June 16, 2005 8:30

ALANIS MORISSETTE RECORDS PULLED FROM SHELVES

HMV Canada do not like her recent deal with Starbucks…

ALANIS MORISSETTE RECORDS PULLED FROM SHELVES
Alanis Morissette’s records have been pulled from the shelves by a Canadian music retailer in protest at an exclusivity agreement the singer has with coffee giants STARBUCKS.

The chain have been given exclusive rights by the singer to sell her new album in the US and Canada for the first six weeks of release.

HMV Canada in response have removed all of her records from their stores.

Humphrey Kadaner, HMV North America Chief Executive, said that the decision not to stock Alanis Morissette’s recordings was "consistent with the views of the majority of our customers".

The singer’s new album – an acoustic version of her debut album ’Jagged Little Pill’ - is set for release in the UK on July 25, and was released in North America on Monday (June 13).

According to BBC News, Alanis Morissette’s arrangement with Starbucks does not apply to UK outlets.

Speaking to the Boston Herald, the singer said that she had not intended to offend any retailers in her home country, saying: “My intention certainly was not to ruffle feathers in that department.”

Defending her decision to offer the exclusivity deal to Starbucks, she said: “When people walk into Starbucks, there's a real openness and a focus to behold and take in whatever may be on that counter."

Starbucks was responsible for a quarter of all sales of the late Ray Charles’ final album ’Genius Loves Company’, which shifted three million copies across the US.

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