Record Store Day 2017 uncovered: What were the big sellers?

From the Chart Company

Record Store Day 2017 was another huge success that saw avid vinyl fans queuing in the wind and rain in the early hours of the morning on Saturday (April 22) to get their hands on some elite, limited edition records. While some will have missed out, many of you across the UK snapped up what you wanted.

And that’s where we come in. We today reveal the Top 5 biggest selling vinyl singles and albums of the weekend based on data reported to Official Charts, and it should come as no surprise to see David Bowie is the leading man of #RSD2017.

The Starman’s No Plan EP qualifies for the Official Singles Chart and was given special RSD treatment, issued in clear blue vinyl, complete with etching. When sales of the traditional black variant also released on vinyl 12″ on Friday are included, the EP rounded out the weekend as the biggest selling vinyl single. The EP hit the Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 yesterday.

Interestingly however, if only sales of the David’s RSD exclusive variant are counted, it is The Smiths’ The Boy With The Thorn In His Side that tops the list.

David’s Cracked Actor tops the list of albums exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017. The triple vinyl five-sided LP, a previously unheard live recording of a show in Los Angeles in 1974, features Luther Vandross on backing vocals.

David’s BOWPROMO release, a reissue of remixes of Hunky Dory album tracks, finished as the second best-selling exclusive. Both impacted the Official Albums Chart’s midweek Update yesterday.

Completing the Top 5 albums purchased across Record Store Day 2017: The Cure’s Greatest Hits, Bruce Springsteen’s Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75, and The Sex Pistols’ remastered God Save Sex Pistols.

Behind Bowie on the singles front are The Smiths’ The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Overdrive, U2’s Red Hill Mining Town picture disc and The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever.

Record Store Day organisers ERA (the Entertainment Retailers Association) will provide a full analysis of RSD UK later this week, with a look at sales figures, the new stars of Record Store Day, and insight from indie retailers about the sheer number of fans who came to their stores across the country.

The best-selling vinyl albums of Record Store Day 2017 are:

TITLE ARTIST
1 CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE IN LOS ANGELES 74) DAVID BOWIE
2 BOWPROMO DAVID BOWIE
3 GREATEST HITS THE CURE
4 HAMMERSMITH ODEON LONDON ’75 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & E ST BAND
5 GOD SAVE SEX PISTOLS SEX PISTOLS

©2017 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

The best-selling vinyl singles of Record Store Day 2017 are:

TITLE ARTIST
1 NO PLAN DAVID BOWIE
2 THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE THE SMITHS
3 INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE PINK FLOYD
4 RED HILL MINING TOWN U2
5 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER BEATLES

©2017 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments

  1. Went to record store day but all sold what I wanted but the amazing thing was most of it has ended up on Ebay so it is not a tool for collectors and the only winners are people selling to make a big profit or just t greed it is now just a farce

  2. Does it make sense to publish a table of best seller RSD titles when they are in varying degrees of limited quantities? Maybe fastest to sell out would be more appropriate? It wasn’t on my list but how do you count all those unlucky toto fans that missed out on the Africa pic disc for example 🤔

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