MySpace Scores Gold Record (In Ad-Supported Terms)

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MySpace has scored 500,000 downloads for the upcoming Pennywise album, part of a larger, ad-supported concept.

The tally would normally constitute a gold album in the United States, at least by traditional sales certifications.  The total, confirmed by MySpace Records executive J. Scavo to Digital Music News this weekend, comes ahead of a Tuesday album delivery.

At that point, MySpace will send emails to the pre-release takers with redemption instructions.  The tie-in, which first surfaced in November, requires users to become a friend with sponsor Textango prior to receiving the free download.

The album, Reason to Believe, comes roughly twenty years after the group first formed in Hermosa Beach, California.  Pennywise peaked in the 90s, though the latest download tally – and a friend total of 150,000 – reflect a sizable group of loyal fans.

Now, Scavo is gunning for a bigger result.  The lead single on the album, “The Western World,” has become the most-played track on KROQ in Los Angeles.  “And we are just getting going,” Scavo promised.  The MySpace download window continues through April 8th, according to the executive.