Arkansas Linkage: Al Green, Kevin Brockmeier and Wal-Mart putting the squeeze on major labels | Rock Candy

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Arkansas Linkage: Al Green, Kevin Brockmeier and Wal-Mart putting the squeeze on major labels

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 1:26 PM

unknown.jpg


The long-awaited, much-anticipated Al Green record finally has a name and a release date: "Lay it Down" comes out May 27 via Blue Note. Produced by Green in collaboration with Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (the Roots) and James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Common), features vocal contributions from Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, and Corinne Bailey Rae and horn work from the lately ubiquitous Dap-Kings (not that I'm mad that they're everywhere). See the track list after the jump. Via Pitchfork.

Kevin Brockmeier did a "Book Notes" for Largehearted Boy where he lists "Ten Songs from Science Fiction Bands."

Rolling Stone
reports that Wal-Mart, the nation's leading music seller, wants to be able to sell all albums for $10 or less. According to the report, if record labels don't comply with this pricing request, "Wal-Mart execs have hinted that they could reduce their CD stock and replace it with more lucrative DVDs and video games."

...making sure Wal-Mart is happy remains one of the music industry's major priorities. That's because if Wal-Mart cut back on music, industry sales would suffer severely -- though Wal-Mart's shareholders would barely bat an eye. While Wal-Mart represents nearly twenty percent of major-label music sales, music represents only about two percent of Wal-Mart's total sales. "If they got out of selling music, it would mean nothing to them," says another label executive. "This keeps me awake at night."

This comes on the heels of iTunes is considering an "unlimited music" device.

Give it for these valiant attempts to screw the consumer less.   Lay It Down:

01 Lay It Down [ft. Anthony Hamilton]
02 Just for Me
03 You've Got the Love I Need [ft. Anthony Hamilton]
04 No One Like You
05 What More Do You Want From Me
06 Take Your Time [ft. Corinne Bailey Rae]
07 Too Much
08 Stay With Me (By the Sea) [ft. John Legend]
09 All I Need
10 I'm Wild About You
11 Standing in the Rain

Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The Dark Money Edition

    The coming primary and judicial elections, especially the dark money flowing into a race for an Arkansas Supreme Court position; also Leslie Rutledge and the ballot initiative process and the Razorbacks and War Memorial.
    • May 18, 2018
  • The Leslie Rutledge Sovereign Immunity Trap Edition

    The Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, sovereign immunity and Leslie Rutledge and the Little Rock mayoral race — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • May 11, 2018
  • Samantha's again wins the Arkansas Times Second Annual Margarita Fest

    Congratulations to Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill for winning the Arkansas Times Second Annual Margarita Festival presented by Don Julio Tequila last night. The Pizzeria was the runner-up. Thanks to the 600 people who came out to the sold-out event, proceeds of which benefited the Downtown Partnership.
    • May 11, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation