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Does This Latte Have a Funny Mainstream Taste to You? – New York Times

NYT reported in 2008 about the state of music sales at Starbucks:

The coffee chain began its musical offerings with a 1994 album by the saxophonist Kenny G, an early investor who now records on the company’s own label, Hear Music. But it cultivated a more discerning musical reputation with releases like a collection from the Blue Note jazz label.

Despite adopting a broader musical approach, Starbucks on average sells only two CDs a store each day at company-owned shops, according to people briefed on its business. Starbucks disputed that figure but declined to provide a different one.

In a business where CD sales are in free fall, many executives remain thankful for exposure in Starbucks’s 6,800 company-owned shops, including Tom Corson, executive vice president at the RCA Music Group, which released the current album by Ms. Keys. It has sold more than 120,000 copies at Starbucks.

via Does This Latte Have a Funny Mainstream Taste to You? – New York Times.

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