Boom of sales and downloads for Frozen in Belgium
The decision of a Wallonian judge to ban Madonna’s “Frozen” from Belgian radios and music stores following the plagiarism accusation by composer Salvatore Acquaviva is having some unexpected side effect on the local music market, where the song is supposed to virtually disappear within 15 days after the court’s ruling.
Acquaviva claimed that the song by Madonna and Patrick Leonard song copied one of his song “Ma Vie Fout L’camp“, and his lawyer Victor-Vincent Dehin declared the judge agreed that Madonna’s single used four bars of the song, and ordered the record companies to get radio and TV stations in the country to stop playing the song and also ordered them to withdraw “Ray of Light” from sale.
But the most surprising thing is that “Frozen” is literally having a boom of sales in Belgium before getting banned, being sold as part of the “Ray of Light” album or downladed individually.
Fellow fansite mad-eyes.net brings a detailed report and a closer look at what is currently happening in Belgium. Here are a few excerpts, please visit mad-eyes.net for the complete report they translated from local newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg.
“Ray Of Light” is raising rapidly in the Wallonian album chart while Flemish people from the north wanting to get hold of Frozen, prefer to download the song. “Ray Of Light” rises to #9 in the Wallonian mid-price album chart while one week earlier the same disc wasn’t anywhere to be seen in the sales list.
“Frozen” is not available anymore as a single in the country so those who want to get the song without buying the entire album choose to download it, making “Frozen” rise up from #210 to #16 this week in the chart.
Music stores like Fnac and Mediamarkt in Flanders already started to removed all copies of albums and DVDs that contain the track, even though customers keep asking for them. Most Flemish radio stations regret the court decision to ban Madonna’s Frozen, but they’ll respect the ruling. Q-Music and Studio Brussel played the song immediately after the announcement of the court ruling but they are still waiting for a notice from Madonna’s record company, that doesn’t make any comment at the moment and is debating about whether making appeal against the court’s ruling or not.
Thanks to mad-eyes.net