"William Shatner always needed fresh sushi, Kiefer Sutherland needed a cigarette and In-N-Out Burger," she told us. "Rosie O'Donnell needed chicken of some sort. Elaine Stritch, she had to have hard-boiled eggs and skimmed cappuccino. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, one of them were vegan or macrobiotic. It was unique."
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It’s been another strong week for Amazon. First they announce a 100% rise in vinyl sales on last year from their UK outpost Amazon.co.uk, then they unleash the headline-grabbing stat that US sales of physical records are up 745% since 2008. And yet, perhaps the greatest success of the last seven days has been cosmetic rather than economic – Amazon’s gains are being celebrated as positive for the music industry at large.
X5, a tiny music group from the great Scandinavian North has not only made money by selling digital music, it’s beat out music giants like Sony and Warner Music on the Billboard charts.
If you’ve never heard of X5, we can’t blame you. The company, started in 2005, has been quietly making a huge splash on the classical music scene by releasing massive compilation albums.
The music group doesn’t have any permanent in-house musicians and seeks to sign licenses rather than artists.
X5 focuses on back catalogs of classical music and creating custom compilations with titles like “The 99 Darkest Pieces of Classical Music” or “The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music” which, since being released in 2008, has made more than $2 million worldwide.
Essentially, they buy up a truckload of song licenses at low-rates, package them into winning compilations and resell at a moderate markup.