Starbucks Customers Get Exclusive Preview of Corinne Bailey Rae Album, The Heart Speaks In Whispers

GRAMMY® Award Winning Artist to Debut First Album in Six Years
on May 4 in More Than 7,500 Starbucks
® Company-Operated Stores
Nationwide

Starbucks digital music platform allows Starbucks customers to
discover her music before anyone else

Corinne Bailey Rae is the first featured artist in a series curated
by Starbucks Entertainment Team

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced its first-ever,
exclusive preview of a studio album in Starbucks® stores, which will be
played overhead more than a week ahead of its official release. Today,
at 12 p.m. local time, Starbucks customers will be the first to hear the
latest album from GRAMMY award winner Corinne
Bailey Rae
, The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Virgin Records), in
its entirety at more than 7,500 participating U.S.
company-operated stores. The album will be widely released on May
13.


“Sharing Corinne’s album first in Starbucks stores is a proud moment for
us. We’ve been big fans of her music ever since carrying her first album
in our stores 10 years ago and are so excited she chose us to preview The
Heart Speaks in Whispers
,” said Gina Woods, vice president of
Starbucks Entertainment. “Our music platform, which connects our
thousands of stores and millions of Starbucks customers, gives artists a
significant opportunity to reach people who are just as passionate about
music as we are.”

This collaboration is the first of several featured artists the company
has planned as they look for unique ways to share new and emerging
artist content with customers. The in-house Starbucks Entertainment team
is responsible for programming the music heard in Starbucks® stores,
which includes thousands of songs across all genres, reaching nearly 90
million customers globally, each week. Following its May 13 release,
songs from The Heart Speaks in Whispers will be played daily at
participating Starbucks® locations.

In addition to being able to hear the album in stores today, beginning
May 13, more than 12 million Starbucks Rewards™ members and users of the
Starbucks® mobile app will be able to discover this new music playing
overhead because of the digital integration with the company’s retail
footprint. This functionality also allows customers to save the songs to
their playlist on Spotify and take it with them when they leave
Starbucks.*

“Starbucks has always been a place to connect with people and be
inspired. I’ve written there, held meetings and sat back and people
watched, which is one of my favorite things to do,” said Corinne Bailey
Rae. “From the beginning Starbucks has given artists a platform to be
discovered and enjoyed. So many people came to my album from hearing it
in Starbucks and they have supported me right from the start. I’m
excited to give millions of Starbucks customers an exclusive preview of
my brand new album. I love this record and hope you have time to take a
moment to enjoy it.”

The critically-acclaimed album is co-produced by Bailey Rae with Steve
Brown
and features a number of notable musicians including Paris
Strother
and Amber Strother from the LA-based future-soul
band KING, Esperanza Spalding, Pino Palladino
(D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, The Who), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill
Withers), Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock), and Moses
Sumney
(Beck).

In addition to premiering her album at Starbucks, Bailey Rae also
curated a Guest DJ playlist for Starbucks, which will be available on
May 20. Customers can find Starbucks Guest DJ playlists through the
Starbucks® mobile app, or by visiting Starbucks profile on Spotify.

About Starbucks:

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically
sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores
around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of
specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to
excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks
Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the
experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

* Starbucks customers will need a Spotify account to save or
create Spotify playlists, and must have a Spotify account to play music.
Customers must connect their Starbucks and Spotify Free or Premium
accounts to save music. Data connection may be required.

Contacts

Starbucks Coffee Company
Maggie Jantzen, 206-318-7100
press@starbucks.com