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After 30 years, Cities 97.1's Sampler album is on its last hurrah

You can order the album now and get it in November.

It's the end of an era for one of Minnesota's most sought after radio station promotions as the Cities 97.1 Sampler album is being retired after three decades. 

For thirty years it has been a must-have for many Minnesota music fans, but after generating more than $13 million for local charities it's coming to an end. 

Why is it ending?

"We decided to end the Sampler because we want it to go out on a high, 30th is the perfect time," said Paul Fletcher, Cities 97.1's music director.

"The way people consume music has shifted to largely digital. Example, can't even buy a car with a CD player in it anymore, generally speaking. And we rely on the artists to donate their songs for this project but they won't donate them in a digital capacity." 

This year's album will feature 19 songs, nine of which have been unveiled so far. 

  1. "Beyond" by Leon Bridges
  2. "Used to Be" by Matt Nathanson
  3. "Over My Head" by Echosmith
  4. "If You Were Mine" by Ocean Park Standoff
  5. "Live in the Moment" by Portugal. The Man
  6. "Domino" by ZZ Ward
  7. "Drive" by Ben Rector
  8. "Fresh Eyes" by Andy Grammar
  9. "32 Flavors" by Alana Davis

The rest will be announced by the station on its social media feeds by the end of the week. 

Pre-sale for the album is available now for $14.97. Orders will be shipped on Nov. 13, the same day they go on sale at Target stores.

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