Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Live8 Old Rockers see sales soar

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gives new meaning to the phrase "sold their soles for rock 'n' roll"

More like sold out the souls of hundreds of millions for the evil empire.

6:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mick Jagger attended the London School of Economics.

The English "heavy metal band", Led Zeppelin, employed the "Hell's Angel's" as "enforcers" and "debt collectors."

The above mentioned facts tell you all you need to know about "rockers" and their milieu. Rock musicians are, by and large, a pack of degenerate scum, plutocrats, corporate capitalists and crypto-fascists.

8:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story is unbelievable. I thought these celebrities were doing it because they really cared./sarcasm

P.S Jagger enjoyed the Hell's Angels strongarm tactics too, didn't he?

1:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Macca and The Who back Mirror call to donate their profits as CD sales rocket after Live 8
By Cameron Robertson
LIVE 8 stars vowed yesterday to donate to charity massive profits from the Hyde Park gig after a Mirror call.

Profits from soaring CD sales and downloads in the first week after Bob Geldof's Make Poverty History concert for Africa could top £1million. Urged by the Mirror, Paul McCartney, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Keane agreed to pledge their shares.

They follow Pink Floyd lead guitarist Dave Gilmour, who earlier declared: "This money should be used to save lives." Other stars said their charity donations remained private but hinted they would also contribute.

Geldof said last night: "This is very much in the spirit of the day. It's a wonderful gesture and if others want to do it, that's fantastic."


Macca's performance with U2 on Saturday of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band topped the iTunes chart in several countries. Yesterday, Universal Music said it would donate profits from digital downloads.

Sales of The Who's album Then and Now are up 863 per cent. A spokesman for the band said: "They were impressed with what Dave Gilmour is doing.

"Should any significant extra royalties come in they'd look at doing the same."

Sales of Eurythmics' Greatest Hits soared 500 per cent. A spokesman for Annie Lennox said: "She feels donations are appropriate. She'll definitely give something back."

Keane's Hopes & Fears album rose 101 per cent. The band said: "Like Dave Gilmour, we'll ensure we don't profit from Live 8."

Coldplay will figure out the Live 8 impact and decide whether to join in at the end of the week.

U2 and Dido would not confirm any charity pledge. But they agreed that "generally artists make anonymous donations".

Even former Libertines star Pete Doherty said he was ready to donate cash. But his disastrous performance with Elton John sent The Libertines' Up the Bracket album crashing by 35 per cent. Only spokesmen for Madonna and REM, both big charity givers, declined to comment.

Gilmour spoke out after it was revealed sales of Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd rose by an amazing 1,343 per cent in one day.

He said on Monday, three days before G8 leaders debate Africa at their summit in Gleneagles: "I will not profit from the concert.

"If G8 leaders tick the right boxes at Gleneagles the main objective will be fulfilled.

"If others feel like donating their extra royalties to charity perhaps the record companies could make a similar gesture."

He said he was not speaking for other members of the band.

The Official Chart Company, which compiles the Download Chart, confirmed: "A lot of acts at Live 8 are benefiting."

Lib Dem culture spokesman Don Foster urged other Live 8 artists to join the giving. He said: "They showed huge generosity in taking part. Now they should continue to show their goodwill."

The final Live 8 concert will be held today at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium. Performers include Travis, Texas, Sugababes and Ronan Keating.

10:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever posted the PR ad' crap missed the point.

Live/G 8 and the whole debt relief scam is a trojan horse. The International bankers and corporations are about to walk in and strip mine these countries in return for forgiveness on some of the debt money these lone sharks printed out of thin air.

8:01 pm  

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