Weblinks: Early Lady A Numbers

• Soundscan prognosticators say that the new Lady Antebellum album will chart with debut week sales of about 260K-300K units, according to HitsDailyDouble and Billboard. Regardless, Own The Night is expected to enter at No. 1. Soundscan tallies close Sunday (9/18) and numbers will be released Wednesday morning (9/20). This is the follow-up to Need You Now, which debuted in January 2010 with 481k in first-week sales. The same sales-watchers predict Brantley Gilbert’s release will move about 45-50k in its first week.

• The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraiser was held Tuesday night (9/13) at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. The guitar pull featured performances by Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, and Kevin Cronin. See the LA Times coverage.

• Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz will meet with U.S. Justice Department officials next week, reports The Tennessean. The Gibson manufacturing plant and offices were raided on Aug. 24 by federal officials who claim that Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which is designed to protect endangered imported wood.

• Music streaming services are scrambling to keep up with Spotify, which hit the US in July. Mog is now offering a similar free version. More from the New York Times.


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