Dave Matthews Pulls a Prince; Albums Bundled Into Shows

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Dave Matthews Band is no stranger to multi-platinum album sales, but the group enjoys much stronger revenues from the road.

Now, the band is bundling its latest album into a concert ticket purchase, a move pioneered by Prince years ago.

But this time around, the details are decidedly digital.  The gratis album contains live performances from the upcoming tour, a work-in-progress approach that extends the excitement beyond the actual gig.  Those purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster will have pre-order access to the digital album starting this Saturday.  The album will be distributed to concertgoers in September, one month prior to a formal in-store release.

The downloads are being distributed by the iTunes Store.  The summer tour starts in late May in Pennsylvania, before concluding in September in Northern California.