Record Store Day will be split into “drops” for the second consecutive year in 2021.

According to RecordStoreDay.com, the drops are scheduled for June 12 and July 17 making two drops instead of three as was slotted in 2020.

“Because we still don’t have a magic 8-ball to tell us what things are going to look like in a few months, we’ve decided the smartest thing to do is bring back the concept of RSD Drops for 2021,” the website states.

Expect the usual limited edition releases that are a staple for Record Store Day. Organizers are leaving it up to retailers to determine how to handle in-store safety procedures connected to the pandemic.

A 2021 Record Store Day date was initially (kind of) announced for June 12 back on Dec. 1. Splitting the affair between two drops is a smart move as the country continues to bounce back from COVID.

A list of 2021 RSD Drop titles will be announced at a future date.

Record Store Day started in 2008 creating an influx of business for independent record stores. A Black Friday version of the concept debuted in 2010.

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