An offer of free Josh Gracin song downloads was very tactfully brushed off by an entire nation yesterday in the promotional lead-up to the singer’s eventual follow-up to We Weren’t Crazy, which will also be his first album since being dropped by Lyric Street Records.
Activity at Gracin’s website skyrocketed in the first hour after the offer was posted, with 50 visitors from as far away as Missouri and Florida visiting Gracin’s ‘Music’ page and failing to download the free tunes. Visitors continued to flow in at the rate of seven or eight per hour for the rest of the day, though none left with music.
“When we saw that none of the hits were resulting in song downloads, we figured the unusually high level of traffic had somehow messed with our server or our analytics, but we did some testing and everything seemed fine,” said JoshGracin.com webmaster Sean Donaghey. “I’m not sure how to explain it, other than people just weren’t downloading the songs. It’s pretty baffling.”
Although Donaghey has the files on his computer, he hasn’t had a chance to listen to them yet. “I’m sure they’re probably worth the asking price,” he joked. “Josh doesn’t record bad songs.”
We caught up with some music lovers at a local record shop to get their reactions to Gracin’s offer.
“Free song downloads from who?” asked local business owner Robert Merlin, a stack of used records under his arm. “Oh… Josh Gracin. I’d hate to put him out like that. It wouldn’t seem right to take the music without paying for it.” After pausing for a beat, he added: “But I don’t have the money to pay for it now. Maybe I’ll look it up sometime down the road or something. Thanks so much for telling me. I’ll keep it in mind.”
On encountering customer Justin Jones tapping away on his Blackberry near the Classic Rock section, we suggested he take advantage of the offer right then and there. “You know, I would, but the connection is pretty spotty here, and with my Verizon plan downloading anything more than text or small images costs an arm and a leg,” he explained. “It’s cool that the guy – Josh whoever you said – is giving away music for free, though. I love when artists do that. If it were Bruce Springsteen, I’d be all over it.”
We did find one young lady who seemed excited to take the singer up on his offer:
“Oh my gosh, are you serious!? Josh Groban? I love his curly hair, his boyish good looks, and his piano playing!” screamed Amber Williams, 24. “I don’t know if he’ll ever be able to top ‘To Where You Are’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’ but I bet these new songs will be pretty good. I can’t wait to hear them!”
As of noon today, the songs had been downloaded by one visitor from Indonesia.
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