Monday, October 12, 2009

Carly Simon sues Starbucks over CD release

Singer Carly Simon is suing Starbucks, saying the coffee conglomerate didn't promote her 2008 album adequately through its now-defunct music arm.

CBC reports:
The Grammy winner and her attorneys said the album, a 14-track Brazilian-influenced work called This Kind of Love, wasn't offered in "a substantial number" in the coffee giant's stores in the early months following its April 2008 release. Later, the Seattle-based company slashed the price. "By doing so, Starbucks stigmatized Ms. Simon's album as an album that could not be sold at full price," according to the claim. Starbucks said it met all its contractual obligations and even promoted the album in New York and Boston beyond its obligated time period. "Unfortunately, sales continued to lag as the title received tepid response from music consumers," Starbucks said in a statement released Monday. "Other retailers faced the same fate with this CD." READ MORE