Live 8 stars who saw their record sales rocket following their performances
at the London leg of the charity extravaganza on Saturday (02JUL05) are being
urged to donate the extra profits to charity.
The figures, released by British music retailer HMV, fuels cynics' claims
that many acts played Live 8 to boost their own careers.
Pink Floyd's reunion prompted a massive 1,400 per cent sales rise for
their ECHOES: THE BEST OF album while Madonna, Joss Stone and DIDO saw their CD
sales more than double.
Pink Floyd have answered critics by refusing to profit from the event.
Guitarist DAVID GILMOUR says, "If other artists donate their extra
royalties to charity, perhaps the record companies could do the same. This
money should be used to save lives."
HMV spokesman GENNARO CASTALDO says, "Like it's predecessor 20 years ago
the Live 8 concert is having a marked effect on sales."