Concord Music Group News

NEWS 04 Jun 2007

Starbucks & Concord Invite You To Hear Music

Starbucks and Concord Music Group recently joined forces to create a new record label, Hear Music, which forges relationships directly with artists and distributes recordings at Starbucks locations as well as through traditional music channels.

The new company will build upon the success Starbucks and Concord have experienced with previous releases: Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, which sold 5.5 million copies worldwide and won an unsurpassed eight Grammy(r) Awards including Album of the Year, and Sergio Mendes' Timeless, which won a Latin Grammy(r) Award for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album of the Year and is on its way to selling over a million copies.

"Hear Music will add tremendous value to the content offerings and distribution of great music Starbucks customers have come to expect," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. "As we move forward with this new venture, Hear Music will seek out unique and compelling artists from a broad range of genres to help them reach the widest audience possible."

Glen Barros, president of Concord Music Group, added, "We are excited to be deepening our partnership with Starbucks in an effort to help artists connect with audiences through all music channels."

The Hear Music brand, which has been used on Starbucks proprietary compilation CDs since 1999, is recognized throughout the entertainment industry for its groundbreaking marketing and merchandising of music for both established artists and rising stars. This new Hear Music label has evolved from the innovative companies' tradition of quality, authenticity, relevance, and passion. The label will develop emerging artists with inspired vision and extraordinary talent and will also be a home for established artists with timeless resonance, providing them an extraordinary platform for reaching music fans. Hear Music advocates creative control for artists and encourages musicians to stretch and take risks, which the new label believes will result in compelling music choices for consumers.


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