Interesting Article on Record Industry Soundscan Scam....

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  1. Justin Lane

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    http://www.nypost.com/business/63801.htm
    It looks like certain labels are sending out free copies of discs to independent stores, who in turn help run up the Soundscan numbers while the labels do not make a dime. Talk about the music indstry shooting itself in the foot. Send out free copies just to say you have the #1 album or increase radio play then in the next breath complain about lost sales.
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    Wow, and sales are still down despite inflating the sales figures...

    The first incident I was aware of started in 1992 when Polygram distributed free cassette singles of Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart to numerous retail outlets.

    The units were scanned before given to customers 'free w/ any purchase..." ...and Billy Ray was number 1
     
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    And typically the artists don't get a dime, as these are considered 'promotional copies' and are royalty-free.
    Remember kids, don't steal music because it hurts the artists...and that is the RIAA's job!
     

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