Universal City, California, Monday, February 9, 2009 – Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the market-leading sales and distribution division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, was named “The Best” in two categories by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP). The Association’s annual “Best in the Biz” poll honors the leading talent in the music industry.

Jim Urie, President & CEO of UMGD, was named Best Traditional Distribution Executive, garnering 37.3% of the vote, while UMGD won the Best Traditional Company category with a landslide 48.3% of the vote. The poll of industry professionals identifies top-level executive talent and company know-know and has grown steadily in popularity, increasing its polling figures five-fold this year.

“Everyone at UMGD is very passionate about music and works diligently to get our artists’ music out in the most innovative and efficient way possible,” stated Mr. Urie. “It’s very gratifying for all of us at UMGD to be recognized by our colleagues in this way.”

About Universal Music Group Distribution

Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past eleven years, and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal Records South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Fonovisa, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Emusica, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Rounder, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, VI Music, Sybersound, Hidden Beach, Palm Pictures, and Universal Music Christian Group among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, Vivendi Entertainment is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

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