Album Sales Week of 10/6

 |  October 14, 2009
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Album Sales Week of 10/6:

Fat Joe “Jealous One’s Still Envy” – 8,343 (8% digital)

Saigon “Warning Shots 2″ – 3,143 (31% digital)

Jim Jones “Jim Jones & Webstar: The Rooftop” – 2,441 (8% digital)

Apathy “Wanna Snuggle” – 675 (45% digital / 55% physical)

Bk-One “Radio Do Canibal” – 868 (27% digital / 73% physical)

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And now (briefly), in industry news:

EMI partners with Grooveshark (and drops lawsuit)
Grooveshark, which is a cool startup for streaming music, and hopefully, monetizing digital content was being sued by EMi, but instead, they’ve partnered up.   They have over 1 million users, and charge $3 / month for their premium service (which is actually just the regular service without ads)

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iTunes shutting out Indies from “LP”
iTunes LP is supposed to be a new format that reinvigorates album sales by including liner notes, video and all sorts of other bonus “comes-with” content…  unfortunately, if you’re not a major, the cost of setting one up, $10,000 is a little prohibitive.

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Facebook Traffic Up, MySpace traffic down

What else is new?  Facebook has 58% of all US traffic to the top 155 social networking sites, which is an increase of 194%… I think those are good numbers

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Bucking iTunes – Michael Jackson album rumored to be excluded from the digital retailer

Apparently, “This is It” Michael Jackson’s “new” album is not going to be available on iTunes, because his estate and SONY want people to buy the full album, and not be able to just buy select tracks.  It should be very interesting, if this actually goes down, to see how the title performs digitally, as iTunes tends to make up a gargantuan percentage of all digital sales…  But then again, the King of Pop has plenty of pull around the world…