Lady Gaga accused of manipulating 'Born This Way' sales by giving it away free
Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have given Born This Way negative reviews. They have joined many other media outlets in saying that Lady Gagaís new album certainly isnít the album of the decade. But initial sales will be decent, possibly due to the fact that Best Buy is giving the album away with sales of cell phones this coming week. An insider told me that this could add as much as 200,000 albums to her first-week tally.
ďOne of the stipulations of the Best Buy and Lady Gaga deal is that Best Buy will count the albums they give away as actual sales. In turn, this will help Lady Gaga on Billboardís charts. This is pure public manipulation, but good marketing if she isnít called on it,Ē I am told.
Lady Gaga doesnít have to worry about her songs topping the charts either. Starting next week, Starbucks will be giving away Lady Gaga singles for free. Do you think this is chart manipulation or just good marketing?
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