Upscale department store operator Nordstrom Inc. Nov. 13 said that it will start selling music CDs in its stores and online to expand its merchandise offering.

The retailer said it plans to roll out the music program to all stores across the country in 2007.

Nordstrom follows in the footsteps of other retailers that have tried to lure more customers into their stores by selling CDs, including Limited Brands Inc.'s Victoria's Secret lingerie chain and cookware retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Coffee shop chain Starbucks Corp. has developed an entertainment business that has included deals for exclusive content with musicians like Alanis Morissette and Bob Dylan.

In select Northwest and Southern California stores and online, Nordstrom said it will be the exclusive seller of the previously out-of-print 1995 version of the Marvin Gaye "Anthology" compilation, and "An Introduction to Jamie Cullum," a Nordstrom-exclusive compilation of 10 songs.

The retailer will also sell current releases from musicians like The Killers, John Mayer and Justin Timberlake, and "influential albums from the past" like Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique."

"We're encouraged by the response we've received from the music industry to collaborate on some compelling music." said Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising, in a statement. "This is a new category for us and we're excited to give it a try."

Starting this month, Nordstrom said it will begin selling two exclusive holiday compilations in all of its stores and online.