2009 Wrap-Up: Music Purchases Up, Album Sales Down
The 2009 year-end Nielsen SoundScan numbers reveal that Taylor Swift edged Susan Boyle in terms of album sales, and that the Beatles and Michael Jackson can still move major units. But how did the music biz do overall last year? Slightly better than the year before. Total music purchases were up 2.1 percent over 2008, as ‘09 brought in 1.545 billion overall music sales — which factors in albums, singles, digital tracks and music videos — compared to the 1.513 billion combined in 2008.
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Soundgard to Reunite
(via pitchfork at http://pitchfork.com/news/37457-soundgarden-to-reunite/)
Those squealing and riffing purveyors of grunge known as Soundgarden are getting the band back together. So says lead screamer Chris Cornell, who announced the reunion on his Twitter as the clock struck 2010 on January 1. (Via Billboard.) "The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" wrote the singer, adding a link to the new official band site, where fans can sign up for e-mail updates.
The biggest question mark regarding the reunion is Cameron, who has lots of 2010 dates with Pearl Jam already lined up and recently told New Zealand website Stuff "the last thing on my mind is getting a band back together" when asked about the future of Soundgarden. But at least this means Chris Cornell will most likely not put out a solo album produced by Timbaland in 2010, and for that we are grateful.
New Knife - "Colouring of Pigeons"
Over eleven minutes, the Knife introduce their most recent costume with "Colouring The Pigeon," the first sounds from their operatic composition Tomorrow, In A Year, composed in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. The piece was commissioned by Hotel Pro Forma, to accompany the Danish performance art group's opera based on Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of The Species. Which works out, because Karin and Olof were already all about birds anyway. "Pigeons" is a master blast -- it's less obviously electronic than the Knife of the naughts, freely incorporating operatic elements as per the assignment -- strings, bel canto vocalisms -- but as soon as Karin jumps in after the hockety, harmonized vocal intro, and the various, sublimely eerie instrumental arpeggios color the remains, the Dreijer signature is bold on this one, even if it's on a mask geared for a different sort of theater. This is a big one, must-download:Read More on this here.