The opening number of London's Live 8 concert, Paul McCartney and U2 performing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," topped the online download charts in several countries, according to a spokesman for Universal Music International. The song hit No. 1 on the iTunes charts in Britain, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium. Universal is donating its share of the sales to Live 8, the spokesman said . . . Several performers at Saturday's Live 8 concerts saw a dramatic jump in sales of their albums in Britain. Pink Floyd's "Echoes" album was up 1,343 percent from the previous week, according to British music retailer HMV. The Who, Annie Lennox and Dido also saw a significant boost in sales, said a spokesman for the chain, but he stressed that the huge spikes were deceptive because sales of those albums had been slow. The only Live 8 performer to show a marked drop in sales was Pete Doherty, former singer of the Libertines. That group's album "Up the Bracket" reportedly fell by 35 percent after the British press panned Doherty's duet with Elton John as "shambolic."
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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