RECORD STORE DAY NOTE TO US STORES 9-9-16


IN THIS EMAIL:
SUN RECORDS CURATED BY RECORD STORE DAY 2017
INDIE EXCLUSIVE SPREADSHEET
VINYL TUESDAY SPREADSHEET
VALUE ADD OPPORTUNITIES--Please read the paragraph above the list to see how these can be acquired.



SUN RECORDS CURATED BY RECORD STORE DAY 2017
Once again next year we'll be releasing an album of Sun Records tracks, which you, the people in the record stores, have chosen.  To do that, we need to choose the tracks. You can do that by clicking this link, and voting for your top FIVE tracks. We'll collect the votes and that will determine the tracklist for the RSD 2017 special piece. (As before, this will be a commercial release that you will place orders for and sell along with other RSD titles).

Voting is open to ANYONE who works in your store. Please share with your staff. But do not put this on social media, or share with anyone who does not work for you.  THIS IS FOR STORE STAFF ONLY.

VOTING DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT ON 9/30




INDIE EXCLUSIVE SPREADSHEET
Increasingly throughout the year labels are releasing indie exclusive versions of titles, whether it's a color variant or bonus tracks, or even sometimes a format completely exclusive to indie record stores. These are now so frequent that we've started working with them to compile them in one spreadsheet we'll update and send you every week. This is in addition to the solicitations from your distro and one-stop reps. We'll give you as much information as we can, but you are NOT ordering from us, and your rep will almost always have more information.

This week's spreadsheet can be found HERE.  It contains releases that are ALREADY OUT but still available to order. Releases that are coming soon that are available to order. Releases that you can start taking pre-orders on and PROMOTING to your customers once you've placed your order.   Other things to know:

*When an exclusive is available through a one-stop, we'll list that. Sometimes these are only available to direct accounts but we're going to list them because they are exclusives.

*When a street date is in YELLOW, that means it's coming on a Vinyl Tuesday release date. Two awesome things in one.

*Some of these are limited, some REALLY limited and will sell out. Act fast.




Vinyl Tuesdays
VINYL TUESDAY


PLEASE LOOK AT THE UPDATED SPREADSHEET AND CONSIDER THOSE TITLES BEING RELEASED ON TUESDAYS. 

The link to the UPDATED VINYL TUESDAY SPREADSHEET IS BELOW. As a reminder, we’re asking you to give theseTuesday titles you choose to stock some love on social media. Use the hashtag #vinyltuesday so it’s easy for us to find them and show the labels who are helping us by releasing things on Tuesdays. Also, if you’re feeling lazy or time-deprived, feel free to share our social media posts and tweets about the titles.. 


ALL THE ART AND MORE TOOLS TO HELP YOU PROMOTE THE TITLES IS AVAILABLE HERE: www.recordstoreday.com/VTART

The whole simple idea behind VINYL TUESDAY: CREATING MID-WEEK STORE EXCITEMENT WITH TUESDAY RELEASES. We are working on releases and promotions for you to talk about on social media during the week, giving your customers reasons to visit you then as well as on the weekend. These might be the same sorts of promotions we do now, and they’ll continue to start on Tuesdays. This may be titles that are coming on vinyl a little bit later than their CD counterparts, and we’ll ask the labels to have those street on a Tuesday. This may be catalog titles being reissued—some of which will be exclusive to indies, some of which won’t be. There will be different things every week (and they may not all be VINYL (gasp!) but our goal is to continue to give you som ething to shout about, reasons why physical media and your stores are the best, during the week as well as on the ever-more-crowded weekends. It’s a really simple principle, and will encompass a lot of things. 

DOWNLOAD THE VINYL TUESDAY RELEASE SCHEDULE HERE


1. We will update it every week with titles that we are cleared to announce. You may see announcements or solicitations before our weekly spreadsheet comes out. Please feel free to keep these spreadsheets as reference. You are going to need to know which titles are Tuesday titles. 

2. In most cases, because of shipping and distribution systems, the Vinyl Tuesday titles will arrive with the previous week’s Friday new releases. For example, 8/4 Tuesday releases will arrive with your 7/31 New Releases. You will need to make your staff aware that these titles are TUESDAY RELEASES. DO NOT SELL THEM EARLIER THAN THEIR RELEASE DATE. The spreadsheet is an easy way to keep track of these titles.THIS IS IMPORTANT: We are working hard to get labels and artists to embrace the idea of Tuesday releases, to co ntinue to give you things to drive sales during the week. We are working with them and around obstacles like shipping restrictions. We are aski ng you to honor what we’re trying to do and HOLD THE TITLES UNTIL THEIR TUESDAY RELEASE DATE. This is very important and any progress we make could be for nothing if street dates are broken. 

3.
 There will be all kinds of releases coming on Tuesdays. We’re going to be very clear on the spreadsheets if a title is exclusive, if it’s exclusive for a few days, if it’s a special color variant, if it’s a reissue, if it’s something we haven’t thought of. The titles are grouped by street date on the spreadsheet, and every week there may be titles added to previous groupings, so make sure to check the spreadsheet carefully every week. 


4. When a label or artist agrees to release a title on Tuesday, ahead of the regular Friday release days, one of the reasons they’re doing it is the promotion that it will garner, the record store love. We ask the artists to promote that those are in your stores, and encourage their fans to go to visit you for them, so for those Vinyl Tuesdaytitles that work for your store, that you bring in, please use your social media to promote them. The last column on the spreadsheet indicates whether there is artwork for you to access on this internal page: www.recordstoreday.com/VTART When there are other tools to promote the titles, they ’ll be found on that page too. 

If anyone has any questions about Vinyl Tuesday in general or the titles on the spreadsheet in particular, please feel free to ask.




VALUE ADD OPPORTUNITIES

On www.recordstoreday.com we regularly promote upcoming value adds that we have worked with various labels to create. The ones we promote on the site are indie exclusives, and are available to you through your coalition, your chain or with your order from Alliance. Alliance gets an allotment of these to send to all Record Store Day participating stores who order the albums they are associated with from them. Keep in mind, though, that the allotments are limited, and will go first come first serve.


Also, keep in mind that these value adds are created to be given out with the purchase of the accompanying full length release, so they will only be going to stores who are stocking the new release. If you're not a new release store, then this promotion isn't for you. On the site we are always careful to let people know that they should always check with their local store for availability. It is always your choice to stock any of the commercial or promotional pieces we promote on the site. Below are the street dates and titles we have added values for (as well as graphics to help you promote them, where we have those). If you are not already getting added values directly from your coalition or chain, you can contact your Alliance rep to place an order. If you don't have an Alliance rep, contact Ken.Glaser@aent.com and he can start the process for you.

Bob Weir - Free Lithograph 

STREET DATE 9/30 Bob Weir - Blue Mountain
We'll have a lithograph for this release. 11 x 17 litho stock.

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