///Corporate

JULIE GIBBS APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION

Universal City, CA, July 13, 2006 — Julie Gibbs has been appointed Vice President of Sales, New Business Development for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), it was announced today by Jim Urie, President, UMGD.

Based at UMGD’s headquarters in Universal City, Ms. Gibbs will oversee sales strategies for “non-traditional” businesses, focusing on retailers who don’t necessarily specialize in entertainment products. She will work to increase visibility and sales for UMGD artists in these retail channels.

“This segment of the retail world has huge untapped potential for our company,” commented Mr. Urie. “Julie’s perspective and expertise will be a tremendous asset as we build this new division.”

Most recently, Ms. Gibbs worked for Electronic Arts where she managed sales and marketing objectives in a variety of retail channels ranging from distribution, specialty, online, to wholesale clubs.

About Universal Music Group Distribution

Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past seven years and consists of three major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana and Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E). UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Music Classics Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, and V V E is its home DVD and entertainment division.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

Hits