Online music sales in the UK saw an immediate impact during last night’s screening of the Brit Awards, UK charts administrators, the Official Charts Company revealed this afternoon.
The chart position invigilators noted increased sales of downloads were apparent within moments of the awards show starting, with artists who either won awards or played live at the show seeing their sales far outperform the market.
Well, it looks as if at least one music label’s anachronistic stab at making money through fake scarcity has fallen flat, flat, flat on its face – Estelle’s back on the iTunes Store in the US.
It’s no great surprise – and we wouldn’t be at all shocked if the UK r&b star’s management challenged label Atlantic’s decision to remove her music from iTunes, arguing that their artist lost sales as a result. Continue reading →
“British R&B star Estelle has seen her single American Boy plummet down the US chart after her latest album, Shine, was taken off iTunes in the States.
Record label Warner made the move to force fans to buy the whole album, not just individual songs, reports said.
Single American Boy, featuring Kanye West, was a UK number one in March.
It was in the iTunes top 10 in the US before its removal. It was also at 11 on the official Billboard singles chart – but has now dropped to number 37. Continue reading →
The 12 albums shortlisted for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize were announced today. Chosen from among of over 240 UK artist albums the nominees were announced this morning at Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club,
Announcing the dozen tipped albums, Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, said, “This turns out to be a remarkably rich year for British music. What is most striking is the continued resilience and flexibility of the album as a way of organising music-making. It remains an unrivaled source of musical invention and imagination, a way of linking songs, exploring themes and developing sounds that is endlessly thrilling, surprising and worth celebration.” Continue reading →