Journey's Eclipse album came out in May of 2011 as a Walmart exclusive.
Falling far short of their previous CD it spent a mere six weeks on the charts, peaking at thirteen and falling every week afterward.
Unfortunately, its lack is success meant all those copies ordered by Walmart never sold and are still hanging around. My local Walmart has stacks of them eighteen months later, all at $10, but going nowhere fast. This kind of poor planning doesn't help the already reeling record industry. Sure, the previous CD sold well, but it was a three disk set with a DVD and a greatest hits set included. Did Walmart's buyer really expect this to come close to the previous record's sales? Apparently so, which would account for all of the units remaining to be sold.
Journey - Eclipse - Walmart Exclusive Bomb
So, what does Walmart do with their exclusive agreement now that they have stacks of CDs no one wants? Can they ship them off to someone else? Kind of voids that "exclusive" agreement doesn't it?
For what it's worth I've always thought of Walmart as a pretty sad place to buy music. Unfortunately, in today's market with all the big record chains dead or dying; Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have all the negotiating power.
'til someone buys all of these Journey Eclipse CDs