Saturday, April 19 marks the 2014 edition of Record Store Day, an internationally celebrated annual event. This year’s festivities are currently underway as fans and artists alike are hitting their neighborhood record haunts and crate-digging.
Dozens of artists and music-influencers also hit up Twitter today to show their support for the event.
“#RecordStoreDay2014,” tweeted Pearl Jam.
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves,” Public Enemy leader and the event’s co-founder Chuck D said earlier this year after being appointed ambassador. “It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other.”
The annual event also provides numerous exclusive releases, including everything from a 7″ David Bowie picture disc, a 12″ of Sam Cooke’s “Ain’t That Good News” and Bruce Springsteen’s “American Beauty” EP to music by The Notorious B.I.G. and Skrillex, among others (according to Billboard).
“The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out,” Chuck D continued in his address during his appointment. “I am a fan of technology, but I am a bigger fan of the music. I used to be a big fan of the industry of music when like sport at least offered a seemingly fair field of play, no matter where one came from.”
Record Store Day has been a worldwide trending topic on Twitter throughout the day. View tweets from artists about the event below:
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) April 19, 2014
Record Store Day ppl- send pics of your Ain’t It Fun “broken” vinyl + where you got it! If you hashtag it #ParamoreRSD we can RT some later!
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) April 19, 2014
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 19, 2014
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) April 19, 2014
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) April 19, 2014
Come celebrate National Record Store Day with us at R & R in Old Town Manassas, VA Vinyl, Vintage… http://t.co/XlSJB30ShH
— M.B.D.R. (@manbitesdogrecs) April 19, 2014
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 19, 2014
— Bob Ward Fox25 (@Bward3) April 19, 2014
— One Direction (@onedirection) April 19, 2014
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) April 18, 2014
— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) April 17, 2014
— Spotify USA (@SpotifyUSA) April 19, 2014
— XL Recordings (@XLRECORDINGS) April 19, 2014
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) April 18, 2014
Happy #RecordStoreDay! Some of you have already found a nice little surprise from BANKS. Support your local record stores!
— BANKS (@hernameisbanks) April 19, 2014
— The Black Angels (@theblackangels) April 19, 2014
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) April 19, 2014
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 19, 2014
— Manchester Orchestra (@ManchesterOrch) April 19, 2014
— Fat Possum Records (@FatPossum) April 19, 2014
— Instagram (@instagram) April 19, 2014
Bought like 30 LPs for record store day this morning and watching MMA now. Today was a good day.
— BLUEPRINT (@printmatic) April 20, 2013
It’s @recordstoreday! What are you doing on the internet? Go buy some wax!
— Barsuk Records (@barsukrecords) April 19, 2014
Sold Out At Alot OF Places, Hopefully @amoebamusic Have The WOLF Vinyl! Not Sure
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) April 19, 2014