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Friday, May 26, 2006

Spin & Counter-Spin on LWW

There's been a lot of spin over the album LIVING WITH WAR. Some on the right have argued that the album "failed" because it only reached #15 on the charts. Others argue for success -- both in terms of sales and message.

From DownWithTyranny!: DESPITE THE FAR RIGHT'S BEST EFFORTS, NEIL YOUNG'S LIVING WITH WAR, IS FLYING OFF THE STORE SHELVES:
"Overseas, they seem to like LIVING WITH WAR too. While the U.S. week #1 was 60,000, outside of the U.S., the # was over 160,000. It entered the Canadian sales chart at #7 and came in #11 in Germany (Europe's biggest market) and #14 in the U.K. It was #4 in Norway and #11 in Sweden."

From Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer - Can music help to end a war? by Keith C. Burris:
"'Living with War,' ... is clearly 'of the moment' [b]ut is no less significant. In fact, it could help to end the U.S. war on Iraq. It could light a fire under people who already oppose the war and get them voting and organizing. It might change the minds of others."


6 Comments:

At 5/26/2006 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world needs more failures like Living with War and less successes like American Idol.

 
At 5/26/2006 01:23:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

"The world needs more failures like Living with War and less successes like American Idol."

Well put!

 
At 5/26/2006 04:02:00 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

As someone who has worked selling Neil albums for many years, I can assure you that LIVING WITH WAR is anything but a failure. Anyone saying that is just spinning it. Neil did more promotion on setting up the PRAIRIE WIND release than I had ever seen him do and virtually nothing for LIVING WITH WAR (at least not yet; just wait... hehe) and LIVING WITH WAR came roaring out of the gate with almost as high a first week chart number as PRAIRIE WIND. And now the word of mouth about how good this record really is has started. Over the long run-- which in a non-AMERICAN IDOL world is all that matters-- LIVING WITH WAR will be a strong and healthy seller and a record Neil and Neil fans can be very proud of.

-Howie

 
At 5/26/2006 04:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amelia earhart, jimmy hoffa, the JFK assasination--not mysteries to me--the sucess of American Idol--now THAT is a mystery...Neil has never been about chart success...it's about getting the Music out there--ya like it, fine...ya don't like it, fine...Archives in 2007 ?

ASG

 
At 5/27/2006 01:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and don't forget that Living With War is notching up much higher than normal download sales - not picked up by most album charts - but running at around 16% the level of CD sales (3x above average).

So whereas it would normally be around 8,000 it's probably more like 25,000 downloads on top of the 140,000.

 
At 5/28/2006 05:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking to some friends,who don't have a computer,didn't even know Neil had a new album out.
Keep spreading the word folks !!!

Jim McAllister

 

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