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Jed Marum makes the charts

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GUEST 13 Apr 01 - 06:03 PM
Murray MacLeod 13 Apr 01 - 06:06 PM
GUEST 13 Apr 01 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,Seth 13 Apr 01 - 06:29 PM
Murray MacLeod 13 Apr 01 - 06:52 PM
JedMarum 13 Apr 01 - 06:53 PM
DougR 13 Apr 01 - 07:11 PM
Lonesome EJ 13 Apr 01 - 07:51 PM
GUEST,Marty D 13 Apr 01 - 09:25 PM
Paul G. 13 Apr 01 - 09:30 PM
Big Mick 13 Apr 01 - 09:32 PM
catspaw49 13 Apr 01 - 09:44 PM
Big Mick 13 Apr 01 - 09:56 PM
Liam's Brother 13 Apr 01 - 11:37 PM
Jon Freeman 14 Apr 01 - 12:01 AM
Sorcha 14 Apr 01 - 12:38 AM
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Subject: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:03 PM

Congratulations to Jed Marum. Looking at the sales charts at Amazon.com, I see that his CD is already at #47,897.

That means only 47,897 CDs are more popular than his at Amazon.com.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:06 PM

Your arithmetic sucks. As does your post. Arsehole.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:22 PM

Murray, you are so right, my arithmetc does suck.

I just checked back at Amazon.com and Jed is still at #47,897. I also noticed that someone is trying to unload a used copy of his CD. Must be the one person who actually bought it.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST,Seth
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:29 PM

The arithmetic is statistically accurate.

+/- one over 47 000 is meaningless.

The post might 'suck' but the statistical deviance is mathematically immaterial.

Seth


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:52 PM

Sorry Seth, but if Jed's CD is at number 47,897 in the charts, then there are 47,896 CD's more popular. Statistics has bugger all to do with it. Even less has "statistical deviance", whatever you imagine that to be.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: JedMarum
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:53 PM

It's true. Sales at Amazon have been less then stellar. I have sold about 1,100 since Aug 2000. Only a couple hundred of those on Amazon, but more on other places; CDbaby.com, local stores and some of the venues where I perform. Sales at Amazon dropped sharply about one month ago. The album had been ranked in the 8,000 to 10,000 range for months before that.

I am not sure how the amazon sales rank works, except that it swings dramatically with recent sales. If three CD are sold in the next week, that sales rank will go back to the 10,000 range (which is apparently a good sales rank). Just for perspective; Tim & Mollie O'Brien's "Take Me Back" is ranked at about 32,000 while Altan's "Best of Altan" ranks about 8,000.

I'm not sure how to impact the sales. I'm sort of at the mercy of the little bit of US radio airplay its recceived, and people stumbling their way onto the album while searching amazon or cdbaby. I have been luckier with European radio time, and I suspect that's where the early amazon sales went.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: DougR
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 07:11 PM

Hmmm. I wonder how many CDs Guest has sold?

DougR


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 07:51 PM

Exposure is the key, I think. It's a great CD, and the song-writing is excellent. You need to get it heard, and that's a tough chore considering what commercial junk saturates the airwaves.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST,Marty D
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:25 PM

Since I only get to visit Mudcat about once a week due to my daughter's stinginess with HER computer, I try to check out as much as possible. With all the fine helpful and good folks here, it's always a shock to see simple nastiness rear it's head, but it's becoming an increasingly common occurrence. Last week "Guest #1" (our most disgruntled folklorist, I'm told) attacks Peter T. and Jeri. I haven't met either of them, but they seem to be two of the nicest people here. Why the attack?

I've read many of Jed Marum's postings and I DO own his album. He's never rude, he doesn't toot his own horn. What satisfaction could anyone get by insulting him? It's beyond me.

Other than that, I love the place.

Martin


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Paul G.
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:30 PM

JM:

1,100 independently produced CDs sold since August is pretty damn good in my book! I've been there, done that, and fully appreciate the "art" of gig-based selling, internet sales and the like. My only words to you are congratulations! Well done. There are thousands of indie artists around who would love to have your numbers.

Best,

Paul


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:32 PM

Yeah, Martin, what you said. I have been around her longer than most, not quite as long as some. This happens every so often. Somebody with penis envy, self image problems, and in love with one of their parents in the carnal sense if ya get my drift, takes a whack at someone. Want to see what an honorable person........a person of integrity......looks like? Take a look at Jed's post in response. Even if I think his politics are screwed up.......LOL...............that is what the face of a decent human being, and a wonderful Mudcatter looks like. And any idiot that can't recognize a wonderful CD by listening to it, is probably a no talent, tin earred eejit, anyway.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:44 PM

Well, it hit the top of the chart at my house Jed. Also went over at Karen's lab too. I'm told that one of her co-workers ordered it. And of course Mick is right...........Jed Marum IS a class act whether we agree or disagree. Plus, there is no denying his talent musically.......All in all, a good man, a polite man, a gentle man. I, on the other hand................

Hey Guest ....... You're a fuckin' dick. Just a dick....not even a hard-on........just a half-inch prick with a bad cut job and balls resembling dessicated peas. You'd probably suck a root as long as a rake handle though, so blow me.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:56 PM

I hate when that damn buddy of mine, Spaw, beats around the friggin bush. Wish he would just say what he's thinking.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:37 PM

I am envious, Jed. My book, A Bonnie Bunch of Roses, is currently rated #651,966 at Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:01 AM

What's the fuss anyway, since when have quality and popularity equated with music?

Jon


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:38 AM

Hey, at least he has a CD! I don't even have that. Oh well, penis envy, I suppose. (Good on ya, Jed!)


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:00 PM

Spaw sez..."Hey Guest ....... You're a fuckin' dick. Just a dick....not even a hard-on........just a half-inch prick with a bad cut job and balls resembling dessicated peas. You'd probably suck a root as long as a rake handle though, so blow me."

Hey Spaw, does Mrs. Spaw know that you're a faggot surfing the net for blow jobs?


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:05 PM

Oh.......then you're offering a second? If I just had a name I could collect huh? Why not just post your mother's name? I'm sure she'd be happy to return to her former occupation.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:31 PM

In another thread, Spaw just said, "I'm basically stupid and just don't get it."

Ok Spaw, you're right.

Bye-Bye 'til next time, I'm off to buy Jed's CD at Amazon.com


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:34 PM

WEll, I'm glad you're buying Jed's CD anyway. It really is a winner.....and even someone as stupid as I am can appreciate real talent. Since you've decided to end this here, please give my best to your mother.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Ferrara
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 02:47 PM

Lowering the tone a little bit here, I have to agree that Jed has done amazingly well to sell 1100 CD's! Judy and Dennis Cook have a saying, "Oh, yes, there's TENS of dollars to be made in folk music!!!"

We (folkies) still make 'em, though, because the people who want them will buy them and play them and our music will be out there. Sales are nice too though. Just don't give up your day job. [Does anyone remember the Country Gazette album with that title?]


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: guinnesschik
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 02:50 PM

Of course I have to say much in defense of my friend and bandmate. He is a gentleman and a scholar, and a DAMN fine musician and songwriter. GUEST obviously has some personal issues, that he/she feels like taunting someone with something so immaterial as CD sales.

GUEST, pick a REAL issue, and get a life.

I think you're stupid git.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: RichM
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 02:58 PM

Wish our band had as much success ;)

Congratulations, Jed.
Well done!


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 03:33 PM

Son-of-a-gun! Jed, I wish I could get all the way up to 47, 897 on Amazon.com. Good on you, pal, and may you move a whole lot more.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: JedMarum
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:25 PM

... this has been a curious thread, and I'm tempted to just ignore it as it dies a quiet death in the forum, but I have to say thanks to all for the kind and supportive comments. Maybe GUEST did me a favor by bringing the issue to light. GUEST, I hope you do buy a CD from amazon - every purchase there helps! And I hope you enjoy the music. If you send me PM with your mailing address, I'd send you a CD - so you won't have to buy it.

What started out to be a curious, but mild 'tweek' has turned into a show of support from my friends - and has made me realize that my sales may not be so bad afterall! I've collected some advice on advancing those sales, and gained some insight, ideas and support for the next recording project. Thanks GUEST - thanks friends.


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Subject: RE: Jed Marum makes the charts
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 06:09 PM

Jed, you are a class guy and I'm proud to know you. Just wish I could handle the slings and arrows with that much calm good nature.

Ernie


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