According to Forbes Magazine, for the first time in over a decade, digital downloads from the iTunes Store decreased in 2013. And, while the 6% drop may not be staggering, it may be evident of a growing trend in music listening.It seems that revenue from digital streaming websites increased by 32% over the past year, indicating that music fans are more interested in streaming their favorite tunes than they are in downloading them. Perhaps this speaks to web services, like Spotify, which gives paid users access to millions of songs through their interactive software program and online database.While streaming seems to be the way of the future, we shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves. 2013 also saw an 8% decrease in overall album sales. Maybe the drop in download revenue is because, well, music was better in 2012? It’s hard to say, really.We do know that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was the #1 selling album in 2013, and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the #1 selling single. Eminem, Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, and Bruno Mars round out the top 5 selling albums. In 2012, Adele’s “21″ was the top selling album, with 4.4 million copies. JT’s top selling album only moved 2.4 million copies. Maybe iTunes shouldn’t freak out just yet. What do you think?-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
June 15, 2009 Regular News St. Lucie County County Bar hosts Law Day events ST. LUCIE COUNTY BAR and the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library again co sponsored their annual Law Week Reception and Student Art Contest at the St. Lucie County Courthouse in Ft. Pierce. The Law Week honorees for outstanding civic leadership embodying the principles of the theme “The Legacy of Lincoln: Celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial” were James “Bo” Powell, former Ft. Pierce city manager and police chief, and retired Judge Phillip Nourse. Nineteenth Circuit Chief Judge William Roby talked about Judge Rupert Smith for whom the public law library is named. Judge Smith’s leadership led to the creation of law libraries across the state. The keynote speaker was U.S. Southern District Judge Jose Martinez who discussed the new federal courthouse in Ft. Pierce. Michael Lannon spoke on “Education’s Role in Shaping the Attitude of Future Generations About the Law.” The annual reception always includes the traditional award of cash prizes to the winner of the Student Art and Poster Contest, which drew more than 300 entries. The winner of the $500 high school prize was David Imperato of St. Lucie West Centennial High. Kelly Fryer of Sungrove Middle School took home the $150 middle school prize. Third-grader Gabrielle Rodriguez of the Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts won the $100 upper elementary prize and Megan Avdette, a first-grader at Mariposa Elementary, won the $50 lower elementary prize. Pictured in the back from the left are Michael Lannon, superintendent of schools, Judge Martinez, Judge Burton Connor, Chief Judge Roby, and Frank Fee III. In the front from the left are Kim Cunzo, chair of the art contest, Avdette, Rodriguez, Imperato, and Fryer.
Tiago Martins, country manager at Transitex Italia, explained: “We are a freight forwarder whose core business primarily focuses on fruit and project cargo trades. As a matter of fact Transitex has historically been one of the major reefer players on the lines connecting Spain and Portugal to Brazil and South America. The project cargo segment ensued from Transitex’s widespread presence in Mozambique where ENI Group is progressively increasing its investments in the oil industry.”ENI Group is an Italian energy major with a strong foothold on the African continent.Transitex attributes its specialisation in project logistics to its majority shareholder, Tetir Mota-Engil Group – one of Europe’s top-30 engineering and construction companies. 80 percent of Tetir Mota-Engil Group’s revenue is generated in the African and South American markets, said Transitex. Martins indicated that investments in sub-Saharan Africa are intensifying, mainly by Italian companies. Moreover, he said, ENI is actively engaged in Mozambique and currently partnering with small Italian suppliers which is stimulating deliveries from Italy. “That is why we intend to specialise in the project cargo niche from Italy to Africa,” he said.www.transitex.es
Related CNN(LOS ANGELES) — Anthony Bourdain — chef, author and four-time Emmy-winning host of CNN’s Parts Unknown — has died at age 61 of an apparent suicide.CNN reports Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France Friday morninge. His body was discovered by his friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert [ree-PAIR]. CNN said Bourdain was in France shooting an episode of Parts Unknown.News of his death spread quickly, with celebrities famous for careers both in and out of the kitchen p[aying tribute to Bourdain via social media. Here are some of their reactions:Gordon Ramsay — “Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123.”Andrew Zimmern (Host of Bizarre Foods, and others) — “A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.”Chef Ming Tsai — “Just so crazy. We lost an icon and incredible story teller…….just so sad…..” The Chew‘s Michael Symon — “RIP Tony Bourdain …Wtf …in complete shock … loss for words.”The Chew’s Carla Hall — “I am gutted and saddened upon hearing the news of @Bourdain, a beloved presence in the culinary community. You will be missed.” Jamie Oliver — “I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @anthonybourdain has just died…he really broke the mould, pushed the The culinary conversation and was the most brilliant writer….he leaves chefs and fans around the world with a massive foodie hole that simply can’t be replaced…..rest in peace chef…thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx.”Other celebrities also weighed in:Rose McGowan posted a tearful video that mentioned Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, who, like her, was one of Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault accusers. “Anthony, I am so mad at you,” McGowan said through tears. “You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. Why!? We needed you. Please come back.”President Obama, who appeared on Bourdain’s show, posted a picture from the episode of the pair swigging beers. “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”Norman Reedus – “Anthony Bourdain. Damn. He was a huge inspiration for me for RIDE I’m such a fan of him. Such bad news. 100% missed.”Mandy Moore – “This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK.”Questlove posted a lengthy, heartfelt Instagram message on his food blog, featuring the pair together: “Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world.”Chrissy Tiegen — “Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(.”Carson Daly — “No words.”Selma Blair — “Grief. May Anthony Bourdain find comfort in the ever after. Just grief. Speechless.”Busy Philipps — “Truly devastated about @Bourdain. I have no words. Please if you need help, reach out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.”Bethenny Frankel – “Oh my God @Bourdain has taken his life. People are in unmanageable pain. This is my wake up call today. We have to help those who cannot help themselves.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico