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8/24/2005

 
Cingular Sounds(TM) Just Got a Little Bit Hipper and a Whole Lot Bigger with Exclusive Missy Elliott Collection

Cingular Wireless Pumps Up Ringtone Library with an Unprecedented 26 Titles from Hip Hop Diva, Missy Elliott

New Cingular Sounds Tone Club Offers Big Savings for Ringtone Fans

ATLANTA, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Music Group today announced that Missy Elliott has joined the Cingular Sounds(TM) family of artists, providing 26 chart-topping tracks to be available as exclusive 30-second ringtones to Cingular customers. The Missy Elliott collection, coined "Missy Tones," is a perfect addition to the Cingular Sounds program as it represents the latest and greatest titles from one of music's most innovative and influential female superstars.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/cingular/22528/

"The addition of Missy Elliott, the best-selling female rap artist of all- time, marks the introduction of the largest collection of music content into the Cingular Sounds program," said John Burbank, vice president of marketing, Cingular Wireless. "Cingular Sounds continues to set the stage for us to introduce and, in this case, re-introduce our wireless customers to some of the hottest music content available today."

"Warner Music Group is committed to making the mobile space an important place for consumers to connect with our artists," said Michael Nash, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development. "With this agreement, Warner Music Group not only extends our great partnership with Cingular, but, for the first time, makes Missy Elliott master ringtones available to her many fans."

"Missy Elliott has always enjoyed a unique bond with her fans, a relationship that will be dramatically enhanced through this exciting new association with Cingular," said Camille Hackney, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Atlantic Records. "With over two dozen masters spanning her entire career now available in the ringtone world, Missy fans will have an unprecedented ability to customize their wireless phones with their own personal Missy favorites. This is the next evolution in Missy's career as a groundbreaking, forward-thinking artist, and Cingular is the perfect partner."

"Mobile technology is quickly becoming a dominant medium for content and it is important to us, at Violator, to keep our clients on the forefront of emerging trends," said Elliott's manager Mona Scott, President of Violator Management. "Cingular presented a very progressive opportunity for us to partner Missy with an industry leader and we are excited to be in business with them."

The Collection

Missy Elliott's extensive music catalog is being launched exclusively as Music Tones through Cingular Sounds. Titles include:

"Lose Control"
"Get Ur Freak On"
"Hot Boyz"
"I'm Really Hot"
"One Minute Man"
"4 My Man"
"Bad Man"
"Gossip Folks"
"Joy"
"Mommy"
"Pump it Up"
"Sock It 2 Me"
"Teary Eyed"
"Time And Again"
"She's A B*tch"
"All N My Grill"
"Beep Me 911"
"Hit 'Em Wit' Da Hee"
"Busa Rhyme"
"Click Clack"
"On and On"
"Remember"
"Slide"
"Take Away"
"The Rain"
"Work It"

To download a Missy Elliott-featured Music Tone from a GSM phone, including her latest smash single "Lose Control (featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop)," which has received an impressive six nominations for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, Cingular customers should:

- Go to MEdia Mall on their phone's main menu
- Select "Shop Ringtones"
- Select Cingular Sounds
- Follow the onscreen prompt to download the ringtone

After downloading, the ringtone can be set to play on incoming calls from the phone's Main Menu. Cingular customers are charged a one-time download fee of $2.49 for ringtones, plus a charge for the number of kilobytes or minutes used to download the ringtone to a wireless phone. Cingular customers can also go the Cingular Sounds website (http://www.cingularsounds.com/) to preview, purchase and download the Missy Elliott ringtone collection.

Enjoy More Savings with the Cingular Sounds Tone Club

Cingular has launched the Cingular Sounds Tone Club -- a new feature that lets ringtone fans download new Music Tones each month at a significant savings, as compared to buying Music Tones separately. The Tone Club offers two unique packages: 3 Pack and 6 Pack. By paying a monthly fee, customers can choose from any available Music Tones, polyphonic ringtones or graphics from Cingular's vast content catalog.

Tone Club package details include:

3 Pack 6 Pack
Subscription
Price: $5.99/month $9.99/month

Ringtones: 3 Music Tones 6 Music Tones
or polyphonic or polyphonic
ringtones or ringtones or
Graphics Graphics
Savings over
Music Tones
purchased
separately: 20 percent 30 percent


To learn more about the Cingular Sounds Tone Club visit http://www.cingularsounds.com/.

About Missy Elliott

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Missy Elliott has cooked up another hit with her new Goldmind/Atlantic album, "The Cookbook," which debuted in the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album marks Elliott's sixth full- length release since making her solo debut in 1997. The best-selling female hip-hop artist of all time, her many accolades include 17 MTV award nominations, three BET Awards, and five Lady of Soul/Soul Train Awards. Not only a visionary recording artist and performer, Elliott is one of the few women who enjoy an equal amount of success behind the scenes. As a prolific songwriter and producer, she has acquired a star-studded list of production credits that includes Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Destiny's Child, among others. As the head of her own record label, The Goldmind, Inc., she launched the career of R&B star Tweet. Elliott has just wrapped up the first season of her dramality show, UPN's The Road To Stardom with Missy Elliott, and she has created a unique joint venture with adidas for a line of clothing, shoes, and accessories under the moniker, Respect ME. Elliott is a native of Virginia.

The Cingular Sounds Family
- March 2004 - Cingular becomes the first wireless provider to offer
authentic music content from all major record labels, including: EMI
Music (Capitol Records' parent company), Sony BMG Music Entertainment,
Universal Music Group and Warner Music.
- April 2005 - Cingular makes music history when it announced the
Cingular Sounds program and debuts the Coldplay single "Speed of Sound"
as a Music Tone ringtone before it can be heard anywhere else.
- May 2005 - Cingular introduces the first-ever wireless content from
Gwen Stefani including exclusive ringtones from her album "Love, Angel,
Music, Baby" and a video postcard from her latest single "Hollaback
Girl"
- July 2005 - Cingular Sounds introduces its first country music wireless
content, launching "All Jacked Up" by Gretchen Wilson as an exclusive
Music Tone ringtone before its debut on radio.
- August 2005 - Rock group Foo Fighters launch their new single D.O.A.
exclusively on the Cingular Sounds stage prior to its radio debut. Foo
Fighters also launched six more tracks as Music Tones as part of the
Cingular Sounds program.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 51.6 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(SM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at https://www.cingular.com/. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at https://www.cingular.com/newsroom.

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group (WMG) became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Bad Boy, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

About Atlantic Records

Established in New York City in 1947, Atlantic Records grew from literally a one-room operation into one of the world's preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings which have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin. The Atlantic roster today includes many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them Bjork, Ryan Cabrera, Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, The Darkness, Craig David, Missy Elliott, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jet, Jewel, Juvenile, Kid Rock, Lil' Kim, matchbox twenty, Jason Mraz, Sean Paul, P.O.D., Pretty Ricky, Rush, Shinedown, Staind, Sugar Ray, T.I., Trick Daddy, Twista, and many more. Visit http://www.atlanticrecords.com/ for more information.

Source: Cingular Wireless

CONTACT: Jennifer Bowcock of Cingular Wireless, Wireless:
+1-404-213-1204, or Office: +1-404-236-6319, or jennifer.bowcock@cingular.com;
or Will Tanous of Warner Music Group, +1-212-275-2244, or will.tanous@wmg.com;
or Sheila Richman of Atlantic Records, +1-212-707-3063, or
sheila.richman@atlanticrecords.com

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