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9/09/2005

 
CMJ and A&R Worldwide Endorse Mediaguide A&RMonitor(TM) Service and Display A&R Charts

BERWYN, PA -- (Market Wire - Sep 08, 2005) --  Leading college radio and independent music resource, CMJ Network, and global artist discovery and development company, A&R Worldwide, have both expanded their relationship with Mediaguide to publish the top three positions from selected Mediaguide A&R airplay charts. The A&R charts are part of Mediaguide's new A&RMonitor(TM) service, which highlights self-released and emerging artists receiving airplay across Mediaguide's electronically monitored panel of nearly 2,500 U.S. radio stations.

CMJ will exclusively publish the Top 3 self-released albums played on college and non-commercial radio across the Mediaguide network on CMJ.com. The initial chart will present overall self-released college airplay with genre-based charts coming in the future. CMJ.com gets two million hits a month and serves as a digital music discovery tool, information resource, and interactive community to new music fans, professionals, and artists.

A&R Worldwide will exclusively publish the Top 3 self-released Alternative songs, self-released Commercial Triple A songs and self-released Non-Commercial Triple A albums in its weekly A&R newsletter. Over 10,000 top major and independent label executives, managers, artists, attorneys, commercial radio and alternative specialty radio programmers worldwide subscribe to A&R Worldwide's newsletters.

The full Top 25 chart positions for these formats, including play counts, station detail and 30-second audio clips are available through Mediaguide's A&RMonitor(TM) service.

A&RMonitor(TM) is a set of reports within Mediaguide's flagship MusicMonitor(TM) service which provides electronically monitored airplay data on approximately 2,500 college, non-commercial and commercial radio stations in the United States. The A&RMonitor(TM) reports are designed to inform A&R professionals, music supervisors, music distributors and others seeking new talent of self-released and small independent label artists receiving radio airplay on college and commercial radio stations. With A&RMonitor(TM), users can search for new talent by radio format, market and genre and even listen to 30-second audio clips of the music they find. Please visit www.anrmonitor.com for more product information.

"CMJ has always championed independent artists," says Robert K. Haber, CEO and Founder of CMJ Network. "Our new venture with Mediaguide's A&RMonitor charts allows us to employ a dynamic new channel to discover new talent and help deserving unsigned artists attract greater attention. Independent artists have come to CMJ for over 25 years to launch their careers and now we're able to give even more back in return."

Sat Bisla, Executive Vice President, Creative & Media, A&R Worldwide, stated, "A&R Worldwide is one of the most trusted global resources for the discovery and development of new talent. By us providing the weekly top 3 unsigned artists as determined by Mediaguide's A&RMonitor service, the global A&R, publishing, management, live entertainment circuit and radio programming communities will discover unsigned artists who achieve support on US radio more effectively."

"The goal of A&RMonitor(TM) is to provide music industry professionals with an efficient way to find self-released and emerging artists who have caught the attention of commercial and non-commercial radio programmers," states Erik Maier, Vice President of Music Sales & Marketing for Mediaguide. "We are proud to have CMJ and A&R Worldwide as publishing partners for our A&R charts and to present independent artists with a new platform to be discovered."

To be eligible for the charts, independent artists should visit www.artistmonitor.com or www.cmj.com/mediaguide for information on having their songs and albums monitored by Mediaguide.

This week's Top 3 A&R chart positions are as follows:

College Albums

Zion I - "True & Livin'"
Organnismo - "This Is The Place"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"

Alternative Songs

Harsh Krieger - "Home"
The Churchills - "I'm A Sucker For A Girl In Uniform"
Rehab - "Last Tatoo"

Commercial Triple A Songs

Sinead O'Conner - "Downpressor Man"
Tim Mahoney - "Theme Song"
Hayes Carll - "Down The Road Tonight"

Non-Commercial Triple A Albums

Organnismo - "This Is The Place"
Sinead O'Conner - "Throw Down Your Arms"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"

About A&R Worldwide

A&R Worldwide is an internationally respected independent artist discovery and development resource whose team has played a pivotal role in the early discovery and/or development of artists such as Keane, Missy Higgins, Dido, Faithless, Sixpence None The Richer, Fatboy Slim, H-Blockx and many others.

A&R Worldwide publishes weekly industry newsletters, which are read by over 10,000 music and media executives (radio, Film/TV, A&R, publishers, managers, trade organizations, new media, bookers/promoters, etc.) worldwide. In addition, A&R Worldwide hosts the international music and media conference MUSEXPO (www.musexpo.net), which features some of the world's top creative and business leaders from the entertainment industries. For more information on A&R Worldwide, log on to www.anrworldwide.com.

About CMJ

The CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through print, interactive media, and live events. CMJ New Music Report, a weekly music business trade magazine launched in 1978, is the primary source for proprietary charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay and independent and trend-forward retail sales. CMJ New Music Monthly, launched in 1993, was the first consumer magazine to include a bound-in CD sampler. CMJ.com and CMJ Blast harness the interactive and multimedia capabilities of the Internet to offer a digital music discovery service, information resources, and community to new-music fans, professionals, and artists. CMJ Events produces live music events and conferences, including the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in New York City on September 14, 2005, and the new CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest produced in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. CMJ Access is an integrated marketing agency specializing in providing its clients unparalleled access to the college and young adult demographic and emerging music world. Log on to www.cmj.com for more information about all of CMJ's products and services.

About Mediaguide

Mediaguide's proprietary digital fingerprinting technology monitors over 2,500 college, non-commercial and commercial radio stations across the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- that's more than the combined number of stations monitored by its closest competitors.

Mediaguide's Monitor brand of services provides music industry professionals, independent artists and radio station directors with online, real-time access to the most comprehensive and cost effective radio airplay information available. Based in Berwyn, PA, Mediaguide is a joint venture of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and ConneXus Corporation. Learn more about Mediaguide at www.mediaguide.com.

Contact:
Pauline Stack
212-621-6278

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