Record Store Day 2020 has been postponed due to the growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. The global music event was originally scheduled to take place on Apr. 18 and has now been postponed until Jun. 20.
The official Record Store Day Twitter tweeted, “RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store’s place in their community. As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party. Record Store Day 2020 is moving to June 20. #washyourhands #benice #listentorecords.”
“RSD acknowledges the need to be good citizens of both the local and worldwide communities while still giving our participating stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day,” organizers said in a statement.
Record Store Day was started in 2007 when a group of independent record store owners and employees decided to celebrate the culture surrounding the stores across the world. The first record store day took place on April. 19, 2008 and the holiday is celebrated in every country except Antarctica.
This year for Record Store Day, Eminem planned to release “exclusive wax” of the singles “My Name Is” and “Bad Guys Always Die.”
He tweeted, “Exclusive wax for @recordstoreday 4/18 – Hi My Name Is / Bad Guys Always Die ft @drdre 7,” he captioned the tweet. “http://recordstoreday.com for details.”
“My Name Is” appeared on Em’s 1999 album, The Slim Shady LP. Dr. Dre’s collab with Em on “Bad Guys Always Die” first appeared on the Wild Wild West soundtrack.
The Slim Shady LP earned Eminem his first Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2000.
Record Store Day is following the lead of many other events that are being proactive to prevent the spread of the virus. Coachella, SXSW, Dreamville Festival, and many more have been cancelled or postponed.
RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store's place in their community. As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party.— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) March 13, 2020
Record Store Day 2020 is moving to June 20. #washyourhands #benice #listentorecords pic.twitter.com/SLg8bSVa9p