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Special releases at participating record stores June 12 and July 17

With vaccines on the horizon and a few events being pencilled in for later this year, Record Store Day organizers around the world look forward to the future, but recognize that in 2021, celebrating independent brick and mortar record stores is still best done in the Drops format introduced so successfully in 2020. RSD Drops will take place at participating record stores, globally, on June 12 and July 17. 

Throughout the past year, record stores have found creative, flexible ways to operate under changing regulations and conditions, with tremendous support from their local communities. The ongoing worldwide pandemic makes it impossible to predict the status of any stores or locations in the next few months, and brings with it many unexpected side effects, including production and distribution issues that continue to disrupt record store supply chains. The decision to once again shift the "Record Store Day energy" usually focused on events and crowds and the world's largest party at a record store, to concentrate on revenue generation for these local independent businesses as well as for the artists, labels and distributors who play a major role is a way to allow the largest number of stores worldwide to participate. 

The Lists of specially created titles coming to record stores as part of the RSD Drops dates will be launched soon.