Hard times for rock as pop soars
ROCK has hit a hard place after sales slipped behind pop for the first time in seven years, new music industry figures show. Bestselling albums by Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Adele's hugely successful '21' have helped pop to leapfrog traditional guitar bands in terms of sales.
Rock has seen its lowest showing since 2003, now accounting for 29.4pc of album sales. It marks a 12pc plummet from a 2004 high point, when it had a 41.5pc share. The drop comes despite big sellers such as Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' and Noel Gallagher's solo debut 'High Flying Birds'.
School head jams up pupils’ internet
AN Austrian school head narrowly escaped being arrested after foiling potential exam cheaters with a hi-tech -- but illegal -- idea.
Gerhard Klampfer used a jamming device to prevent pupils from doing internet research on their mobile phones during final exams last summer. But under Austrian law only police, the military and security services can jam signals. He was let off with a warning.
Fire fells famed old cypress tree
ONE of the world's oldest cypress trees has caught fire and collapsed in central Florida. The cause of the fire that felled the 118-foot-tall tree named 'The Senator' is a mystery.
Seminole county's parks and preservation department said 'The Senator' was roughly 3,500 years old.
McCartney ex in cancer scare
HEATHER Mills has revealed she had a cancer scare just before Christmas after doctors discovered a tumour at the top of her amputated leg.
The former wife of Sir Paul McCartney was alerted to the problem after suffering an injury while skiing. Ms Mills (44), who is to race for the British Disabled Ski Team, told 'Hello!' magazine of her relief that the lump proved to be benign. "Doctors said it (the tumour) had been there for some time," she revealed.
Iran crackdown on ‘immoral’ Barbie
IRAN'S morality police are cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls to protect the public from what they see as pernicious western culture eroding Islamic values, shopkeepers said yesterday.
As the West imposes the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and tensions rise over its nuclear programme, inside the country the Barbie doll ban is part of what the Iranian government calls a "soft war" against decadent cultural influences.
Criminals cash in amid euro crisis
EUROPE'S debt crisis may be threatening to unravel the euro but criminals increasingly see the single currency as worth counterfeiting.
The number of fake euro banknotes found in the second half of last year rose by 4.7pc to 310,000 bills from the prior six months, the European Central Bank said yesterday, though it hastened to add that the vast majority of euro banknotes were real.
Lost ring returned – 45 years later
A UTAH man who lost his high-school class ring six months after receiving it has had it returned -- 45 years later.
Brent Aguirre got a Facebook message from a couple who said they had found the ring with his name inscribed. Mr Aguirre can't remember where he lost it so long ago -- and the finders can't recall where they discovered it.