Some, (mostly older) rock stars who took part in Live 8 concerts over the weekend to pressure Group of Eight (G8) leaders to eradicate African poverty have seen their discs fly off the shelves in British music stores - a case of bank balances as well as consciences winning out.
According to HMV, one of Britain's main record retailers with 200 stores nationwide, Pink Floyd's Echoes album posted a staggering 1,343 per cent increase in sales the day after the concert compared with the same day a week ago. The Who's Then & Now also experienced an increase in sales of 863 per cent, while next came Annie Lennox's Eurythmics Greatest Hits (500 per cent) and Dido's Life For Rent (412 per cent). That more a reflection of these stars diminished typical sales volume.
By comparison, the currently popular Coldplay's X&Y, which has stormed the charts, registered one of the smallest increases out of the London Live 8 acts at just 3 per cent.