Music Industry So Weak You Only Need To Sell 83,000 To Be No. 1

I had a talk yesterday with a man who was sooooo excited about a distribution “hook up” he had for those interested. I tried to tell him, that it was so irrelevant right now. I told him to worry about the products he would have to when introducing to his deal more than, being so happy about being the middle man. It’s not the important thing right now anyway. Albums are not selling (even though they are being played), but that was always the record label’s concern…worry about the record sales, that is. The artist’s concern is very different and if concentrated on, the fans will make sure they eat. The public as a whole may not believe you’re eating but, do people really believe the major labels that own the visual advertisement slots would let them (little kids) grow up to think any differently? Why would the labels that want you to sign your dream away let you know that Prince’s 25th album, “LOtUSFLOW3R” sold exclusively in the US at Target as a 3-disc set, and in Europe from more online music stores.

The top spot on this week’s Billboard album chart belongs to Chrisette Michele. Never heard of her? Neither have many other people because Michele has scored the lowest first-week sales total in Nielsen SoundScan’s 18-year history.

Her second album, Epiphany, only sold 83,000 copies in its initial week of sales. Only two other albums have debuted at No. 1 with less than 100,000 copies sold: the Notorious B.I.G.’s #1s (99,000 copies in November 2005) and the previous lowest first-week sales record holder Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways (88,000 July 2006).

continue reading from source by Hilary Lewis


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