Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announces one million sales mark of top release
Bentonville, Ark., December 7, 2005 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced today that, just days after becoming the top selling music item in company history, Garth Brooks: The Limited Series boxed set has reached Platinum status, passing the one million benchmark for complete boxed sets sold (6 million discs). The boxed set, which includes a disc of 11 previously recorded unreleased Garth recordings, was launched in Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUB locations on Nov. 23, after preorders of the set attained record-breaking results at Walmart.com (www.walmart.com) by becoming the fastest selling media title on the site. It achieved Wal-Mart’s highest volume of sales ever for the first day of a musical release and continues to be a “must have” item for music fans around the country and Canada.
“We certainly anticipated that an item as incredible as this boxed set would be tremendously popular,” said David Porter, Wal-Mart vice president for merchandise. “And for it to go Platinum in such a short period of time – that simply shows how great this selection is. Going Platinum for a boxed set in just two weeks is a huge accomplishment … and it just makes sense that Garth Brooks is the one to do it!”
Garth Brooks: The Limited Series boxed set is exclusive to Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The boxed set is released as a limited edition set and only limited quantities are available.
Garth Brooks: The Limited Series boxed set includes five CDs featuring five and one-half hours of music and a 90 minute all-access DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and a gallery of 150 photos. Seventy tracks are featured, including a Lost Sessions CD with 11 previously unreleased Garth recordings in addition to Sevens, Scarecrow and a 2-disc Double Live CD that is packaged with one of three new commemorative double live collector covers. The boxed set also contains a 68-page booklet with lyrics and color photos. The boxed set retails for $25.00 and is available exclusively at Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUB, Walmart.com and GarthBrooks.com (www.garthbrooks.com).
The boxed set also includes Brooks’ current Billboard Country Chart hit, “Good Ride Cowboy,” written to honor Brooks’ good friend, Chris LeDoux. “Good Ride Cowboy” was released on radio in October and is currently at #4 on the Billboard Country Charts in the U.S. and #2 in Canada.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAMS CLUB locations in the United States. The company also operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The companys securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
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