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“The band produced and delivered an album of integrity that was in keeping with their legacy…and the fans responded. The phenomenal first week sales of Long Road Out of Eden are a testament to Wal-Mart’s marketing and distribution.”
—-Irving Azoff, Eagles' manager
EAGLES WILL BE #1 WITH 700K IN SALES ON HITS CHART
New Album’s Exclusivity At Wal-Mart Won't Prevent it From Charting in Other Trade
The Long Road Out of Eden leads to the #1 best-selling album in the country this week, and the Eagles will also top the HITS Album chart.

Even though it won't sell half of Eden's estimated 700k, Britney SpearsBlackout will also head that other trade chart, even while debuting at #2 on our just-released Top 50, which you can see here.

The Eagles’ two-disc set of 20 new songs, released last Tuesday (10/30), is available only at Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Sam’s Clubs and Samsclub.com, as well as the band's own website (www.eaglesband.com).

The total represents the largest first-week sales of any music product at Wal-Mart in the last two years, where it is selling for $11.88 or $10.88 in downloadable MP3 format online. The chain reportedly bought 3 million copies of the new album with a no-return policy.

Wal-Mart Entertainment SVP Gary Severson is happy:  “We were confident that Eagles fans would embrace Long Road Out of Eden, but it has exceeded our first-week projections. With the holiday season approaching, we are confident that the double-CD package will be one of the biggest sellers in Wal-Mart history. We’ve notified the RIAA of the sales to quickly certify Long Road Out of Eden’s multi-platinum status.”

That particular award is not restricted by the album’s exclusive one-retailer status.

Added Eagles manager Irving Azoff in between rounds of golf: “The band produced and delivered an album of integrity that was in keeping with their legacy…and the fans responded. The phenomenal first week sales of Long Road Out of Eden are a testament to Wal-Mart’s marketing and distribution.”

One of the band’s chief stated reasons in going with Wal-Mart was the company’s commitment to “green” environmental initiatives, and that is borne out by the album packaging, which features recycled paper publicly endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance. The CD package also contains 30% post-consumer recycled fiber, and virgin fiber from approved forests or other controlled sources.

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and have won four Grammy Awards. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band’s Hotel California and Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums, respectively. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The new album is the band's first all-new studio effort since 1979's The Long Run.

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