Today Adele was confirmed at the top of the UK's Official Albums Chart (no surprise there) - but with a sales total which is breath-taking. In seven days, her third album 25 sold 800,307 copies. To reiterate, that is the highest total for any Number 1 album ever. That's ever.
Imagine if you ran a lemonade stall outside your home just like the HSBC advertisement. You may have been successfully selling lemonade to your neighbourhood and paying your VAT like a good little taxpayer. What if the rules changed and now you had to ask each and every customer where they lived?
"The explosion in download sales over the past nine years means we are genuinely now living in the digital music age - with
There's a growing number of people for whom HMV didn't sell the product they wanted. The retailer might have accounted for 40% of physical sales but they didn't want physical items. They wanted data. No matter how cheaply HMV sold it, it wasn't what they wanted.
On the one hand, people are not paying for recorded music in the way that they used to; on the other, a large proportion of those who do, still prefer something tangible they can hold in their hand.
It was my recent trip to New York that brought it home to me. Walking around this most fraught and amazing city I tried to find somewhere to buy a CD from an American singer I like called Greg Laswell. But not one place could I find and on asking waiters and the concierge they couldn't help either.
The BBC is planning to set up a "digital shop" allowing viewers to pay to download old programmes. Director-General Mark