Universal Music Group Releases Additional Super Audio CDs in 2003

Santa Monica, California, January 10, 2003 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company, today announced it will release “The Police Greatest Hits – Every Breath You Take: The Classics” in hybrid SACD stereo/SACD surround sound/ CD audio as part of the campaign to help celebrate The Police’s long anticipated induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, the entire Police catalog (Outlandos D’ Amour, Regatta de Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine, Synchronicity, and The Police Live) has been remastered and is being released simultaneously on SACD Stereo and CD.

UMG also plans on continuing its ongoing Super Audio CD program throughout 2003, by making a combination of best-selling artists and core catalog titles available in the U.S. and other major regions worldwide. A substantial number of these releases incorporate SACD’s multi-channel surround sound.

During 2003 UMG will have a regular slate of SACD releases. In the coming months major artists will have their newest albums released in the SACD format. This includes: Peter Gabriel -Up; The Roots – Phrenology; The Wallflowers – Red Letter Days; and Three Doors Down – Away From The Sun. Peter Gabriel is releasing his entire catalog on SACD in stereo (1, 2, 3, Security, Plays Live, Birdy [OST], Passion: The Last Temptation of Christ [OST], So and Us). Universal Music Group has already released SACD titles from other artists such as Andrea Bocelli – Toscana; Beck – Sea Change; Bon Jovi – Bounce; Diana Krall – Look of Love; and Natalie Cole – Ask a Woman Who Knows, among others.

Other titles that are currently available on SACD include:

* Fischer / Budapest Festival Orchestra – Dvorak * Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic – Beethoven 9th * E.T. The 20th Anniversary Soundtrack * Beautiful Mind Soundtrack * Muddy Waters – Folksinger * Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Getz & Gilberto * Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis * Ryan Adams – Gold * Al Jarreau – All I Got * Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection * John Coltrane – A Love Supreme * Anne-Sophie Mutter – Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas * Cecelia Bartoli – Italian Arias * Steve Earle – Guitar Town

“By making our music available on SACD, UMG continues to bring consumers more choice in how they enjoy music, now in a high-quality, multi-channel format,” Larry Kenswil, President, eLabs, Universal Music Group. “With its many benefits for consumers and recording artists, Super Audio CD has the potential to become a standard for the industry.”

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 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, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records, 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 Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technology division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.