I’ve been carefully saying that although JVR Music (Jay Chou’s company) has called for accuracy in sales figures, it has not directly accused Mayday of falsifying reports. I might have been a bit too optimistic:
“Mayday’s company ‘B’in Music’ recently announced at a press conference that sales of Mayday’s new album Poetry of the Day After have exceeded 137,050 copies, beating Jay Chou’s Capricorn, and temporarily taking the title of Taiwan’s top-selling record in 2008. Once this information was made public, it immediately sparked vehement concern from Jay’s ‘JVR Music.’ JVR Music stressed, ‘Not possible! How could Mayday have broken Jay Chou’s pre-orders record? This needs to be investigated, there’s no cause for bragging.’ It further stressed that President Chou’s sales figures are not faked, purchased, or inflated. However B’in Music refuted this with: ‘According to information from the business office, the official pre-orders passed 100,000 copies, and adding the first shipment of records, Mayday’s new album has already passed 130,000 copies.’
Here’s a question for you: it possible that they’re both right and they’re just comparing different figures (i.e. for different points in time or different points on the sales process)? As I noted in my last post on this issue, Mayday probably never had the most copies total at any given time, but I suspect they had a higher total number of albums sold in Taiwan for the first week on the charts than Jay. That would mean that they’re right that they out-sold Jay for that week, and Jay’s right that he’s outsold them overall.
Or am I still being too optimistic? I don’t really see any way for this to end well if it doesn’t end soon.