Welcome to the New www.vervemusicgroup.com

With Over 24,000 Sound Clips, the Label Group's Newly Relaunched Web Site

Is an Interactive Experience and Journey Through the Future and History Of

Jazz, Blues, World Music, and Beyond

Apr 08, 2002, 01:00 ET from Verve Music Group

    NEW YORK, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verve Music Group has launched an
 innovative new web site at www.vervemusicgroup.com .  With over 24,000 sound
 clips, 1,600 albums, and 1,900 artists, the site's visitors can truly
 experience the music and history of The Verve Music Group.  With a powerful
 search tool and a new database-driven format, music fans can learn about not
 only the current artists from the label group's unparalleled roster (Diana
 Krall, Michael Brecker, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Wayne Shorter, Richard
 Elliot, Herbie Hancock, and Shirley Horn, among many others), but also legends
 of jazz such as John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Billie Holiday,
 and Sarah Vaughan.
     The site enables the user to listen to virtually every track from the
 entire Verve Music Group active catalog, which features recordings from
 16 label brands.  This includes all new Verve, GRP, and Blue Thumb releases as
 well as reissues of titles from Impulse!, Commodore, Decca, A&M, and the other
 classic labels that fall under The Verve Music Group umbrella.
     www.vervemusicgroup.com offers an exciting interactive opportunity for its
 visitors.  Users can not only post their own reviews of each album on the
 site, but also create and display a list of their favorite Verve Music Group
 titles.  A number of downloads, ranging from music to video to e-cards, are
 available to registered users.
     The site's unique turntable feature begins streaming an incredible variety
 of sound clips as soon as the main page is launched.  Visitors might hear a
 track from Charlie Haden's GRAMMY(R)-winning Nocturne or a classic by Oliver
 Nelson or Stan Getz, followed by the new Lyle Lovett/Matt Rollings track "Gee
 Baby, Ain't I Good to You" from Verve's Kissing Jessica Stein Soundtrack, Jeff
 Golub's rendition of Average White Band's "Cut the Cake" from his new GRP CD,
 Do It Again, and then Astrud Gilberto's "Who Needs Now?" as remixed by
 Thievery Corporation from the upcoming new release Verve Remixed.
     Designed by the Seattle-based web design firm Microgroove
 ( www.microgroove.com ), the site also includes hot news (the "Buzz" section),
 artist pages, links, discographies, and artist itineraries that are updated
 every four hours.  Site members can also write reviews and create lists of
 their favorite CDs.  The site's database will soon include all musicians and
 producers involved in each album.
     Jon Vanhala, The Verve Music Group's Vice President of Strategic Marketing
 and New Media, commented:  "Our goal was to create a fun, interactive music
 experience for our consumer that showcases our new releases while promoting
 discovery of our catalog."  New Media Manager Michael Deputato states:  "The
 greatest compliment we've received is from people who say they lose all track
 of time while surfing the site."
     The Verve Music Group is a division of the Universal Music Group, a unit
 of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
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