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Sunday, 01 February 2009 16:42

Cookie was mentioned in the short list of role models for women in the audio industry by Gino Robair in Electronic Musician...

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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2009 17:01
Music Sales by Nielsen Soundscan 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by world of crumb   
Friday, 16 January 2009 05:54

Music Sales 2008

Here ya go.. DA NUMBAS, Nielsen Soundscan

• Total album sales fell to 428.4 million units, a drop of 8.5%  (2007 = 500.5 million).

• Physical album sales fell 20% to 362.6 million (from 450.5 million)

• Digital album sales rose 32% percent to 65.8 million units;

• Digital track sales were up 27%, breaking the 1 billion mark for the first time at 1.07 billion.

• Total transactions rose 10.5% to 1.5 billion;

• All Genres saw losses: Classical music dropped 26%; Country fell 24%; Latin was off 21.1%;

• Vinyl album sales also grew with 1.88 million vinyl albums purchased for the year.  An 89% increase over 2007.

Concerts saw higher revenue, due primarily to higher ticket prices. For the 100 top-grossing shows:

• Box-office receipts from North American concerts were $4.2 billion, up 7.8%;

• Average ticket prices cost $66.90, up 8%;

• Number of tickets sold fell 3%, to 35.6 million

Top 10 highest-grossing tour of 2008 in North America:

Madonna - $105 million
Celine Dion - $94 million
Eagles - $73.4 million
Kenny Chesney - $72.2 million
Bon Jovi - $70.4 million
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - $69.3 million
Neil Diamond - $59.8 million
Rascal Flatts - $55.8 million
The Police - $48 million
Tina Turner - $47.7 million

There are a number of articles written, both positively and negatively on the results of 2008 sales based on how the writer wants to slant the article.  I'd like to point out that these initial numbers for sales are gathered by Nielsen Soundscan whose numbers don't accurately reflect sales for indie music or products sold through non traditional means.

"Music sales are following the trend established over the last several years: Digital Sales Up, Physical unit sales down, and overall revenue sliding further."  While that is true, CD sales still account for more than 400 million units in sales.  If digital downloads were attributed 10 songs per disc, the equivalent in sales turns the 1 billion downloads to 100,000 equivalent albums.  Being I was an early pioneer for digital distribution, this doesn't surprise me.  What surprises me is how bad the quality is when it doesn't have to be.. but that's another article....

I don't think any indie artist will give up making cds just yet.  It's still a valuable revenue stream for selling at gigs, getting reviews, offering information and creating a brand image.

Added to the arsenal of artist revenue streams is good ol' vinyl.  Note that vinyl is up 89% in unit sales over 2007 and increasing.  Vinyl sales won't overtake cd or downloads in sales, but, is becoming a more viable revenue stream and crossing all genres of musical tastes, economic standing and age.

Vinyl is not just for audiophiles.  We're seeing increasing vinyl production from punk to pop.  Whether the source is from tape or from disc, vinyl represents a true music lovers desire to collect memorabilia from favorite artists with full graphics and lots of information.  From the artist perspective, sales are 'one way'..  unlike trad distribution of the revolving door.  No returns.  Hallelujah!

I'm not suggesting you toss your mp3 player out the window just yet.  Mp3 and lower rez downloads are great for  wall paper listening, hearing new music and artist promotion.  Internet music has replaced radio for wall paper.  You pay for not having the ads...

Economic conditions aside, the world of music is flooded with talented and untalented folks, all putting out their own independent music, recorded unserimoniously in someone's garage under questionable conditions.  Music has been on a downhill trend 7 of the last 8 years.  The music, the sound, the magic is gone and the public is tired of spending money on the risk of more clutter.  Can  you blame them?  The public is confused as to where to look, how to find new music and doesn't want to spend time looking.  Confusion never makes a sale.

A couple of notes from 2008 that changed the business.  Walmart became the new major label, with Best Buy and Target soon to follow.  Last May, Walmart instigated a $9.95 top price for a cd.  You could buy the whole mp3 album for $11.  Such a deal!  Then, in the first week of sales, Walmart would selling  to the others (like Best Buy) who would mark it up.  That means soundscanning happens twice on many recordings inflating the sales numbers.  If your thinking Walmart is going to put the final knife in the cd, you're probably right.  Fortunately, they don't carry many titles.

So... what to do if you are an artist?  Gigs.  I'm a little disappointed to see that the top grossing acts are mostly over fifty with careers of 20 years or more, under the contractural hands of livenation.com ( the OTHER record label) that cater to the baby boomer generation.  Good to note...  most of my festival promoter friends had very successful events in 2008 despite the economy covering all genres of music.

On a personal level, Blue Coast doubled its revenue in 2008 with no traditional retail or mp3 available for sale.  Our SACD discs sell for $30-40 online and through audiophile online stores worldwide.  China is 40% of our business, France is 50% of our direct from website sales.  We have no tour, did no radio or solicit reviews.  How did we do it?  We found our niche and went to their trade shows where we had a captive audience of 3000-10,000 people.  We brought a great product and weren't afraid to promote it.   If you're an artist, I recommend you do the same.

It's not brain surgery.  Fans want to meet and talk to the artists or producers behind the music.  They want a story.  All you have to do is give it to them.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2009 07:40
Harpsichord Kit FOR SALE! PDF Print E-mail
Written by cookie   
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 08:21

Okay friends, I know you're wondering about what I'm doing with a harpsichord at my studio...  get over it..  we all have skeletons in our closet!

But, enough is enough, time for it to go... after 20 years I've come to the realization that I will NEVER put it together.

It's a Flemming kit from Zuckermann.  7 footer..  partially built, needs parts and ALOT of love...  You pick it up.. (suggest you have a TRUCK with a long bed).  $100 or best offer.

Call 650 595 8475

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Blue Coast Records Announces New Release from Art Lande and a Live Performance in Denver PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cookie Marenco   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 12:57
New from Blue Coast Records!

SACD release party 7pm, Rocky Mountain Audiofest
4900 S. Syracuse Street
Denver, Colorado 80237 USA

The long awaited SACD from Blue Coast Records featuring Art Lande will make its debut at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest, Oct 10-12.  

Art Lande, the masterful jazz pianist from Boulder, Colorado recorded this very special selection of pieces with producers Cookie Marenco and Jean Claude Reynaud.  Songs range from the Beatles, to Stephen Foster to Duke Ellington intertwined with compositions of Lande’s own.  The audiophile quality release uses a modified recording style of the ESE technique developed for Blue Coast Records.

To celebrate the release, Blue Coast Records will host an event at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest show with Art Lande performing solo piano pieces from the recording.  The event takes place on Saturday, Oct 11, 7pm at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.  Blue Coast is also hosting a room at the Marriott for Audiofest where attendants can listen to the recording on an incredible speaker system provided by the LSA Group.

Blue Coast Records will also showcase one of its new artists, Justin Saragueta, performing on Friday at 8pm.  “Gueta” is a singer/songwriter from Huntington Beach, CA.  A former golf pro turned surfer turned musician, Gueta brings his unique view on life to his songs with effortless cruising grooves and international flavors.

Sharing the room at Audiofest with Blue Coast Records is FestivaLink.net.  The high rez live download company is sponsoring an iPod giveaway with preloaded music from FestivaLink.net and Blue Coast Records.  The LSA Group will be providing the sound system for the event.  As part of Blue Coast ‘World’, there will be a dozen or more CD quality downloads available at bluecoastworld.com from various new labels.
For those interested in purchasing the disc, we are offering a special $10 discount on the purchase of the disc.  Click here to find our hidden discount page.
If you bought the advance download, we are sending out the disc this week.  If your address has changed, please contact us with your new address!
For more information, please contact:  Blue Coast Records - Patrick O’Connor, 650-759-1357
Visit BCR in room 414 at the Marriott Tech Center, Denver, during Audiofest.
For press, radio and other promotional questions, please contact us.
Thanks for your support of High Quality Music
Blue Coast Records

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