Top 10 Vinyl Albums And Singles Sold On Record Store Day

From Billboard:

Independent stores represented 19.4 percent of all physical albums sold in the week ending April 20 (605,000 of 5.3 million) — likely the highest share of physical albums for the indie sector since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

Billboard’s Tastemakers Albums
(chart dated May 3, reflecting sales in the week ending April 20)

1. Green Day, “Demolicious” (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
2. Beck, “Morning Phase” (Fonograf Records/Capitol)
3. Childish Gambino, “Because the Internet” (Glassnote)
4. The Afghan Whigs, “Do To the Beast” (Sub Pop)
5. Notorious B.I.G., “Life After Death” (Bad Boy/Rhino)
6. Various Artists, “The Space Project” (Lefse/Fat Possum)
7. Bruce Springsteen, “American Beauty” (EP) (Columbia)
8. Grateful Dead, “Hampton Coliseum: Friday May 4, 1979” (Grateful
Dead/Rhino)
9. Nas, “Illmatic” (Columbia/Legacy)
10. Jake Bugg, “Live at Silver Platters: Seattle WA, January 20, 2014” (EP) (Virgin/EMI/Jake Bugg/Island)

Overall vinyl album sales also hit a SoundScan-era high in the week ending April 20, as 369,000 LPs were sold. That easily beats the previous record, logged with 295,000 LPs in the week ending Dec. 22, 2013. (A year ago, RSD helped yield 244,000 vinyl LPs sold in the week ending April 20, 2013.)

Billboard’s Vinyl Albums
(chart dated May 3, reflecting sales in the week ending April 20)

1. Childish Gambino, “Because the Internet” (Glassnote)
2. The Afghan Whigs, “Do To the Beast” (Sub Pop)
3. Notorious B.I.G., “Life After Death” (Bad Boy/Rhino)
4. Bruce Springsteen, “American Beauty” (EP) (Columbia)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Live At Monterey” (Experience
Hendrix/Legacy)
6. Grateful Dead, “Hampton Coliseum: Friday May 4, 1979” (Grateful
Dead/Rhino)
7. Tame Impala, “Live Versions” (Modular/Interscope/IGA)
8. Joy Division, “An Ideal For Living” (EP) (Warner UK/Rhino)
9. The Flaming Lips, “7 Skies H3” (Lovely Sorts Of Death/Warner Bros.)
10. The Ramones, “Meltdown With the Ramones EP” (Sire/Rhino)

In terms of singles sales — a normally dormant retail category — there were 104,000 physical singles sold in the week ending April 20. That’s up 68 percent compared with the haul a year ago (62,000) and up 1,200 percent from the week ending April 13 (8,000).

On the Hot Singles Sales chart, the tally is livened up by RSD, as all 25 titles are affiliated with RSD. (We have excerpted the top 10, below.) The chart is topped by Nirvana’s 7-inch vinyl single “Pennyroyal Tea” (3,000 sold). The single was originally planned to be released in 1994, but was withheld in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s death.

Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales
(chart dated May 3, reflecting sales in the week ending April 20)

1. Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea” (Sub Pop/Geffen/Interscope)
2. Devo/The Flaming Lips, “Gates of Steel” (Live) (Warner Bros./Rhino)
3. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr., “Just Like Heaven” (Fiction/Elektra/Rhino)
4. David Bowie, “1984” (Parlophone/Rhino)
5. Love/Rush, “7 and 7 Is” (Elektra/Rhino)
6. Frank Zappa, “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” (Zappa/UMe)
7. Poison Idea/Pantera, “The Badge” (East West/Rhino)
8. Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
9. Fleetwood Mac, “Dragonfly” (Reprise/Warner Bros./Rhino)
10. Garbage With Brody Dalle, “Girls Talk” (Stun Volume)