So, I read the article. Wal-Mart places itself in areas where it will get the most business. I don't know what "sells" in the upper tier of this country, but in Alabama (where I've lived for more than 20 years), a ballooning area of sales is anything that smacks of religion, specifically Christianity.
Their "music" selection is largest in the Country & Western area, with "Christian" making up a huge proportion of the rest. Anything with a classical bent is either nobody you ever heard of as a conductor or "The Best of ..."
From the article, this was a salient paragraph:
In another worrisome trend for the entertainment business, the discount chains' narrow selection is increasing the industry's dependence on hit books, albums and videos, making it harder to call attention to new work and sell older work.
And here's why I think it is so important: teenagers shop there. Children are taken to Wal-Mart while in infant seats and grow up thinking this is THE place to shop. Personally, I boycott the place because I'm infuriated by their [excellent, by the way] practice of putting groceries at one end of the store and the pharmaceuticals at the other end. For people like me, who shop with a huge grocery list, this means I wander through the rest of the store, marketing interesting stuff I don't need, to get to the toothpaste on my list.
So, just as my sons were taken in their infant seats (and throughout their lives) to the library where we sat in the little chairs and I read to them ... and we checked out books so they'd understand the process...and to this day the library is a familiar place to them, Wal-Mart will become the place they know best to millions of little kids who grow into dollar-spending teenagers. What a sweet deal for Wal-Mart.
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