Neil Portnow To Keynote Americana Music Festival

Neil Portnow To Keynote Americana Music Festival

Neil Portnow To Keynote Americana Music Festival
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow will deliver the keynote address at the 12th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference on Oct. 13 in Nashville. Additional artists and music industry professionals set to participate in the conference, which will focus on all facets of the evolving music business, include American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, the Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White, and NPR Music's Ann Powers, among others. The festival will take place Oct. 12–15 and also feature performances by Blind Boys Of Alabama, Hayes Carll, the Civil Wars, and the Jayhawks, among others. (9/28)

French Music Market Down
The French recorded music market generated $307 million during the first six months of 2011, down 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to labels body SNEP. The physical market decreased 12 percent to $234 million, while the digital market increased 22.7 percent to $72 million. Internet downloads were up 13.2 percent, representing 51.3 percent of the digital market, while revenue from subscription-based music services grew 103 percent. (9/28)

Bennett Is Oldest Living Artist To Top Billboard 200
Fourteen-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tony Bennett's Duets II debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 179,000 units sold, making the 85-year-old Bennett the oldest living artist to top the chart. The record was previously held by GRAMMY winner Bob Dylan, who topped the Billboard 200 at 67 with 2009's Together Through Life. Overall album sales this week totaled 5.3 million units, down 5 percent from last week, and up 5 percent compared to the same point in 2010. (9/28)

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