Exclusive Record Store Day 2022 Releases Announced

On 16th February, Record Store Day released the list of special releases for its 2022 event, which includes vinyl exclusives by Taylor Swift, Prince, Mariah Carey, and others.

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Swift will release a 7-inch of Folklore bonus track “The Lakes” with an orchestral version as the B-side as the first-ever Record Store Day global ambassador, as well as be included on the charity benefit album ‘Portraits of Her’, which will celebrate female artists and music industry professionals while raising money for nonprofit ‘We Are Moving the Needle’.

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Meanwhile, a unique pressing of Prince’s 1995 album ‘The Gold Experience’ will be released, while Carey’s 1998 greatest-hits compilation #1s will be released for the first time on vinyl.

St. Vincent’s soundtrack for ‘The Nowhere Inn’, Foo Fighters’ ‘Reversions’ on 7-inch LP, a pair of posthumous David Bowie projects (2021’s Brilliant Adventure box set and last month’s Toy), a special vinyl edition of Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Star-Crossed’, Nicki Minaj’s 2009 mixtape ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’, Madonna’s ‘Who’s That Girl’ soundtrack, and much more are among the other releases.

“Our RSD Drops dates changed the focus of what we did for the prior several years—instead of being one part of what the Day was, the List became the entire focus,” said Carrie Colliton, co-founder of Record Store Day. “A method to get much-needed income and product — as well as beautiful music — into retailers and eventually into the collections of customers.” We didn’t call such days Record Store Day specifically because they weren’t. They were diametrically opposed, which was unavoidable.”

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“Now, we believe that stores have learnt and adapted, and that they are ready to bring back components of a ‘classic’ Record Store Day: bands, beer, fun, people, and whatever portions of the party they want, in ways that make them and their customers comfortable,” she concluded. We also believe it’s critical to focus on the stores themselves and honour what they do in their communities every year.”

—Aditi Manjunath