Musicdownloads have increased dramatically in the UK.
Do you like music? Of course you do. Are you still going to the record shop to buy your records? If you are, you may not be for much longer.
According to the British Phonographic Industry – the BPI, the organisation responsible for music sales in the UK, more than ten million songs have been downloaded legally from the Internet in the UK in 2005.
That figure is more thantwiceas much as were downloaded in 2004, and experts think it will continue to grow over the coming years.
However, the traditional single has not disappeared. In fact, there was an 87% increase in sales of7-inch vinyl singlesthis year. "You cannotwrite offtraditionalformatsjust yet", said Mr Jamieson,spokesmanfor the BPI.
Since music download services began a year ago, the British music industry has been quick to take advantage and is now beginning to feel the benefits. While the fight againstillegaldownloading continues, it seems the public have been happy to join the new legal services. You access the web page, choose the songs you want, type in your credit card details and you can download immediately.
The British public still enjoys buying records, however, and sales have been the best since 1998, according to the BPI. New rock groups such as Babyshambles, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand have been extremely popular and helped make sales so high.
British music is also incredibly popular in the USA at the moment. Last year 75 UK albums sold over 100 000 units in the US, compared to just 66 in 2003. Coldplay also had number onealbumsin the UK at the same time as the US, the first time this has happened since 2000.
With music you can buy in the shops and music you can download from the Internet, from Coldplay to Oasis, Gorillaz to Franz Ferdinand, British music is going fromstrengthto strength!
downloaded 下载 twice 两倍的
7-inch vinyl singles 7英寸唱片 write off 认为…无价值;勾销
formats 格式 spokesman 发言人
illegal 非法的` albums 专辑
One of the many theatres in London's West End
For many people thehighlightof a visit to London is the chance to see a West End show.
The West End of London, situateda stone’s throwfrom Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown, is home to dozens of beautiful theatres.
London’s West End theatres are currently enjoyinga boomin popularity and ticket sales. According to the Society of London Theatres, nearly 12 million people attended a West End show last year, whilst audience numbers in 2005 look setto outstripthat impressive figure.
One possible reason for the success of contemporary theatrical productions is thecastingofA-listHollywood actors inlead roles. Val Kilmer, star of films like Top Gun and Batman Forever, is currently appearing in The Postman Always Rings Twice.
And he is not alone – other American movie stars performing in London include Oscar winner, Kevin Spacey, and David Schwimmer, who found international fame in the hit TVsitcom, Friends.
British screen stars are alsotreading the boardsin West End shows. Scottish actor, Ewan McGregor, is appearing in the classic 1950smusicalGuys and Dolls – an experience very different to making movies. McGregor says ‘The actual process of making films isextraordinarily tedious. It is very difficult to keep your energy and focus. Whereas what is wonderful about this is we have to create it together.’
Ironically, it is not just that film stars are acting in plays nowadays but films themselves are being adapted for the stage. Amongst the films that can now be seen asplaysor musicals are The Lion King, A Few Good Men, and Billy Elliot.
Thelongest-runningshows in the West End are usually musicals. The Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Cats, ran for 21 years and 7000 performances, making its composer a multi-millionaire.
However, not all musicals do so well. Oscar Wilde: The Musicalran foronly one night, closing after terrible reviews and poorbookings. It was quite possibly the biggestflopin London theatrical history.
a stone’s throw一掷石头那么远的距离(指很近)
a boom 兴盛 to outstrip 超越，超出
casting 出演，演出 A-list 一流
lead roles 主角 sitcom 情景喜剧
treading the boards 踩在舞台木板上 musical 音乐剧
extraordinarily tedious 极度枯燥乏味的 ironically 有讽刺意味地
plays 剧目 longest-running 上演时间最长的
ran for 上演了 bookings 订座