Monday, June 04, 2007

Starbucks music label debuts with new Paul McCartney CD

If anyone doubted that the Starbucks coffee company was serious about getting further into the CD distribution business, you've got another think coming. The company's new Hear Music label releases its first CD this week, and its first signed artist is none other than Paul McCartney. McCartney's new CD Memory Almost Full is the label's first release, and the CD will be constantly played in the thousands of Starbucks stores worldwide on Tuesday, June 5th. Here is the story:

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=264337>1=7702

The ex-Beatle has only signed a deal for one album with the label, but he may sign for more if things go well. And the label plans to sign two more artists this year and eight next year. According to the article, Memory Almost Full "will be sold at most Starbucks stores worldwide, in all major music retailers, and on Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store, making it the first of McCartney's 21 solo albums to be released digitally."

This could be a major new development in the ever-changing world of music retail.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Eight years!

The passage of time never ceases to amaze me. It has now been eight years since the day I made my website Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews viewable to the public, on May 31, 1999. It doesn't seem like such a long time ago, even though the world is certainly a different place now than it was in 1999. When I first created this site, the world was worried about a Y2K crisis that didn't happen. 9-11 was just a phone number that people called in case of emergencies. And me? I was deliriously in love with a girl who is now married to someone else; she and her husband now have a four-year-old son. So, any way I look at things, the world has definitely changed since I first created my site.

But the site still stands. The day I first unveiled it, it contained six album reviews by four different artists. Now, it contains reviews of over 275 recordings by more than 40 artists. I've basically accomplished what I wanted to accomplish with the site. In fact, the day I began working on it, I had no idea how big it would get. About three years ago, I went through the entire site to complete a format update, and was actually amazed to find how many reviews I had written.

There is a popular saying in the web design business which states that a website is never finished -- it is only abandoned. Rest assured, Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews is not an abandoned website. Updates will be made to the site when I feel they are appropriate. And, of course, more Spotlight Album Reviews will be coming in the future. When updates are made, I will point them out on this blog.

I want to thank everyone who has visited the site, and who has supported it in any way during the last eight years. I am very proud of this site, and I hope it will still be standing for years to come.