The music business is a business of exceptions and certainly unpredictable. Would you ever guess that the 47 year old singer Susan Boyle would propel Simon Cowell to the 11th in the list of top British music millionaires?

Sunday Times Rich List Music Millionaires 2010 (Britain only)

1. Edgar Bronfman and family (1.64 billion pounds)
2. Clive Calder (1.3 billion pounds)
3. Andrew Lloyd-Webber (700 million pounds)
4. Cameron Mackintosh (635 million pounds)
5. Paul McCartney (475 million pounds)
6. Simon Fuller (350 million pounds)
7. Mick Jagger (190 million pounds)
8. Elton John (185 million pounds)
9. Sting (180 million pounds)
10. Keith Richards (175 million pounds)
11. Simon Cowell (165 million pounds)
12. Olivia and Dhani Harrison (160 million pounds)
13. Jamie Palumbo (150 million pounds)
14. David and Victoria Beckham (145 million pounds)
15. Tim Rice (140 million pounds)
15. Ringo Starr (140 million pounds)
17. Tom Jones (135 million pounds)
18. Eric Clapton (125 million pounds)
19. Roger Ames (120 million pounds)
20. Barry and Robin Gibb (110 million pounds)

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Weekly Digital sales of the most popular songs..

Train ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ (158,600)
Rihanna ‘Rude Boy’ (124,425)
Ke$ha ‘Your Love Is My Drug (123,940)
Adam Lambert ‘Whataya Want From Me’ (100,288)
Christina Augilera ‘Not Myself Tonight’ (74,136)
The Script ‘Breakeven’ (67,118)
One Republic ‘All The Right Moves’ (55,098)
Muse ‘Uprising’ (21,377)
Train ‘Drops of Jupiter’ (12,517)
Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ (15,376)
Bon Jovi ‘Livin On A Prayer’ (9,994)

Consumers are still buying CD’s, but that will soon come to an end. This is what CD sales look like – listed are weekly sales and the total.

Justin Bieber ‘My World 2.0′ This week (92,129) Total (767,983)
MGMT ‘Congratulations’ This Week (66,231) Total (66,796)
Lady Antebellum ‘Need You Now’ This week (65,318) Total (1,767,686)
Usher ‘Raymon v Raymon’ This Week (63,601) Total (486,058)
Coheed and Cambria ‘Year of The Black’ This Week (51,064)
Lady Gaga ‘Fame’ This Week (31,588) Total (3,213,017)
Ke$ha ‘Animal’ This Week (31,213) Total (599,506)
Sade ‘Soldier Of Love’ This Week (24,727) Total (1,099,527)

Even though CD sales are near its death, artists still have a viable financial career, more so than ever. For instance, Ke$ha only sold 600,000 physical CD’s, but she sold over 7 Million digital singles. She will make her money via product placement, touring, publishing etc. There is a lot of money left on the table for an artist with a hit song.

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The Playdates have quickly become a Kings favorite with songs like Just Like The Movies and Days and Nights. These songs are full of hooks, but then again singer/songwriter and bassist of the band, Adam grew up listening to bands like Journey, Def Leppard and Aerosmith. This powerpop rock act may have only formed in January of 2010, but they have already hooked up with upcoming producer
Luc Tellier who has worked with bands like “Colorsound“,
Fiction In Motion” and “The Mission District” and they’ve booked a Canadian Tour for the summer.
Contact: sixteenthavenue_nb@hotmail.com

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Check out the track Rocketship by The Girlfriend Season. It’s smothered in auto-tune effects but this 6 piece Nevada pop rock act who sings about paparazzis and after-parties doesn’t care. They recorded their first full length album with producer Geoff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Disco Curtis, Artist vs. Poet). Currently being offered a licensing contract from Abercrombie & Finch.
Contact: musiclife7007@yahoo.com

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Check out the song Something I Need by the talented Angela Wood. She made the move to Nashville to pursue a music career. In Nashville, Angela wrote with legendary country artists and writers such as Big Kenny and John Rich. Aside from music, Angela can be found on numerous national commercials including Burger King, Scope, TGI Fridays,and Payless. Contact: williams.ash@gmail.com

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