Pink Floyd Gives Back

Published: 2005-07-06
Since their historic reunion at Live 8, progressive rockers Pink Floyd has seen a 1343% sales increase of their greatest hits album Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd. In response to the increase of sales, band member David Gilmour pledged to donate all profits made as a result of their performance at last weekend's Live 8 concert to charity, and urged other acts to do the same.

"Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert," the guitarist said in statement. "If on Thursday the G8 leaders tick the right three boxes at Gleneagles then the main objective will have been fulfilled. If other artists feel like donating their extra royalties to charity, perhaps then the record companies could be persuaded to make a similar gesture and that would be a bonus. This is money that should be used to save lives."

According to HMV, some of the artists who played Live 8 experienced sales increases as follows:
1. Pink Floyd - Echoes: Best Of Pink Floyd - 1343%
2. The Who Then & Now - 863%
3. Annie Lennox Eurythmics Greatest Hits - 500%
4. Dido Life for Rent - 412%
5. Razorlight Up all Night - 335%
6. Robbie Williams Greatest Hits - 320%
7. Joss Stone Mind, Body & Soul - 309%
8. Sting Greatest Hitslike this - 300%
9. Travis Singles - 268%
10. Madonna Immaculate Collection - 200%
11. Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters - 174%
12. Mariah Carey Greatest Hits - 170%
13. Snoop Dogg Rhythm & Gangsta - 166%
14. The Killers Hot Fuss - 131%
15. U2 Best Of: 1990 - 2000 - 116%
16. Elton John 1970 - 2002 Greatest Hits - 111%
17. Keane Hopes & Fears - 101%
18. The Beatles Number 1's - 71%
19. Snow Patrol Final Straw - 69%
20. REM Reveal - 50%

Writer: Trent McMartin


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