Carly Simon is taking Starbucks to court, after it closed its in-house Hear Music label just five days before her latest album was due to be released through it. Her complaint claims that having shown her an ambitious marketing plan to plug the album in stores, the label’s closure meant all the execs responsible for said promotion lost their jobs, and she was shunted across to another label – Concord Music – which had “none of the assets that constituted the reason for Ms. Simon’s decision” to sign up with Starbucks in the first place. Another one for the ”when branded music goes sour” pile – whatever did happen to that Groove Armada / Bacardi partnership?..

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