This just came in from a music-industry source:
“Madonna sold 359,000 copies of her MDNA album to debut at #1, a higher sales total than any of her albums since Music in 2000.
“But the catch is that if you bought a ticket to one of her concerts this year and ‘opted in’ to buy the album as part of the ticket price, you got the album at no extra cost.
“And those sales counted for the album chart, along with regular album-only sales in stores and online.
“So who knows what it would have sold as a stand-alone album?”
Interesting — but wait a minute! She’s stealing from Lady Gaga again!
Remember when Gaga’s album went to number one, partly because of all the 99-cent copies sold?
Madonna topped her by charging nothing!