Trouble a brewing in the Canadian music industry music after the Rolling
Stones made an exclusivity deal with the Best Buy and Future Shop chains
giving them exclusive rights to sell the Forty Licks live CD until early 2004. Rivals HMV, Music World and Sunrise Records have responded by taking all Rolling Stones products off their shelves.
HMV Canada president Humphrey Kadaner: “If our customers aren’t good enough to have access to their new release in our stores, then maybe the Rolling Stones aren’t worthy of having any product in our stores. It’s not just the Rolling Stones. If any artists choose to exclude HMV as a retailer for selling their products, this will be our response.”