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Hear Music
Hear Music
is a record label that was founded in 2007 in a partnership between Concord Music Group
Concord Music Group
and Starbucks. Hear Music
Hear Music
began as a catalog company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1990 before being purchased by Starbucks
Starbucks
in 1999.

Contents

1 Concept 2 Creation as a record label 3 Roster 4 References 5 External links

Concept[edit] The Hear Music
Hear Music
brand has four components: the music that each location plays; in-store CD sales, including Starbucks
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 Starbucks
Starbucks
Hear Music
Hear Music
Coffeehouses: Santa Monica, California, on the Third Street Promenade; San Antonio, Texas, on the River Walk; Miami, Florida, on the Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road
shopping promenade; and Bellevue, Washington, in Bellevue Square.[1] The original, now-defunct Hear Music
Hear Music
Store was located in Berkeley, California. Ten Starbucks
Starbucks
locations also have Hear Music
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
Chapters
was at one time licensed version of the Hear Music
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
Starbucks
locations. In 2005, Starbucks
Starbucks
announced a partnership with singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. In a six-week deal, Morissette sold an acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
in Starbucks
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
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
Starbucks
announced that it was refining its entertainment strategy and turning over the day-to-day management of Hear Music
Hear Music
to Concord.[2] At the same time that Starbucks
Starbucks
closed 600 coffeehouses in July 2008, it was announced that the Hear Music
Hear Music
label would be shutting down.[2] One of the four Hear Music
Hear Music
stores, in Santa Monica, California, has indicated that its music operation will be permanently closed approximately September 20, 2008. Another Hear Music
Hear Music
store in Bellevue, Washington has been converted to a regular Starbucks. The Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road
Miami Beach location has since been downgraded as well, since November 2008. Creation as a record label[edit] On March 12, 2007 Starbucks
Starbucks
and Concord Music Group
Concord Music Group
launched the Hear Music record label.[3][4] The company's first artist signing was Paul McCartney, leaving his long-time label EMI
EMI
on March 21, 2007.[5] In July 2007, the label signed Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
and announced that her first album of new material in nearly ten years, Shine, would be released on September 25, 2007.[6] In March 2008, it was announced that Carly Simon
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[7] She blamed poor sales on Hear Music's failure to promote the album. She sued the company and lost.[8] Roster[edit]

Anjulie Antigone Rising The Cars The Chieftains Elvis Costello James Hunter Carole King John Mellencamp Paul McCartney Hilary McRae Joni Mitchell Playing for Change Sia Paul Simon Carly Simon Sonic Youth James Taylor[9]

References[edit]

^ Harris, Craig (2006-11-24). " Starbucks
Starbucks
opens Hear Music
Hear Music
shop in Bellevue". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-03-22.  ^ a b Starbucks
Starbucks
Newsroom: Starbucks
Starbucks
Redefines Its Entertainment Strategy "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-07-13.  ^ " Starbucks
Starbucks
Launches Hear Music
Hear Music
Record Label" (Press release). Business Wire. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2007-03-22.  ^ "Hear Music". Concord Music
Concord Music
Group. Retrieved 3 February 2018.  ^ "McCartney joins Starbucks
Starbucks
label". BBC News. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-12-19.  ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2007-07-25). " Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
Joins McCartney On Hear Music Roster". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 2007-08-09.  ^ Rolling Stone : Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Signs With Starbucks' Hear Music ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (25 February 2015). " Starbucks
Starbucks
Stops Selling CDs, Because CDs Are Finally Over". The Atlantic. Retrieved 4 February 2018.  ^ "Hear Music". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 

External links[edit]

Hear MusicThe Sound of Starbucks

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Starbucks
Starbucks
Corporation

Corporate directors

Barbara Bass Bill Bradley Mellody Hobson Kevin Johnson Howard Schultz Clara Shih Myron Ullman

Assets and products

Ethos Water Evolution Fresh Hear Music Pasqua Coffee Seattle's Best Coffee Starbucks
Starbucks
Coffee Tata Starbucks Teavana Torrefazione Italia Verismo by Starbucks

Former assets

Tazo
Tazo
Tea Company

See also

Original Starbucks Starbucks
Starbucks
Israel

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Concord Music

429 Records Concord Jazz Concord Records Craft Recordings Fantasy Records Fearless Records Heads Up International Hear Music Imagem Loma Vista Recordings Milestone Records Musart Records Music For Little People Nitro Records Original Jazz Classics Prestige Records Razor & Tie Riverside Records Rounder Records Savoy Records Specialty Records Stax Records Stretch Records Sugar Hill Records Tams-Witmark Music Library Telarc International Corporation The Bicycle Music Company Vanguard Records Varèse Sarabande Vee-Jay Recor

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