WEST VIRGINIA (LOOTORESS) – As consumers begin to make preparations for the fast-approaching holiday season, local businesses are doing the same as they ready their biggest promotions in anticipation of Black Friday.
Independent record stores nationwide are primed to get involved in the biggest shopping day of the year with their RSD Black Friday event – an extension of the annually occurring Record Store Day – which aims to attract business to local, independent locations during the holiday shopping season.
Established in 2007 and first implemented in 2008, Record Store Day was conceived as a means of celebrating locally owned stores along with the staff, customers, and artists who contribute to the culture of record collecting. The yearly event is notable for featuring exclusive, limited edition, in-store merchandise, as well as coordinating with artists and labels for special releases and promotions.
The inaugural RSD Black Friday event took place in 2010, with subsequent observations occurring each year since, despite the recent impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which affected 2020’s Record Store Day celebration. The event, which normally takes place in April of each year, was initially pushed back to June, before being divided into three separate events which would occur over the course of three months in an attempt to best ensure the safety of the record buying public.
“Managing the largest music event in the world during the pandemic has been challenging,” Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz acknowledged, “but somehow the record labels and artists have managed to provide record stores with a fantastic list of special releases for Black Friday and the holiday season.”
RSD Black Friday 2021 will present rollouts of exclusive material from several familiar names including Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, and many more. A comprehensive list of releases available during this year’s event can be found at https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases/.
As is the case each year, RSD Black Friday will fall on the Friday following Thanksgiving, positioning this year’s event to transpire on November 26, 2021. Visit https://recordstoreday.com/stores to find out if your local shops will be participating, and support small businesses this year on Black Friday!