January 1, 2004 |
The recording industry's sales sank again in 2003, but the rate of decline slowed. Total U.S. album sales dipped about 3.6% to an estimated 656 million, compared with an 11% decline the year before, research firm Nielsen SoundScan reported. Sales of CDs, which account for 96% of the market, slid 2% to about 636 million albums, compared with a 9% drop the previous year. Overall album sales have plunged about 16% since peaking in 2000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.
January 5, 2004 |
Bruce Springsteen, thanks chiefly to the top-grossing concert tour of 2003, edges out rapper 50 Cent to top Calendar's seventh annual Ultimate Top 10, a list that combines album and concert ticket sales to show which artists U.S. pop fans spent the most money on. The results reflect stylistic diversity at the top, from classic rock (Springsteen) to hard-core rap (50 Cent), pop (Celine Dion) and country (Toby Keith). Springsteen's sales totaled $132.
December 29, 2002 |
Eva Mendes Actress She caught our eye playing Denzel Washington's girlfriend in "Training Day," directed by Antoine Fuqua. Now they're set to team up again in MGM's fall thriller "Out of Time," with Mendes playing Washington's love interest but in a more substantial, profile-raising role. The 25-year-old Cuban American actress, who started out doing commercials, also will star in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp.
April 10, 2004 |
An ominous alignment of drought, high temperatures and millions of dead trees has sparked fears across the West that this year's fire season could be among the most devastating the region has ever seen. Worried public safety officials are pinning their hopes on a very wet April to prevent a repeat of 2002, when blazes ripped through Colorado, Arizona and Utah, destroying hundreds of homes and causing millions in damage.
January 6, 2004 |
Led by the Japanese, foreign automakers continued their attack on traditional domestic brands and captured a record 40% of the U.S. market for passenger cars and trucks in 2003, up from 38.3% the year before. Industrywide, 16.7 million passenger vehicles were sold last year, down slightly from 16.8 million in 2002. But it was still the fifth best year in history. Analysts said a flood of incentives and rebates, largely from the beleaguered domestic brands, helped pump up sales.
December 29, 2002 |
Many media pundits predict that next year will be a time for rebuilding. But just as surely, it will be a time for rebelling. Granted, tremendous turmoil in the media sector this year is likely to lead to a search for stability in 2003, as leading media companies such as AOL Time Warner Inc., Vivendi Universal and Walt Disney Co. focus intently on recovery rather than rapid expansion through acquisitions.