Christmas Album Rush Led To Weak Q1 Sales

Cedric Muhammad of responded to Geoff Boucher’s column in the Los Angeles Times earlier this week on the hip hop sales slump. Muhammad explains, “The overall problem was this: because of the post-Sept.11th effect and the recession, the record labels, last fall, decided to go for broke in pursuit of Christmas money, having little confidence in what the first quarter of 2002 would bring. Any retailer will tell you that the albums that came out in November and December were peculiar.” Read more.

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