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Best Buy Gets Guns N Roses' "Chinese Democracy" Retail Exclusive, Expected Later this Year

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Best Buy is set to be the exclusive retailer for Guns N' Roses decade-plus-in-the-making new album "Chinese Democracy" before year's end, sources close to the situation tell Billboard. Some details of the deal are still being worked out, including the release date.

The news brings a semblance of closure to the bizarre history of "Democracy," which Guns N' Roses has been working on since the mid-1990s. Since then, every original member of the once mighty group has left besides vocalist Axl Rose, and millions of dollars have been spent working on the new material.

"Chinese Democracy" was most recently on the Interscope release schedule in March 2007. The endless delays encountered by the project reached comic levels this spring, when soft drink manufacturer Dr Pepper offered to send a free can of the beverage to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead) if "Chinese Democracy" were to arrive anytime during the calendar year 2008.

In June, nine purported "mastered, finished" tracks from the album were leaked online, prompting an FBI investigation into their source. A sign "Chinese Democracy" was perhaps finally nearing release came in July, when the band agreed to debut new track "Shackler's Revenge" in the video game "Rock Band 2," which hit stores earlier this month.

Guns N' Roses is now managed by Irving Azoff's Front Line Management, and Azoff is a well-known proponent of issuing albums exclusively through retailers. He released the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" through Wal-Mart in 2007, much to the chagrin of other merchants, but the album was a runaway hit, having sold 3.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Source: Billboard.com

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Kalis_wrath's avatar

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1. Kalis_wrath writes:

I will believe it when I see it, and yet I am still going to walk right past it laughing my arse off!

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. xFiruath writes:

"Some details of the deal are still being worked out, including the release date."

Oh, so it's still not coming out. Whatever.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. GNR R terrible writes:

this album was suppose to come out in 1994. Metallica rules GNR is a waste of time. Nobody can stand axle thats why the rest of the band would rather be w scott weiland. If you get scott weiland chosen over u , then u are pathetic

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

This time, I won't give my hopes up. I'm almost pretty sure Chinese Democracy will come out no matter what, but I'm sure God only knows that. This is serious, man, Axl's been working hard on this record and he's gotta release it already, he just can't be delaying and continue working on Chinese Democracy forever.

Now Playing: Y&T - Midnight in Tokyo

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 7:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jenny writes:

Well it's been FOREVER, I guess it's about time. I honestly don't have a solid opinion on the GNR as of now, but I'm sure Chinese Democracy will please fans who have been waiting, especially since it seems that the band has put so much effort into it. Can't wait :)

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. crazy pete writes:

this is a joke....right

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RIFF-MASTER writes:

GNR = Complete Garbage...
Never been a fan of em'
Plus I'm tired of people saying that Slash is the greatest guitar player in the world.

N.P. - Holly - 'I Live Through The Song"

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Kalis_wrath writes:

Why did the headline, and main pic get changed? I would rather see Led Zep as the main pic, but liked the original headline for this article better. It was befitting for GNR.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RIFF-MASTER writes:

I'm not coming back to MU until the GNR pic is permanently removed!

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RIFF-MASTER writes:

lol!!...they must've heard my ranting...

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. MetallicPunk writes:

I'm a GNR fan but to me this is a bad move cause to me artist who only have albums exclusively through certain retail stores are just asking for people to not buy their album or dl it somewhere,plus the hype of this album will never be live up too.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. bbristowe writes:

Well I downloaded Chinese democracy. LOLOLOLOLOLOL. Thats all I can really describe it as. Pretty much as I expected. Hand-me-down style guns n roses. Axls voice, for the most part (excluding a few songs) is gone. I don't know what he did whether it be age or fatness but it sucks. GG Axl way to make us wait 14 years for anus soup.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 2:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

after appetite this band died...axl is just trying to get back the millions he wasted over the years.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 8:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BoltThrower writes:

You'll be able to purchase this album at Best Buy under the name Rock Band XVIII.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 8:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. G writes:

Put a sock in it, guys, I don't think Chinese Democracy's release is ever going to happen.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 11:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brandedcfh420 writes:

good one bolt!!!!!!

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

BoltThrower, is again dead on!

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. BLACKDOG writes:

f***AXL!!!!!!!!!!

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. G writes:

To Axl:

Yes, you fa**ot. You better stop delayin' Chinese Democracy.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 10:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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