Joni Mitchell's music now belongs to Starbucks
Two things: I love Joni Mitchell. I hate Starbucks. So when a friend told me they were going to be working together, I was definitely a little put off. But it sounds like, for whatever reason, working with Starbucks (or rather, the Hear Music label, which is a division of Starbucks) has inspired Joni to get back into things and write again. So I'm okay with Starbucks, for now. But that doesn't mean I'm going to buy my daily joe (or even Joni's music) from there.
Mitchell expressed her discontent with the music industry in a 2002 interview with Rolling Stone, saying she couldn't recall what she liked about music.
Albums she released in the early part of the century, Both Sides Now, recorded in 2000, 2002's Travelogue and 2003's four-box set, The Complete Geffen Recordings, had no new compositions.
Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment, said Mitchell's interest in recording was rekindled when she worked with Hear Music two years ago to release a disc of her songs selected by various artists.