Music retailer HMV reports that Mike Oldfield, Underworld and Vangelis are among the artists getting a significant bump in sales because of their music’s use in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
They report that Oldfield, who performed the title track to Tubular Bells, saw an overnight 757 per cent surge in sales of his classic 1973 recording.
The top 10 artists seeing sales jumps from the Olympics:
- Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells (757%)
- Underworld / Best Of (500%)
- Frank Turner / England Keep My Bones (371%)
- Dizzee Rascal / Tongue In Cheek (346%)
- Paul McCartney / Beatles 1 (268%)
- The Sex Pistols / Never Mind The B*******, Here’s The Sex Pistols (166%)
- The Arctic Monkeys / Whatever People Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not (146%)
- David Bowie / Platinum Collection Greatest Hits (139%)
- Emeli Sandé / Our Version of Events (116%)
- Vangelis / Chariots of Fire OST (76%)
This is a sneak preview of The Chemical Brothers‘ Theme From Velodrome – an official song of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
It’s a little orchestral, a little Kraftwerk-y and Mad Max free. Check it out and let us know what you think!
The BBC has unveiled a two-minute animation from the Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.
The animation, which will be part of BBC Sports’ Olympic coverage, is a variation on the tale of the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West, turning it into a Journey to the East and the Beijing Olympics.