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For Better or for Worse iTunes and the RIAA

Josh Tanz The music industry has seen vast changes since 2000. Album sales have dropped precipitously year over year while both legal and illegal online music downloads have skyrocketed. Apple’s iTunes store has sold over 6 billion songs while the Recording Industry Association of America...

Billboard Soundscan Digital Album Sales Up 32% In 2008

Artists such as Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Coldplay and Flo Rida helped consumers make more decisions to buy music than ever for the fourth year in a row according to Nielsen SoundScan. While total album sales slipped 14% from 500.5 to 428.4M in 2008, sales of digital albums were up 32% from...

Coldplay Tops The Billboard Charts

Billboard reports that, as expected, Coldplay topped The Billboard 200 chart this week with their new release “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.”  The release sold an impressive 721,000 copies in the U.S in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   Coldplay is...