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AC/DC Relax Wal-Mart-Only Policy, Give Indie Stores "Black Ice" Vinyl

October 3, 2008 8:45 AM ET

While Wal-Mart secured the exclusive rights for AC/DC's Black Ice CD, the Australian rockers have satiated America's independent record stores by giving them exclusive rights to sell the Black Ice vinyl. Indies will also sell a 7'' single featuring Black Ice's "Rock N' Roll Train" and "War Machine." The vinyl compromise follows reports that indie stores were circumventing Wal-Mart's exclusive deal by importing mass amounts of Black Ice from South America, where the cheap price of the CD makes selling it in the States profitable. A similar method was implemented by those sneaky record stores in lieu of Wal-Mart's exclusive release of the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden last year. Black Ice will hit shelves on October 20th.

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