MP3.COM TO FEATURE THE ONLINE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF 50 CENT’S “OUTTA CONTROL REMIX FEATURING MOBB DEEP” MUSIC VIDEO
SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2005 – MP3.com, a CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET) property and a comprehensive online resource for music enthusiasts, will offer 50 Cent fans exclusive access to his new video “Outta Control Remix featuring Mobb Deep” from July 25 – July 27. The song is the first release from 50 Cent’s new album, “The Massacre – Special Edition,” to be released on September 6, 2005. The album, a re-release of the artist’s smash hit album “The Massacre,” includes new remixes and a DVD with exclusive new videos for each song. The first artist to hold four current top 10 hits at one time since 1964, 50 Cent is 2005’s top selling recording artist.
The exclusive debut of 50 Cent’s new video is part of a new agreement between MP3.com and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, through which MP3.com will host hundreds of new and select videos by major artists from UMG’s extensive catalog. The alliance will enable MP3.com to significantly expand its portfolio of free, on-demand videos.
MP3.com is part of CNET Networks’ games and entertainment portfolio of category leading content brands, which also include GameSpot and TV.com. Together, these sites reach 24.4 million entertainment fans worldwide each month. MP3.com and its sister sites bring the world of entertainment to users’ fingertips, providing comprehensive access to content and resources on their favorite topics, and engaging them with innovative community features through which they can meet other people with like interests, and find an audience for their opinions. MP3.com, GameSpot, and TV.com work together to provide users seamless access to related topics across their different genres. For example, while the 50 Cent video is featured on MP3.com, GameSpot will feature a one-on-one video interview with 50 Cent discussing his new video game Bullet Proof, slated for release in November and MP3.com will feature an exclusive interview with 50 Cent about his upcoming releases and projects.
“The Universal Music Group represents a large roster of impressive artists,” said Ankarino Lara, director of product development for CNET Networks’ Games & Entertainment division. “We’re excited about this relationship, and look forward to working with them to provide our audience access to the latest music videos, as well as special features like 50 Cent’s hot video exclusive.”
“Video-on-Demand is just one of the many new and exciting ways that we are delivering music to consumers,” commented Larry Kenswil, President of Universal Music Group’s eLabs. “And we are delighted to be doing so with MP3.com.”
MP3.com is a content site that caters to the way people learn about and listen to music today. As the MP3 and digital music markets grow, MP3.com serves the expanding need for an unbiased, editorial-driven digital music discovery resource that leverages the power of the Internet, selectively aggregates from its vast music-related content, and helps people make the right music and technology choices. With its primarily 18- to 34-year-old male audience, MP3.com offers a powerful branding environment through engaging features like MP3.com Community.
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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 Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, 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.