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• Kiss, the heavy metal rock band, is coming together for a new album and DVD that will only be sold at Walmart. The package will feature the band’s first new music in more than a decade, re-recordings of classic Kiss songs, and a DVD of a live performance.

“Sonic Boom” is slated to be released on October 6. The release follows a pattern previously established by the likes of the Eagles and Foreigner of putting out new albums only through Walmart, which is the nation’s second largest music retailer, having been surpassed last year by Apple’s online iTunes Store.
KC's View:
Ah, now it all comes together.

If you’ll recall, when I reported from Walmart’s annual meetings earlier this year, I reported: “Even an old and paunchy Gene Simmons of Kiss was there (sans makeup), though he never got anywhere near the stage and simply seemed to be wandering the floor of the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas getting a lot of attention from young and not-so-young women.”

And, apparently, getting at least some attention from Walmart’s music buyers.