Every month, we take a closer look at the best-selling records on Discogs. The following ranking is determined by how many purchases were made in the Marketplace in October.
For the first time in a while, we have the same album at No. 1 for two months running. This live Billie Eilish recording, originally a Third Man in-store exclusive, was re-released as part of the first Record Store Day 2020 drop in August.
But this isn’t the only RSD 2020 release on the top-selling list for October — by far. In fact, everything in the top 50 is a Record Store Day exclusive except for American Head, the new album from The Flaming Lips. And some of these are CDs!
Honestly, we’re not surprised. RSD 2020 was huge for record shops and collectors, and not just because it was spread out into three socially distanced events. Orders and vinyl purchases on Discogs were way up over the past year. In total, there were 177,794 orders (a 314% increase from 2019) and 227,473 vinyl purchase (a 325% increase) during RSD 2020. We’re slightly surprised that most of the releases below were from the August drop, which means that we can expect to see even more in the November and December versions of this list (especially since there is a fourth and final RSD drop scheduled for Black Friday in the U.S.)
Regular visitors to our best-selling breakdown will be interested to learn that Tracy Chapman has not reappeared since August. Her 1988 self-titled LP usually appears on this monthly list due to the fact that it hasn’t been pressed on vinyl since 1990. That’s two months now where Chapman has not been seen, as we previously explained when we first witnessed this phenomenon. Will she ever return?