As announced earlier, Record Store Day as it has come to be known will not be celebrated in 2020. While we’d all love nothing more than a party at our local record stores, large groups just aren’t the thing right now. Those independently-owned community businesses remain essential, in our eyes, and may need the revenue brought in by the sales of the sought-after titles on the Record Store Day 2020 List this year more than any other. So, in this unprecedented global situation, the focus of these three RSD Drops dates is on bringing revenue to the stores-- as well as to the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work, in a fiscally and socially responsible way. The spread of titles over three dates in three months will allow stores time to prepare budgets and orders as well as make plans to safely get music into the hands of customers on a larger than normal release day.
For the past month, RSD organizers have worked with artists, labels and distribution to assign new dates to the titles on the Record Store Day 2020 List. Today, the Record Store Day website launched an RSD Drops List for all three dates, detailing which of the titles originally scheduled for April 18 will be coming to record stores on August 29, September 26 or October 24. A PDF shopping/wish list can be downloaded and printed, and titles can be viewed on the website along with artwork and more detail.
Find the lists for RSD Drops on August 29, September 26 and October 24 at recordstoreday.com
This week also sees Record Store Day making changes to its annual conference, Summer Camp. For the past five years, Summer Camp has been the only conference in the world dedicated to the special retailer that is the independent record store, and the largest one yet was scheduled for August of this year.
Instead, Record Store Day is partnering with the Music Business Association to bring three days of education, conversation and community online during “Couch Camp”, starting Wednesday June 3 and running through the end of the week. With the help of Couch Camp sponsors like A to Z Media, Ingram Music and Deer Park/Crosley, record stores will be able to connect with their fellow stores as well as distributors, labels, service providers and others.
For more information about Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com