[Dixielandjazz] A HIT RECORD 1,022,000 COPIES IN ONE WEEK!!!!!

Kurt bowermastergroup at qwest.net
Thu Feb 19 09:02:52 PST 2004

While I was checking out the venues where Norah Jones is playing her tour, I
found this on the Belfast, Ireland venue website.  Sounds like a great

The 3 Bs of Jazz - Ball, Barber & Bilk
Event date: 28/02/2004    Start Time: 7.30pm

Ticket Prices: £21.00; £19.00; £16.50


We’re delighted to welcome back this amazing three-band extravaganza which
played to a packed house early in in 2003. These three jazz legends back in
the Sixties together spent more than 130 weeks in the album charts!

Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, The Big Chris Barber Band and Mr Acker Bilk and
his Paramount Jazz band have wowed jazz fans the world over for more than
fifty years with such timeless classics as Stranger on the Shore, Midnight
in Moscow and Petite Fleur.

Jazz legends don’t come much bigger than Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Britain
’s most televised jazz band has been striking all the right notes since 1958
and today they’re as popular ever! Blending brass and reeds with blues
influences, The Big Chris Barber Band creates an amazing wall of sound!
Barber has consistently been one of Europe’s most successful traditional
jazz ambassadors. Clarinet legend, Acker Bilk’s instantly recognizable style
of playing made him a worldwide star. Stranger On The Shore became the first
ever simultaneous Number One hit in the UK and the United States
and remains
one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all time!

-----Original Message-----
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]On Behalf Of Bryan Livett
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 8:40 AM
To: barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] A HIT RECORD 1,022,000 COPIES IN ONE

She's also a "jazz artist" who has sold out to pop-rock-country to get those
numbers, (her latest album features Dolly Parton as a guest!)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 9:25 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] A HIT RECORD 1,022,000 COPIES IN ONE WEEK!!!!!

> Most of us have been following the downward spiral of record sales in
> the music business, over the past two years. Especially those who are
> storing their own band CDs in their garages.  Then suddenly comes this
> incredible sales number for Norah Jones. Interesting? You bet,
> especially since Ms. Jones is described below as a "JAZZ ARTIST WHO HAS
> ACHIEVED POP STAR NUMBERS." . . . "who has the ability to change the
> whole musical culture of what people are listening to, and wanting to
> buy." Now that's heady stuff.
> I have never heard her. Have you all?
> Whatever she has, I think I want some. ;-) VBG.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> February 19, 2004 - New York Times
> A Hit Record by Norah Jones Buoys Industry
>       Norah Jones has given the ailing music industry a boost as her new
> album sold more copies during its debut week than any other release has
> managed to do in more than two and half years.
> Ms. Jones's second album, "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note), sold 1,022,000
> copies during the week ending Sunday, the best performance since 'N Sync
> released "Celebrity" in July 2001, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
> Ms. Jones was not the only musical act to flourish last week, as the
> hip-hop duo OutKast, the R&B singer Beyoncé and rock groups Evanescence,
> Coldplay and the White Stripes benefited from their appearances on the
> Grammy Awards. "The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella), the first album by
> the rapper Kanye West, sold 441,000 copies during its first week of
> release, putting it second on the SoundScan list. Legal sales of
> downloadable songs topped two million units for the first time last
> week. (By contrast Eric Garland, a spokesman for Big Champagne, a
> company that tracks file-swapping, estimates that about 250
> million songs in the MP3 format are being traded each week through the
> most popular services for sharing downloads illegally.)
> Two anticipated records, a rock album from Courtney Love and a pop album
> from Kylie Minogue, had disappointing debuts, at 33,000 and 43,000. But
> sales for the week of Feb. 9 to 15 were the highest of any Valentine's
> Day week since 1991, when SoundScan began tracking music sales. Sales
> were up 25 percent over the same week last year.
> "Everybody was expecting that sales would be strong - it's always a
> strong week," said Rob Sisco, president of Nielsen Music, which operates
> SoundScan. "But particularly the sales on Norah going over a million and
> the strength overall, I don't thing it was anything anybody was
> expecting."
> Bruce Lundvall, president and chief executive for jazz and classics at
> EMI Music, which owns Blue Note, said that Ms. Jones, a jazz artist who
> has achieved pop star numbers, had the potential to "change the whole
> musical culture of what people are listening to, and wanting to buy."
> The strong week comes as the music industry is trying to recover from a
> three-year slump that record labels trace largely to Internet
> downloading and CD copying. Year-to-date sales for 2004 are up 13
> percent over the same period last year, continuing an upward trend in
> the last quarter of 2003. Still, on Tuesday, the Recording Industry
> Association of America continued to fight online music file-swapping in
> court, filing lawsuits against 531 computer users.
> The industry is still suffering through major restructuring. A merger of
> the major label groups owned by Sony and Bertelsmann is awaiting
> approval by regulators. Time Warner is in the process of selling Warner
> Music Group to private investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. And Tower
> Records recently filed for bankruptcy protection.
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