Hilversum, 15 September 1999 — Polydor Netherlands is pleased to announce the signing in London yesterday of a new contract with Italian superstar Andrea Bocelli.

The multi-album agreement with Bocelli’s Italian record company Sugar Music gives Polydor the exclusive rights to his popular recordings for the world, except Italy where he remains with the Universal-distributed Sugar Music, taking the already successful partnership well into the 21st century.

After signing the agreement, Bocelli was presented with a special award for worldwide sales of over 25 million albums by Jorgen Larsen, Universal Music International’s Chairman and CEO.

Andrea Bocelli’s latest album, Sogno, was released worldwide in March of this year and has already gained 20 platinum and 11 gold awards, including platinum in the USA and France, gold in the UK and Germany.

Polydor Netherlands is a division of Universal Music.