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Record Store Day to reduce product for 2013, BBC planning special programming

Rhian Jones
Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2013 will see a 10% reduction in special product in response to indie retailers struggling to handle the amount of physical product on the celebratory day.

Speaking to Music Week at Midem on 2013 plans for the UK organiser Spencer Hickman said, "Stores can't cope, you can't pay for it from a financial point of view because you're buying all this stuff and then you've got to process it and get it out. I think a few labels got burnt, which is a good thing because then you strip it back."

Talking place on Saturday, April 20, indie retailers will schedule a day of events and exclusive releases in aid of the annual celebration. This year, BBC Radio 6 Music is planning a day of special programming and there are talks of "one of the biggest artists in the world" getting involved.

Said Hickman: "BBC Radio 6 have a big meeting this week about it, we're going to do a lot. Last week they supported it, but not in a really structured way whereas this year we met with Steve [Lamacq] and he's a massive music fan so he's like right lets get this on the shows."

Around 230 stores took part in last year's event and over 400 exclusive releases were available in participating stores. There was a reported rise of vinyl sales for the fifth year in a row, said to be up over 50% compared to 2011 and some stores reported sales increases of over 100%.

All detailed 2013 plans will be revealed at the Record Store Day launch event on March 19.

 

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Tags: Record Store Day, Spencer Hickman, BBC Radio 6, Steve Lamacq

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