Paul Weller Furious Over Record Store Day Hijacking

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April 22, 2014 | 11:36am EST

British rocker Paul Weller has vowed not to participate in the annual Record Store Day drive again after his limited edition vinyl was sold online by “greedy touts”.
The former The Jam frontman recorded a special disc, Flame Out, for the initiative, which celebrates the best of Britain’s independent music stores.
However, fans bombarded the star with complaints on social media after his record appeared on eBay.com at hugely inflated prices before some stores even opened on the day of the event on Saturday.
Now Weller insists it has put him off ever taking part in Record Store Day again.
In a post on his website, he writes, “This is a message to all the fans who couldn’t get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay.
“I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these ‘limited editions’ by touts.
“Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won’t be taking part in Record Store Day again.
“It’s such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD (Record Store Day).”

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