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ALAN VOSS NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING, UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION

Universal City, CA, August 17, 2006 - Alan Voss has been named Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Universal Music Distribution (UMD), the music distribution and sales division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), it was announced today by Jim Urie, President, UMGD.

Mr. Voss joins Universal Music after a long sales history in the music industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of WEA Corp. where he was responsible for the company's daily operations. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elektra from 1997 to 2000. His background also includes senior sales positions with PolyGram, Atco and East West.

"In hiring Alan, we continue to attract the best executives in the business." commented Mr. Urie. "Over the years, he has consistently proven himself to be an innovator and business builder who shares our passion for music. Alan brings the perfect experience and sensibility to work with our unparalleled roster of labels. We have attracted the highest quality of leadership in Alan and we are looking forward to his immediate contributions."

Based at UMGD's headquarters in Universal City, Mr. Voss will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing for the company.

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.

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