It's New Release Tuesday at record stores all over the country, and people are skipping work and playing hooky to get all their favorite new albums that they haven't already stolen off torrent sites.
According to a recent report, music sales have actually been up five weeks in a row. What's to blame? How about some really good albums, and some really great-selling bad albums? The past few weeks have seen new slabs by the Decemberists, The Strokes, Adele, Lupe Fiasco, Dropkick Murphys, and the continuing reigns of Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
Is this a recovery in the record industry, or has quality finally caught up with what people are willing to pay for a piece of an artist's work? Who knows, but Record Store Day on April 16 should be amazing.
Here's a rundown of some of today's best and biggest releases.