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Old 01-23-2004, 11:46 AM   #1
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Reuters: First half release?

BETTING ON THE STARS

The record labels are betting on first-half releases from reliable
chart-toppers U2, George Michael and Norah Jones, and are
promising to promote more guitar-edged rockers to boost sales as
signs emerge that the TV-inspired pop star craze is fading out.

"It's proving tougher and tougher to develop those artists simply
because fans are growing tired of bubble gum pop," said Ajax
Scott, editor-in-chief of Music Week.

Still, music industry executives are calling 2003 a watershed year,
one that saw a second-half music sales recovery in two of its top
markets, the United States and Britain.

Concert tour revenues in North America -- the world's largest
market -- have climbed for a fifth consecutive year to $2.5 billion as
the average ticket price topped $50, according to research firm
Pollstar.

And mobile phone ring tones rung up $3.5 billion in sales last year,
according to Informa, proving the industry may be able to build
billion-dollar markets almost over night.

Meanwhile, over 33 million downloads were sold last year in Europe
and the United States, led by Apple's iTunes.

"For us, the world changed April 28 last year when iTunes
launched," said Ted Cohen, senior vice president, digital
development and distribution for EMI, the world's largest stand-
alone music label.

There are high expectation that iTunes and Roxio's Napster, which
are expected to launch in Europe by summer, can turn music
downloads into a vibrant international business.

"After God knows how long it's the first bit of good news. But
whether or not it's sustainable is a different story entirely," said
Simon Dyson, an analyst at Informa Media Group, who predicts the
global download market will double in 2004 to $190 million, still
less than one percent of the entire market.

(c) Reuters 2004
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Interesting, we'll see if it rings true....as far as a First Half release from U2. I'm fairly confident...but we'll see.
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hopefully first half of the decade
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in that case, we're running out of time...
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I'll keep on saying it until some official source proves me wrong (or right): it's coming out on May 10/11 people.
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Axver, then what do you make of that news when a fan apparently met Bono and he said it wouldn't be out till September with 12 songs and a tour in 2005?

I know it's not official but if it's true....not good.
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I just think it's Bono saying things. We all know what he's like. Though honestly, I actually hope it's true, for purely selfish motives. The later the album is released, the better things are for me.

I feel the signs are pointing towards a May release, though.
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Man, Axver I used to feel strongly (and probably rightfully so at the time) that March was the release date, but I believe sites like U2Log and this one. The webmasters on both are dedicated U2 fans with long track records and are completely trustworthy. If Vonb and Elvis say they are hearing September/October release dates then I believe them. Sad, but true.
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