The Eagles — the multi-platinum selling alt country/rock band circa 1970s — are trying an interesting sales strategy for their first studio album in 28 years.
For the new disc, it appears that there is:
- no recording label participation;
- downloads at their site only;
- physical 2-CD Set purchased only at Wal-Mart, or ordered at their site ((Eaglesband.com).
The band cranked out over 700,000 discs in the first week — not too shabby for a double disc.
For you young ‘uns, the album Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 is the all time best-selling album in the U.S. (according to the RIAA); Their album Hotel California is #18 on the all time top selling list).
What’s really interesting is the downloading — the double disc is available for in two formats: MP3 256k for $10.88, and in FLAC lossless for $11.88, directly from the band’s website.
I am not sure, but it appears that both the labels and Apple’s iTunes have been cut out of the picture.
(I’ll update this as I learn more)
Update: November 7, 2007 5:52am
The Eagles made a
direct exclusive deal with Wal-Mart for physical album — no label involved.
sold the album to Wal-Mart on a one-way basis (meaning, no returns).
serves, I believe they bought 3.6M units at $8 or $9. The Band pays
manufacturing costs and publishing (most of which goes to themselves as writers)
and keeps the rest. Pretty nice haul. I haven’t confirmed with the
manager, but I believe the downloads are being done by the band through their
Again, no iTunes, no labels . . .
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