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Monday, October 20, 2008

Today’s Music News

posted by on October 20 at 12:12 PM

iLike and TuneCore, Working Together to Help Artists: “For a flat fee, TuneCore will help artists distribute their digital music to a collection of music stores that the company has forged deals with including Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, and iTunes.”

LCD Soundsystem: Starting a “classic rock” band?

Lil Wayne Is a Winner/Expecting a Boy: His first son is due any day now. The rapper was also named lyricist of the year at this weekend’s BET hiphop awards.

Ozzfest Isn’t Dead Yet: The festival will be “back to business as usual” in 2009, Ozzy will probably headline, and it won’t be free.

Also, Radiohead’s In Rainbows impressive sales numbers have been released:

* In Rainbows has sold three million copies thus far, a figure that includes downloads from Radiohead.com, physical CDs, a deluxe 2-CD/vinyl box set, as well as sales via iTunes and other digital retailers.

* The In Rainbows deluxe edition sold 100,000 copies via Radiohead fan service W.A.S.T.E.

* Radiohead made more money prior to In Rainbows’ January 2008 physical release than its total take on 2003’s Hail To the Thief.

* The physical release of In Rainbows entered both the US and UK charts at #1 in January, despite having been freely available since October 2007.

* In Rainbows was the first Radiohead album available on iTunes, where it went in at #1 in January, selling 30,000 in its first week.

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