So, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has announced that he will donate any royalties he feels he earned from his Live 8 performance this weekend, to charity. Honestly, this makes a lot of sense, considering the Live 8 concerts themselves did not actually raise any money for Africa, it just raised awareness. Only problem is, not everyone agrees with Gilmour.
Pink Floyd was one of the acts that gained the most from its reunion performance. MTV reported that Pink Floyd’s greatest hits album, Echoes, had sales rise 1,343 percent on Sunday versus the same day the week before (it helped to have TV ads for it run around the time of the performance). This is compared to sales increases from the likes of The Who (863 percent for Then & Now) and Annie Lennox (500 percent for the Eurythmics’ Greatest Hits album). All of these figures are also courtesy of MTV. So, notably, both The Who and Lennox have announced they will follow Gilmour’s charitable lead. So will newbie piano pop trio Keane.
As noble as this all is, one band has made it clear that they will not donate any potential sales gains. In fact, they released a statement declaring: “It is fine for an artist like Dave Gilmour, who is worth millions, to pledge a large charitable donation, but it is not so easy for the younger bands…”
Who is it? Find out here, and also get more information on some of the Live 8 musicians’ attempts to get some money to Africans in need.