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Sure, the Eagles aren't at the top of their commercial game.  But one
doesn't need to have read very much in the last two or three months about
artists at the top of their game who have opted out of the feudal system.
One will let you download their new album, after you pay a $1.95
qualification fee, for whatever you want to pay.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/LATU13206112007-1.htm

Eagles Exclusive Wal-Mart Release is the Number One Selling Album in the U.S.

'Long Road Out of Eden' Sells More than 700,000 Albums in First Week of Release
November 06, 2007: 02:35 PM EST


BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, U.S. has announced that the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" -- released Oct. 30 exclusively at Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Sam's Clubs and Samsclub.com -- has sold more than 700,000 units in its first week of release. This represents the largest first week sales of any music product at Wal-Mart in the last two years. The two disc set of 20 new songs is available in store for $11.88 or $10.88 in downloadable MP3 format online.

"We were confident that Eagles fans would embrace 'Long Road Out of Eden' but it has exceeded our first week projections. With the holiday season approaching we are confident that the double CD package will be one of the biggest sellers in Wal-Mart history," said Gary Severson, senior vice president of Entertainment, Wal-Mart. "We've notified the RIAA of the sales to quickly certify 'Long Road Out of Eden's' multi-platinum status."

"The band produced and delivered an album of integrity that was in keeping with their legacy ... and the fans responded," said Irving Azoff, Eagles manager. "The phenomenal first week sales of 'Long Road Out of Eden' are a testament to Wal-Mart's marketing and distribution."

"Long Road Out of Eden" reflects the band and Wal-Mart's shared commitment to environmental sustainability. The album packaging features Domtar EarthChoice(R) papers. To ensure paper is sourced from well-managed forests, EarthChoice papers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), publicly endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance and supported by World Wildlife Fund and Forest Ethics. This unique CD package contains 30 percent post-consumer recycled fiber, and virgin fiber from FSC Certified forests or other controlled sources.

About Eagles

The Eagles -- Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit -- have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and have won four Grammy Awards. "Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band's "Hotel California" and their "Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2" have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums, respectively. Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam's Club locations across America or log on to its online store at http://www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.walmartfacts.com, http://www.walmartstores.com, or http://www.walmartfoundation.org.




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