Posted by: Johnny Loftus on November 7, 2007 at 11:30 am

The Lite FM outlet in Detour’s backyard has already broken the seal on Christmas music, kicking the jingling light fantastic 24/7 until the holiday is here. It seems to start earlier every year, doesn’t it? Still, yuletide jams can be kind of nice, at least at first, and in that spirit we’re letting you know about Jolie Holland and Booker T’s new version of the Louis Armstrong chestnut “What a Wonderful World.” (It’s also the song’s 40th anniversary.) You can hear it as part of a podcast here.

Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan have agreed to allow proprietary album releases to appear on the Billboard 200 and other charts, meaning that your purchase of an exclusive-to-Wal Mart or Starbucks release will now have as much weight as, say, your purchase of Britney’s new release at whatever brick-and-mortar record stores still survive. This is kind of huge; just as the Eagles, who under the new system are enjoying a beatdown of Britney. From Billboard: “Early SoundScan numbers have the Eagles taking the top perch on The Billboard 200 with 711,000 copies sold, with most sales moved by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. Britney Spears’ new Jive album, “Blackout,” which would have been No. 1 had the Eagles’ data not been reported, will open at No. 2 with first-week sales of 290,000 copies.”

“Heroes” is great, despite its sluggish start. But when the show’s creator is apologizing to fans for his own show’s lackluster season 2 output — desperately pleading for ratings, might be closer to the truth — has the Web 2.0 phenomenon of fans getting a vested interest in their media gone a little too far? Especially when Kring was interviewed from the picket line in front of the studio where “Heroes” is shot?

Maybe Billboard and SoundScan should start tracking sales at megachurch merch tables, too.

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[tags]The Eagles, Britney Spears, megachurches, Heroes, Tim Kring, Jolie Holland[/tags]


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