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Rock piece by The Rasmus overtakes Sibelius in foreign music royalties

Teosto releases figures for 2004

Rock piece by The Rasmus overtakes Sibelius in foreign music royalties
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In the Shadows, a rock piece by the Finnish band The Rasmus, has overtaken the works of composer Jean Sibelius on the list of Finnish compositions earning performance royalties abroad. Until now Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and his Second Symphony have been the only pieces to have reached number one on the list put out by the Finnish Composers’ Copyright Society - Teosto.
      The new figures are from the Teosto annual report for 2004. In the Shadows was released in the Nordic Countries in February 2003, but it was not until a later release in 2004 that it became a worldwide hit.
The Teosto figures place the pieces in question in order of the number of payments they earn - not the sums of money involved.
      Nevertheless, it is clear that the million-seller In the Shadows was played more around the world than Freestyler by Bomfunk MC’s, Sandstorm by Darude, or Join Me (In Death) by HIM.
      According to the 2001 figures, Sandstorm finished second, and Freestyler was third, right after the Violin Concerto.
The Teosto list includes radio broadcasts, concerts, and other public performances that entitle the artist to a royalty. The copyright organisations of each respective country first collect money from radio stations, for instance, and pass it on to Teosto, which pays its clients - in this case, the writers and publishers of The Rasmus.
      In concerts, In the Shadows is performed almost exclusively by The Rasmus, whereas Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is played by hundreds of symphony orchestras each year.
      However, In the Shadows got more radio airplay in 2004 than the Sibelius piece. On the other hand, In The Shadows has to be played about ten times on the radio before it gets the same amount of air time as one performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
      The performance royalties have no direct connection with record sales abroad.
However, no individual Sibelius recording has attained the sales figures that the In the Shadows single, which sold over a million copies, the album Dead Letters, which sold more than 1.5 million copies, or the group’s latest album, Hide from the Sun, which has sold a "mere" 400,000 copies.

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