Upcoming DVD-Audio release schedule features world-renowned Universal artists including Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, and Sting, among others

Santa Monica, California, August 4, 2003 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, today announced its first DVD-Audio titles to be released in the United States beginning on September 23, 2003. UMG plans an ongoing DVD-Audio release program that will offer best-selling artists and core catalog titles to major markets worldwide.

“UMG continues to offer music fans a wide variety of formats in which to enjoy our music. DVD-Audio gives consumers a quality sonic experience, while also offering bonus enhanced content,” said Larry Kenswil, President, eLabs, Universal Music Group. “The popularity of the DVD format makes DVD-Audio a natural choice for consumers who wish to experience the world of multi-channel surround sound.”

UMG titles slated for release on DVD-Audio include:

* Aaron Neville – Nature Boy: The Standards Album * Andrea Bocelli – Verdi: Arias * Anne-Sophie Mutter – Vivaldi: Four Seasons * Beck – Sea Change * Cecilia Bartoli – The Vivaldi Album * Christian Thielemann – Orff: Carmina Burana * Claudio Abbado – Beethoven Symphonies 1, 2 (among others) * Dave Grusin – Two For The Road * David Sanborn – timeagain * Diana Krall – Love Scenes, When I Look In Your Eyes, The Look Of Love * Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive! * Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road * George Strait – Honkytonkville * John Hiatt – Bring the Family * Marvin Gaye – Collection * Ryan Adams – Gold * Shania Twain – Up! * Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions * Steely Dan – Gaucho * Sting – Brand New Day * The Who – Tommy * 3 Doors Down – Away from the Sun * Vince Gill – High Lonesome Sound * Valery Gergiev – Tchaikovsky: 6th Symphony

All of UMG’s releases have been remixed and remastered from the original multi-track masters, taking advantage of the superior Advanced Resolution surround and stereo sound quality available with DVD-Audio. Typically UMG’s DVD-Audio discs will include bonus content including photos, biographies, lyrics, discographies and videos. UMG DVD-Audio discs will also play on existing DVD-Video players using Dolby Digital™ surround sound. To learn more about DVD-Audio and UMG releases, visit www.umusic.com/dvda.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 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, 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 & Commercial Affairs (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.