50 CENT, SCISSOR SISTERS ARE FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASES ON NEW UNIVERSAL MEDIA DISC FORMAT
LONDON, November 3, 2005 – Universal Music Group, a pioneer in the commercialisation of new digital music delivery platforms, announces the international release of its first two titles on the Universal Media Disc (UMD®). Signalling major support for the format from the world’s largest record company, this week’s releases are 50 Cent’s The Massacre – Special Edition and Scissor Sisters’ We Are Scissor Sisters And So Are You.
In addition, Universal Music Group plans a continuing UMD® release schedule over coming weeks, including artists such as Eminem, Jack Johnson, Snoop Dogg, Prince, Audioslave and Limp Bizkit.
True to its name, Universal Media Disc is a versatile media distribution format, which is a key enabling technology behind Sony’s PlayStation® Portable (PSP®) system. Already exploited as a platform for video games and movies, UMD® provides record companies with a versatile vehicle to market a rich mix of album music, videos, live concert footage and personal artist interviews to a burgeoning market of young, mobile music lovers.
With mobility being one of today’s strongest entertainment market drivers, analysts are tipping PSP® to be one of the big success stories on European high streets this Christmas season. International sales of PSP® are set to reach 17 million by second quarter 2006.
Against this background, UMD® promises a significant new revenue stream for Universal Music. Olivier Robert-Murphy, Vice President, Universal Music Group International, comments, “UMD® and PSP® offer a mix of high quality sound and vision, ultimate portability and sleek design, which compliments young and vibrant lifestyles. It fits the needs and tastes of today’s younger generation: it empowers the user, enabling them to watch and listen to their favourite bands when, where and how they wish.”
50 Cent and Scissor Sisters available on UMD®
The UMD® release, Scissor Sisters’ We Are Scissor Sisters And So Are You, features hits from the U.K. music industry’s biggest-selling album of 2004, which many consider the best pop album of recent times. The disc contains a concert featuring the band playing live to a packed house at the Brighton Dome, with a set list that includes almost every song from their debut album, plus three non-album songs. Employing high-quality production with excellent sound and picture quality, this format represents a new, neat way for fans to experience these fantastic entertainers. Also featured on this UMD® is a band documentary, a “4Play Film” introducing the band and five of Scissor Sisters’ music videos.
50 Cent’s The Massacre – Special Edition includes two of the biggest hip hop tracks of 2005, “Candy Shop” and “Just A ’Lil Bit.” This UMD® is packed with music videos for every track on the album (21 in total), and also includes a movie trailer for the upcoming feature film release “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ ” and a trailer for 50 Cent’s video game “Bulletproof.”
Aggressive UMD® promotion strategy
Alongside news of these two new European releases, Universal Music has posted its intent to further support the UMD® format: the company has slated a further eight titles for Christmas release, followed by a further four titles early next year. The release schedule includes:
· Audioslave – Live In Cuba
· Jack Johnson – A Weekend At The Greek
· The Police – Synchronicity
· Bob Marley – Legend
· Prince – At The Aladdin Las Vegas
· Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe (exclusive to UMD®)
· Blink 182 – Greatest Hits
· Eminem – All Access Europe
Titles to be released on UMD® early next year include:
· Eminem – Anger Management
· Limp Bizkit – Video Hits
· Snoop Dogg – Bossin Up
· Rolling Stones – Rock and Roll Circus
Olivier Robert-Murphy concludes, “This format’s name – Universal Media Disc – is very appropriate since we wholeheartedly support it and believe it offers exciting new ways for music fans to experience their favourite artists in full motion video. PSP® and UMD® are just what we have been looking for and represent a sound platform for us to grow our international video business.”
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations. Universal Music Group International is the division that manages UMG’s businesses in countries outside of North America.
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.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.