So, when Indie history is on the verge of being made you can expect it to be covered here right? Well, you are correct and let me start off by saying that this month has been incredible in terms of new music. Debut albums galore, including a self titled album by brand new Indie outfit Young Statues. Listen to it in all of its Indie glory HERE.
As for history being made, today marks an inspirational day for independent labels worldwide. A huge congratulations goes out to Rostrum Records, Benjy Grinberg, Wiz Khalifa and most importantly Mac Miller who is about to accomplish something only done by Tha Dogg Pound some 16 years ago. Mac Miller's debut independent LP, entitled Blue Slide Park, is set to debut at number one on the Billboard charts next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell upwards of 180,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Rostrum Records release is distributed by INgrooves via Fontana Distribution -- Universal Music Group Distribution's indie arm. If "Blue Slide" does top the chart, it will mark the first independently-distributed debut album to hit No. 1 since 1995 (Dogg Pound).
So, let's take a step back for a moment and think about this. First we have Arcade Fire taking home album of the year...
now we have Mac Miller smashing 16 year old records. Go Go 2011! Here's to 2012 bringing independent artists and labels the same success!
Again, it's great to see Rostrum have continued success. Benjy is as smart as he is passionate. I completely respect his drive and I admire his accomplishments. If you are looking to learn a little bit more about Rostrum and also gain some insight on the industry, Hit Quarters did a pretty informative interview with Benjy last month. You can check it out HERE. Enjoy!