Major and independent record labels today announced the first-ever retail availability of the much anticipated DualDisc – a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side.
A broad range of titles have begun to hit retail shelves in the first wave of products that will continue throughout the holiday season and into next year with releases from EMI Music, Silverline Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.
DualDisc is a new music product that combines audio and video content on a single disc.
In addition to a full album on the CD player side, the DVD player side provides the full album in enhanced sound (such as Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or LPCM stereo), and also includes a wide range of special features and exclusive content such as music videos, interviews, photo galleries, web links, concert footage and lyrics.
“DualDisc allows us to take our most recent studio album [The Curse of Blondie] to a whole new level.
Now our fans get to experience surround sound, our video, additional photos and lyrics all on one disc,” said Deborah Harry, lead singer of Blondie.
Momentum has been building for DualDisc since the major and independent labels previewed the product for retailers at the National Association of Retail Merchandisers conference in San Diego in August.
“We are encouraged about the prospect of delivering a new type of music product that will offer fans an even richer music experience, and we believe that DualDisc will help to further drive traffic to retail,” said Sue Peterson, Senior Buyer for the Music Department at Target. “I am hopeful that the record labels and artists will support new releases in DualDisc.”
Music fans have also been anticipating the arrival of DualDisc.
In test markets conducted earlier this year, consumers were overwhelmingly positive about the product.
Some 90 percent said they would recommend DualDisc to a friend and 82 percent said they are satisfied or extremely satisfied with DualDisc.
Some of the more than 50 titles being released on DualDisc during the next several weeks, and a sampling of the types of extra content fans will find in addition to the full album, include:
Simple Plan’s newest album “Still Not Getting Any… ” featuring 20 minutes of exclusive behind the scenes “making of the album” footage
Nine Inch Nails’ “The Downward Spiral” featuring exclusive photos and videos in surround sound and a complete discography, and
Blondie’s “The Curse of Blondie” featuring stunning 5.1 surround sound and music video of club hit “Good Boys.”
Following are some of the DualDisc titles being released this Fall and early next year:
38 Special, Live At Sturgis – Silverline Records
AC/DC, Back in Black – Epic Records
Audioslave, Audioslave – Epic Records
Blondie, The Curse of Blondie – Silverline Records
Blues Traveler, Truth Be Told – Silverline Records
Brides of Destruction, Here Come The Brides – Silverline Records
Bruce Dickinson, Balls To Picasso – Silverline Records
Cool Yule Allstars, Big Band Christmas – Silverline Records
Corrosion Of Conformity, America’s Volume Dealer – Silverline Records
Curtis Mayfield, Live At Ronnie Scott’s – Silverline Records
Dar Williams, Green World – Silverline Records
Dar Williams, The Beauty Of The Rain – Silverline Records
David Bowie, Reality – ISO/Columbia Records
Diana Krall, The Girl in the Other Room – The Verve Music Group
Dokken, Erase The Slate – Silverline Records
Eddie Money, Shakin’ With The Money Man – Silverline Records
Five for Fighting, The Battle for Everything – Aware/Columbia Records
Gary Moore, Back To The Blues – Silverline Records
Gary Numan, Anthology – Silverline Records
Gene Simmons, ***hole – Silverline Records
Geoff Tate, Geoff Tate – Silverline Records
Good Charlotte, The Young and The Hopeless – Epic Records
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Swingin’ for the Fences – Silverline Records
Grateful Dead, American Beauty – Rhino Records
Incubus, A Crow Left of the Murder… – Epic/Immortal
Jack Bruce, Shadows In The Air – Silverline Records
Jamie Cullum, twentysomething – The Verve Music Group
Jane Monheit, Come Dream With Me – Silverline Records
Jane Monheit, Never Never Land – Silverline Records
Joey Ramone, Don’t Worry About Me – Silverline Records
Josh One, Narrow Path – Myutopia Records
Keane, Hopes and Fears – Interscope Records
Living Colour, Collideoscope – Silverline Records
London Symphony, Classic Christmas – Silverline Records
London Symphony, Handel’s Messiah – Silverline Records
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Then & Now – Silverline Records
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue – Columbia/Legacy
Ministry, Animositisomina – Silverline Records
Ministry, Sphinctour – Silverline Records
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral – Interscope Records
Poncho Sanchez, Poncho At Montreaux – Silverline Records
Robert Cray, Time Will Tell – Silverline Records
Roy Ayers, Live At Ronnie Scott’s – Silverline Records
Simple Plan, Still Not Getting Any… – Lava Records
Snow Patrol, Final Straw – A&M Records
Somary, Handel -Water Music, Fireworks Music – Silverline Records
Taj Mahal, Live At Ronnie Scott’s – Silverline Records
The Fixx, 1011 Woodland – Silverline Records
The Hiss, Panic Movement – Silverline Records
The Mavericks, The Mavericks – Silverline Records
The Pogues, Streams Of Whiskey – Silverline Records
Tipper, Surrounded – Myutopia Records
Train, My Private Nation – Columbia Records
Trapt, Trapt – Warner Bros. Records
Utah Symphony Orchestra, Abravanel, Cantalube – Songs of the Auvergne – Silverline Classics