Kenny Chesney Launches Clothing Line; New Corb Lund; Mindy McCready Leaks Racy Video

Brody Vercher | August 19th, 2009

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  1. Dr. No
    August 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Blue Chair Bay Clothing: Clothes to keep “in the closet.”

  2. J.R. Journey
    August 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Mindy McCready doesn’t need a new single on the radio or a new album in the works to get more headlines than most platinum-selling country stars. There’s one life-story that would make a great movie, as asked in last weekend’s Your Take discussion. And I think Tina Fey could play a believable McCready.

    I read that letter from the Decatur CD store and I think it’s a crock. I would think Sugarland doesn’t have anything to do with how their albums are distributed when it comes to big-label promotion. Sure, they could have tried to demand it go to all record stores, but why would they? I understand the guys at Decatur CD being miffed because record stores are slowly dying and looking for someone to pin the blame on. But seriously, you’re going to point the finger of blame at one act? That would be like The New York Times blaming Google for the demise of the print publication. Get over yourself, Decatur CD.

  3. Pierce
    August 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Remember the old “Blame Canada” parody on South Park? I feel like in Hollywood the solution to everything is to just “Blame McCready”.

  4. Deb
    August 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I love to try Kenny’s cloths. Hey I’d like to get into Kenny’s jeans.

  5. Juli
    August 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    You’ll need a pry bar, a Costco-size can of Crisco, and maybe a spotter or two…those pants ain’t coming off without a fair amount of effort.

  6. Sam G.
    August 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I keep meaning to go to Decatur CD, but if it’s like any indie store I’ve ever been to, the country section is probably about 5 rows wide, and half of that is Johnny Cash. Their Radiohead section is probably as large as their country music section, so I can’t imagine that Sugarland’s deal with Walmart would have that much of an impact on the store’s sales, Georgia connection or no.

  7. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    They probably shouldn’t have gone after Sugarland, but they had a right to be upset. I’m sure it was the label’s decision, but why wouldn’t they be upset, especially if they had been supporting their hometown boy, Kristian Bush, since the beginning of their career as a group/duo? I can’t blame them at all. And I have respect for Kristian for stopping in.

  8. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    And I’ll say that Allison B.’s rant on CMt was very infuriating. I’m still angry about it and it’s been two days. I felt like I was back in high school. She’s supposed to be a music journalist and they’re a store trying to keep their business afloat while competing with box stores who can easily undercut them.

  9. sam
    August 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The whole Decatur CD rant just reminded me that the box stores have an advantage that Decatur DC doesnt: the Box stores often have exclusive tracks and CDs in addition to lower prices. Not only do you get the same content for less at walmart, sometimes you get more content.

    I’m not sad at all that independents stores that overcharge are losing business. I’m glad. People who overcharge deserve to go out of business.

  10. Jim Malec
    August 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    They aren’t “overcharging” though–Wal-Mart has an advantage that the indie store doesn’t…massive scale. If an indie store sells a CD for $20 and Wal-Mart sells the same CD for $12, who makes more money?

    Neither. They make about the same. The higher price at the indie store is a buildup of a number of costs that are uncured along the pathway to the consumer. To imply that record stores “overcharge” for their product is to display a fundamental lack of understanding for how the music business works.

  11. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you, Jim.

    I’m not the best at shopping at independent stores, but I respect them and am going to commit to doing better.

    Again, I don’t blame the deal on Sugarland, since I know they probably don’t have much control over these things, but I don’t blame the store for their disappointment or frustration either. People are saying how small the country music section is in independent stores, but fault them for wanting to actually stock some. Furthermore, have you seen Wal-Mart’s country music section lately? I haven’t bought an album from there in at least a year (with the exception of the Sugarland CD), because they literally haven’t carried anything that I’ve wanted. And I have two super Wal-Marts within ten minutes of my house.

  12. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I always go to Target for CDs… they’re literally right inside the door… I took 10 steps into the store and grabbed the new Reba CD

    If I was going to Walmart for CDs… I’d have to go way back to the far side of the store

    And the prices are often cheaper at Target, despite that they have better quality (which makes it Win-Win for me)

  13. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Hilarious quote from Dolly Parton =) Its great that she doesn’t plan to retire, because she still makes great music and I’m looking forward to whatever follows “Backwoods Barbie”

  14. sam
    August 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    They ARE overcharging. They may not be making a higher profit, but they are charging considerably more for virtually the same product (not exactly the same – the indie store may have a better sales staff, the walmart may have longer hours, etc).

    The overcharging isn’t because the indie store is “greedy,” its because the indie store lacks the efficiencies that walmart has.

    If the indie store’s justification for its higher price is “we lack walmart’s efficiencies” then I am not sympathetic to it. Inefficiencies should be rooted out.

  15. Chris N.
    August 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Big-box retailers use CDs and DVDs as “loss leaders,” meaning they don’t care if they make money on them. They’re just there to get people into the store, where hopefully they’ll also buy something else.

  16. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I shop at Wal-mart, but I ironically didn’t buy anything else the day I bought the Sugarland CD.

  17. Razor X
    August 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “I always go to Target for CDs… they’re literally right inside the door… I took 10 steps into the store and grabbed the new Reba CD

    If I was going to Walmart for CDs… I’d have to go way back to the far side of the store”

    And that’s a major consideration in making a decision where to buy music?

  18. CraigR.
    August 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Kenny, Kenny, Kenny- can a cologne be far off? How abouts shot glasses or sheets? I know other artists do it too. But do their products smell like the ocean, a beer and denial?

  19. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    @Razor X: Um, yeah? It makes sense to me.

    Plus I wouldn’t be caught dead at Walmart… the thought of being in that nasty trailer trash empire… eugh

  20. Truersound
    August 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm


    wal-mart, target, kmart….much like the cable news channels and most pop-country acts….they’re all the fucking same, the only thing different is the branding they WANT you to believe.

  21. Leeann
    August 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    It’s funny that so many people think Target is so much better than Wal-Mart. To me, Target is just the smaller version of WM that certain people think is higher brow. I just don’t understand what is so different about their basic premises.

  22. J.R. Journey
    August 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I didn’t know Wal-Mart was a trailer trash empire. And for someone who had to beg their mom for a 10 dollar CD, you certainly have high ‘standards’ for your shopping experience, Nicolas.

  23. Stormy
    August 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Target pays their employees better and doesn’t dick around with their hours to avoid paying them insurance.

  24. Rick
    August 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I think Trailer should pitch “Violent Farts” to Trailer Choir. It would make a perfect follow up single to “Rockin’ The Beer Gut”…

    So Mindy McCready was a room mate with that gal on “Celebrity Rehab”? Doesn’t sound like the rehab part worked very well on Mindy.

    If the music companies quit releasing physical CDs entirely, then downloads will become 100% of the market whether we consumers like it or not! With music stores shutting down and the big box stores only stocking mostly albums by established Top 40 country acts the writing is on the wall for retail outlet CD sales. Hopefully online retailers will survive due to low overhead expenses.

    I’m not one to agree much with young’un Nicholas, but I feel the same way about Target vs. Walmart that he does. Target stores are all over L.A. but the nearest Walmart is almost always devoid of white shoppers and that makes me uncomfortable. Its like I’ve stepped into the enemy territory of “Obamaland” and I have no desire to stay or shop there as the shoppers may not like the bumper stickers on my car…

  25. Razor X
    August 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Its like I’ve stepped into the enemy territory of “Obamaland” and I have no desire to stay or shop there as the shoppers may not like the bumper stickers on my car…”

    Given that the left regularly demonizes Wal-Mart, I’m not sure how it could possibly be “Obamaland”.

  26. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    It’s one thing to dislike Wal-Mart for some of the ethical reasons that are surely warranted, but it’s really distasteful to attack those who shop there as “trailer trash.”

  27. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I will have to say that I’m surprised Rick isn’t defending Wal-Mart to the end, but leave it to him to take his extremities on a completely other crazy track.

  28. Matt B.
    August 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Yeah, Wal-mart’s more like “Bill Richardson” land or something, not “obamaland,” even if it has a plethora of obama posters (That’s just capitalism). The size of the music section also varies by region. So in the south or rural areas, it has a lot more country and in LA it’d obviously would have more spanish-language CDs.

  29. Razor X
    August 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’ll admit that Wal-Mart isn’t my favorite place to shop, partly because it isn’t the most convenient place for me to get to, but the few times I’ve gone there I did think they had a fairly decent music section with a more extensive selection of back-catalog albums than Target has.

  30. Mayor Jobob
    August 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I don’t live within ten miles of a Wal-mart. The Seattle area is strangely devoid of them. We have Fred Meyer, which is better but the CDs are still $17.

    I prefer to buy CD’s from Half-Price books, where country CD’s range around 1-4 bucks or from a local Pawn Shop chain which averages about 50 cents for all CD’s (that’s right). I once found the Beatles Anthology 1 along with another CD. They were having a buy-one get-one-free deal!

    bottom line. There are always better ways to buy a CD than new at the store. ya never know!

  31. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    @JR Journey: Because she already spent a ton of money on me at Macy’s buying me designer back-t-school jeans =)

  32. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “We have Fred Meyer, which is better but the CDs are still $17.”

    Huh? I thought Fred Meyer was a jewelery store…

  33. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Naw… they’re big department stores, including food, in the midwest I believe. They had one in Kalamazoo when I lived in Michigan. It was more expensive than Wal-Mart, but they had some quality goods and a more extensive food selection.

  34. Stormy
    August 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    None of the big department stores have good music selections. To get good music selections at a chain store you have to go to Borders or Barnes and Noble. Which also have books and coffee–what other departments do you need?

  35. Truersound
    August 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I buy my CD’s from Magic Mart…that’s right Magic Mart…and sometimes Roses!

    Actually no, but I suspect if you are looking for country CDs from the 80s they would be filled with them. Possibly tapes too.

  36. Nicolas
    August 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    @Leeann Ward: Well there is a jewelry chain with the same name, as well.

  37. Mayor Jobob
    August 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    No no, no. Fred Meyer is a chain of stores in the Northwest & Alaska owned by Kroger and they operate Fred Meyer Jewelers all across the country. LeeAnn, you’re thinking of Meijer, which is even better.

  38. Stormy
    August 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    And the roof of the Gateway store collapses a lot. (sorry, that’s all I know Fred Meyer for.)

  39. Trailer
    August 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Magic Mart still exists?? And Roses? That’s a blast from my hick town past.

    When I buy CD’s nowadays, it’s usually directly from the artist’s website.

  40. Paul W Dennis
    August 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Walmart curries favor with the ‘top forty’ crowd for anything, be it books, CDa, videos or acne medications. When was the last time you saw a CD by Amber Digby , Darrell McCall or Justin Trevino ? Perhaps the Texas Walmarts carry them but anywhere else ??

    The sad thing is that once all the independent stores are gone, the Walmarts of this world will impose a ‘top ten’ or ‘top twenty’ mentality upon the goods they carry.

    And it will be too late to do anything about it.

    And yes, Leeann, Allison B.’s rant on CMT was quite infuriating. At one time I simply believed that she was clueless. I’ve revised my opinion. I think she’s a corporate shill

  41. Razor X
    August 19, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    To get good music selections at a chain store you have to go to Borders or Barnes and Noble.

    And pay through the nose. I never buy CDs at either of those places, except as a last resort, because their prices are much higher than practically anywhere else.

  42. Joe
    August 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    The music section at my local Wal-Mart has virtually disappeared. It went from about five or six rows down to maybe two. A million copies of whatever came out this week and the catalog section is crap (or, I mean, stuff we already own).

    It would appear that the independent stores overcharge because, as has been mentioned, their product is not a loss leader (deeply discounted) to attract shoppers for higher margin items. Pretty much anything electronic with an intellectual property element (video games, CDs, DVDs, etc) tends to have incredibly, unbelievably low margins; independent stores generally find themselves sticking to MSRP and even then they’re only making between 5 and 15% off each item. This is why Media Play went out of business.

    Also: if a “customer” steals a CD, imagine how many more copies of that same CD they’d have to sell just to break even? For a retailer, there’s really no reason to sell any of this stuff anymore.

    And it’s becoming more and more obvious to consumers (me, at least). My local independent music retailer — should I still say “record store?” — has reduced its inventory noticeably, so I find I’m forced to shop online now.

    A pity.

  43. idlewildsouth
    August 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I pretty much buy music wherever I happen to find it cheapest. Typically, if its a more mainstream, top 40 album, I’ll either go to Target or Wal Mart, just depending on which side of town I’m heading to. If it’s not a top 40 album, I’ll head to Ernest Tubb to get it, and if its not country…I’m pretty much out of luck, with Borders getting rid of their music department and Barnes and Nobles being pretty fickle with what they have.

  44. Matt B.
    August 20, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Fred Meyer is a Northwestern Institution although Kroger took the brand and started expanding it a bit after purchasing the chain about 4-5 years ago. They started making kroger marketplaces or something which is based on the Fred Meyer brand. Fred Meyers were originally segmented stores and offer nicer brands on everything. They were actually a store I missed in Tennessee.

    As for their music offering, they usually have a decent catalog selection but like somebody else said, used stores are great places for such things.

  45. Leeann Ward
    August 20, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Oops. Got the two stores mixed up.

    Paul, I’m glad someone else was as infuriated as I am about that rant. Day three and I’m still annoyed.

    I actually buy the majority of my music through Amazon’s MP3 store, because it’s convenient and cheaper than Wal-Mart or any other store. Borders is definitely two expensive for me, so I’d rather buy through an independent store rather than Borders, since Borders is a chain, anyway. Unfortunately, we don’t have good independent music stores here. We’re a town of box stores and chain restaurantes. Ick.

  46. Paul W Dennis
    August 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

    If you join Border’s free (repeat – FREE) membership club they will weekly e-mail you coupons for 25% to 40% off on something (it varies)

    Use these and the price becomes reasonable

  47. Leeann Ward
    August 20, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Yes, Bill gets those coupons because he buys books like I buy music. So, if a coupon is good enough to match the Amazon price, he’s excited.

  48. Paul W Dennis
    August 20, 2009 at 8:06 am

    You can sign up for a separate membership Leann

    My wife Kay and I each receive the e-mails – she buys DVDs , I buy CDs and books

  49. Jon
    August 20, 2009 at 8:08 am

    You know, it’s kind of funny to see people discuss the ways they go about buying CDs as cheaply as possible and then get on Alison Bonaguro’s case for defending that approach.

  50. Brady Vercher
    August 20, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Making such a claim lacks nuance and perspective. You’re slipping. And yes, Alison’s post was idiotic.

  51. Leeann Ward
    August 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Ditto to Brady. Seriously, Jon. There’s surely a difference in the two things if you really read the discussion here.

  52. Leeann Ward
    August 20, 2009 at 8:31 am

    For one thing, Allison was not defending “that approach.”

  53. Leeann Ward
    August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Because if that’s all she had done, I surely wouldn’t be so annoyed.

  54. sam
    August 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Alison B. sometimes seems ignorant about music, and when she touches on other subjects, she often seems ignorant about them too. Mostly she comes off as very insincere.

    The Walmart/DecaturCD blog is typical: find a controversial topic, copy and paste from another site, make some sorta snarky comments (in a soccer mom kinda way), do little original reporting or research, and watch the commenters go crazy.

  55. J.R. Journey
    August 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve always thought Alison’s job at CMT was to stir up controversy – thus stirring up more comments and hits on the site. Surely the powers at CMT (and Alison herself) know that she is pretty much despised by all the CMT blog readers. That makes me think they keep her around for her controversial value.

  56. Guy
    August 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Kenny Chesney is at least 40% of what’s wrong with Country music today.

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