By  on March 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Video may have killed the radio star and song-swapping Web sites demolished CD sales, but musical scion Astrella Rothberg has drummed up a way to use technology to promote musicians in her new fashion venture.


Rothberg, the daughter of Sixties folk singer Donovan, is launching a line of fashion T-shirts that are packaged with digital albums that consumers can listen to and download on the spot. Each T-shirt from Astrella, as the brand is called, comes with a QR code that can be swiped on a smartphone to immediately stream the album for free. A consumer can own the album only when making a purchase and entering a pin number. Each code is unique to the T-shirt for a onetime download. If, for some reason, someone has already scanned the code, a bill is sent to that person and the shirt’s code is reactivated. The album sale is tracked by Nielsen SoundScan.

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