Does the improving U.S. economy have anything to do with this? How about a slew of new and critically well reviewed CDs? The availability of legit on-line music services?
Naah. Not if you ask the RIAA — they will tell ya its the enforcement hammer that’s sending consumers scurrying into retailers to buy CDs.
I don’t believe them — and you shouldn’t either. To paraphrase, “Its the economy, stupid.”
U.S. Music Sales Up as Positive Trend Rolls On
By Sue Zeidler
Reuters Wed Nov 19, 9:56 PM ET
Global music sales continue to fall
by Owen Gibson
Guardian, Thursday November 20, 2003
EMI halts fall in music sales
By Saeed Shah
Independent Digital (UK), 20 November 2003