Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Prince, and More Exclusive Titles Announced for Record Store Day 2021
On June 12 and July 17, Record Store Day 2021 will hold two "drops" of exclusive titles from Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Tom Petty, Elton John, and others.
RSD is usually held on a Saturday in the spring at numerous independent record shops, luring consumers in with the promise of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition albums available only at indie stores for the holiday.
With the current coronavirus pandemic, however, the celebrations can't quite get back to normal. With small businesses steadily reopening, the RSD website has compiled a list of 450 titles (50 more than usual) for music fans to use as a shopping guide at independent music stores. Depending on the venue, which can be reviewed here, stores can allow in-store shopping with normal/reduced foot traffic or by appointment, curbside collection, local delivery, and/or online shopping.
Gaga's Chromatica on exclusive yellow vinyl; Winehouse's Remixes as a standalone LP collection for the first time; Prince's The Truth as a first-time LP release and first-time independent release on purple vinyl; Petty's Angel Dream reimagined on LP for the 25th anniversary of the She's The One soundtrack; and John's Regimental Sgt. Zippo in its entirety on LP for the first time. Grande's 2019 Sweetener Tour live album is being released in physical form for the first time since the pop star released the album digitally on December 23, 2019.
In honor of Record Store Day, Rhino Records will release 31 limited-edition titles at participating indie stores, including Joni Mitchell's Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights include a 1-LP 180-gram black vinyl release of Aretha Franklin's Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, the first vinyl release of Aretha Franklin's Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, and in 1972 on 2-LP on orange and yellow vinyl; Me'Shell Ndegéocello's first RSD release of Peace Beyond Passion on 2-LP 140-gram blue vinyl; picture discs of Black Sabbath's Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules; The Doors' Morrison Hotel Sessions on 2-LP – 180-gram black vinyl; four of Lupe Fiasco's albums (two for the first time on vinyl) as part of Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Series 4.
Craft Recordings has announced 12 RSD-exclusive vinyl releases, including the first vinyl reissue of John Martyn's 1998 blues covers collection The Church With One Bell; a 40th-anniversary reissue of Celia Cruz and Willie Colón's Celia Y Willie; a 30th-anniversary edition of Jonathan Richman's Having a Party With Jonathan Richman; and a 15th-anniversary pressing of Evanescence's The Open.
COVID forced RSD organizers to postpone their 2020 edition. According to MRC Data, last year's three-part decline (held on Aug. 29, Sept. 26, and Oct. 24) helped indie stores in the United States sell 1.95 million CD and vinyl albums, with 1.41 million of those being vinyl albums.