A report by Musicmetric.com published today puts Manchester as the top city for illegal filesharing of music, with the UK second only to the US for helping ourselves to ‘free’ music. Here is a BBC News report on the subject (and keep an eye out for Piccadilly Records). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19620942
What is the No.1 choice of the freeloaders, with all of recorded music at their fingertips? Why’s its Mr Charisma himself, the enigmatic pop icon Ed Sheeran. Here’s Ed (sorry if you’re a fan but deary me, I’m old enough to remember when Pop Stars were exciting, mysterious and dressed as Pirates or Spacemen rather than an aspiring accountant on work experience) clutching some Brit Awards. Ed says he isn’t worried about the report as long as people hear his music somehow. Good that you can see the bigger picture Ed, never mind all those struggling independent record labels, recording artists and record shops.
Meanwhile, in spite of the dubious honour of being a music pilfering hot spot we *still* have more Record Shops than any other region outside London, so do go and check them out and those of you with more discerning tastes will find something worth a listen. The choice in a shop may be limited, but maybe, as Ed proves, limitless choice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.