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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:

  • Save 30% on pre-orders of Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball CD, as well as the Lilith Fair, Vol. II and Lilith Fair, Vol. III CDs, a pair of upcoming releases culled from last year's Lilith Fair performances.
  • Bid on 10 signed color lithographs of McLachlan's original artwork, available exclusively at Amazon.com Auctions. All proceeds will go to McLachlan's chosen charity, LIFEbeat, a non-profit AIDS resource and awareness organization.
  • Save 20% on Plenty: A Collection of Sarah McLachlan's Favourite Recipes, a cookbook available in the U.S. exclusively at Amazon.com until July.
  • Read and listen to an exclusive Amazon.com interview with McLachlan, as she waxes eloquently on everything from her new album to her future plans for motherhood to her affinity for Kermit the Frog.
  • Read the latest news about Sarah and this summer's highly anticipated 3rd annual Lilith Fair tour (founded by McLachlan).
"Customers want digital downloads from major artists like Sarah McLachlan, and we're thrilled to be working with her," said Jennifer Cast, general manager of Amazon.com's music store. "These exclusive, free digital downloads are a terrific way to promote Sarah's new album, and I know you'll see many more like these at Amazon.com in the near future. We are encouraging labels and artists who want to introduce their major new releases to millions of music buyers to join us in maximizing the promotional power of the digital download."

"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."

About the Amazon.com Music Store
As the world leader in online music sales, the Amazon.com music store not only offers a superb selection of CDs across all music categories (25 times more CDs than the typical physical music store), but also provides the best shopping experience to consumers. Featuring everyday low prices (savings of up to 30%), unsurpassed customer service and safety, and the convenience of shopping from one's home 24 hours a day, the Amazon.com music store also offers a wealth of features to help customers discover music they'll love. From alternative to zydeco, hip-hop to bebop, Amazon.com's music store offers customers everything from the latest releases to hard-to-find gems in any music genre. The best place to discover and buy music, the Amazon.com music store features thousands of reviews by Amazon.com staff editors and nationally known critics, song samples, artist interviews, lists of essential albums by style, artist and year, helpful introductions to classical, jazz, and international music, thousands of bestseller lists, music in the news, customer reviews, and personalized music recommendations.

About Amazon.com
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 video, No. 1 music, and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995. Today, the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, computer-game, and other titles, plus secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology. It also operates Amazon.com Auctions, where sellers can offer items for sale to 8 million Amazon.com customers.

Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/, the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, intense competition, risks associated with system interruption, management of potential growth, high leverage and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances.

More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998.

Note: Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Internet Movie Database, PlanetAll, and 1-Click are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Liquid Audio
Formed by veterans of the music industry and professional recording engineers, Liquid Audio is leading the convergence of music and technology to establish the Internet as a new medium for music distribution. Liquid Audio is the leading provider of services and software that enable musicians, record labels, and music retailers to deliver professional-quality music digitally via the Internet. The company's software and services are based on an open architecture that supports music distribution in all leading digital-music formats to all leading music players. Available for free download at www.liquidaudio.com, the Liquid™ Player software allows consumers to preview and purchase CD-quality music over the Internet from hundreds of music Web sites while protecting artists' copyrights and tracking royalties. Liquid, Liquid Audio, Inc., Liquid Audio, the Liquid Audio logo, Liquifier, Liquid Music, and Liquid Operations Center are trademarks of Liquid Audio, Inc.


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