Missing Song Creates Fervor at Top Music Download Web Site LALA.com

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The album "Best Record In The World Part 2" by emo band CalPOP was released to etailers for digital download last week, but the album contains a track called "Missing Song" which appears to be just that -- a missing song.

Best Record In The World : Part 2

Technically it's not silence…I have two words for you - Infrasonic.

The album "Best Record In The World Part 2" by emo band CalPOP was released to etailers for digital download last week, but the album contains a track called "Missing Song," which appears to be just that -- a missing song.

Clients spending as much as $.89/song to download "Missing Song" using the online shopping cart at some download stores apparently were complaining, saying that "Missing Song" is, well -- missing!

"Not so!" says Lynn Tracy, aka "Cruciface," the lead singer of CalPOP. "'Missing Song' is actually about ¼ second of near silence. I believe it is nothing short of censorship that is preventing our fans from being able to download the second half of our album the 'Best Record In The World Part 2,' which includes 'Missing Song.' You can usually hear these songs before you buy them…so…I mean, if you don't like it, don't buy it! I think it should be available…it's a shame if it's not. The censorship of this song is now making it difficult for people to hear the whole record. You can only find part 1 of our album at most download locations like Amazon.com. At least that's still available. But, I mean who is to say how much silence should cost? Who is to say how loud a track should be? Who is to say what the minimum length of a song for sale should be? It's art for crying out loud! We believe that the artist should control these options not the download outlets."

Stuart Casson, aka "Christmas Tree," guitarist for CalPOP, has another take on the song "Missing Song," "Technically it's not silence…I have two words for you - Infrasonic." It seems as though Stuart just said one word, but Stuart here appears to be making a reference to the possibility that perhaps some people just can't hear his second word -- and that perhaps some people just can't hear the song. For example, the song "AMT Mosquito Repellent" also by CalPOP and also on "Best Record In The World Part 2" contains frequencies of sound that supposedly most people over 30 can't hear.

Now, many etailers appear to be refusing to carry "Best Record In The World Part 2" and are only offering the first record "Best Record in the World Part 1" for online download.

Apparently neither album is available on iTunes.com.

LaLa.com, one of the only places where you can get both parts of CalPOP's new concept album, is no longer making "Missing Song" available for download. They have removed the "ADD ME" button for individual song purchase. Nevertheless this is still one of the only places where you can download both parts of CalPOP's new record "Best Record In The World Part 1" and "Best Record In The World Part 2."

It could be that some people are just not carrying "Best Record In the World Part 2" because of the album cover, says Tony Wagoner, a spokesman for CalPOP. Cruciface has two crosses on his face over his eyes, which perhaps some people might find offensive, "but I don't really know why the album isn't available," says Tony. Others, apparently, say that "Missing Song" is just a CD gag and are grateful that it's not for sale. You can decide for yourself by searching for "CalPOP" at LALA.com.

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