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Take That iTunes! France's 'Record Shop Day' Aims To Save Old-Style Music Sales

It's Record Shop Day in France, with gigs and exclusive tunes available at music stores, hoping to get people off their computers to do some bona fide 'social' shopping. Similar initiatives have been launched elsewhere, but can

Are old-style record stores, like this one in Seattle, destined for dustbin. (Dustin and Jenae)
Are old-style record stores, like this one in Seattle, destined for dustbin. (Dustin and Jenae)

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PARIS - French record shops wanted to remind music-mad customers that they are not dead. Not yet, at least. So last year, they imported the concept of Record Shop Day, which had started up in recent years in the United States. The second edition is aiming at wooing the crowds into the shops again.

Hundreds of shops take part in the event, in partnership with independent record labels, releasing exclusive discs and hosting concerts of Coldplay, Deep Purple as well as local bands. In the age of the Internet, local records shops are fighting for survival. Last year, shopkeepers doubled sales on the special day.

Still, with the French Culture Ministry's brand-new National Music Center, shop owners complain of the disparity in public funding: the shops will receive two million euros of subsidies to diversify their music offering, but digital music platforms are set to receive 10 million euros. Nevermind, the shop is where that cool band you heard is set to play...just around the corner.

Read the full story in French by Grégoire Poussielgue

Photo - Dustin and Jenae

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The European Union accelerated Ukraine's bid to join the Union. But there are growing signs, it won't stop there.

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PARIS — Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has upended the European order as we know it, and that was even before the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline was cut off earlier this month. While the bloc gets down to grappling with the unfolding energy crisis, the question of consolidating its flanks by speeding up the enlargement process has also come back into focus.

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