Record Store Day names 607 special edition releases

21/03/14

Haim, Jake Bugg and Kings of Leon

More than 600 limited edition releases have been named for this year's Record Store Day.

Kings Of Leon, Haim and Bombay Bicycle Club are among the acts taking part in the annual celebration of independent record shops.

Other acts such as Outkast, Kodaline and London Grammar are among the artists releasing special editions.

Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Damon Albarn will also be bringing out special edition vinyl on 19 April.

Record Store Day is credited with driving a recent surge in vinyl sales.

In 2013, it generated £2 million and saw Biffy Clyro, Tom Odell and Chvrches release limited edition albums.

One Direction

One Direction recently announced they would be releasing a 7" version of their latest single Midnight Memories as part of this year's event.

As well as other contemporary artists like Little Dragon, Katy B and Jake Bugg, material from music legends like Nirvana, Nile Rodgers, Johnny Cash and Neil Young will also be on offer.

In addition a former Kylie Minogue bonus track Golden Boy, a Rolling Stones EP, Oasis' Supersonic and a five album edition of LCD Soundsystem's final show in New York City will be available at selected record stores around the country.

Nirvana and Oasis will also be available on Record Store Day
Image caption Material by Nirvana and Oasis will also be available on Record Store Day

"Record Store Day has been incredibly important as a catalyst for the resurgence of vinyl," said Kim Bayley, who organises the event.

"The fact that indie record shops managed to sell £2m worth of vinyl in one day [last year] puts paid to the idea that either vinyl or record stores themselves are on the way out."

Recent research by ICM showed 18 to 24-year-olds were buying more vinyl records than any other age group under 50.

Chuck D

The founding member of hip-hop group Public Enemy, Chuck D, has been named as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014.

"I come from DJ culture, it was a no-brainer," he said.

"Record Store Day to me isn't just about a vinyl get off.

"It's about record stores being new cultural centres, extensions of libraries, meeting places, something that involves all the combining technologies into something that leaves the customer satisfied when they leave."

The rapper thinks there is room for both vinyl and digital music in the market.

"Not everybody buys vinyl just to play. Sometimes it's a fantastic sonic poster."

Last year, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced vinyl records had achieved their highest sales figures for more than a decade.

Rising talent like Radio 1 Future Festival stars George Ezra and Catfish and the Bottlemen will also be releasing material as part of Record Store Day.

A number of mystery artists have contributed to the secret 7" project, in which the musicians were invited to design one-of-a-kind sleeves for the records.

The names of the seven artists and musicians will be revealed on 24 March.

Record Store Day was launched in the US seven years ago, coming to the UK a year later.

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