Of course they held it back to maximize the sales. I can't blame them either.
It's not showing up on the Facebook spotify section...
Now I can't piss off all my other "friends" by listening to MX
Justin Timberlake Made A Fortune Giving His Album Away
I wonder if the guys made a mistake?
Justin Timberlake Made a Fortune Giving His Album Away
BusinessWeekBy Claire Suddath | BusinessWeek – Fri, Mar 29, 2013 1:13 PM EDT
The suit-and-tie look works for Justin Timberlake. His album The 20/20 Experience sold 980,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen (NLSN) SoundScan. That’s 63 percent more copies than RCA (SNE), Timberlake’s record label, expected—and a figure most artists haven’t touched in years. Even Adele’s 21, the top-selling album of the past two years, enjoyed a mere third of Timberlake’s sales during its debut week. And what’s remarkable is how much of The 20/20 Experience’s sales can be credited to one of the recording industry’s biggest bêtes noires: the free online streaming service.
Many of music’s biggest acts still haven’t warmed up to streaming services such as Rdio and Spotify. The Beatles aren’t on Spotify. Neither is AC/DC. When Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto debuted in 2011, the band refused to put the album on Spotify for four months, choosing instead to work with Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes and Amazon’s (AMZN) MP3 store. But Timberlake’s 20/20 is streaming for free everywhere. This week it took up six of the top 10 most played songs on Rdio. On Spotify it was streamed nearly 7.7 million times, making it one of the most popular albums ever to appear on the service. It also became the most preordered and the fastest-selling album in iTunes’ history. That might be because a week before 20/20 was released, RCA streamed the album in its entirety on iTunes.
I think the boys did all right the way they went. I think whatever beef they had must have been specifically with Spotify. as they've never been one of those groups that tries to withhold their releases from all digital sources (unlike most of the other groups that article mentioned).
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