Sep 05 2017

R.I.P. Walter Becker of Steely Dan 1950-2017

Steely Dan legend Walter Becker has died at the age of 67, his official website ha announced.5

 

Becker recently missed shows with Steely Dan for the Classic East and West concerts in the USA. No details of his death have been revealed at this point.

Walter Becker founded Steely Dan with Donald Fagen in 1972. Steely Dan were an instant hit with their first album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ in 1972. The album featured two of the band’s now signature tunes ‘Do It Again’ and ‘Reeling In The Years’ as well as ‘Dirty Work’.

Sep 05 2017

Life Is Fine As Paul Kelly Continues To Sell In Decent Numbers

Paul Kelly’s first ever number one album ‘Life Is Fine’ is continuing to sell in decent numbers, at least relative to how music sells these days.

 

Three weeks in ‘Life Is Fine’ has sold just over 14,000 copies, with 205 of those sales coming from streaming.

Kelly fans want to own the trophy. Physical CD sales have made up more than 80% of total sales. On pure streaming, the highest position for ‘Life Is Fine’ is number 94.

The simple facts of the music business today is that tickets overrule music sales. Kelly has sold out his first Sydney Opera House Forecourt show (6000 tickets starting at $99). A second show is now on sale.

With a potential 12000 tickets at a minimum of $99 each coming just from Sydney, Kelly will gross over $1.2 million in Sydney ticket sales alone compared to three weeks of national album sales worth about $280,000.

Aug 29 2017

Sting To Be Honored At The Smithsonian

Two music powerhouses come together Friday, September 8, for an unprecedented event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

 

Iconic singer-songwriter Sting, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with The Police and 16-time Grammy Award recipient, will join three-time Academy Award-nominated composer, songwriter and social activist J. Ralph for a discussion moderated by journalist, author and news anchor Dan Rather.

The discussion will be followed by performances from Sting and the world premiere of J. Ralph’s latest symphonic piece “Evolocean,” featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and recorded at Abbey Road Studios.