Wednesday, November 08, 2006

IFPI Platinum Europe Awards (October 2006)

The IFPI platinum europe awards of Oct is out today and the result is a litter funny.
Although Rudebox peaked No1 in many european countries such as UK, German and Denmark, it's weird that the album could be awarded 2Xplatium(2,000,000) in just two weeks. Rudebox has been awarded 2Xplatium(600,000) by BPI in UK too, but the real sales number was just about 190,000 totally by now. :)

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This month sees Robbie Williams' Rudebox become the fastest selling Platinum Europe album so far this year, while Muse and Scissor Sisters have also picked up honours.

Robbie Williams cements his massive popularity across Europe with phenomenal sales of his latest album Rudebox. The title sold more than two million copies in October - despite being released in the last week of the month. Hot on the heels of a record sell-out world tour, the British star is set to release Lovelight, the second single from his new album, following the European success of title track Rudebox. This album is the seventh studio offering from the singer and promotes a more eclectic sound than previous releases, but one that is still obviously a hit with his army of fans.

The Scissor Sisters score a Platinum Europe double as both their first and second albums scoop awards. Scissor Sisters has now sold more than three million copies in Europe, while the band's hotly anticipated second album Ta-Dah has crossed the million mark. The American group burst onto the British scene with their eponymous debut in 2004 and follow-up Ta-Dah was released this September. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - the first single taken from the new album - features the piano-playing skills of Elton John and was an instant hit across Europe. The band played a high-profile gig in London's Trafalgar Square in September and are about to embark on a UK tour.

Muse gain the first Platinum Europe Award for their album Black Holes and Revelations after it sold more than one million copies across the continent. The British three-piece from Devon formed at school in 1994 and this is their fourth album. The rock band is a festival favourite and Black Holes and Revelations was also nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize. The July release has now sold throughout 19 European countries and the group won the Best Alternative Act gong at the recent MTV Europe Awards.


Here is another article

November 07, 2006, UMG Q3 Sales Down

Despite gains from digital sales and higher license income in the United States, Universal Music Group saw revenues in the third quarter decline to €1.096 billion ($1.4 billion), down 2.1% from the same period last year.

The figure included a €36 million ($46 million) sum the company received from Bertelsmann following the September settlement of the Napster litigation. UMG cited unfavorable exchange rates for the dip.

UMG's digital sales during the period rose to 126 million, up 88% from the corresponding period last time, parent company Vivendi reported today (Nov. 7). Sales of digital music now accounts for 11.5% of total UMG revenue, with "strong growth" reported across both online and mobile fields.

Best-sellers during the three-month period included new releases from the Killers, Fergie, Scissor Sisters and Ludacris.

Over the first nine-months, UMG recorded a 2.7% rise in revenue to €3.298 billion ($4.22 billion), a result driven largely by digital, higher U.S. license income, greater music publishing sales and favorable currency movements.

VU today unveiled a 0.8% improvement in third quarter revenue to €4.889 billion ($6.2 billion). For the first nine months, VU generated sales of €14.462 billion ($18.52 billion), up 4.1% from the corresponding period in 2005.


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