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

The 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 fourStarbucksHear Music Coffeehouses: Santa Monica, California, on theThird Street Promenade; San Antonio, Texas, on theRiver Walk; Miami, Florida, on theLincoln Roadshopping promenade; and Bellevue, Washington, inBellevue Square.[1]The original, now-defunct Hear Music Store was located inBerkeley, California. Ten 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 chainChapterswas at one time licensed version of the Hear Music concept; however, the company no longer uses the brand name.

Its biggest seller wasRay CharlesGrammy-winningGenius Loves Company, with sales of 2.86 million records; 25% of those were sold at Starbucks locations.

In 2005, Starbucks announced a partnership with singer/songwriterAlanis Morissette. In a six-week deal, Morissette sold an acoustic version ofJagged Little Pillin Starbucks stores only. The acoustic version was released on June 13, 2005 to mark the albums tenth anniversary. This limited availability led to a dispute betweenMaverick RecordsandHMV Canada, who retaliated by removing Morissettes 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 toConcord.[2]

At the same time that Starbucks closed 600 coffeehouses in July 2008, it was announced that the Hear Music label would be shutting down.[2]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.

On March 12, 2007 Starbucks andConcord Music Grouplaunched the Hear Music record label.[3][4]The companys first artist signing wasPaul McCartney, leaving his long-time labelEMIon March 21, 2007.[5]

In July 2007, the label signedJoni Mitchelland 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 thatCarly Simonhad signed with the label and would be releasing a new album entitledThis Kind of Lovein late April 2008, her first collection of original songs since 2000sThe Bedroom Tapes[7]She blamed poor sales on Hear Musics failure to promote the album. She sued the company and lost.[8]

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