UMG Leads Industry with 37.5% and 15 of the Top 30 Albums Week-Ending November 5, 2000

Santa Monica, California, November 8, 2000 – Universal Music Group (UMG) surpassed it’s own history-making record this week by achieving the largest single-week market share of current albums ever, 37.5%, for the week-ending November 5, 2000, according to Soundscan.

Fueling UMG’s market share were four albums in the top 5 which included the No. 1 debut of Jay-Z’s The Dynasty Roc La Familia 2000 (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam); U2’s All That You Leave Behind [No. 3] (Interscope); Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water [No. 4] (Flip/Interscope); and Godsmack’s Awake [No. 5] (Republic/Universal).

UMG had a total of fifteen albums in the top 30 this week. Also in the top 30 were Nelly’s Country Grammar [No. 6] (Universal); Ja Rule’s Rule 3:36 [No. 10] (Def Jam); Ludacris’ Back for the First Time [No. 12] (Def Jam South); 3 Doors Down’s The Better Life [No. 13] (Republic/Universal); Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP [No. 18] (Aftermath/Interscope); 98 Degrees’ Revelation [No. 19] (Universal); Insane Clown Posse’s Bizaar [No. 20] (Island); Insane Clown Posse’s Bizzar [No. 21] (Island); Papa Roach’s Infest [No. 27] (DreamWorks); Shaggy’s Hot Shot [No. 28] (MCA) and NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 4 [No. 30](Universal Music Enterprises).

UMG held the peak position on ten various Soundscan charts. Jay-Z is No. 1 on both the Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart. The R&B Singles Sales chart is topped by Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady (Motown). U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind tops the Internet Sales charts, outpacing its nearest competitor by nearly 6 to 1. Andrea Bocelli’s Verdi (Philips) is No. 1 on both the Traditional Classical and Overall Classical charts. Diana Krall’s When I Look In Your Eyes (Verve) tops the Traditional Jazz charts. Godsmack’s self-titled debut (Universal) remains No. 1 on the Catalog Albums chart.

“I am continually amazed by the talent and ability of our record executives to keep breaking and developing artists. The success of our group is a testament to the unparalleled achievement of the Universal family, ” commented Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group.

“Our market share this week is evidence of our continued commitment to artistry and artist development. The diverse talents of our artists and the creativity of our labels continues to be an unbeatable combination,” added Jim Urie, President, Universal Music and Video Distribution.

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world. 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 A&M Records, Decca Records, Decca Broadway, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Jimmy and Doug’s, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and The 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.