Music is global. It’s probably the greatest gift that music can give us, that is, the ability to connect with people from all different walks of life from every corner of the world. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what’s going on in our immediate vicinity, that we forget to check on our friends in other parts of the world. Since Altavoz is a global distributor, it seems only natural that we take a break once in a while from the American Indie landscape, and give you guys a peak into the Indie scene around the world.
Record Store: The European Way
As you all know, April 21 marked the release of Music That Changes The World, to all retailers. It also just so happened to be Record Store Day 2012! Record Store Day isn’t just celebrated here in the US. People all over the world participate in this global event, after all, Indies are everywhere! Our friends over in Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Belgium all participated this year for the first time. France, who’s only in their second year of joining in on the festivities (they call it Disquaire Day) had over 176 stores participating and selling over 150 exclusive records and rarities to the masses.
Jack White getting ready to boot Adele from the number one spot on the U.K. Charts
Jack White‘s first solo effort, Blunderbuss took the #1 spot from his fellow XL Recordings artist, Adele yesterday night on the UK album charts. Also noteworthy is that three of the top 6 albums on the UK Charts are from Indie Artists! Go indie!!
Australian iTunes getting the Probe
Apple and Microsoft are just two of the companies in Australia being asked by the country’s government to explain why Australians pay a significantly larger amount for music and movies then in other parts of the world. Private investigations have shown Australian albums as having, on average, a 73% markup on albums that are also available in the United States. Companies in similar ruts with geographical pricing have tried to blame differing operation costs and the fact that Australia is a much smaller economy than the United States, but we’ll soon know the truth after the Australian House of Representatives conducts their investigation.
Last Thursday night, Billboard’s 2012 Latin Music Awards were happening in the BankUnited Center in Downtown Miami, the undisputed home of Latin American Music in the United States. Big winners of the night included Don Omar and Prince Royce, both tied with eight awards, Shakira, and Pitbull. Marc Anthony also received a billboard Hall of Fame honor that night.
R.I.P. Todd Simko
Todd Simko was, the guitarist for Pure, as well as a producer and engineer, is presumed to have drowned on April 29th after going missing. Witnesses say he was dragged under the waves. His body has yet to be found, but his family has confirmed his death. He was 45.