Carole King, Zucchero albums due July 12.
Carole King and Italy's 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 the U.S. and Canada, 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 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 never-before-released 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. The 2005 leg of King's tour will continue through July (Billboard, May 28).
The North American debut of "Zucchero & Co." features the Italian superstar duetting 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.
"We look forward to continuing to work with Concord on many different kinds of projects," said Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard in a statement. "We believe the Carole King and Zucchero albums are a perfect fit for our overall music strategy and that our customers will love these new offerings."
As with "Genius Loves Company," Starbucks has an equity stake in retail sales outside of its stores.