Apr 24, 2024 - Music

Scoop: Jazz Fest drops CD sales

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Jazz Fest-goers wanting to pick up a CD of their favorite performers will have to look somewhere besides the Fair Grounds.

Why it matters: This is the first year the festival won't sell music, a New Orleans Jazz Festival representative confirms to Axios New Orleans.

The big picture: CD sales nationwide have largely been dropping for years, and that's the case at Jazz Fest, too, the representative says.

Zoom in: Jazz Fest artist contracts didn't include the option to sell CDs or records on-site this year.

  • The event doesn't have much storage space to manage the physical recordings, and heat makes vinyl sales an impossibility.
  • Waning sales was the final nail in the coffin, according to the representative.
  • Instead, the Rhythmporium, which has long been the fest's CD shop, will host live music, a lounge, a bar and sell other merchandise.

Yes, but: Merch tables are making a comeback, according to Billboard, and CD sales grew slightly in 2021, according to Recording Industry Association of America's annual sales report.

Between the lines: New Orleans still has some great options for filling out your stack of locally-produced vinyl or CDs.

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