Target to Sell Exclusive
February 02, 2007
Chain Store Age
Target Corp. on Thursday said it will release exclusive
CDs by artists who are bypassing music labels to partner directly
The retailer has partnered with an independent start-up music
label, 180 Music, to release 15 adult contemporary CDs in
all its stores on Feb. 27., for $9.99 each. Similar releases
are set to follow. Included in the first round are new offerings
by Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy and a Phil Ramone-produced
CD with news songs by such legends as Carole King, Willie
Nelson and Brian Wilson.
Other retailers are also pursuing music deals. Wal-Mart Stores
has exclusive distribution deals with Garth Brooks and other
artists, while Starbucks Corp. releases exclusive content
under its Hear Music venture.