EMI and teen lifestyle retailer Hot Topic will offer a limited edition EP by rockers the Almost on Oct. 6 that will include limited edition artwork and a promotional code to download the band's upcoming full length album.
The five-track EP "Monster" will be available Oct. 6 at Hot Topic stores and the band’s Web site. The album "Monster Monster" (Tooth & Nail/Virgin Records) will be available in stores Nov. 3.
The limited edition EP - which will have five different covers, album art, and lyrics - will include two CDs, one of music and a second blank disc. Fans who purchase the EP will be able to use the blank CD to download "Monster Monster" with a promotional code the day of release from ShockHound.com , a division of Hot Topic.
The band will also make stops at select Hot Topic stores for in-store performances and signings during their upcoming fall tour.
Hot Topic has 681 stores in the US and experienced a 9% comp store decline  in music apparel and CD sales in Q2 2009. The overall music category accounts for 25% of the retailer's business.
Correction: The EP contains a blank CD, not a CD with digital artwork and lyrics.