Hear Music is a record label that was founded in 2007 in a partnership
Concord Music Group
Concord Music Group and Starbucks.
Hear Music began as a
catalog company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1990 before being
Starbucks in 1999.
2 Creation as a record label
5 External links
Hear Music brand has four components: the music that each location
plays; in-store CD sales, including
Starbucks exclusives; branded
retail stores, which opened shortly after the catalog was formed, and
a label distributing their recordings.
As of December 2006, there are four
Hear Music Coffeehouses:
Santa Monica, California, on the Third Street Promenade; San Antonio,
Texas, on the River Walk; Miami, Florida, on the
Lincoln Road shopping
promenade; and Bellevue, Washington, in Bellevue Square. The
Hear Music Store was located in Berkeley,
Starbucks locations also have
Hear Music "media bars,"
a service which uses tablet PCs to allow customers to create their own
mix CDs. The media bars are located in Seattle and in Austin, Texas.
The music section in Canadian bookstore chain
Chapters was at one time
licensed version of the
Hear Music concept; however, the company no
longer uses the brand name.
Its biggest seller was Ray Charles' Grammy-winning Genius Loves
Company, with sales of 2.86 million records; 25% of those were sold at
Starbucks announced a partnership with singer/songwriter
Alanis Morissette. In a six-week deal, Morissette sold an acoustic
Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill in
Starbucks stores only. The acoustic
version was released on June 13, 2005 to mark the album's tenth
anniversary. This limited availability led to a dispute between
Maverick Records and HMV Canada, who retaliated by removing
Morissette's other albums from store shelves for the duration of
Starbucks' exclusive sale.
In April 2008,
Starbucks announced that it was refining its
entertainment strategy and turning over the day-to-day management of
Hear Music to Concord.
At the same time that
Starbucks closed 600 coffeehouses in July 2008,
it was announced that the
Hear Music label would be shutting down.
One of the four
Hear Music stores, in Santa Monica, California, has
indicated that its music operation will be permanently closed
approximately September 20, 2008. Another
Hear Music store in
Bellevue, Washington has been converted to a regular Starbucks. The
Lincoln Road Miami Beach location has since been downgraded as well,
since November 2008.
Creation as a record label
On March 12, 2007
Concord Music Group
Concord Music Group launched the Hear
Music record label. The company's first artist signing was Paul
McCartney, leaving his long-time label
EMI on March 21, 2007.
In July 2007, the label signed
Joni Mitchell and announced that her
first album of new material in nearly ten years, Shine, would be
released on September 25, 2007.
In March 2008, it was announced that
Carly Simon had signed with the
label and would be releasing a new album entitled
This Kind of Love
This Kind of Love in
late April 2008, her first collection of original songs since 2000's
The Bedroom Tapes She blamed poor sales on Hear Music's failure to
promote the album. She sued the company and lost.
Playing for Change
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^ "Hear Music".
Concord Music Group. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
^ "McCartney joins
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^ Cohen, Jonathan (2007-07-25). "
Joni Mitchell Joins McCartney On Hear
Music Roster". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
^ Rolling Stone :
Carly Simon Signs With Starbucks' Hear Music
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Starbucks Stops Selling CDs,
Because CDs Are Finally Over". The Atlantic. Retrieved 4 February
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