It was another big week for album sales. Wiz hit where I expected, so I think the real award should go to E-40 who managed to scan nearly 30,000 units this week, with a large majority being physical product. I’d say the Max B numbers were a little surprising because there wasn’t much hype around the release.
Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers” – 198,144 (37% digital) – [Read Review]
Snoop Dogg “The Doggumentary” – 50,525 (24% digital) – [Read Review]
E-40 “Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift” – 13,590 (4% digital)
E-40 “Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift” – 13,390 (4% digital)
Mac Miller “On And On And Beyond EP” – 13,198 (100% digital)
Max B “Vigilante Season” – 3,130 (100% digital)
Blame One “Endurance” – 194 (100% digital)
Has-Lo “In Case I Don’t Make It” – 146 (66% digital)
40 Glocc & Spider Loc “Graveyard Shift (Hosted by DJ Drama)” – 81 (0% digital)
DJ Spinna & Mr. Thing “The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection” – 48 (100% digital)
For those who still purchase vinyl records, look no further than Groovestown Vinyl. The online storefront, officially launched by Universal Music Group, specializes in the sale of vinyl and high-quality FLAC downloads for all of you audiophiles out there. For a limited time, visitors purchasing bundled FLAC and vinyl products will receive a 15% discount on all purchases and free shipping on transactions over $50.00
As I’ve continually noted, the future of music listening/purchasing is streaming. Since its inception, Grooveshark has become one of the most popular resources for listeners to obtain free commercial music instantaneously. It appears that Google has pulled the website’s coinciding app from their Android app store, citing that the site’s capabilities are in direct violation of Google’s terms of service. A spokesperson confirmed that Google felt pressure from the music industry for selling the app, which led to its removal. The developer of Grooveshark said it will be “investigating alternative methods for distributing the application.” This most likely means the app will become downloadable from third party locations, which will allow it to continue to run on Android phones.
As we know, Google is working on a cloud-based service, enabling users to search and stream music from virtually anywhere. Well it appears that a competitor has beaten them to the market…and no, it’s not Amazon. China’s most popular search engine, Baidu, announced that it will offer a licensed music search service which allowing users to stream music, create playlists, and share via social networks. EMI is the first to license their catalog to Baidu, although a representative has confirmed they are in talks with other major labels.
Finally, what’s an appropriate punishment for illegal downloading? A Boston University student was recently hit with a $67,500 fine for downloading and sharing 30 songs in 2009. Joel Tenenbaum, who was found guilty of unsanctioned downloading and ordered to pay the RIAA, argued alongside a Harvard law student and Harvard professor Charles Nesson that the federal copyright laws and the Digital Theft Deterrence Act were never meant to target consumers and that, even if they were, such extreme punishment would be unconstitutional. Nesson described Tenenbaum’s knowingly downloading songs to the act of “a willful jaywalker.” Lawyers representing the Recording Industry Association of America argued that Congress was aware that consumers could be targeted under the deterrence act and that the penalties were set high because of the seriousness of the misconduct. At $67,500, Tenenbaum is paying $2,250 per song – a rate which would force Tenebaum into bankruptcy at 27 years-old. His lawyers are currently proposing the ordinance be dropped to $21 or 70 cents per song.