Napster Appoints Music Industry Veteran to Lead Artist and Label Relations
LOS ANGELES, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Napster(R), a division of Roxio (Nasdaq: ROXI), today announced that it has appointed Michelle Santosuosso as VP of artist and label relations, a new position created to ensure the service maintains its leadership position in music programming. Santosuosso brings a wealth of radio and record company experience to Napster and will be responsible for managing and developing Napster's label and artist relationships, overseeing NapsterLive, the service's exclusive in-house recording sessions, and creating new opportunities for artists with Napster. Santosuosso will report to Glenn Kaino, Napster's chief creative officer. "Michelle has a stellar reputation in the music industry for creating unique programming featuring cutting-edge content and for her unique ability to always be a step ahead of industry trends," said Glenn Kaino, Napster's CCO. "We have no doubt Michelle will continue her record of success here at Napster and will help push the service even farther ahead of our competitors on the music programming front." Santosuosso has over a decade of experience in the music industry. As VP of crossover music for J Records, she worked directly with Clive Davis and was involved in breaking Alicia Keys. She also spent two years as A&R director for RCA Records and served as crossover music editor for HITS Magazine. Most recently, Santosuosso has been earning a reputation as a music programming leader through her concurrent work as program director at KHHT-Los Angeles and national director, rhythm music for Clear Channel. Her other radio station stints include positions at KMEL, KKBT and KZZP, where she worked with Darcy Fulmer, Napster's senior music consultant. About Napster Napster(R), the world's most recognized brand in online music, enables fans to freely sample the world's largest and most diverse online collection of music, featuring over half a million songs. The revolutionary, easy-to-use interface allows users to quickly and easily download tracks, transfer songs to portable devices or burn them to CDs for just 99 cents per track or $9.95 per album. In addition to the free online magazine, Billboard charts, music videos, song clips and the ability to email tracks to friends and browse other members' collections, serious music fans have the added option to upgrade to a premium service that offers unlimited listening and downloading, over 50 commercial-free radio stations and a collection of interactive play lists and community features, all for just $9.95 a month. Napster is a division of Roxio, Inc., (Nasdaq: ROXI), the Digital Media Company, provider of the best-selling digital media software in the world. For further information, please contact Dana Harris of Napster, +1-917-342-6940, firstname.lastname@example.org. Safe Harbor Statement Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release, in particular matters related to the success of the Napster service, demand for our service from universities and relationships with certain corporate partners including marketing partners and content providers are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties such as decreased demand for our products, increased competition, failure to maintain business relationships with our partners and general economic conditions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Additional information on these and other factors are contained in Roxio's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on February 17, 2004, copies of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Roxio assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release. Copyright (C) 2004 Roxio, Inc. All rights reserved. Roxio, the Roxio tagline and Napster are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Roxio, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective owners.
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