Initiative part of retail giant's 10th anniversary celebration
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Amazon.com has compiled a 'Hall of Fame' music list of artists, based on their total sales with the online retailer. For Amazon, this marks the first time they've released such information per artist, as opposed to individual releases.
Their list of hall of famers blends classic, established artists with some newer acts. As expected, artists with substantial catalogues, such as the Beatles (#1), U2 (#2) and the Rolling Stones (#10) occupy top spots. But holding positions 3-5 are Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Eva Cassidy, respectively. Norah Jones' entire catalog consists of two recordings on Blue Note and an additional album she recorded before her major debut - 'New York City' by the Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones, released on Koch. Eva Cassidy's limited recorded works - mostly released after her 1996 death - were via indie label Blix Street. And of course, Jones, Cassidy and Krall have released albums that are considered primarily jazz and/or adult contemporary - not the top-selling styles of music in today's market.
Another surprise further down the list is Josh Groban (#15), whose catalog consists of two multiplatinum studio recordings and two live cds, a far cry from the breadth of work of Elton John (#16), Rod Stewart (#17), Pink Floyd (#18), Johnny Cash (#22) and Ray Charles (#23).
The 'Hall of Fame' list is part of a series of initiatives marking 10 years since founder and CEO Jeff Bezos opened the virtual doors of Amazon.com on July 16, 1995, from his Seattle-area garage. Two other 'Hall of Fame' lists (authors and DVD/video releases) will also mark the aniversary. Other promotions include 'Wish List,' in which Amazon.com will fulfill the wishlists of two randomly-selected customers, and 'Special Deliveries,' in which unsuspecting customers will have their orders delivered by celebrities including Jason Alexander, Jeff Bridges, Harrison Ford, Anna Kournikova, and Claudia Schiffer.