Atmosphere killed it this week.  The duo of Slug and Ant once again prove why they are one of the most successful independent acts of all time.  Swollen Members’ ‘comeback’ album seems to be doing pretty well also.

Atmosphere “The Family Sign” – 27,703 (47% Digital)

Classified “Handshakes + Middle Fingers” – 374  (84% digital)

Swollen Members “Dagger Mouth” – 2,946 (37% digital)

Foreign Legion “Night Moves” – 51  (100% digital)

Last week, we reported that Warner took bids on its assets off the market in favor of selling the entire company.  Now, Bloomberg is reporting that the final bidders on the entire Warner Music Detroit Pistons owners/entrepreneurs Alec and Tom Gores, as well as real estate mogul Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., and Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries Holdings.  There are additional rumors that Live Nation alongside a group of unnamed partners are also bidding on WMG.  Each bidder is said to have offered 3 million dollars or more for ownership of the company.
Recently, Google removed the popular streaming music service, Grooveshark, from its Android App store.  A Grooveshark representative penned an open letter in which he not only responds to Google, but criticizes the current state of the music industry in general.  In the letter, Senior Vice President for Information Products Paul Geller points out that even though Google removed Grooveshark from its app store, it managed to bypass the storefront and go straight to consumers by making the app available on Grooveshark’s website.  Geller also states that Grooveshark has many lisences with independent artists, acts in the confines of Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and acts as a support structure for artist’s tours and sales.  You can read Geller’s full letter here.
With Amazon’s Cloud music locker garnering both positive and negative attention due to its ability to allow instant access to copyrighted files from anywhere in the world, other companies are scrambling to get similar entities on the market.  Although the web has been buzzing of Google and Apple’s cloud based music lockers, it looks like HP will launch a similar platform first.  On the verge of releasing its TouchPad tablet, HP unveiled plans to make the tablet equipped with software that uses cloud servers to sync and store music.  The HP TouchPad also claims to use a “smart algorithm” to ensure that the users most played songs are cached locally on the device presumably to avoid delays in playback.  It looks like HP is really pulling out all the stops to best Apple, as this is the most recent move in its attempt to become “the Mac Killer” since announcing that Beats Audio will come standard with all laptops.