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Guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM has tweeted a note thanking the “state of the record industry” for what he called a “massive royalty check” that he recently received in the mail.
Heafy also included a photoof the check in question (see below), which was made out for a whopping amount of $1.31.
TRIVIUM‘s latest album, “In Waves”, sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band’s career.
The group’s previous CD, “Shogun”, opened with just under 24,000 units back in October 2008 to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up “The Crusade”, which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25.
EDITORIAL: $1.31? For an album that debuted at No. 13 in the Billboard chart? Yeah, unfortunately that is the state of the industry.
It was Trivium’s highest charting debut, but it did sell less than their last two releases.
It’s as simple as this, folks just aren’t buying CD’s as much anymore and for two main reasons:
1. Digital music is cheaper, more convenient, and easier to carry around wherever you go. Try hauling around 30 or 40 cd’s in your pocket.
2. People just don’t have as much disposable income as they did three or four years ago.
Sad indeed but things will evolve to something better. They always have and always will. We just have to go through the pains of change first.

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