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Amazon.com Announces the 100 Best CDs of 1998

From hip hop superstars to a 90-year-old cane fife player, Amazon.com's list is an eclectic mix

SEATTLE, November 30, 1998 /PRNewswire/ -- With 1998 drawing to a close, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music retailer, will unveil tomorrow the "100 Best CDs of 1998," chosen by Amazon.com's team of music editors.

Reflecting the vast selection of music offered at its music store, Amazon.com's "100 Best CDs of 1998" includes a broad range of well known artists and lesser known talents across multiple categories-from African diva Cesaria Evora and hip hop superstars the Beastie Boys to 90-year-old fife player Othar Turner and 19-year-old blues sensation Shemekia Copeland.

Amazon.com's "100 Best CDs of 1998" is expected to be controversial both because of what is included on the list and what is not. For example, a 32-year-old performance by rock legend Bob Dylan-often bootlegged, but only released this year-secured the top spot on the list, while R.E.M. and Hole, critical and popular favorites who released new albums in 1998, were not selected. Roughly one-third of the selections come from the jazz, international, and classical worlds.

Led by senior editor Keith Moerer, the "100 Best CDs of 1998" was determined collaboratively by Amazon.com's team of music editors and incorporates CDs from each of Amazon.com's 16 musical categories. The Amazon.com music editors also picked the Artist of the Year as well as the 10 Best CDs of 1998 in their music categories.

"1998 was a great year for music," said Jennifer Cast, Amazon.com's general manager of music. "Our music editors have chosen 100 exceptional CDs reflecting the incredible diversity of music available to Amazon.com's customers. Old favorites like B.B. King, Elvis Costello, and Lyle Lovett join new discoveries like Lhasa de Sela and Cat Power in a list that is sure to help people find music they'll love."

As part of Amazon.com's coverage of the year in music, 25 artists including Trisha Yearwood, David Byrne, Brian Wilson, and Liz Phair will choose their favorite CDs of 1998. Essays about the year in music, penned by well-known humorists, will also be available at the Amazon.com music store throughout the month of December.

Amazon.com's "100 Best CDs of 1998" and other year-end features will be available at www.amazon.com/music beginning Tuesday.

About Amazon.com's Music Store
Amazon.com's music store, which opened in June, offers shoppers more than 25 times the CD selection of the typical music store at everyday savings of up to 40%. From alternative to zydeco, hip hop to bebop, Amazon.com's customers will find everything from the latest releases to hard-to-find gems in any music genre. In addition, 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 genre, thousands of bestseller lists, music in the news, and personalized music recommendations.

About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 book and No. 1 music retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and quickly became Earth's Biggest Bookstore. Today, the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 3 million books, music CDs, audiobooks, videos, DVDs, computer games, and other titles, plus easy-to-use search-and-locate features, secure credit card payment, personalized recommendations, streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology, and direct shipping. Amazon.com operates two international bookstore 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, and the Internet Movie Database (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, the unpredictability of its future revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints, management of growth, and new business opportunities. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, and the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1998, 1998.

Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, PlanetAll, Internet Movie Database, Earth's Biggest Bookstore, 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.


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