Published Jun 05, 2015If you've ever worked retail then you know that being subjected to a store's standard music playlist for months on end can be a bleak prospect. Luckily, things are about to get better for Wal-Mart employees, since the corporation will be introducing a DJ in response to employee complaints that the store plays too much Céline Dion and Justin Bieber.
This change was announced on Wednesday (June 3), when thousands of workers gathered for Wal-Mart's annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, AR. Execs announced several changes that will be taking place in stores including a more relaxed dress code, but the Washington Post reports that the crowd's biggest cheers were saved for the news that the store would be ditching a mix CD that has apparently been playing on repeat for months.
Dion and the Biebs were cited as two of the artists on the CD. (Who knew that Canadian music was so prevalent at Wal-Mart?) The CD will be replaced by something called Wal-Mart Radio, which will be hosted by a DJ. So if you're a DJ looking for work, now would be the perfect time to submit your resume.
There's an underlying irony to this — Wal-Mart remains one of the world's biggest CD retailers, but now even it is switching to digital.
This new musical approach definitely sounds like a morale-booster for Wal-Mart employees. If the supermarket I worked at in high school had its own DJ, perhaps I wouldn't get unpleasant flashbacks whenever I hear "Linger" by the Cranberries or "6th Avenue Heartache" by the Wallflowers.