A Mobile Push for The New Pearl Jam Album?

After last night’s performance on the first installment of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, all eyes are on are Pearl Jam today in the wake of news that the ledgends of rock may have big – and  somewhat unexpected – plans in the mobile...

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After last night’s performance on the first installment of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, all eyes are on are Pearl Jam today in the wake of news that the ledgends of rock may have big – and  somewhat unexpected – plans in the mobile realm.

After ending their nearly two-decade long affiliation with the Sony music, Pearl Jam’s forthcoming album, Backspacer, was initially believed to be planned only for release in stores and carry no mobile affiliation with any wireless carriers or digital platforms.

Not so fast.

Although nothing is confirmed and we’re dealing almost exclusively with rumors, there is reason to believe that Verizon Wireless will soon announce a deal to distribute music from the new album. After all, only a few months ago Verizon’s V Cast Music introduced a series of exclusive full-track downloads for the digitally remastered edition of Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut album.

With both the relationship and opportunity present, rumbings persist that Pearl Jam and Verzon wireless will soon announce yet another joint venture.

Stay tuned.

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  1. eydie

    Remember the days when Pearl Jam objected to having banners of corporate sponsors at their stadium shows? Now they’re cutting exclusive deals with megabux phone carriers.

    Haha. I jest with love. Every musician I know gets his phone shut off at some point, so maybe they’re just being proactive and cementing their service 🙂

    Seriously, I’m thinking these guys would want to do something similar to what Radiohead and other mega-successful critics’ darlings have done: Offer it via digital download for whatever price the consumer wants to pay. Maybe they’re testing the mobile digital download waters first, to see if enough people are willing to pay a set price, and make sure such a model is viable.

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