US ALBUM SALES CLIMB AGAIN: Not quite sure how the RIAA is going to spin this one - album sales in the first half of 2004 are seven percent up on the same period last year. Now, they'll probably try and suggest that this is because their legal actions have choked off the illegal downloads - but why wouldn't the graph-busting 54 million legal downloads have had a negative impact on sales? And, besides, even the most optimistic data on the drop in illegal downloads suggests there's been a shaving off rather than a massive cut in the number of people on the Kazaagoogoo. It seems the real reason for the rise in sales is because they've released some albums that people want to buy - notably, but confusingly, the Usher one. Who knew that having a product people wanted was the best way to grow sales?