Monday, July 4, 2005

Live 8 - send us your money (via HMV)

Everyone is going to bitch about this, so let's get it out of the way...

All of the Live 8 acts have seen their album sales go mental. Sales of Pink Floyd's greatest hits album have risen by 1,343%.

That's 1,343%

Predictably, several people have already called this filthy money made on the back of the poorest people on the planet. We disagree.

First of all, this sales jump is hardly a surprise. Secondly, it really doesn't detract from the point of the day.

Was awareness raised? Yes.

Will the G8 leaders be publicly ridiculed if they don't make progress on Africa? Yes.

Was the concert superb? Yes (suprisingly so, if you ask us).

Furthermore, the artists who have seen their albums fly off the shelves gave up at leasy two days of their time. They could all have realisitically been making money doing gigs elsewhere. That's what Oasis did, after all.

And ths icing on the cake is that the Great British Public have finally realised what a hopeless nutcase Pete Doherty is. Sales of the Libertines album fell 35%!

Trade Justice is served.

  • Launch: Live 8 sales boost
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