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album sale week of 4/27

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B.O.B. Presents… “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” – 84,270 (50% digital)
Daddy Yankee “Mundial” – 13,117 (16% digital)
Curren$y “King Kong” (Single) – 1,458

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industry news

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I’ve been slacking a little bit on the industry news column, so i figured i’d go back in with a double dose today.  There was an interesting article yesterday in New York Magazine about the indie vs. major formula that popular artists (Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Theophilus) seem to be using to their advantage.  The formula?  It’s cooler to be indie.  You’re obviously better funded if you’re on a major.  But if you can get major backing, and still convince fans that you’re indie, well then, you’ve struck a cultural nerve/goldmine: every hipster, who is so eager to reject mass-produced culture will buy up your music with daddy’s credit card.  And that’s what makes the world go round.

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To change gears a little bit, but stay on the topic of what makes the world go round… I saw an article recently saying that Zynga, the company that owns and developed Farmville (yes, that annoying-ass game that everyone and their mother plays on facebook) is making a stock offering that values the company at $4 Billion.   Four Billion Dollars.  $4,000,000,000.00.  Just as a quick reference point: Palm (the company that’s been making smartphones/PDA’s for 20 years) was just acquired by HP (that company that makes printers, computers, etc) for $1.2 billion.  Farmville > SmartPhones.  What else?  In case you haven’t heard, Continental Airlines and United Airlines are merging, in a deal reportedly worth $3 billion dollars.  So, what can we take away from this?  According to Zynga, Farmville (along with it’s other digital assets, like Mafia Wars) > Palm & Continental Airlines combined.  Hmnnn.  I’mma have to keep my eye on this one.

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Till next time, peace… and as usual, get at me with any requests for album sales numbers.