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Dylan signs coffee chain CD deal
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is known for his politically and socially charged lyrics
Bob Dylan has become the latest musician to sign up to an exclusive CD deal with a coffee chain.

Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962 will feature 10 previously unreleased tracks from New York's Gaslight Cafe, recorded more than 40 years ago.

The album will go on sale at Starbucks outlets in the US in August.

The chain has played an influential role in US music sales recently, making up a quarter of all sales of the late Ray Charles album Genius Loves Company.

Previously unreleased tracks on the Dylan album will include A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall and Don't Think Twice It's Alright.

Starbucks will carry Gaslight exclusively for 18 months - the longest deal of its kind - retailing at a cost of $13.95 (7.65) at 4,600 US stores.

Alanis Morissette
A deal with Alanis Morissette prompted a row in Canada

It is not the first time Dylan has joined forces with a major corporate company to promote his music. Last year an exclusive compilation CD of his work was sold at lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret.

The coffee chain believes its success in music sales stems from dissatisfaction amongst older consumers with the top 40-driven sales at traditional music retailers.

Since the release of Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company last autumn, Starbucks has sold more than 775,000 copies of the Grammy-winning album.

Its success has helped to win over other big-name artists, including Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell.

HMV Canada protested at an exclusive deal between Starbucks and Canadian singer Morissette earlier this month, by removing all her records from its stores.

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