Taylor Swift celebrates Record Store Day with limited edition vinyl

Record Store Day encourages music fans to support independent record stores, organizers say. The tradition was started in 2008 by independent record store owners and employees to honor their “unique culture.” It is celebrated all over the world.

On Saturday on Instagram, Swift said she is “honored to be this year’s global ambassador and happy that we are celebrating these sacred and important places now more than ever.”

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The star released a two-sided 7-inch clear vinyl record containing two versions of her song “The Lakes” from her 2020 album “Folklore”. Only 10,000 copies of the vinyl are available.

More than 300 new releases go on sale Saturday. Other artists releasing special editions of vinyl footage to mark the occasion include Madonna, Blondie, Mariah Carey, Childish Gambino, Foo Fighters and Kacey Musgraves.

Some are printed on colored vinyl, including a 50th anniversary release of “More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)” by the Rolling Stones on glow-in-the-dark vinyl, and Nicki Minaj’s “Beam Me Up Scotty” released it a marbled fuchsia vinyl.

Some releases also include rare cuts. “The Brilliant Adventure EP” features four previously unreleased songs by the late David Bowie.

The limited releases are available in the participating record stores listed on the Record Store Day website.
Last year, Record Store Day served as an important beacon of hope for small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Where many record stores in recent years have held live performances and events to celebrate Record Store Day, many stores since 2020 have had to turn down their festivities or return to online events.
“We’re so excited to be back in record stores today!” wrote Record Store Day on Twitter. “Thank you for celebrating the culture of the indie record store.”

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