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''Queen Rules In Concert But Sells Few CD's'' From New York Daily NewsHere's an article from The New York Daily News's Website discussing how Queen+Paul Rodgers' U.S. Tour, including this Sunday's show at The Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, sold out, but that their CD, ROTC is faltering.

''Queen rules in concert but sells few CDs''

''Paul Rodgers will be fronting Queen when the band plays Continental Airlines Arena Sunday.''

''Musicians have two primary commercial outlets for their work: selling CDs and filling concert halls, which are two completely separate enterprises. A band like the Rolling Stones, for example, can inspire hundreds of thousands of people to fork over $450 a ticket for their shows, though many of those same people wouldn't shell out a cent for their latest CD.''

''Conversely, a flimsier, singles-driven artist like, say, the R&B singer Ciara can sell multi-millions of CDs but probably couldn't even fill Roseland with a concert of her own.''

''This week, an equally dramatic disconnect is taking place with the refigured version of the band Queen. The group, which broke up after the death of singer Freddie Mercury in 1991, launched a successful comeback tour of Europe this spring, with the ex-Free/Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers subbing as front man. The tour resulted in a new live CD, ''Return of the Champions,'' followed by several live dates in the States. Sunday they play Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands.''

''While tickets for Queen's concert have gotten the royal treatment, their album has been greeted like a serf.''

''According to the promoters of the Meadowlands show, Metropolitan Talent, three quarters of Sunday's 16,000-plus tickets were snapped up in the first four days. The rest sold out soon after.''

''The band's live album, meanwhile, opened at a lousy No. 84 on the charts, with national sales of just 11,340 copies. In its second week, the disk fell to No. 200, adding fewer than 5,000 copies to its coffers.''

''Here's the likely reason: While fans may want to hear Queen — in any form — at a one-off concert, they want the real thing (read: the band's original lineup) when it comes to the longer-lasting ­medium of a CD.''

''Another chart-related story this week underscores a different musical truth: These days, solo male artists in rock hardly ever sell. (The exception: Jack Johnson.) A long-running curse on men without bands lasted all through the ­grunge era. But it seemed to have lifted a few years back with the breakthroughs of David Gray, Pete Yorn and Jason Mraz. More recently, however, all three have seen trouble.''

''First, Yorn stumbled. Then, Gray started treading water. Now, Mraz is drowning.''

''While Gray went double platinum two releases ago, his last work barely went gold and his new one, ''Life in Slow Motion,'' is doing just so-so on the charts. It debuted at No. 16, only to fall into the 30s by its third week. Mraz's debut, 2002's ''Waiting for My Rocket to Come,'' moved nearly 1 million copies. But his latest, ''Mr. A to Z,'' has only pushed 200,989 in nine weeks. Currently, it's stalled at No. 171, with little momentum to sell more.''

''Several factors came into play with Mraz. One: a snubbing by radio. Two: the loss of his former record company. Mraz had been a pet of Elektra Records when it was led by Sylvia Rhone. But last year, the label was gobbled up by Atlantic Records, which means Mraz no longer has a familiar team behind him.''

''Beyond all this, there's the ongoing prejudice against solo males. In fact, one of the few to sustain sales these days is John Ondrasik, who actually markets himself under a fake band name, Five for Fighting.''

''Men take note.''


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