Proposed changes to the licensing of live music in England and Wales could threaten all forms of live music including carol singing, fundraising concerts and even people singing a capella in your garden for a party.
It might just be sour grapes that Sir Cliff has grabbed the number one slot against all odds, but music industry insiders today claimed that charity singles are harming the singles charts. There are five singles already released or about to be released that are being sold to raise money for charity.
NetAid, the ambitious online fundraising and campaigning initiative, was branded a "flop" in today's The Times. Media correspondent Paul McCann writes that "the series of rock concerts broadcast on the Internet last month, attracted only £625,000 in online donations."