Taylor Swift is this year’s worldwide ambassador for Record Store Day, which takes place on Saturday, and she’s celebrating with a limited-edition vinyl release.
According to the organisers, Record Store Day encourages music enthusiasts to support independent record retailers. Independent record store owners and employees established the custom in 2008 to recognise their “unique culture.” It is commemorated all throughout the world.
“Honored to be this year’s Global Ambassador and pleased we get to celebrate these precious and vital locations now more than ever,” Swift wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
The singer released a two-sided 7-inch clear vinyl record with two versions of her song “The Lakes” from her upcoming album “Folklore,” which will be released in 2020. The vinyl comes in a limited edition of 10,000 copies. On Saturday, more than 300 new titles will be available for purchase. Madonna, Blondie, Mariah Carey, Childish Gambino, the Foo Fighters, and Kacey Musgraves are among the musicians releasing limited-edition vinyl recordings to commemorate the event.
Some are printed on coloured vinyl, such as the Rolling Stones’ “More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)” being released on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the 50th anniversary, and Nicki Minaj’s “Beam Me Up Scotty” being released on marbled fuchsia vinyl.
Rare cuts are also included in some editions. The “Brilliant Adventure EP” includes four previously unheard David Bowie tracks.
The limited-edition releases are available at Record Store Day participating stores, which may be found on the website.
Last year, Record Store Day was a ray of optimism for tiny companies that had been struck hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many record stores used to have live concerts and festivities to commemorate Record Store Day, but since 2020, many have had to tone back their celebrations or switch to online events.
On Twitter, Record Store Day tweeted, “We are so delighted to be back in record stores today!” “Thank you for recognising the indie record store’s culture.”