|Amazon.com To Add Sheryl Crow, David Byrne, Barry White, and Five Other Artists To Free Digital Downloads Area|
Free Digital Downloads Area, Where Customers Have Performed over 300,000 Downloads, Is a New Center for Free Downloads on the Internet
SEATTLE, July 6, 1999-/PRNewswire/-Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music retailer, today announced plans to add 12 new songs from seven artists to its Free Digital Downloads area over the next two weeks, starting with an exclusive download from David Byrne's new album, In Spite of Wishing & Wanting.
Less than a month ago, Amazon.com became the only major online music retailer to dedicate part of its store to free, full-length song downloads from established artists and major-label performers. The day the Free Digital Downloads area was launched, four of the five top-selling albums on the site were from artists with songs featured in that area. Amazon.com customers are seizing the opportunity to try before they buy, and as of today have performed over 300,000 song downloads. Following the success of the launch, Amazon.com is adding to its current roster of artists, including Lyle Lovett, Widespread Panic, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, and others, to bring the total tally of songs available for free download to 38 and the total number of participating artists to 22.
From now until August 15, music fans can download "Fear" from David Byrne's new album, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, which was released today and is available exclusively at Amazon.com. Within the next two weeks, visitors to Amazon.com will also be able to download 11 new songs from seven new artists. Included in the upcoming releases are two tracks from Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons--"Juanita," a collaboration between Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris, and "Hot Burrito #1," from country rock stars the Mavericks. Additional tracks from Barry White, Kristin Hersh, Indigenous, Jazz Is Dead, and Amazon.com Advantage artist Perla Batalla will also be available for download.
"Our Free Digital Downloads area continues to be the best place for music fans to download music from well-known artists," said Jennifer Cast, general manager of Amazon.com's music store. "The success of this area proves that free downloads are a great way for listeners to discover new music-and a superb way for labels to promote their artists and their CDs. We encourage music lovers to visit our store often so that they can get the latest free music downloads from major artists."
The complete roster of artists and songs in the Amazon.com free downloads area is as follows (upcoming additions are denoted by an asterisk):
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