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The artist: The Eagles
The tactic: Record labels may be in trouble and Tower Records is no more. But retail behemoth Wal-Mart seems to be doing just fine. So for the Eagles first album in nearly 30 years, the group partnered with Wal-Mart for an exclusive release.
The review: Dumping a record label for one of the worlds largest corporations is certainly not a play for credibility, and big box stores such as Wal-Mart are often blamed for killing off the mom-and-pop music stores. But the backlash was surprisingly minimal. The bands The Long Road Out of Eden has become one of the top-selling albums of 2007 -- not bad for a record that came out Oct. 30. Yet from now on, the Eagles will forever be associated with the house that Sam Walton built, and all -- good and bad -- that it represents.