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UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up (No.6)

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up (No.6)

UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream. A third successive record year for singles and the emergence of a mainstream market for digital albums failed to halt a further overall decline in UK music sales in a market that remains heavily distorted by still-increasing levels of illegal downloading, new Official Charts Company data released today by the BPI confirmed.

Combined sales of digital and physical albums overall fell by 7.0% to 119.9m in 2010, with growth in digital sales failing to offset the decline in physical CD sales. Despite the encouraging digital albums sales of 21.0m, growing 30.6% on last year’s sales of 16.1m, the market for CD albums declined 12.4% to 98.5m from 112.5m in 2009.

The singles market recorded an all-time sales high of 161.8m, 5.9% up on 2009′s tally of 152.7m, reflecting the unparalleled choice and value on offer from the UK’s burgeoning digital music retail environment. 5.2m tracks were downloaded in the final week of 2010 – the first time weekly sales have surpassed 5m. Sales of digital single tracks represented 98.0% of overall singles sales, with CD singles only accounting for 1.9m sales, down on last year’s total of 2.5m.

Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said, “2010 showed that the digital singles highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke – music fans continue to embrace the convenience, value and choice offered by legal download stores. The market for digital albums also went mainstream in 2010 with nearly a fifth of sales now coming from online services.

“Yet however encouraging it is to see the digital market grow, this must be seen against the bigger picture. Despite unprecedented demand for music, and strong innovation offering consumers new ways to access music online, legal downloads are unable to offset the decline in CD sales because they are dwarfed by illegal competition.

“We will continue to do everything we can to promote the legal market, but meaningful action to tackle illegal downloading remains absolutely critical if we are to stabilise British music sales, let alone return to growth. Without it, investment in new digital services and in British musical talent will begin to dry up.”

Tony Wadsworth, BPI Chairman, added, “Consumer choice for recorded music has never been greater – both in depth of catalogue and the many ways to buy it. It is now crucial that action to stem illegal downloading, incentivising continued investment in this popular art form, is implemented decisively and urgently.”

It was a solid year for British artists in the 2010 album charts. Take That’s Progress was crowned overall year-end album chart champion, selling more than 1.8m copies during 2010. It was boosted in part by first week sales of almost 520,000, making it the fastest-selling album of this millennium.

Including Take That, The Official Charts Company end-of-year artist album Top 10 boasted five placings from new and established British talent, including Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks (No.5), Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up (No.6), Florence & The Machine’s Lungs (No.8) and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (No.10).

While Pop and Urban titles dominated the bestsellers list, there were also big successes for Classical artist André Rieu – who had two albums in the year-end Top 30 – and Michael Bublé, whose Crazy Love (classified as MOR / Easy) was the second-biggest selling UK album overall.

Eminem featuring Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie sold 854,000 copies to become the UK’s No.1 single of 2010, narrowly seeing off a late challenge from X-Factor winner Matt Cardle’s single When We Collide which ended 2010 as the second biggest-selling single. Tinie Tempah also featured in the year-end Top 10 with his breakout hit Pass Out.

UK record companies and retailers worked hard during 2010 to make CDs available to consumers in record numbers of outlets on the high street. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) confirmed that over 6,600 stores stocked CDs in the run up to Christmas, compared to just over 4,600 at the beginning of 2010 – around 15% more than the 5,750 in 1999, music’s previous boom year.

Glastonbury 2011- Who’s playing.

Glastonbury 2011- Who's playing.

Glastonbury 2011- Who's playing.

Glastonbury 2011- Who’s playing.  The last year before Glasto takes a break for the Olympics, Music News takes a look at what’s being lined up for next year’s premier UK festival. Already self confirmed for the bash are The Coral, who confirmed in November through their Twitter account. Fatboy Slim also confirmed an appearance immediately after his 2010 performance too. Other strong rumours include Kylie Minogue on the Pyramid Stage, as she was infamously booked in 2005 to close the Sunday before pulling out. The reformed Pulp seem certainties to make a headline appearance across the weekend. The band played a vintage set in 1995 and their reform is likely to be due to a set booked at Glastonbury. U2 have been rumoured to make a headline appearance this year after missing their 2010 slot due to Bono’s back injury, however a secret slot appears more likely. Whether they do appear as headliners or with a secret appearance, I’d bet my entire treasured back catalogue of Nirvana on U2 making some sort of appearance at Glastonbury next year. Other names that have been thrown into the mix include Prince,Coldplay and The Foo Fighters, however none are likely to appear as headliners across the weekend. The Rolling Stones seem a promising prospect, with Ronnie Wood stating earlier this month that ‘He’d love to do it’. Glastonbury is always welcoming to bands from the yesteryear, so seeing The Stones headlining wouldn’t surprise any fans of the festival. Take That are one band who have confirmed they will not be appearing, with Gary Barlow stating ‘I don’t think it’s possible’ due to the size of the production of their show. Here are some of other names rumoured to be appearing: Beyonce, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, The Libertines, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin (again) and The White Stripes.

Paolo Nutini to headline Scottish Music Awards

Paolo Nutini to headline Scottish Music Awards

Paolo Nutini to headline Scottish Music Awards

Paolo Nutini to headline Scottish Music Awards. The Glasgow: Scotland with style Scottish Music Awards ‘ The Tartan Clefs will this year see Paolo Nutini reveal a unique performance for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland charity at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Saturday 20th November. The awards, which sold out in recession busting record time, have now been running for 12 years and, this year, are being held in partnership with Glasgow: Scotland with style. Every year, the organisers of this prestigious showcase have built upon the year before, ensuring it remains innovative and exciting ‘ and above all else, unique to Glasgow. Hosting this event in the city not only reinforces Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music, but also helps profile its cutting-edge style credentials and utterly magnetic music scene. Held to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, it is an important date in the Scottish event calendar, fast making its mark upon the music industry as the ‘Scottish Brits’, receiving international media attention. The charity, which receives no statutory funding, relies on the event as its largest and most prominent fundraiser. The Glasgow: Scotland with style Scottish Music Awards ‘ The Tartan Clefs is a celebration of the massive strength, and huge diversity, of Scotland’s international music industry. Recent winners include acts such as The Fratellis and Capercaillie as well as Mott the Hoople and songwriter John Reid. In August 2008 Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music, and over the past 30 years there has been a major investment in Glasgow venues ‘ both by Glasgow City Council and by individuals and companies. The unique combination of music and therapy that Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland offers is both a release and sense of fun for the individual through the power of music. Unique to other forms of therapy, the concept of taking our creative side and combining this with alternative modes of therapy is revolutionary; illustrating that music has strong healing qualities.  Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland Executive Director, Mary Brown, said: “Funds raised from the Tartan Clef Music Awards are crucial as they help to secure the continuation of music therapy sessions for the many children and adults accessing the services. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is looking to expand and develop its work, so it is hoped that the increased profile the Tartan Clef Music Awards brings will enable even more children and adults to receive music therapy.”

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions. Mencap’s much loved Little Noise Sessions today announce two more nights to this year’s eclectic line up. Indie icons The Kooks plus special guests and singer-songwriter Ellie Goudling plus special guests join Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini and Hurts for the 5th birthday celebrations. Islington’s Union Chapel plays host to the annual series of intimate acoustic gigs, curated by Jo Whiley, taking place between 15th and 20th November. All proceeds from the gigs go to learning disability charity Mencap and to be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on Friday 22nd October subscribe now at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk – but be quick, tickets are selling like hotcakes, Tom Jones & Paolo Nutini have already sold out! Subscribe now to the Little Noise Sessions website www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk to get access to a host of exclusive content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the daily Little Noise backstage blog, all for only £6 for six months. Subscribers will also be able to pick the best pew in the Chapel with priority entry to the gigs. Curated by Mencap Ambassador Jo Whiley, 2010′s Little Noise Sessions will bring some of the hottest names in music, over six very special nights, to perform acoustically in the exquisite surroundings of the Union Chapel. The stripped back music mixed with the intimate venue gives the audience the chance to see something truly unique each night – this year with balloons and some cake thrown in too! Returning to the Union Chapel for their second appearance at Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions and bringing some special guests with them is The Kooks, on Thursday 18th November. Joining the Brighton four piece, is man of the moment Example along with New York rockers We Are Scientists, John Bramwell of the Mercury prize nominated I Am Kloot, and rising star Leah Mason, all sure to help celebrate Mencap’s 5th Birthday in style. Last but certainly not least, closing this years spectacular Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions on Saturday 20th November is golden girl Ellie Goulding, plus special guests. Sure to leave the crowd starry eyed she will be joined by one of Britain’s most talented young bands Stornoway and the signature vocal of Tinashé – the perfect way to end the Sessions. THE LINE UP SO FAR:
Monday 15th November: Tom Jones Presents Praise and Blame with friends and Lauren Pritchard

What’s happening with your celebrity right now, on twitter

Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.

Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.

Twitter  is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Since late 2009, users can follow lists of authors instead of following individual authors. Friends and industry peers you know. Celebrities you watch. Businesses you frequent. Find them all on Twitter.  Try it out and Click on the name of a celebrity. If  Twitter is running a bit slow…please wait. If you have suggestions to Follow the Famous help us to find famous celebrities who use twitter.

Doves and Editors join Oxegen

Doves

Doves

Doves and Editors join Oxegen. With the countdown to OXEGEN well and thoroughly under way, we thought we’d help ramp up the excitement levels even further with the addition of 13 more sensational acts! Indie and Rock are to the fore in today’s announcement and Bell X1 are without doubt one of the most important bands to emerge from Ireland over the last couple of decades. They’ve notched up four critically acclaimed albums and have enjoyed phenomenal success both in the UK  and in the USA. Doves have achieved worldwide record sales of over two million amid universal critical acclaim, with two number one albums and two Mercury nominations. Back at OXEGEN after a great performance on the second stage last year, Doves are touring their ‘Best Of’ collection The Places Between.   Debut album The Back Room established Editors as one of the UK’s best bands. Their follow-up An End Has A Start went to number 1 and earned the band a Brit Award nomination for Best Band. Their brand of dark indie rock reached new heights on In This Light and on This Evening. Two years ago, Scouting For Girls stole our hearts with a clutch of contagious hits (She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat, It’s Not About You, Elvis Ain’t Dead). New single This Ain’t A Love Song builds on that success and is taken from the new LP Everybody Wants To Be On TV. Ocean Colour Scene will be celebrating their 21st anniversary next year and have clocked up an impressive eleven Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums during their illustrious career. Always a big hit with Irish fans, it’s great to have them back at OXEGEN. Kate Nash’s intelligent and insanely catchy single Foundations reached number two in the singles charts and helped propel her first album to No.1. New release ‘My Best Friend Is You’ has already been met with much critical acclaim. Expect her to be a name on everyone’s lips by the time she returns to Punchestown. Led by iconic frontman Ian McCulloch, Echo And The Bunnymen have been enthralling fans for three decades. Their last album, ‘The Fountain’, was released in 2009 and confirmed their genius hasn’t diminished in the slightest with new track Think I Do ranking alongside classics Nothing Lasts Forever and Killing Moon. Joshua Radin captured the public imagination when his songs were included on a string of hit US TV shows. Those who caught his recent show at Dublin’s Academy will know that this is an artist in the tradition of greats like Nick Drake and Elliott Smith –confessional folk-pop craftsmen who could say more with a whisper than most can with a scream.  Also added to the OXEGEN bill are Manchester four-piece The Courteeners, hard rocking rebels Airbourne and their Australian compatriots The Middle East – one of the most talked about bands at SXSW this year. Two of our most popular Irish acts complete today’s announcement. Meteor Music Award winning Dublin act The Coronas put in a storming set when they played the Main Stage at OXEGEN on the Friday last year and also sold out three dates at The Academy in January.  2009 saw Republic of Loose play the US for three sold out tours. They returned to Ireland for OXEGEN and to open up for U2 at Croke Park on their 360 tour. In December, the band were nominated in Q Magazine’s ‘Albums of the Century’.  OXEGEN returns to Punchestown from 9th-11th July (subject to licence). The Ticket Deposit Scheme is available again this year, so €120 deposit will secure your ticket, with the remaining balance payable by 31st May 2010. Ticket prices remain frozen since 2008 with a 3 day camping ticket costing €224.50 (incl booking fee). 

LINEUP 2010:    
EMINEM, MUSE, JAY-Z, THE BLACK EYED PEAS, KASABIAN, THE PRODIGY, FLORENCE+THE MACHINE, PAOLO NUTINI, FAITHLESS, STEREOPHONICS, DAVID GUETTA, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, MUMFORD & SONS JOHN MAYER, HOT CHIP, CALVIN HARRIS, NEWTON FAULKNER, GOSSIP, THE TEMPER TRAP, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, GOLDFRAPP, LA ROUX, WOLFMOTHER, RISE AGAINST, THE CORAL, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, ELLIE GOULDING, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, ARMAND VAN HELDEN, STEVE ANGELLO, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, EROL ALKAN, STEVE AOKI, A-TRAK, AEROPLANE

…AND MANY MANY MORE!!

General Fiasco, Paolo Nutini, Green Day, at open-air festival Pinkpop.

General Fiasco at open-air festival Pinkpop.

General Fiasco at open-air festival Pinkpop.

General Fiasco, Paolo Nutini, Green Day, at open-air festival Pinkpop.

Green Day, Editors, Mando Diao, C-Mon & Kypski,  Moke. and the Metropole Orchestra, John Mayer,  Biffy Clyro, 
Triggerfinger, Destine,  2 Many DJS, Caro Emerald, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Everything Everyting, Rammstein, Motorhead, Kasabian, Epica, Paolo Nutini, The Temper Trap, The Opposites, Gossip, The Blackbox Revelation, 
Sungrazer, The Prodigy, Pixies, Wolf Mother, Skunk Anansies, Danko Jones, The Maccabees, Pink,  Mika, Slash,
Kate Nash, Jon Allen, Gogol Bordello, Florence plus the Machine, Yeasayer, General Fiasco, Dewolff

The Netherlands’ most famous open-air festival and Europe’s longest-running uninterrupted outdoor pop festival PINKPOP will take place for the 41st time in the city of Landgraaf, at the beautiful festival site MEGALAND, 134 miles south of Amsterdam. There are 4  large campsites, providing space for 50.000 campers.  In 40 years the festival has sold out 20 times, with a capacity of 60.000 attendees per day. Since 1970 more than 1,8 million people have visited the festival and more than 500 acts have performed on stage. See the History section and the BAND ABC for more Pinkpop facts. This year’s program will be just as sensational as in previous years. On Friday the 28th of May, Saturday the 29th of May and Sunday the 30th of May PINKPOP will proudly present 39 bands on its three stages.

The 41th edition will be shown live on Dutch National radio and television and through 3voor12.vpro.nl.
There are 4 campsites near the festival site. All sites include hot showers and running water, supermarkets, free toilets, an Information desk, a camping store, a First Aid stand, token registers and several food & drink stands. There is no electricity. Campers and mobile homes are not permitted.

The camping sites are accessible from noon on Friday the 28th of May until noon on Monday the 31st of May. The campsites are free with your Weekend ticket (3-day ticket). Show your ticket at the entrance to receive a wrist-band. Admission to the festival can only be gained in combination with your ticket and wrist-band, so don’t lose your ticket! If you don’t want to use the festival campsites check the tourist information on www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl or call +31-43 609 85 00.

The best camping option for physically disabled people is Campsite A, which is more accessible and has more facilities for disabled people. For more information write to info@pinkpop.nl or call +31-46 475 67 17.

Pop Music Festivals, Popular Music Events  to go to: Beijing Pop Festival China, Bergenfest Norway, Bestival England, Byrn Terfel’s Faenol FestivalWales, Coke Live Music Festival Poland, Ireon Music Festival Greece, Live & Loud Malaysia , Pinkpop Netherlands, Rock’n Coke Turkey, Smooth Festival Poland Sunburst KL International Music Festival Malaysia, WesterpopNetherlands, Zelt Musik Festival Germany

Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling to play T In The Park

Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling and Mystery Jets have been added to the T In The Park line-up. Echo And The Bunnymen, The Drums, Ash, Airbourne, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts and Tricky have joined the bill for the event. The sold out event takes place on July 9-11 in Balado near Kinross.  Julian Casablancas, Echo And The Bunnymen and Ash are being billed as “guests of honour” for the festival, and will play on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage. See Tinthepark.com for more information.

The T In The Park line-up so far is:

30 Seconds To Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Biffy Clyro, Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox , David Guetta, Dirty Projectors, Dizzee Rascal,  Ellie Goulding, Echo And The Bunnymen, Julian Casablancas,  Ash, Airbourne, Babyshambles, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts,  Laura Marling, Mystery Jets, The Drums, Tricky, Empire of the Sun, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Fake Blood, Florence And The Machine, Four Tet , Goldfrapp, Gossip,
Hot Chip, Mumford And Sons, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Kasabian, La Roux, Madness, Jamie T, Paloma Faith, Frank Turner, Delphic, Kassidy, Crookers, The Sunshine Underground, The Middle East, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini, Plastikman, Rise Against, Skunk Anansie, Slam , Stereophonics, The Cribs, The Coral, The Courteeners , The Proclaimers, The Prodigy , The Stranglers, The Temper Trap , The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions.  The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions.  Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005.    Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V .  V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian.  The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com.  Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing.  ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’

Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.

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