By Keith Caulfield / Billboard
Kelly Clarkson’s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Dec. 28 may have helped draw attention to the original “American Idol” champion, but despite multiple reports from other news sites, it did little to help the sales of her “Stronger” album. According to both Nielsen SoundScan data and sources in the know at Clarkson’s label, RCA, little evidence exists to support the theory that Clarkson’s praise for Paul helped her sales. [...]
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By Zack O’Malley Greenburg / Forbes
Every January, Nielsen SoundScan releases an annual report on the music business for the prior year, and every year in recent memory, the numbers have sung the same sad song: overall music sales are down, again, as piracy and other factors chip away at the industry’s sales numbers.
This year, however, there’s a glimmer of hope. For the first time since 2004, overall music sales are up. It’s an incremental improvement–album sales edged up 1.4% to 330.57 million units from 326.15 million in 2010–but it’s an improvement nonetheless, especially compared to the 13% dip in total album sales from 2009-2010. [...]
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By Nikki Fine / Deadline
Renowned music documentary filmmaker Malcolm Leo and veteran personal manager John Hartmann have secured an agreement to produce a feature length documentary on music icon Jerry Garcia. After a lengthy pursuit of the rights, Leo will direct and also produce with Hartmann. The Leo/Hartmann Productions pic will be built around a 3-hour conversation that Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987. [...]
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By Kenneth Partridge / From Spinner
Before his death in 1986, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott gave an unidentified caretaker 150 tapes of unreleased music. Now, the Irish Independent reports, some of the nearly 700 songs included in that stash will finally see the light of day, as Universal is prepping a new Thin Lizzy box set due out later this year.
“This is an absolutely stunning find,” project manager Steve Hammonds told the newspaper. [...]
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Rock band Van Halen has invited several New York music journalists to attend their first public performance since the end of the group’s 2007/08 reunion tour, according to reports. The concert will be held at the city’s Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village this Thursday.
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