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Best Buy To Begin Stocking Unsigned Bands

Independent artists, rejoice! Music retail behemoth Best Buy is teaming up with Regionalcd.net to stock their shelves and online store with regional and local artists—no major label contract required. Artists who are chosen for the program will have their albums sold in strategically selected Best Buy locations, as well as bestbuy.com. The program will feature a light initial distribution, allowing customer demand to dictate the inventory at each store, thus eliminating pricey overstocking. Approved artists are considered based on Myspace/Facebook page, fan base, and local performances, and will be paid for every CD sold. While the program provides a spectacularly unique opportunity for independent bands, one has to wonder if it’s just one more way for Best Buy to drive your local record shop out of business.