Eric Clapton Sets Digital Sales Record

04/07/04

Me and Mr. Johnson Album Also Debuts at #6 on Billboard 200

Me And Mr. Johnson, Eric Clapton's brilliant tribute to the music of blues pioneer Robert Johnson, broke records when it was offered for sale at digital music stores late last month.

The fourteen-song collection, produced by the artist and Simon Climie, and featuring such Robert Johnson classics as "Kind Hearted Woman Blues," "Come On In My Kitchen" and "Hell Hound On My Trail," was made available on March 23, a week before its official release at retail on such digital outlets as applemusic.com, napster.com, musicmatch.com, listen.com, buymusic.com. and liquidaudio.com, as well as the Warner Bros. Records Digital Music Store.

As a result, Me And Mr. Johnson racked up more pre-sale digital orders than any other artist release in Warner Music Group history. It's a trend that continues with high demand for the album at retail outlets following its March 30th release, resulting in a debut at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 album sales chart this week.

In other Eric Clapton news, the guitarist will perform a series of U.S. dates this summer with a full itinerary to be announced as available. The tour will kick off with the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas on June 4, 5 and 6.

Source: Reprise Records