UMG Achieves Highest Single Week Album Market Share of the Year; Leads U.S. Current Album Sales Market Share with 27.8% Year-to-Date

Santa Monica, California, September 6, 2001 – The Universal Music Group (UMG) finished an incredible week with six out of the Top 10 albums. UMG also achieved the biggest single-week market share of current albums by any music company for this year, with 34.93% for the week ending September 2, 2001, according to SoundScan.

In addition to six out of the Top 10, UMG also held half of the Top 20 Albums, 12 out of the Top 25, and 21 of the Top 50.

Among UMG’s top-selling U.S. titles were Mary J. Blige No More Drama (MCA); Slipknot Iowa (Roadrunner/lsland Def Jam); Brian McKnight Superhero (Universal/Motown); Juvenile Project English (Cash Money/Universal); Toby Keith Pull My Chain (DreamWorks); Puddle Of Mudd Come Clean (Geffen); Afroman The Good Times (Universal); Isley Brothers Eternal (DreamWorks); the Soundtrack O Brother Where Art Thou? (Lost Highway); Alien Ant Farm Anthology (DreamWorks); American Pie 2 (Universal); Jadakiss Kiss Tha Game Goodbye (Ruff Ryder/Interscope); D12 Devil Night (Shady/Interscope); Sum 41 All Killer No Filler (Island Def Jam); Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (Universal); Nelly Furtado Whoa Nelly! (DreamWorks); Blink 182 Take Off Your Pants (MCA); 2001 Source Hip Hop Music Awards (Island Def Jam); India.Arie Acoustic Soul (Motown); Nelly Country Grammar (Universal); and St. Lunatics Free City (Universal).

UMG also held four of the Top 10 albums on the Alternative New Artist, Classical and Country charts. Russell Watson’s The Voice (Universal Classics) was the No. 1 Classical album and Toby Keith’s Pull My Chain (DreamWorks) was the No. 1 Country album.

UMG additionally held nine of the Top Ten positions on the Soundtracks charts. The Company also scored three out of the Top 5 on the Latin album charts and 10 of the Top 20 on the Top Catalog Albums chart.

“I am proud of all of our labels and their ongoing accomplishments. This is really a testament to our label heads, the strong teams they have assembled, and the depth of artistry at each label,” commented Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group.

Added Jim Urie, President, Universal Music & Video Distribution, “At UMVD, our catch phrase is ‘Artistry and Artist Development.’ This achievement underlines that commitment and, once again, demonstrates our labels’ unprecedented success in breaking developing artists and bringing our star talent to new levels.”

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 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 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its division dedicated to strategy, business development, and management of new businesses in the online and advanced technology space.

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