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Hey All,
Welcome to another week of industry news and album sales:
Tech N9ne “Sickology 101″ – 21,424

Mike Jones “The Voice” – 24,758

Violent J “The Shining” – 10,197 (Insane Clown Posse)

Hell Rell “Hard As Hell” - 858

Curren$y “This Ain’t No Mixtape” – 1,755 (all digital)

And now, some tidbits from around the world of new media, the music biz, and whatever else caught my eye this week as “relevant”

Nothing funny about it… The onion to shut down west coast branches? (via Gothamist)

eBay Pirates jailed! (20 people sentenced up to 8 months each)
IFPI seeks out Torrent Site Hosting Providers
Heat is being turned up on the ISPs to have some accountability for what people are doing on their internet connections.  This seems to be promising for biz folk, as it seems to be the only way to really get a handle on controlling what people are doing on the net.  Scare the ISPs (whose business it is to not care about what people do with the internet they provide, as long as they pay their bills on time) into thinking that they’re liable for the piracy/copyright infringement that occurs on their watch.  The question is, are they really responsible in the end, or is it the sites themselves who the IFPI and RIAA should be going after?

Indie Labels advertise on torrent sites
To answer the above question, it seems like Torrent sites and file hosting sites are not the enemy, as labels a) use services like zshare all day long to spread their content, and apparently, are now b) advertising on torrent sites!

RIAA Continues to file lawsuits against “consumers”
So to continue this chain of “the music business being ass-backwards regarding how it goes about solving it’s woes…” The RIAA is continuing to file lawsuits against music consumers / fans / pirates (non somali).  So, let me get this straight.  The ISPs are responsible for the illegal activity of the torrent sites.  The Torrent sites themselves are just places where music fans congregate, so the industry should look at them as good places to market (and spend money) trying to reach fans, while the RIAA is then taking those very fans who are congregating and consuming music and suing them?!?!?!  this is shameful.  Couldn’t someone have figured out a cohesive approach beforehand?  Guess not.  I hope for their sake the movie industry is watching this one closely, because the MPAA isn’t going to be too far off from suing AXXO or whoever else they can get their hands on soon when the next big budget hollywood blockbuster leaks…

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/quezyf Drunna

    hell rell neva gon sell, i didnt kno mike jones was still alive an who is the rest hip hops not dead but rap is dyin out cause no 1′s creative and passionate

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/IceAgeMuscle ThaMuscle

    nigga u dont kno shit go cop dat new mike jones cuz ima houston Oiler