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According to figures released by music industry body the BPI, digital album sales rose 26.6% to 26.6 million which helped balance a large drop in CD sales. Combined sales of digital and physical albums fell by 5.6% to 113.2m in 2011, with albums on CD declining 12.6% year-on-year to 86.2m in total.
The UK’s main music trade body, the BPI, teamed up others in the creative industries on November 4th 2011, to request BT, the UK’s leading broadband provider, to block access to Pirate Bay, one of the biggest sites for illegal music downloads using BitTorrent.
Musicians and commissioning record labels will now sign a simple one-page ‘Session Agreement’ for studio recordings, or a ‘Live Recording Agreement’ for concert recordings, to accept the terms of the New BPI & MU Agreement. Musicians then receive a session fee, any additional fees (e.g. for playing more than one instrument) and a potential subsequent payment administered centrally by the MU.
The BPI (the UK music industry body) welcomed the news but said that Google to do more to eliminate digital piracy. Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive, said “It is encouraging that Google is beginning to respond to our calls to act more responsibly with regard to illegal content. However…
Martin Mills, Chairman of Beggars Group, believes that the internet has benefited the independent labels he oversees: labels like XL and Rough Trade continue to succeed critically and commercially. Quietly optimistic about the music market, he has distanced himself from major labels, working tirelessly to support the position of indies.
Musicians are being invited to join together online in support of 6 Music through a new BPI website called The Joy Of 6. Contributors so far include Duran Duran, Friendly Fires and Katie Melua.
The campaign is being launched following the announcement of BBC cutbacks two months ago. The BBC Trust will conduct a public consultation before they decide on the proposed changes.