June 30 [16:00 EDT] -- Despite Disney's best efforts, people are still buying the Insane Clown Posse.
Several record store chains, including Tower Records, Coconuts and Record Town, packed up shipments of Insane Clown Posse's "The Great Milenko," to return to the Disney-owned Hollywood Records, just as the label had demanded. However, the Troy, Michigan-based "Harmony House" is still selling the hip-hop album moving some 1,700 CDs and 200 tapes at 36 stores.
Harmony House's success isn't surprising since Insane Clown Posse hails from nearby Detroit where they've built up a cult following.
As we reported last week, Hollywood Records recalled "The Great Milenko" from record shelves on Tuesday, just six hours after it was put on sale, claiming the lyrics were offensive to women. Disney, which owns Hollywood, has denied the recall had anything to do with a boycott issued by the Southern Baptist Church the week before.
The Clowns' manager, however, says Disney
did bow to Baptist pressure, and that the group wants nothing to do with a company that's into censorship.
The Clowns are now in Los Angeles talking to "every major label," including Interscope and Geffen and hope to re-release the album on another label.