DIGGING DEEP INTO AMERICA

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Music fast facts



*To win a gold disc, an album needs to sell 100,000 copies in Britain, and 500,000 in the United States.
*Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).
*Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.
*The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.
*40 billion songs are downloaded illegally every year, that’s some 90% of all music downloads.
*The music industry generates about $4 billion in online music but loose about $40 billion to illegal downloads.
*Top-selling albums used to reach sales of 20 million copies before the advent of online piracy – by 2009 it had dropped to about 5 million.
*The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold were about equal.
*About one-third of recorded CDs ever sold were pirated.
*The Star-Spangled Banner became the US national anthem in 1931. Prior to that, it was My Country ‘Tis of *Thee,” which had the same melody as Britian’s national anthem God Save the Queen, which is based on music written by John Bull in 1619. Bull’s melody has been used more than any song in national anthems.
*The British anthem was performed the most times in a single performance. In 1909, while waiting for King *Edward VII who was getting dressed a German band played the anthem 17 times.
*Tap dancing originates from Irish clog dancing and what is called the Irish reel and jig.
*It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first closed Elvis’s concerts with: “Ladies and *Gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night.”
*Elvis favorite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.
*Elvis was an avid gun collector. His collection of 40 weapons included M-16s and a Thompson submachine gun.

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