Record Store Day for 2011 is this Saturday, April 16th – and many top names in music are issuing special release vinyl albums to recognize the occasion.

Record Store Day was founded in 2007 as a way to help bring attention to, and celebrate, the many independently owned record stores throughout the world.  The first official Record Store Day celebration was kicked off in California in 2008 by Metallica. It has since been held on the third Saturday of April each year.

Throughout the years the day has grown to include special events hosted by independent record stores around the globe. Activities have included anything from special performances by artists to cookouts and body painting. Some record stores have put together meet and greets with musicians, and had autograph signings.

As a part of the day, many big names in music will issue special release CDs and vinyl albums, that will be limited in numbers, and available for sale at the indie record stores.

This year some of the artists releasing limited edition vinyl are AC/DC, Beastie Boys, Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, My Chemical Romance, Ozzy Osbourne, The Rolling Stones and The White Stripes. There are many more artists, both past and present, that will have vinyl albums released on Saturday.