April 19th is Record Store Day—an international celebration of vinyl records that caters to rabid fans and rabid collectors alike. The first Record Store Day was in 2007 and came with a hitch in the age of online shopping: The releases were only available at independent stores and you had to physically go to the store to get the records you wanted—if your store received those releases in your shipment.
Every year since 2007, on the third Saturday in April, music fans and record collectors flock to their local independent music shop in hopes of scoring a gem on Record Store Day.
This year, collectors will get something a little bit extra.
In addition to the main event held earlier this year, a smaller second event will take place on November 29. Organizers of "Record Store Day - Back to Black Friday" hope to drive customers into their local record shops during the busiest shopping day of the year.
For the past decade, vinyl records have been making a comeback. Today, LPs are the fastest-growing medium for recorded music. One estimate of sales for last year is four million—impressive in an industry that has been shrinking since the early 1980s.