Are Pearl Jam and Target Joining Forces?
On May 28, Pearl Jam, without prior announcement, performed at the Showbox Theater in Seattle. The crowd contained 300 hired extras, many of whom were from the area’s unemployed ranks. After entering the venue, the extras soon discovered they were not there for a private concert. Pearl Jam was filming a commercial for Target with Cameron Crowe at the theater to direct filming.
According to the website Antiquiet, most famous for leaking Chinese Democracy , Pearl Jam played a new song from their yet untitled album for the commercial, originally labeled “Something’s Going On,” now more likely to be titled “The Fixer.”
Rumors are swirling that Pearl Jam will release their album exclusively at Target stores. The deal would only apply to retail sales, so fans will still be able to purchase the album directly from the band or their fan club. This change in sales marketing would signify a big step for the anti-corporate band. Regardless of whether the band titles the new song “Something’s Going On” or “The Fixer,” fans can expect to hear Pearl Jam debut the song on Conan O’Brien’s inaugural Tonight Show debut scheduled to air tonight.
From Billboard.com – “We’ll have a lot of partners,” said [Pearl Jam manager Kelly] Curtis, who confirmed that deals were also finished or in the works with an online retailer, a mobile partner, a gaming company and with a network or possibly networks of indie retail stores. “Target ended up allowing us to have other partners. We’ll be able to take care of all levels of the Pearl Jam fan…We wish we could tell the whole story right now, but all the deals aren’t done. Target was cool enough to realize that little independent record stores are not their competition.” Curtis was also quick to note that the album would be for sale via Pearl Jam’s fan club, Ten Club.