Record Store Day 2019 drove another record year of vinyl sales. 827,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S. during the week ending April 18, according to Nielsen Music. That's a Record Store Day week record and the third-largest sales week for vinyl albums since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
72% or 673,000 of those vinyl albums were sold via independent record stores - the biggest week ever for the format at indie stores in Nielsen Music history.
This year's vinyl album sales were up 12.8% compared to the 733,00 vinyl albums sold during last year's Record Store Day week.
40.4% of all physical albums (CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.) sold during the week were vinyl 827,000 of a total 2.05 million.