting so much to be normal and realizing that when you have an overactive, eccentric mind, a record like Chemtrails is just what you’re going to get.”
Del Rey plans to drop the single “Let Me Love You Like a Woman” ahead of the album, which she teased in an Instagram video last Tuesday (Sept. 1) that she filmed on the set of the “Chemtrails over the Country Club” music video. She’ll also release her debut poetry book Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass on Sept. 29.
Read the rest of Del Rey and Antonoff’s Interview cover story conversation here.
Maren Morris enjoyed her first Labor Day as a mother with her son Hayes.
The “GIRL” singer took to Instagram over the weekend to share a photo watching a fireworks display. “baby’s first fireworks,” she captioned the photo in which she’s seen smiling while holding her five-month-old son (protecting his ears with a big pair of headphones).
Maren and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed baby Hayes Andrew Hurd back in March. Morris gave birth just over two weeks after performing at the Houston Rodeo. “If I go into labor during this show, it’s all good because it just means that my kid really wanted to be born in Texas,” the Texas native told the crowd, according to the Houston Chronicle.
On what would have been Avicii’s 31st birthday, the late producer’s father, Klas Bergling, has given a sprawling, intimate interview on his son’s life and legacy.
Airing today (September 8) at 5 p.m. ET on Sirius XM’s BPM channel, Bergling joins Sirius XM’s Head of Electronic Dance Music Programming Geronimo to discuss many aspects of his son’s life, including how he and his family tried to convince Tim to take a break from touring.
“Almost every day, every year,” Bergling says of the frequency of this conversation. “The music business, you know it, it absorbs you, with such a success that Tim went through. All the time he spent traveling, making music, and at that time he was really happy doing it, even if it was up and down and things happened on the way. He was happy, and he was producing and he was creative. As a parent you sit here in Stockholm, and of course you want your son to come home and take a rest.”
Avicii, of course of the famous dance music producers of the EDM era, struggled with health issues throughout his career before taking his own life on April 20, 2018 in Muscat, Oman. In the interview Klas Bergling continues that his son’s struggles with addiction and mental health issues eventually affected the entire Bergling family.
“Especially in the later years,” he says. “Mental illness is often connected with depression. You can see it and you feel it and you can almost say that this person needs help. Tim didn’t show those signs too [officially.] We stopped him twice together with his management, but that was later, and of course we were very worried in the family many times.”
“You may wonder, why didn’t you do anything? We did a lot of things. That’s for sure,” he continues. “Tim was a grown up. That’s something which is important to see also, he took his own decisions. We couldn’t lock him in. That’s not the way you can handle things. He was constantly producing also, so it’s a strange situation. When you see it now with another perspective, it may be easy to say of course we should have stopped him, but we did stop him.”
The exclusive interview is airing as part of BPM’s Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness, which takes place today through September 13 as part of National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States. The Tribute includes music from Avicii and many of Tim’s friends and collaborators — including Aloe Blacc, Armin van Buuren, Bonn, David Guetta, Joe Janiak, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nile Rodgers and more — sharing stories about Tim, his music and their own experiences with mental illness.
“I’ve been listening to his music so much, every song over and over and over again, same with Anki my wife,” Klas Bergling says in the BPM interview of his favorite Avicii track. “It’s really hard. I didn’t like “Wake Me Up” the first time I heard it, for example. After listening to it a couple of times I started understanding things.”
Joining Geronimo from his home in Stockholm, the elder Bergling gets emotional throughout the interview, particularly when discussing how he always knew his son was special.
“Very early, I would say, long before he started with music production,” Bergling says of realizing Tim was gifted. “He was very special as a child, you know. He was very good at drawing and had very broad fantasy and he wrote very special stories in school. You’re obliged to write stories when you practice your language, you’re supposed to write a small story, and he was very talented and funny and dramatic. He was also very serious. He had a very serious side very early…He was sensitive. You couldn’t make jokes about everything.”
The complete interview is also available on demand via the SiriusXM App and will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, September 9 at 9 a.m. ET; Friday, September 11 at 3 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m. ET. Watch video clips of the conversation below.
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich are celebrating a relationship milestone.
The “I Love Me” singer took to her Instagram Story on Monday (Sept. 7) to wish her fiancé a happy six-month anniversary. “Happy 6 months to my darling, the best father these pups could ever ask for,” she wrote alongside a video of the actor playing in the grass with Lovato’s two dogs. “I love you BEYOND. Thank you for making my life so much better @maxehrich I love you baby.”
Ehrich shared the post to his story and added, “Words fall short, baby. Love you infinitely & then some. Thank you for being the light of my life. Cheers to forever.”
The couple publicly confirmed their relationship in May by making a surprise appearance in the music video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s quarantine tune, “Stuck With U.”
In July, they announced their engagement on Instagram with a gorgeous seaside photoshoot.“I’m honored to accept your hand in marriage,” Lovato wrote. “I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future.”