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5/11/2005

 
eMusic Adds Scores of New Indie Artists and Labels

Among the Leading Labels: Vice Recordings, Blood and Fire, Cantaloupe Records, Six Degrees, Bloodshot Records, Acoustic Disc and K Records

- World's No. 2 Download Service Now Counts Over 625,000 Tracks And 65,000 Titles From More Than 35,000 Artists -

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service selling more than two million tracks monthly, today announced the addition of scores of leading indie labels and artists to its highly regarded catalog. The addition of these category-leading independent artists and labels reinforces eMusic's position as the most diverse and critically acclaimed music service in the world.

From Six Degrees, one of the earliest labels to fuse world music and "chillout," to Vice Recordings, the label associated with the global empire of hedonism based in Brooklyn, to Bloodshot Records, featuring the best of "insurgent country," to classical legend Arabesque Records, these diverse label additions enhance the already expansive offerings of the largest catalog of indie music ever assembled.

eMusic now counts over 625,000 tracks and 65,000 titles from more than 35,000 artists.

Among the label additions:

* Bloodshot Records -- Associated with the cream of the crop of
"insurgent country," Bloodshot is a legendary label featuring the likes
of Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Old 97's, Graham Parker, Jon Langford,
Bobby Bare Jr. and many more.

* Arabesque Records -- An independent leader among classical labels,
known for Garrick Ohlsson's "Complete Chopin Piano Works," featuring
the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Ewa Podles, it's also
renowned for its traditional repertoire of piano and chamber music and
contemporary and orchestral works. Arabesque's jazz division is home
to Art Farmer and Charles MacPherson and includes titles by
Dave Douglas, Hilton Ruiz, Jane Ira Bloom and Myra Melford.

* Ark 21 Records -- Miles Copeland began this label years ago after
leaving I.R.S. Its diverse and exciting roster includes
Waylon Jennings, The Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Squeeze,
Ocean Colour Scene and others.

* Bar None -- Another legendary label featuring Alex Chilton, Esquivel,
Luka Bloom, Julianna Hatfield and the quickly emerging Joy Zipper,
Bar None is also the home of the very visible a capella rendition of
The Who's "Sell Out" album by Petra Haden.

* Young God -- Michael Gira began this label first for his own band,
Angels of Light, and for reissues of his previous band, The Swans.
Young God also features Devendra Banhart, who is receiving much
deserved critical acclaim.

* Four terrific jazz labels have come on board at eMusic:

- MaxJazz - Featuring Jessica Williams, Mulgrew Miller,
Denny Zeitlin, Rene Marie and more.

- Songlines - A highly acclaimed contemporary jazz label from
Vancouver comes with titles by Robin Holcomb/Wayne Horwitz,
Han Bennink, Brad Shepik, Ellery Eskelin and others.

- PI - Brings recent titles by Art Ensemble of Chicago,
Henry Threadgill and more.

- Animul Records - Is NY composer Ned Rothenberg's label for his own
collaborative works.

* Blood and Fire -- An incredible roots reggae reissue labels whose
packaging and design have been copied by reggae labels the world over.
Showcases classic reggae from The Congos, Horace Andy, King Tubby and
others as well as amazing compilations of hard-to-find reggae tracks.

* Six Degrees -- One of the earliest labels to fuse world music and
"chillout," Six Degrees features Bebel Gilberto, Michael Franti and
Spearhead, Karsh Kale and more.

* Cantaloupe Records -- One of the most exciting contemporary classical
labels today, the label features the Bang on a Can Allstars,
Steve Reich, So Percussion and more.

* Acoustic Disc -- Established in the 70's, this label features owner
David Grisman's catalog, his collaborations with Jerry Garcia, and a
wealth of all things stringed from Tony Rice, Nick Vignola and many
more.

* Vice Recordings -- Spawned from the irreverent, hilarious and downright
scary gonzo journalism of Vice Magazine. Artists include Bloc Party,
The Stills and The Streets. Vice Recordings is part of the Vice global
empire of hedonism based out of Brooklyn.

* On the Hip-Hop front we bring:

- Babygrande Records - Featuring Jean Grae, GZA/Genius,
Jedi Mind Tricks.

- Anticon Records - With Sage Francis, Themselves, Buck 65 and more.

- Shamanwork - Brings MF Doom.

- Quannum - Brings Blackalicious members Latyf, Lyrics Born and
others.

- K Records - Calvin Johnson's Olympia, WA label features the first
discs by Modest Mouse, Beat Happening, Mirah and others.

* De SotoRecords - Includes Dismemberment Plan, Jawbox and much more.

* Fatboy Records - moe, moe and mo' moe.

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com/) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 2 million downloads each month, eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalog of 625,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. eMusic subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 downloads. A free trial is available to all new users. Based in New York, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and eMusic.com is a trademark of eMusic.com Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:
Andy Morris
Andy Morris & Company
(212) 561-7465
andy@amc-pr.com


Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris of Andy Morris & Company, +1-212-561-7465,
andy@amc-pr.com, for eMusic

Web site: http://www.emusic.com/




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