Veteran alt-rock band Pearl Jam, now free from its Sony Music contract, has aligned with Amazon.com to release the CD single “Man of the Hour” from the “Big Fish” soundtrack.
The move makes Pearl Jam the most mainstream act to take part in Amazon.com’s Advantage for Music Program, which is generally used by unknown independent acts to sell music directly to fans.
“Pearl Jam is exploring a number of different ways to get music directly to its fans following the recent fulfillment of its contract with Epic Records, with whom the band has not yet decided to re-sign,” Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis said. “We have the opportunity right now to test the waters with a variety of progressive companies that are working to expand options for music fans and artists alike.”
Jeff Peterson, director of Amazon.com’s Advantage program, said all the albums released through the program get equal marketing time on the Amazon.com Web site as do major label releases. The list price for “Man of the Hour,” which Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder wrote, is $5.
Pearl Jam has tentative plans to record a new studio album next year and is weighing distribution options.