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Best Buy Has New Stones Exclusive

30 May, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Best Buy June 12 will release The Biggest Bang, an exclusive music DVD from The Rolling Stones' recent world concert tour, A Bigger Bang.

The four-disc boxed set, which retails for $29.99, mirrors in format Best Buy's 2003 Stones exclusive Four Flicks, which was certified 11 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and touted at the time as the second-best-selling video boxed set of all time.

In addition to concert footage, backstage video and related material, Bang features never-before-released duets with the band and artists Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and Eddie Vedder.

Longtime Stones concert promoter Michael Cohl created the Stones DVD exclusive for Best Buy, independent of the group's label, EMI Recorded Music.

It remains to be seen whether Minneapolis-based Best Buy will receive the same kind of negative feedback it did in 2003. At that time, a group of Canadian music and video retailers representing more than 300 outlets in the country pulled all Rolling Stones CDs and DVDs and related material from store shelves in protest of the exclusive.

Undeterred, the consumer electronics retailer later offered an exclusive Elton John DVD set, Dream Ticket, which featured more than 70 songs, rare concert and TV footage from the artist's early days and previously unreleased performances, photos and interviews.

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