NEW YORK, N.Y., and CHARLESTON, S.C. – Jan. 20, 2011 – – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, and CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) group of companies, today announced they will release a musical treasure trove featuring 50 seminal titles spanning a rich cross-section of acclaimed artists – from Chuck Berry and B.B. King to Judy Garland and Patti LaBelle – exclusively through CreateSpace's Disc on Demand platform. The agreement with UMG marks a significant milestone, as all of the major labels are now utilizing the cutting-edge on-demand service to make their extensive catalogs of high-profile content readily available to the broadest possible worldwide audience. CreateSpace now offers more than 100,000 music titles on demand, making the groundbreaking service a one-stop shop where music lovers can go to find previously unobtainable releases.
The CreateSpace Disc on Demand platform allows music labels like UMG to bring their content to market quickly, efficiently and with very little risk since titles are manufactured only in direct response to customer orders. CreateSpace also has the added advantage of distributing a wide range of on-demand content through Amazon.com.
"The CreateSpace service provides fans with a dynamic new way to obtain many of their favorite catalog albums that have long been out of print," said Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). "By offering an abundance of choice and an easy-to-use interface, CreateSpace allows current and future fans to discover and rediscover this beloved music with a simple click of the mouse."
"We are delighted to count industry powerhouse Universal Music Group among the growing number of top music companies choosing to capitalize on the innovative CreateSpace solution," said Libby Johnson McKee, managing director, CreateSpace. "Our Disc on Demand technology allows labels to release their vast collections of catalog titles in the most effective way possible – and it gives music lovers everywhere easy access to a wide array of offerings that would not otherwise be available to them."
Initial releases from UMG will include works by influential artists, such as Louis Armstrong, "Back Through the Years: Centennial Celebration"; B.B. King, "Take it Home"; Mamas & Papas, "California Dreamin'"; Loretta Lynn, "Greatest Hits"; and Conway Twitty, "The #1 Hits Collection." More than 3,000 UMG titles will be made available via CreateSpace in the coming months.
To learn more about the CreateSpace Disc on Demand technology, go to www.createspace.com.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog – Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino 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 catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.
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