“Definitively” Awesome Lionel!

After its original release in 2003, Lionel Richie’s The Definitive Collection (Motown/Universal Music TV) has placed at the Number One position atop the Official UK Top 40 Albums chart.  This is Richie’s first top placing in over 20 years since 1992’s Back To Front compilation which spent six weeks at the top. Definitive’s boost was largely prompted by Richie’s June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.  Said Richie:

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“I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album No 1 is unbelievable. The UK has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all.”

Solid work Lionel. . . .as solid as a brickhouse.

Dead-ly Record

Well, we just told you that even President Obama Endorses The Dead. . . . . .the Grateful Dead that is. Apparently, so do the band’s Chi-Town fans.  Sunday night The Grateful Dead logged their final performance together at Chicago’s Soldier Field as part of their Thee Well, A Tribute To The Grateful Dead tour.  The Windy City fans responded by accounting for more than 71,000 tickets which were sold for the show.  That is more than any other event held at the Field.  (The prior record holder was U2 which performed in 2009 concert that sold 67,936 tickets).  Simply Dead-ly.

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UK Gov’t Subsidizes Musicians. . . .Good Show

Britain’s new wave of musicians are getting some help from the British Parliament in an effort to boost overseas sales.  Britain’s Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) provides financial support to a number of small and medium-sized independent music companies looking to ramp up their international operations.  MEGS gives out grants which range from £5,000 ($7,800 USD) to £50,000 ($78,000 USD) and the funds can be used to contribute towards marketing costs, fund tour support or the recruitment of session musicians, as well as enable songwriters to attend overseas writing camps.  The data supports the program because estimates show that for every £1.00 ($1.50) invested, MEGS has generated an approximate return of £8.50 ($13.00). Benefactors include the Young Fathers, Catfish & The Bottlemen, 65daysofstatic, SOAK, and, Lonelady.

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Bloody good show UK!  Hit hit hooray!

KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI
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