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Entertainment Big fall in disc sales recorded in 2017

18:25  11 january  2018
18:25  11 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Taylor Swift sells $180 million in tour tickets in seven days

  Taylor Swift sells $180 million in tour tickets in seven days Taylor Swift sold an incredible $180 million (£132 million) in tickets to her Reputation Stadium Tour in just seven days. It was reported earlier this week (beg01Jan17) that sales to see Taylor perform live were not doing well in the wake of the various scandals the star has weathered over the past year. However, these claims were dismissed as Billboard got their hands on sales data from sources close to the singer, which showed that she is having no trouble offloading tickets to her shows. Billboard reports that the $180 million came from four days of verified fan pre-sales, and three days of public sales. And while none of the shows have yet sold out, this is something Taylor's team have anticipated. After the huge demand for tickets for her last tour, which lead to millions of tickets being snapped up by touts and sold on at a higher cost, Taylor and her team are using the slow-ticketing method for the Reputation Stadium Tour. This means that tickets are priced higher than for her previous tours, to discourage touts, and many fans have been given their own "slots" at which point they are able to purchase the tour tickets. And of using this method, David Marcus, executive VP and head of music at Ticketmaster, which is working with Taylor on the new ticketing system, told Billboard: "We'd like to sell the last ticket to her concert when she takes the stage each night.

But the biggest selling vinyl album of 2017 so far was originally released 50 years ago. Most Read This Week. 4.1 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2017 . An introduction to PJ Harvey in 10 records . 5 days ago. Vinyl sales at a 12 year high in the US.

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DVD discs DVD discs We're all buying fewer DVDs and Blu-rays, and spending lots more on streaming services...

The decline in sales of physical discs – DVDs, Blu-ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays – continued at speed in 2017, according to new figures from the Digital Entertainment Group.

The Group charted sales in the US, and noted that disc revenues fell by 14% to $4.7bn for 2017. That follows a drop of nearly 10% on the year before too.

But the money is going somewhere, and unsurprisingly, it’s heading towards subscription services. The likes of Netflix, HBO Go and Amazon in the US brought in $9.5bn in revenue, a massive jump over 30% on the year before.

In all, the spend on home entertainment in the US was actually up by some 5% as a consequence in the surge in streaming subscriptions. It’ll be interesting to see how all this compares to UK numbers…

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The Kinks bass player Jim Rodford dies, aged 76 .
The Kinks bass player Jim Rodford has died at the age of 76. While a cause of death has not been confirmed, it is believed the British musician suffered a fall down the stairs. His death was reported in an official statement from the band on Twitter which read: "It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us." Rodford had recorded and toured with the band for 18 years from 1979. He also played with Argent and The Zombies. He continued to perform and in 1999 joined Zombie alongside his son, drummer Steve Rodford, BBC News reports. The 76-year-old was still touring just a month before his death, in Florida and continued to perform with members of his family in his home town in St.Albans as part of The Rodford Files. His bandmates and fans have been paying tribute to the "magnificent bass player" on social media. Rod Argent posted an emotional tribute on Facebook describing his bandmate and cousin as a man who dedicated his life to music. He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, "He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy Our gratitude is beyond measure," Argent said. "To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music. He will be unbelievably missed." The Kinks' Dave Davies said he was "devastated by Jim's sudden loss". "I'm too broken up to put words together, it's such a shock, I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend, great musician, great man - he was an integral part of the Kinks later years. RIP," he wrote on Twitter. Fans have been paying tribute to the bass player.

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