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eMusic Launches 'The eMusic Dozen'

Leading Music Authorities Offer eMusic Subscribers Their 12 Essential 'Must Have' Albums

World's No. 2 Digital Download Service Continues to Create New Ways for Fans to Discover Music Across All Genres

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service -- selling more than two million tracks monthly -- today announced the debut of "the eMusic Dozen." Compiled by a "who's who" of influential musicians, rock critics and authors, the eMusic Dozens represent their personal picks of the 12 most significant albums in each of more than 60 sub-genres-from Roots of Nirvana to Old School Punk to Modern Gospel and Eastern European Classical. The eMusic Dozens is the first in a series of exciting service enhancements that eMusic will roll out this summer.

eMusic is unique among download services in offering a world-class team of music curators who pen authoritative, impassioned album picks, regular columns and feature stories. Its celebrated roster of curators includes such luminaries as: editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad, an acclaimed author and editor; former New York Times pop music critic Ann Powers (Rock/Pop); founding rock critic John Morthland (Blues); Pulitzer Prize-winning Justin Davidson (Classical); and No Depression co-editor Peter Blackstock. eMusic also features more than 100 new album reviews a month, written by a vast team of prestigious critics, including renowned blues journalist Robert Gordon, post-punk and electronic guru Simon Reynolds, jazz scholar James Lincoln Collier, MTV News anchor Kurt Loder and Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, American Splendor Comics author Harvey Pekar and author, producer and musician Lenny Kaye.

"This isn't your grandfather's 'desert island discs,'" said David Pakman, COO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing. "While other music services deliver the same old 1999-era functionality, eMusic subscribers gain another innovative way to discover music from more than 700,000 tracks in the world's greatest independent catalogue. The eMusic Dozen includes rich and enlightening commentary from rock legends like Lenny Kaye, the man credited with coining the phrase 'Heavy Metal.' He delivers his dozen most vital albums, alongside NPR reporter Chris Nickson who offers up his 12 essential Bollywood albums. eMusic's editorial content rivals that of many great offline music magazines-and Dozens expands upon this tradition."

Highlights of eMusic Dozens available at launch include:

* Crooners by pioneering rock critic and legendary musician Lenny Kaye.
* Avant Jazz Albums and Jazz Guitar Albums introduced by famed jazz
critic Bill Milkowski.
* Jeff Chang's Can't Stop Won't Stop Dozen reflecting the name of his
best-selling book on the Hip Hop Generation.
* Extreme Metal by Jeff Darnielle, leader of the critically acclaimed
band Mountain Goats.
* NPR's Chris Nickson with a variety of Dozens on world music including:
Balkans, US World Music, Middle East & North Africa, Middle East &
North Africa, Bollywood, English folk and Irish Folk.
* Jambands by Dean Budnick, author of Jambands: the Complete Guide to
the Players, Music and Scene.

Other Dozens available at launch include:

* Country for People Who Think They Don't Like Country and Contemporary
Country by Kurt Wolff;
* California Avant Punk by Julianne Shepherd;
* Jazz Drummers and Stax Records Essentials by Fred Goodman,
award-winning author;
* Stax Rare Gems and Black Power by Ron Wynn;
* Boomer Music and Neo-Garage by Dan Epstein;
* Progressive Blues and Blues for People Who Think They Don't Like Blues
by legendary critic John Morthland;
* Gospel for Rockers and Modern Gospel by Mike McGonigal;
* Zappa, Avant Rock, Noise, Underground and Hip-Hop by Christopher
* Classic Rock and Comedy by Keith Harris;
* Southern Rawk by critic Kandia Crazy Horse;
* Electro and House by Michaelangelo Matos;
* Jazz Piano by Thomas Bartlett;
* Post-Rock by Andy Battaglia; and
* Post-Hardcore by Yancey Strickler.

In coming weeks, eMusic subscribers can look forward to the following eMusic Dozens:

* Chuck D by Hua Hsu;
* Pedal Steel by Peter Blackstock;
* Albums About Cats, Oddballs, eMusic Oddities, Indie Rock Obscure Gems
and Indie Rock Classics by Michael Azerrad;
* Cool Indie Rock for Aging Hipsters, Italian Soundtracks, and Down
Underground by Elisabeth Vincentelli;
* Gospel for Mothers by Michael McGonigal;
* Managing Editor's Dozen by Yancey Strickler
* Memphis by Alex Abramovich;
* Roots of Nirvana by Douglas Wolk;
* Soundtracks by Blake Lee;
* Colin Meloy's Dozen by Colin Meloy;
* Cool Chicago Indie by Greg Kot;
* The Dirty South by Jon Caramanica;
* Classical Music in the Movies by Anastasia Tsioulcas; and
* Creedence Key Tracks by Stanley Booth.

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 700,000 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 and San Diego, 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

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris of Andy Morris & Company, +1-212-561-7465,

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

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