Music-biz rag Hits has more on that “controversial SoundScan ruling” that is causing Chinese Democracy‘s first-week sales to be held until next week’s charts, despite its first day of iTunes sales falling under this week’s chart’s purview: “Soundscan has clarified the In order not to separate out the album’s ‘first-week’ sales into two separate charts, and under considerable muscle from GNR’s label IGA, SoundScan has agreed to ‘hold the digital sales of any album which has a physical counterpart in order to accommodate first-week charting.’ ” Just as I expected–including the part about the “considerable muscle” from Axl’s label! It’s nice to see that some things about the music business haven’t changed in the digital era.
Anyway, all this arguing and bickering about Chinese Democracy‘s sales may be moot, because look what’s No. 1 on iTunes right now, much to a certain blogger’s glee:
At least either way, Universal Music Group wins again. (Talk about deja vu!)
Rumor Mill [Hits]