Record Store Day planning rolling release dates

Lawrence Kim
April 30, 2020

The annual event, which began in the United Kingdom and celebrates independent music retailers around the world, was due to take place on April 18, with Manic Street Preachers, U2, Sam Smith, Keith Richards and the late David Bowie all releasing participating records.

Record Store Day Black Friday is now scheduled to take place on November 21 with Record Store Day 2021 slated for April 17, 2021.

Well now, RSD is being pushed back again.

A new version of the Record Store Day list of limited edition records will be published on June 1, with the upcoming releases from the likes of David Bowie, Britney Spears and My Chemical Romance assigned one of the drop dates. That means that each record will only be available on one of the new dates. The term "drops" is an industry term for when a new release "drops" (ie: is released).

Titles will be available in participating record shops on three separate Saturdays: August 29, September 26 and October 24. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be too.

The Record Store Day organisers said in a statement: "The focus of these three RSD Drop dates is on supporting the stores, as well as the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work". We don't know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we're focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD Official List this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way. If you run a popular independent record store, now is the time to talk to your I.T. guy about your website's ability to handle traffic surges.

Record Store Day will no longer be going ahead on June 20, as the coronavirus crisis has forced a second date change.

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