Starbucks Nabs King, Zucchero Albums
Carole King and Italian vocalist Zucchero are the latest artists with releases due from the partnership between Starbucks Hear Music and Los Angeles-based Concord Records.Carole King and Italian vocalist Zucchero are the latest artists with releases due from the partnership between Starbucks Hear Music and Los Angeles-based Concord Records. Beginning July 12, King's "The Living Room Tour" and Zucchero's "Zucchero & Co." will be available in more than 4,400 Starbucks locations in North America, as well as traditional retail outlets. The coffee retailer has no exclusive window on the titles.
Starbucks and Concord first paired in 2004 for Ray Charles' Grammy Award-winning "Genius Loves Company." The album went to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in March and since its August 2004 release, has sold 3 million units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Starbucks reports more than 745,000 units of the set were sold in its stores.
King's first release since 2001 is a two-disc set featuring acoustic performances of "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "So Far Away" and "I Feel the Earth Move," as well as two previously unreleased tracks. The album was recorded live during the 2004 stint of the Living Room Tour, and is being released in conjunction with King's own label, Rockingale Records. As previously reported, the 2005 edition of the trek runs through July.
The North American debut of "Zucchero & Co." features the Italian superstar in duets with Sting, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Luciano Pavarotti, among others. The album, which has been available internationally since 2004, will be released domestically in conjunction with Universal Music Italia.