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Reactions Pour In Over AC/DC's New Album Deal With Wal-Mart

As we all know, thousands of AC/DC fans are angered by the bands decision to sell their new album exclusively through Wal-Mart. Now other journalists have chimed in with their two cents over the deal.

Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune’s blog Pop Machine says: “This is unbelievable! The classic headbangers’ new album won’t be available at any sort of rock music store, but you can pick it up along with a box of Huggies?” Maybe this has more to do with the “death of the record store” than it does AC/DC, but still, it’s hard not to think that the band “has sold its twisted soul.”

The blog TheLefsetzLetter was also critical stating: "AC/DC are the biggest band still alive in the minds of teenagers. The closest Wal-Mart to me is almost twenty miles away! And the fact that AC/DC is one of the few bands that still “doesn’t offer its catalog on iTunes” makes the whole situation that much more frustrating. "

However some have praised the move claiming that: “JOURNEY and GARTH BROOKS have reportedly reached a deal to distribute their new albums exclusively through Wal-Mart.” And it worked out pretty well for THE EAGLES - their “Wal-Mart only album” has sold “nearly 3 million copies since last summer.”

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1. xSlipknotxMaggotx writes:

Oh god, I just might have to stab myself in the eye...
I hate Walmart!

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MAW writes:

I hate walmart to but who cares, everyone has access to walmart and it's a smart move on ACDC's part.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xSlipknotxMaggotx writes:

I doubt the album will be anywhere near as good as some of the other ones they released in the 90's.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Stephen writes:

"AC/DC are the biggest band still alive in the minds of teenagers."

Aaaaaaaahahahahaha!

That's absolutely priceless!

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

I'm sure AC/DC gets a nice chunk of change for the exclusivity deal. Assuming their label isn't taking it all.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. xSlipknotxMaggotx writes:

Well, I gues that's all tey are now. Greedy bastards, if money is all they are concerned about.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. evilutioncds writes:

as long as its better than the last album ,i will be happy

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. darkest1 writes:

hate to say this but with the state of music now I think it is good for any band that hard rockers & metalheads love actually get the chance to make any money from their records is a good thing. since all you can find @ walmart is country and hip hop and fleetwood mac c.d.s

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. jx writes:

saw arch enemy and between the buried and me there last year. would that be country or hip hop? old men making the same album for the 20th time for the same old people that bought the other 19 sounds perfect for walmart.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ED209 writes:

Do Walmart's even exist outside the US? In australia?

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ausmetaler writes:

no walmart in queensland Australia. its a US store I think. As long as ACDC do another tour through Australia, I dont care where the album is sold.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Hobbs writes:

There is no such thing as the indie record store anymore. Wal-Mart has taken over. Where else are they going to sell their new stuff. It's a smart move. Besides, their music has been sold at Wal-Mart for years, so it really doesn't matter. Just as long as I get new music from AC/DC I don't care if I have to buy a copy at a Britney Spears convention....

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Westfallentoday writes:

Last time I was in Queensland, I think it was Super A-Mart that reminded me of Wal-Mart's marketing scheme. Can't remember too well it was like 2 years ago. Anyhoo......I'm willing to bet AC~DC dissolves these rumours and releases the record as normal bands do.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. woo woo melbourne writes:

sweet we dont have walmart in aus so acdc can get f***ed, give it up you millionaire grandpas, Bon's f***in dead you c***s

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 5:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jamez writes:

Just your typical situation here. The management approaches the band saying 'this'd be a great thing to do', band thinks about it for 2mins and says 'ok, yeah, lets do that'. Maybe their managers just called the Youngs and said 'we're gonna do this, ok with ya?' I bet AC/DC didnt actually sit down and have a meeting over this. So, no big deal. Its called marketing, my friends!

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 7:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Tomo writes:

Australia doesn't have Walmart.. The new AC/DC album isn't going to be exclusive to Walmart.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. xSlipknotxMaggotx writes:

Walmart is a global store, they are in more than just the U.S.
However there may not be one in Australia.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 9:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Uhhuh writes:

Who cares where the album is sold, Ac/Dc is Still Ac f*ckin Dc

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Blakdeth writes:

I don't agree with the album being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, but at least it's AC/DC and it's new material. I still like AC/DC, but I don't think they'll ever be what they were with Bon Scott. No offense to Brian, but Bon had a one of a kind voice. But so does Brian, and I would like to hear this album for myself.

(R.I.P. Bon Scott 1946-1980, Long live Brian Johnson)

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Canadian_Content writes:

I can't stand shopping at Wal-Mart, even if it's for an AC/DC album. Oh, well. Guess I'll have to illegaly download it from somewhere.

# Jun 15, 2008 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. warlock writes:

I'll still buy it. At least they are not like KISS, touring forever off of their old stuff and never releasing new music.

# Jun 18, 2008 @ 9:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Bassface writes:

this one's got its ups and downs, i mean AC/DC probly got paid tons by wal-mart, but its got a lot of the fans mad about it. and id like to see the new album elsewhere myself.

# Jun 22, 2008 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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