Label Rushes Eminem Release Due To Downloading
from the and-still-number-one... dept
Joe Schmoe writes “Eminem CD sales impressive despite music sharing… Actually, that Eminem CD sales are impressive at all is a story unto intself, but I digress… “ There was a lot of talk last week about the fact that the Gracenote database showed the Eminem CD at number 2 despite it not being released yet. Apparently, that made their label rush the release to get legitimate copies into stores, and guess what? It’s still the number one album in legitimate sales. They quote some people from the music label who are still complaining about all the money they’re losing. It’s tough to generate much sympathy when the album is selling more than any other album right now. Of course, the other interesting thing about the hubbub from last week is that it probably had very little to do with people downloading MP3s, because the CDDB database was reading CDs that people actually put into their drives – and not what MP3s they were listening to. So, even if bootleggers were downloading the CD to make their own copies, I’d think that most people were buying bootleg copies off the street. In fact, the original reports suggested most of the bootlegs were found in NY and LA where it’s fairly easy to find bootleg copies of CDs – which have been around since well before people were downloading music.