AC/DC's Next CD Available Only at Wal-Mart

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The rock bank AC/DC has struck a deal to sell its upcoming album only at Wal-Mart. The album doesn't have a title yet, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting the deal, between the discount retailer and AC/DC's label, Columbia Records.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business today is heavy metal retail. The rock band AC/DC has struck a deal to sell its upcoming album only at Wal-Mart. The album doesn't have a title yet, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting the deal between the discount retailer and AC/DC's label Columbia Records.

It's not the first such music exclusive for Wal-Mart. Journey and the Eagles have signed similar deals, keeping their music away from iTunes and other companies in order to keep Wal-Mart happy. Basically Wal-Mart says you give us your album, we'll give you lots of promotion. It's a sign of Wal-Mart power in the U.S. music market. CD sales may be falling but Wal-Mart is currently the country's number one CD seller and clearly aims to stay that way.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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