The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

They Should Have Gone to Trial

Attorneys general from 38 states filed a class action suit against record companies including Bertelsmann Music Group Inc., EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Electra-Atlantic Corp., Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Trans World Entertainment Corp., Tower Records, and Musicland Stores Corp., alleging that they fixed prices by threatening to withhold popular titles from retailers. The companies denied the allegations but settled in September of 2002. The settlement included giving CDs to libraries in the states involved in the suit.

The Milwaukee Public Library got, in part: 188 copies of Michael Bolton's "Timeless," 375 of "Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1971," 104 copies of Will Smith's "Willennium," 11 of "Martha Stewart Living: Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween," lots of Christmas music, and everything in between, from nearly all genres from rap to classical - and even 77 copies of a CD by chanting Spanish monks.

There was even mold growing on a few of the 520 CDs received in Mequon - a five-disc 1999 set titled "Respect: A Century of Women in Music."

I, for one, can't wait to check out a copy of "Willenium." I'll be rockin out to some jive hits including "Freakin' It," "Da Butta," "Afro Angel" and of course, "Uuhhh."


  • Way to piss gas on the fire, boys. It will be a good day when we can place you in the dust bin of history with the buggy whip makers and the wheelwrights.

    By Blogger Peter, at 1:25 PM  

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