CD sales & Woolworths – an opinion

I saw a little piece in The Metro last night saying that X-Factor winner Leona Lewis’s debut single is a guaranteed Christmas no.1, according to bookies.

Apparantly Woolworths have “drafted in extra staff and opened extra tills to keep up with the demand”.

So this got me thinking about who it is buying the physical CDs, and so how music is being distributed.

Without wishing to sound like a snob, Woolworths is generally full of pikeys, and especially pikey kids. I’m guessing its these mums and kids buying up Leona’s single. Why aren’t they buying it via iTunes etc?

If stores like Woolworths are still shifting physical music, perhaps we aren’t as close to the digital music revolution as the music industry would have us believe – the allure of tangible music is still pretty strong.

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BAPE & Kanye West trainers

BAPE has teamed up with Kanye West to produce a pair of ltd edition trainers, which will be released on Jan 2nd, 2007 at Bapexclusive, Bape stores and Apee stores.

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Follows in the age old tradition of artists and trainers – Dizzee/Nike; Jay Z/Reebok; Mike Skinner/Reebok Classics (!); Run DMC/adidas etc etc.

I like’ em though.

(courtesy of HypeBeast)

Vodafone Receiver – connecting to the future

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Here’s an interesting site that I came across, in association with Vodafone, called Receiver.

Its been going a fair old while (its up to issue 17) so its either too cool for school, or more likely they just haven’t a good job of promoting it.

“Vodafone’s receiver magazine is a neutral space where pioneer thinkers challenge you to discuss exciting, future-oriented aspects of communications technologies. Started as a platform for exchange about how innovations in this sector affect societies worldwide, receiver has become one of the industry’s key idea generators.”

Southern Comfort & The Fader mag ltd. edition 7″

I stumbled across the new site from Southern Comfort, which I have to say is pretty loud! Seems like they’re pushing music (and New Orleans) pretty damn hard, with a couple of “new artist” things going on.

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The first is an online music-streamer with a selection of new artists.

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Nothing new here – Mercedes and Levis are doing this as well.

What makes it slightly more interesting is that The Fader magazine is involved with the activity in some way, and happen to be a pretty credible source for new music and culture. One of the things they are doing is a limited edition 7″ series:

(courtesy of The Fader magazine)

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“The first run of our Southern Comfort/FADER 7-inch series has arrived. For this limited-edition vinyl, we asked Lou Laurita to handle cover art duty, and got some of our pals to contribute unreleased jamz: M Ward and Jim James are featured on the A-side with “Magic Trick (Kansas City Remix),” then flip it over for Ladyhawk’s “Soap”. It’s not available in stores, but we do have copies for our loyal blog readers (that’s you). Email us at contests@thefader.com and tell us the theme of M Ward’s 2005 album release and we’ll send five of you a copy. For free! Get to Googling and get at us with your answers.”

It feels like a slightly more relevant and interesting approach than the UK campaign – Fat Tuesday, which doesn’t really do anything for anyone except give them another bloody tent at a festival!

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Delta Air Lines signs two-year global partnership with Cirque Du Soleil

Delta Air Lines has officially launched its two-year global partnership with Cirque du Soleil with a performance based around “The Spirit of Delta,” the airline’s employee-purchased Boeing 767 which is being transformed into the museum’s newest exhibition space.

“Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to partner with Delta as we both strive to offer our patrons a high-quality experience, whether seated on an aircraft or under the Grand Chapiteau. We essentially share the same goal; to take to our guests on a distinctive journey” says Cirque Du Soliel.

Hmmm, says I.

Meanwhile, Lloyds TSB is the headline sponsor of the Cirque Du Soleil Alegria show

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Times Square comes to Second Life

The Ad Option (who brought American Apparel to Second Life) is to construct Second Life’s very own Times Square. Apart from being a great place to visit on a virtual holiday, Times Square in Second Life will sell ads to businesses that wish to advertise in the virtual realm but don’t want to bother building their own headquarters / attractions from scratch.

The Square is set to open on the 30th of December, in time for the ball to virtually drop for the New Year. The event will come full with ad spots from Lego, American Apparel, Intel, and others.

(courtesy of Contagious Magazine)

Stella Artois drops Channel 4 sponsorship

Stella Artois has has ended its sponsorship of Channel 4 Film, despite recent activity strengthening its ties with cinema and film, notably the outdoor film festival Studio Artois Live (put on by the folks at Exposure).

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The Studio Artois activity has also been backed by a new Studio Artois website which goes a little bit deeper than “check out the latest film from Hollywood”, and offers quite an involving experience – but only if you’re a film buff.

So it seems like Stella is moving away from mainstream awareness of its film activity, whilst keeping a credible finger on the pulse in the film world. Question is, what will they spend the estimated £1m pot that they’ve saved from the Channel 4 deal?