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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP HOLDS HALF OF THE TOP 20 ALBUMS

UMG Leads With No. 1, 2, 3, & 4 Chart Positions Of Best-Selling Albums



Santa Monica, California, September 20, 2000 - Universal Music Group (UMG) has 10 of the top 20 in SoundScan's Top Current Albums chart - including the top four consecutive positions for week-ending September 17, 2000, according to SoundScan.

Leading this achievement is L.L. Cool J's G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith, The Greatest of All Time (Def Jam Recordings). Nelly's Country Grammar (Universal Records) follows as No. 2. No. 3 is Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records). No. 4 is Boyz II Men's Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya (Universal Records). Also in the top 20 are 3-Doors Down's The Better Life (Republic/Universal Records) -- No.9 ; NOW 4 (Various) - No. 10; Papa Roach's Infest (DreamWorks) - No. 11; Baller Blockin' [Soundtrack] (Cash Money/Universal Records)- No. 13; Sting's Brand New Day (A&M Records) - No. 15; and DJ Clue's Backstage Mixtape (Def Jam Recordings) - No.18.

In addition, three of these UMG albums also hold the top consecutive positions of the best-selling R&B albums chart --- L.L. Cool J's debut at No.1; Baller Blockin at No. 2 and Boyz II Men at No. 3.

UMG has held the No. 1 position in the Top Current Albums chart for seventeen consecutive weeks with releases by Eminem (which held No.1 for eight weeks), NOW 4, Nelly, and, currently, with LL Cool J.

"This a great achievement for UMG. It is a reflection of the tremendous depth of artistry within our company and also of the incredible management within each of our various labels," commented Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group.

"Leading the industry with our market share and a 17 week run at No. 1 is a tribute to our labels and the quality of their music. Looking at our fall release schedule, we are optimistic about continuing this great performance for the balance of the year," added Jim Urie, President, Universal Music and Video Distribution.

Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world. 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 A&M Records, Decca Records, Decca Broadway, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Jimmy and Doug's Farmclub.com, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and The 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.

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