To settle a price-fixing lawsuit, five record companies and three retail chains agreed to donate CDs to schools and libraries. Nobody asked librarians what they wanted, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
California schools and libraries are slated to receive 665,000 free CDs starting this week as part of a $143 million antitrust settlement with music companies.
But some Bay area librarians think they’re getting stuck with moldy tunes the record labels couldn’t sell.
The San Francisco Public Library, for instance, will get 91 copies of a ’60s rock compilation (“Feelin’ Groovy”), 81 copies of an album by reality TV star Jessica Simpson (“Irresistible”) and 73 copies of a “Christmas with Yolanda Adams.” By contrast, it will receive only single copies of hundreds of other selections, like jazz great Louis Armstrong’s “I Love Jazz.”
San Jose Public Library San Jose will receive 106 copies of eight different albums, such as Lenny Kravitz’s “Lenny” and Ricky Martin’s “Sound Loaded.”