|Amazon.com, Sarah McLachlan, and Liquid Audio Offer Music Fans Two Exclusive Digital Downloads from McLachlan's Upcoming New Album|
New live versions of "Building a Mystery" and "I Will Remember You" available for download exclusively at Amazon.com for nine weeks prior to the new album's release
SEATTLE, April 20, 1999--Amazon.com, the No. 1 music retailer on the Internet, announced today an exclusive joint effort with multiplatinum recording artist Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk/Arista Records, and Liquid Audio, Inc. Amazon.com is the first Internet retailer to offer free digital downloads to promote an upcoming release by a major recording artist. The multifaceted promotion features free digital downloads of two new recordings from McLachlan's highly anticipated live album, Mirrorball, which is slated for a June 15 release.
As of today, Amazon.com visitors can download for free new, live versions of "Building a Mystery" and "I Will Remember You," at Amazon.com's music store at www.amazon.com/sarah-exclusive. Music fans will be able to hear the two new McLachlan songs nine weeks in advance of the album's release date. Both songs can be downloaded exclusively at Amazon.com using Liquid Player software, which provides state-of-the-art sound and security technology to ensure copyright protection.
In addition to the free downloads, music fans will enjoy a number of other Sarah McLachlan exclusives as part of this multifaceted promotion. Amazon.com visitors will be able to:
"We are very excited about this promotion and the great opportunity it presents to build awareness for the album," said Jim Swindel, senior vice president of sales for Arista Records.
"Sarah and I are very excited about the initiative with Amazon.com," said Terry McBride, president, Nettwerk Management and McLachlan's manager. "This is an incredible opportunity for us to promote Sarah's new album while providing her fans with a unique perspective on Sarah that they can't get anywhere else."
"Liquid Audio's digital-music-distribution services and software enable the secure promotion and sale of digital music on the Internet in all leading formats to all leading digital music players," said Gerry Kearby, chief executive officer of Liquid Audio. "Because our distribution services are powered by Liquid System software, they provide the security, scalability, rights reporting, and user experience which Internet music sites, such as Amazon.com, require to promote and sell music safely."
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