"...greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting."
Paul Weller

So that was Record Store Day.

Returning once again, the event saw hundreds of releases from all manner of artists - hell, even One Direction got involved.

However this year saw numerous complaints from fans. Much of this focussed on touts scooping the best releases and re-selling them online - even before the shops themselves had opened.

Paul Weller released a one off single on Record Store Day, but was disappointed by the outcome. Posting a statement online, the iconic British artist has confirmed that he won't be participating again.

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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.

There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!

It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts. Don't support their trade and don't let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it's designed to support.

Onwards. PW

PS. I'd like to say thank you for all the positive, supportive comments on our privacy case recently. Bless ya.

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Paul Weller will release new compilation 'More Modern Classics' on June 2nd.

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