Universal City, California, September 1, 2005 — Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), the award-winning sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has promoted L.J. Hayden to Vice President of Retail Partnership Marketing, it was announced today by Cliff O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the company. Formerly, Ms. Hayden served as Director of Retail Partnership Marketing for UMVD.

Based at UMVD’s headquarters in Universal City, Ms. Hayden will manage the retail partnership department, working closely with Universal Music Group labels on partnership marketing efforts. She will manage relationships with such companies as MasterCard, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble, while continuing to seek new corporate alliances.

“Retail marketing continues to be a key component in our company’s marketing strategy and L.J.’s experience is unparalled,” stated Mr. O’Sullivan. “We are thrilled to be expanding her role at UMVD.”

Prior to joining UMVD, Ms. Hayden held senior marketing and strategic alliance positions at such companies as Atari, Inc. and Virgin Entertainment Group. Her career began as a marketing coordinator with Mercury/PolyGram Records.

Ms. Hayden received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.

Universal Music and Video Distribution 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 Classics, 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. UMVD also handles the distribution and sales for Visual Entertainment, the company’s home entertainment division and Fontana, its independent distribution arm.

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 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.