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November 29, 2014
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Just in time for the holidays, Putumayo brings French Christmas, a collection of heartwarming songs from France and French Canada to enhance the holiday season. Plus read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection.
July 31, 2014
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Our friends at Inspire have pulled together 6 of their picks from the music selection you’ll find at many of our stores.
June 28, 2014
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The compositions on Putumayo’s latest release, Australia, represent some of the cultural song-lines connecting the people of Australia and the rest of the world. Read on for a chance to win Putumayo’s Australia and Australia Playground CDs.
May 31, 2014
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Putumayo brings world cultures right into your living room through music, like with the Music of the Andes, a collection of enchanting music celebrating the company’s Latin American roots.
May 9, 2014
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Musical artists from across the spectrum — rock, Latin, alt country, singer-songwriter and pop — are dropping major releases this May! Here are our picks for this month. Look for these great CDs and many more at most of our stores.

Ingrid Michaelson

May 6, 2014
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The Redford Center's award-winning film, WATERSHED, is on shelves at select Whole Foods Market stores for a limited time.
April 13, 2014
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Elder statesmen, up-and-comers, megastars — all are well represented in this April’s new music picks.
March 29, 2014
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Springtime gives us energy to pursue new passions, rededicate ourselves to old ones and open up to the possibility of fresh discoveries. Tap into that energy with our 5 featured albums for March. Look for these CDs and more in many of our stores.

Read on to find out how to win a free signed copy of A Great Big World’s latest CD.

A Great Big World

March 10, 2014
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Putumayo brings together a collection of music by singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw inspiration from the traditions of their indigenous North American ancestors for its latest release, Native America.
February 22, 2014
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Presenting five new featured CDs to warmly welcome us as we emerge from our winter hibernations.
January 25, 2014
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Six new CDs, including the latest release from Bruce Springsteen, have made it to our shelves and we can’t wait to tell you about them. Turn it up!
January 15, 2014
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We know our team members rock. But did you know they rock? We have so many musicians in our midst and we wanted to showcase their talents with a little friendly competition.

The winner of the 2nd annual Whole Foods Market Team Member Music Project is a Los Angeles-based, alt-rock band Bravesoul. Take a listen and watch their music video.

December 1, 2013
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Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Jeffrey!

November 13, 2013
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Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

October 30, 2013
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Whole Kids FoundationDan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

October 20, 2013
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Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Latin collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that participated! Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Jorge!

November 3, 2012
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Learn about the latest release from Putumayo, designed to take you through the movements of yoga, and enter for a chance to win a CD set.
October 12, 2012
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Raw and UnprocessedThe Beach Boys, Heart, the Carpenters — some great music has come from bands with family ties.

August 13, 2012
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I’ve been a music fan for as long as I can remember. It probably started when I bought The Four Tops Greatest Hits at age 8. Growing up playing the piano and violin made me appreciate the skill and talent of musicians even more.

Fast forward to today. Living in Austin – the “Live Music Capital of the World”– is perfect for me. In fact, you’ll find me at a show any day of the week.  It’s through these local shows that I have realized how many friends, family and coworkers are involved in music — and most outside of their regular “day jobs.”

So imagine how thrilled I was to find out that Whole Foods Market® is giving their talented team members an opportunity to let their music be heard. Out of hundreds of submissions, a panel of peers selected ten finalists in Raw and Unprocessed, Whole Foods Market’s Team Member Music Project.

Now it’s your turn. Your votes will decide the winner and take a team member from aisle 3 to superstardom! The winning band or musician will open for a VHI You Oughta Know artist in Napa Valley, California at Live in the Vineyard in November. You and a friend could be there, too!

August 12, 2012
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Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite Arabic musician for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo's Arabic Beat and Arabic Groove. Congratulations to Andrea Wolf who was our randomly chosen winner!

Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s Arabic-themed titles, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

Have you ever wandered the open-air markets in a North African or Middle Eastern city? The music that seems to radiate from the stores and stalls is infectious and prompts a search for the same music to enjoy in your own home.

Memories of a trip abroad can now live on with Putumayo’s newest release, Arabic Beat, a collection that chronicles the musical creativity of Arabic musicians today. The album revels in artists rarely heard in the West: the unsung stars and hit- makers who shape the region’s music.

Inspired by music from across the globe but true to Arabic music’s deep roots, the sounds of raï’s rolling funk and the shimmering pulse of raqs sharki (“belly dance” music) tell the story of a thriving contemporary scene that stretches across the breadth of the Mediterranean.

June 20, 2012
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Just in time for our country’s July 4th birthday, Putumayo is releasing two new CDs — Bluegrass and Cowboy Playground.
May 2, 2012
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Whole Foods Market® is honored to carry Bonnie Raitt’s newest global release, Slipstream.  Bonnie has earned nine Grammy Awards over her extraordinary career – and is as well-known for her music, as she is for her activism.

May 1, 2012
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We’ve recently told you about some of the really creative fundraising events happening in our stores that support Whole Planet Foundation’s® Prosperity Campaign. Here’s another one to share with you.

April 28, 2012
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Powerful African voices and rhythms demonstrate the deep connection of the blues to its African roots in this latest CD from Putumayo. Learn more.
March 2, 2012
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Tell us what music helps lull you to sleep for a chance to win a 6-CD set of Putumayo Kids’ award-winning Dreamland series.
February 11, 2012
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This new release uncovers the roots-influenced contemporary Brazilian music scene with Samba soul, bossa grooves and tropicália rhythms. Celebrate Carnival in Rio!
December 3, 2011
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Got a favorite recording of a Christmas song? Tell us on our blog for a chance to win a collection of 5 Christmas CDs from Putumayo, including their latest, Celtic Christmas.
October 8, 2011
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Enjoy this latest release, filled with the stylings of contemporary singer-songwriters. Learn about the artists and how you could win an 8-CD set from Putumayo.
September 7, 2011
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African Beat and Latin Beat highlight the exciting blends of world music with electronica, R&B and more. Tell us about your favorite collaborative music for a chance to win a 4-CD set.
July 9, 2011
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Get dancing with Putumayo Kids’ latest CD, a global medley of party tunes. Tell us about your best kids party for a chance to win a 14-CD set of Kids Playground favorites.
May 25, 2011
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Find out which jazz legends are featured in this latest release from Putumayo and leave a comment for a chance to win a 4-CD jazz collection.
March 31, 2011
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Featured in our Artist Discovery series, Brett Dennen’s April CD release of Loverboy is creating quite a buzz. Pick up his music in stores and check out his tips for eating healthy while on the road.
February 26, 2011
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Learn about a new selection of classic and contemporary acoustic songs for bedtime and relaxation, and enter to win a 5-CD set from Putumayo’s Dreamland series.
September 28, 2010
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An inspired indie band dedicated to the environment? Music to our ears! Fifteen years into their career, Guster is operating at the peak of their creative powers,creating inspired music and practices for the entire music industry.
September 24, 2010
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Would you like to do some good for others while enjoying some good family tunes? Many Hands fits the bill.

September 15, 2010
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Thanks to Sean Johnson, Founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studio in New Orleans, who collaborated closely with Putumayo on this project and provided this blog post.
September 13, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire - a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market - for providing this blog post.
September 4, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire - a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market - for providing this blog post.
August 7, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post. As you’re navigating through the glitter, glam, and superheroes this back-to-school season, you’re bound to get a little nostalgic of your own childhood.  We want to help you embrace the memories with three fantastic new albums that harken back to a different age… Read on for an opportunity to win a gift bag of all three CDs! Sting - Symphonicities
August 6, 2010
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Are you heading to the Mile High Music Festival this year? If so, we’ll see you there!
July 18, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.
July 16, 2010
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Congratulations to Patricia for winning Putumayo's 5-CD reggae collection and thanks to all of you who shared your favorite Bob Marley song with us! Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music.
July 7, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.
June 11, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.