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SoundScam?

09/28/06
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(Megaforce) Mushroomhead's "Savior Sorrow" sells 26,084 and entering the Billboard Chart at # 30 in its first week sales, according to influential music trade Hits Daily Double and record company estimates. But the controversy over sales numbers this week is the talk of the music industry with many questions and doubts being raised about the accuracy of sales computing methods, most notably Billboard's Soundscan. On September 26, SoundScan alerted all paid subscribers via email that the numbers for the week may be inaccurate and that they will "extrapolate" for the missing sales data and to be "please advised that there may be anomalies in the data for the week ending 9/24/06." SoundScan did not indicate who did not report this week, so everyone's is in the dark. Data seems to indicate SoundScan did not accept Best Buy's sales data, but SoundScan would not give out this information.

Could have Elton John's "The Captain & The Kid" sell 47,493, according to Hits, then SoundScan reports sales of 36,630? According to Megaforce sales data, Mushroomhead seems to have sold closer to the Hits Daily Double number of 26,000 units than SoundScan's reporting of 12,183. How could there be such a shortfall in reporting? On a side note, Megaforce pays over $26,000 a year to receive sales numbers from Soundscan. Shouldn't it be Soundscan's job to report the actual sales numbers, not a guessing game. This industry, according to SoundScan, has been down in recent years, but who can you believe anymore?
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