Flowers in the Dirt is the tenth release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

Flowers in the Dirt is the tenth release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. The multi-disc edition of the 1989 album will be released on March 24.

Flowers in the Dirt was the eighth solo album from McCartney and was seen as a return to quality after a number of less than stellar releases. Four of the tracks on the album were co-written with Elvis Costello (listed under his real name, Declan MacManus) who also sang with Paul on the track You Want Her, Too. Also appearing on the album was David Gilmour on the track We Got Married.

The album went to number 1 on the U.K. Albums chart, 18 in Australia and 21 in the U.S.

The original 13-track album was remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Added for the deluxe edition are 18 tracks across two discs with demos for the album. Paul said “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

Read the full story and see the new tracklist at Noise11.com

Streaming services have soared during the first half of 2015 according to the RIAA !

The day of the physical consumption of music may be ending sooner than we thought.
The use of streaming services has soared during the first half of 2015 according to the RIAA, taking over second place from physical products for the music dollar. Permanent downloads is still the leader, accounting for 40% of the market, but almost every format lost share compared to the first half of 2014:

Download Singles ‘ $687,600,000 ‘ down 9.4%
Download Albums ‘ $571,500,000 ‘ up 4.2%
Ringtones and Ringbacks ‘ $28,000,000 ‘ down 22.0%
Music Videos ‘ $7,300,000 ‘ up 5.7%
Digital Subscriptions and Streaming are now in second place.
Paid subscriptions ‘ $477,900,000 ‘ up 24.9%
On-demand Streaming (ad supported) ‘ $162,700,000 ‘ up 27.1%
In addition, SoundExchange distributions to performers and composers is up 19.7% to $387,200,000.

Finally, physical product has dropped to the bottom of the landscape:

CD’s ‘ $494,800,000 ‘ down 31.5%
LP’s/EP’s ‘ $221,800,000 ‘ up 52.1%
Music Videos ‘ $23,700,000 ‘ down 19.4%
Vinyl Singles ‘ $4,200,000 ‘ up 21.8%
DVD Audio ‘ $2,400,000 ‘ up 453.5%
SACD ‘ $400,000 ‘ down 11.9%

RIAA Chairman Cary Sherman said ‘The data continues to reflect the story of a business undergoing an enormous transition. There are many positive signs: continuing the trend from 2014, wholesale revenues for the first half of 2015 increased. And revenues from streaming music services continue to grow at a healthy double digit rate. The product of music and the extraordinary roster of artists represented by today’s music labels remains in high demand. That is the bedrock of a successful future.

‘At the same time, intense demand and billions of streams does not always equal fair market rates or a fair playing field. Addressing that is an essential element of fulfilling the enormous promise of today’s digital marketplace.’

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