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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Mojo Nixon: 'Did I lose a million dollars or gain a million fans?'
ORCHARD ARTIST MOJO NIXON SURPASSES ONE MILLION FREE DOWNLOADS ON AMAZON MP3 New Album and Entire Past Catalog Were Made Available for Free Download During Special Two-Week Promotion; Promotion Showcases The Orchard's Position as an Innovator In the Music Space
New York, NY - October 27, 2009: On October 6th, in support and celebration of the release of Mojo Nixon's latest album "Whiskey Rebellion", The Orchard, a full service media company specializing in the distribution of music and video entertainment,announced that Mojo's entire catalog would be available to download at no cost, exclusively from Amazon MP3. Since this announcement, the promotion has led to more than one million downloads of Mojo's music. As an innovative promotional tool to expose new and existing Mojo fans to his vast body of work, the free downloads are available at www.amazon.com/mojo until October 28th.
"The successful execution of this pioneering promotion has generated tremendous awareness for Mojo," said Brad Navin, EVP and General Manager of The Orchard. "This is a showcase of how The Orchard, as a nimble and forward-thinking company, has the ability to orchestrate trendsetting promotions for our clients. The success of this promotion will be measured by its long-term benefits, not the short-term risks, and our expectation is that it will generate sales momentum."
Mojo Nixon's current catalog includes 11 albums and 144 tracks. The downloads for this music during the two weeks of the Amazon promotional period amounted to a 23,000% increase from paid downloads across all digital retail networks in the United States during the first half of 2009.
BigChampagne, a technology-driven media measurement company that analyzes the trends of popular entertainment media, reported that the number of users and corresponding volume of files stayed pretty consistent overall on P2P sites during the two week Amazon promotion that began October 6th. In August and September, the average volume of files on P2P networks was 35,000 and in the first week of the promotion, there was 13% increase on the networks, but this fell back down to around 35,000 the following week.
"The success of this promotion is demonstrated by the numbers," commented Eric Garland, CEO of BigChampagne. "As a result of the giveaway, Mojo's online popularity is spiking across key indicators. It's also worth noting that there has been no concurrent increase in piracy of Mojo's material. Free Amazon MP3 downloads now completely dwarf the unauthorized flow of his catalog."
Mojo Nixon, remarking on his career and lack of digital marketing skills, said: "Great googley moogley. I'm almost speechless. A million Mojo songs stirring up trouble across this great land. I'm a cult artist and apparently I've grown the cult and made the cult happy. A little blast of joy in these dark and desperate times. A retired lunatic with no Facebook, no Twitter, no MySpace or tour. Not even an e-mail list. Never underestimate the power of the Mojosity. The true sound of the American nutjob is forever. You can't kill rock 'n roll. The question is--did I lose a million dollars or gain a million fans?" About Mojo Nixon
Mojo Nixon is currently a full-time on-air personality on Sirius XM Satellite radio hosting a daily music show on the Outlaw Country channel, a weekly political talk show on the Raw Dog Comedy Channel and a weekly racing show on the NASCAR channel. Bruce Springsteen has called him "The King Of The DJs."
Mojo is coming out of retirement for a tour to support Whiskey Rebellion. The tour includes a total of two shows in Texas with his backing band The Toadliquors. On Friday November 6th he will be performing at The Continental Club in Austin and Saturday November 7th at The Continental Club in Houston. Dash Rip Rock and New Duncan Imperials will support both shows.
Mojo Nixon released his first album in 1985. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from Dead Kennedys, The Pogues and The Butthole Surfers to Koko Taylor, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ali Farka Toure. He officially retired from touring in 2004. He was the unofficial captain of the medal winning 1998 US Olympic Luge team. In one week he appeared on a cover story in the Wall Street Journal while also appearing nude in Future Sex Magazine. A column he once wrote for Hustler Magazine was censored for inappropriate material. He has appeared in several bad movies. He debated Pat Buchanan on Crossfire. Don Henley once joined him onstage to sing along with the song Don Henley Must Die. He has surprisingly never been shot or arrested. He has been named Drunk of the Month by Modern Drunkard Magazine. He has performed in Moosejaw, Sasketchewan. In 2009 he was very surprised to find a shoe box under his front porch with 17 cassettes of unreleased songs.