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January 28th, 2005
"Greatest Hits" 2004 Finnish sales + GN'R mention + Duff & Slash interview
The following are the Top 15 best-selling albums in 2004 in Finland by international acts:

1. Robbie "Williams Greatest Hits" EMI 40367 copies
2. Various Artists "Now 3" JV/EMI 31707 copies
3. Guns N'Roses "Greatest Hits" Universal 31665 copies
4. Helmut Lotti "From Russia With Love" EMI 29063 copies
5. Various Artists "NRJ Hits 4" JV/SONY BMG 29018 copies
6. Anastacia "Anastacia" SONY BMG 27100 copies
7. O-Zone "Disc-O-Zone" Bonnier Amigo 26811 copies
8. Rammstein "Reise Reise" Universal 26501 copies
9. Various Artists "NRJ Hits 3" JV/Universal 22672 copies
10. Eminem "Encore" Universal 21780 copies
11. Various Artists "Summer Sun Hits" Bonnier Amigo 21699 copies
12. U2 "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" Universal 21348 copies
13. Britney Spears "My Prerogative - Greatest Hits" SONY BMG 21329 copies
14. Maroon "5 Songs About Jane" SONY BMG 19571 copies
15. Simon & Garfunkel "The Essential Simon & Garfunkel" SONY BMG 17039 copies

The following is taken from an article about Sanctuary Music Group in The Times:


Sanctuary said that it did expect to generate about £50 million from exploiting Guns N’ Roses hits through film soundtracks, cover versions and their use in advertisements.

Deke Arlon, Sanctuary’s head of publishing, said: “After The Beatles and Queen there doesn’t come much bigger in the rock canon than Guns N’ Roses. We spent years trying to find the right deal and we are delighted with acquiring a slice of rock history.”

The notoriously unpredictable Axl Rose signed with Sanctuary after months of negotiations through his lawyers. Although rival publishers are believed to have offered more, Rose felt more comfortable with Sanctuary’s business plan.

Sanctuary has also secured the rights to Chinese Democracy, the new Guns N’ Roses album and all future Rose material. However, the album has no release date 12 years after work began. The effort has cost other labels £6 million and seen off eight producers.


Full article

There's a new Duff and Slash interview made in London at clickmusic.co.uk.

Source(s): http://www.timesonline.co.uk , http://www.clickmusic.co.uk  
Thanks to: kupirock, Dr Benway 
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