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Album Sales Week of 7/21:

Jordin Sparks “Battlefield” – 47,651

Eyedea & Abilities “By The Throat” – 2,213

Trife Diesel (formerly Trife Da God) “Better Late Than Never” - 336 (50/50 digital physical)

Da T.R.U.T.H. “The Big Picture” – 517

DJ Spinna “Sonic Smash” - 254

AWOL One & Factor “Owl Hours” – 174

Interesting that American Idol’s Jordin Sparks could only muster 47k in sales… It’s a lot more than certain indie hip-hop albums are doing, but what happened to the days of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken?  Is AmIdol losing its ability to make unqualified successes?

And in industry news this week:

Here’s an interesting response to last week’s NYTimes article about the Band as a startup.

And in another interesting development in the role of the record label vis-a-vis the artist, check out this press release from indie Hip-Hop crew “Blue Scholars” who hired Duckdown (the label) to provide marketing services.  This is a very interesting idea, where instead of ownership and control resting with the label, the artist maintains these, and hires the label to provide a service, like marketing, PR, manufacturing, distribution, etc.  This could be good news for the label, as they’re actually getting paid to do what they do… but will the artist recoup their investment?  We’ll just have to wait and see how they sell…

This week is full of “interesting developments”… check out this new sneak peak of an idea for a Mac Tablet computer… something portable but powerful, to compete with notebook PCs, that Apple is hoping to launch by Christmas.  What does this have to do with Music you ask?  Well… seeing as iTunes and the iPod completely revolutionized the digital music scape, it’s fair to say we should keep an eye trained on whatever Mac is doing…  And as the largest digital music provider, you can bet they are cooking up some extra spicey content deals, that would attempt to revive “album” sales by offering pdfs, video and who knows what else along with mp3s.

Anyway, stay tuned for more next week, and as always, get at me with questions, comments, etc.

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  • http://www.ihiphop.com/DaveOzborne DaveOz

    Interesting that American Idol’s Jordin Sparks could only muster 47k in sales… It’s a lot more than certain indie hip-hop albums are doing, but what happened to the days of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken? Is AmIdol losing its ability to make unqualified successes?
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    Clay Aiken is very very good. Jordin Sparks, not so much. American Idol can discover these talents but they don’t make them. That is up to each individual artist and whether they connect to an audience or not.