MSN Makes for the Ultimate Music Experience With Star-Studded Music In High Places Web Adventure

MSN Presents Top Recording Artists Alanis Morissette, Brian McKnight,

Shawn Colvin and Collective Soul at the Premiere Screening of Music

In High Places Online



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today top recording artists
 Alanis Morissette, Brian McKnight, Shawn Colvin and Collective Soul will come
 together for the MSN(R) gala at the Museum of Television & Radio in
 Beverly Hills, Calif., to show support of the dynamic role of MSN in Music in
 High Places (MIHP) and to celebrate the key offerings and accomplishments of
 MSN in the music space. MIHP is an international television and Internet
 series that takes top recording artists on musical adventures as they travel
 and experience some of the world's most ancient and mystical locations. By
 extending the MIHP television series to the Web, MSN provides fans across the
 globe with an exciting digital music experience and top-notch MSN content and
 services tailored specifically for each artist's musical journey.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Music in High Places gave our band the opportunity to go to Morocco, talk
 with the local people, experience the North African culture firsthand and
 actually sing on location at some of the most significant and historic places
 on Earth," said Collective Soul's Ed Roland. "Having our adventure on the Web
 is an added bonus because, with MSN, millions of people worldwide can share in
 those same experiences."
     The Music in High Places Web adventure, found exclusively on MSN at
 http://www.musicinhighplaces.msn.com/ , guides music fans through an online
 adventure into their favorite recording artist's musical experience. On MSN,
 fans get up-close-and-personal, real-time conversations on MSN Live Chats;
 full-length, uninterrupted, acoustic performances at each location; and
 never-before-seen footage of MIHP recording artists as they travel to these
 ancient locations, explore the history and culture of each area, encounter its
 nature and wildlife, and bond with its indigenous peoples.
     "Our work with MIHP is one more way MSN is delivering on its commitment to
 bringing consumers the ultimate online musical experience," said Jeff Camp,
 general manager for MSN Music Service at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 "Microsoft is a driving force in the digital music industry, and MSN is adding
 to that by giving millions of music enthusiasts another reason to enjoy music
 online."
     "We are in the throes of a new, exciting era in entertainment where all
 media for programming delivery, including satellites, broadcast television and
 the Internet, can offer music fans a new way of experiencing entertainment,"
 said Parvene Michaels, creator and executive producer of MIHP. "MSN's
 technology expertise and broad consumer base have been vital in helping us to
 reach our goal of bringing the world to the viewers' doorstep with their
 favorite recording artists as their guides."
     The Music in High Places online experience is one of many recent advances
 MSN has made to solidify its role in the online music space and provide
 consumers worldwide the best digital music experience. Launched earlier this
 month, MSN Music, a unique listening experience available at
 http://music.msn.com/ , is the place for consumers of all ages to go for an
 easy, free* way to search for, listen to and discover music they like, whether
 their tastes include pop, rock, hip-hop or any of the more than 100 other
 styles offered on the service. Combining technology and music expertise, the
 first beta release of MSN Music delivers unique tools to locate, listen to and
 learn about music and the artists who produce it.
     In November of last year, MSN announced its relationship with jive
 recording artists *NSYNC to deliver the ultimate online experience to *NSYNC
 fans across the United States by tailoring already-popular MSN services such
 as MSN Messenger and teen-oriented MSN Communities and delivering them through
 a cool, co-branded Internet Access service, *NSYNC@MSN. Over 10 million music
 fans came to MSN last year when it hosted the largest webcast in history
 featuring Madonna performing live from London. With the integrated
 Microsoft(R) Windows Media(TM) Player in MSN Explorer, fans were able to surf
 the Web and listen to the music event that was "heard around the world" all at
 once.
     Windows Media Player, the fastest-growing media player, is just one of
 many reasons production companies, recording artists and other key players in
 the music industry are turning to the industry-leading technology expertise
 and vast consumer reach of Microsoft and MSN. Last month alone, more than
 230 million unique monthly visitors visited MSN, making it the most popular
 destination on the Web and an ideal way for businesses, labels and artists to
 connect with a broad reach of consumers through a secure, compelling forum.
 
     About Music in High Places
     Music in High Places, debuting April 23 on MTV, is a co-production of
 three independent companies:  three-time GRAMMY(R) award-winning
 Tall Pony Productions Inc.; TBA Entertainment Corp., one of the industry's top
 entertainment and communications corporations; and leading entertainment
 event, media and marketing firm Innovative Media Productions Inc. Music in
 High Places was created by independent producer and marketing executive
 Parvene Michaels of Innovative Media Productions. Anthony Eaton of
 Tall Pony Productions, Marc Oswald and Michaels serve as executive producers
 of the series. Directed and edited by Alan Carter, the series is produced by
 Danny Harris, Jamee Younger-Tenzer and Lewis Friedman; co-produced by
 Tisha Fein; and written by Friedman. Allen Cody serves as coordinating
 producer; Spencer Thornton is post-production/second unit producer.
 
     About MSN
     MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet -- a central place where
 they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time
 online. With more than 230 million unique visitors monthly, the MSN integrated
 network of content and services is the most popular destination on the
 Internet. MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages -- a broader
 global presence than any other portal. MSN takes advantage of the Microsoft(R)
 .NET Platform to offer leading services, any time, any place and on any
 device, with an integrated and personalized user experience for
 communications, search, shopping, personal finance and entertainment.
 MSN Internet Access and the recently introduced MSN Explorer offer quick,
 personal and exciting ways to get on to and take advantage of the Web.
 Best-of-breed services include the MSN Hotmail(R) Web-based e-mail service,
 the world's largest Web-based e-mail system; MSN Messenger Service, one of the
 fastest growing instant messaging services on the Web; MSN Search, the second
 most popular online search service; MSN Mobile, the customizable wireless
 information service; the award-winning MSN MoneyCentral(TM) online personal
 finance guide; MSN eShop, the one-stop online shopping resource; and MSN
 Custom Web Sites, the easy way to share information on the Web. MSN is located
 on the Web at http://www.msn.com/ .
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     * Connect-time charges may apply.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, MSN, Windows Media, Hotmail and MoneyCentral are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today top recording artists
 Alanis Morissette, Brian McKnight, Shawn Colvin and Collective Soul will come
 together for the MSN(R) gala at the Museum of Television & Radio in
 Beverly Hills, Calif., to show support of the dynamic role of MSN in Music in
 High Places (MIHP) and to celebrate the key offerings and accomplishments of
 MSN in the music space. MIHP is an international television and Internet
 series that takes top recording artists on musical adventures as they travel
 and experience some of the world's most ancient and mystical locations. By
 extending the MIHP television series to the Web, MSN provides fans across the
 globe with an exciting digital music experience and top-notch MSN content and
 services tailored specifically for each artist's musical journey.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "Music in High Places gave our band the opportunity to go to Morocco, talk
 with the local people, experience the North African culture firsthand and
 actually sing on location at some of the most significant and historic places
 on Earth," said Collective Soul's Ed Roland. "Having our adventure on the Web
 is an added bonus because, with MSN, millions of people worldwide can share in
 those same experiences."
     The Music in High Places Web adventure, found exclusively on MSN at
 http://www.musicinhighplaces.msn.com/ , guides music fans through an online
 adventure into their favorite recording artist's musical experience. On MSN,
 fans get up-close-and-personal, real-time conversations on MSN Live Chats;
 full-length, uninterrupted, acoustic performances at each location; and
 never-before-seen footage of MIHP recording artists as they travel to these
 ancient locations, explore the history and culture of each area, encounter its
 nature and wildlife, and bond with its indigenous peoples.
     "Our work with MIHP is one more way MSN is delivering on its commitment to
 bringing consumers the ultimate online musical experience," said Jeff Camp,
 general manager for MSN Music Service at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 "Microsoft is a driving force in the digital music industry, and MSN is adding
 to that by giving millions of music enthusiasts another reason to enjoy music
 online."
     "We are in the throes of a new, exciting era in entertainment where all
 media for programming delivery, including satellites, broadcast television and
 the Internet, can offer music fans a new way of experiencing entertainment,"
 said Parvene Michaels, creator and executive producer of MIHP. "MSN's
 technology expertise and broad consumer base have been vital in helping us to
 reach our goal of bringing the world to the viewers' doorstep with their
 favorite recording artists as their guides."
     The Music in High Places online experience is one of many recent advances
 MSN has made to solidify its role in the online music space and provide
 consumers worldwide the best digital music experience. Launched earlier this
 month, MSN Music, a unique listening experience available at
 http://music.msn.com/ , is the place for consumers of all ages to go for an
 easy, free* way to search for, listen to and discover music they like, whether
 their tastes include pop, rock, hip-hop or any of the more than 100 other
 styles offered on the service. Combining technology and music expertise, the
 first beta release of MSN Music delivers unique tools to locate, listen to and
 learn about music and the artists who produce it.
     In November of last year, MSN announced its relationship with jive
 recording artists *NSYNC to deliver the ultimate online experience to *NSYNC
 fans across the United States by tailoring already-popular MSN services such
 as MSN Messenger and teen-oriented MSN Communities and delivering them through
 a cool, co-branded Internet Access service, *NSYNC@MSN. Over 10 million music
 fans came to MSN last year when it hosted the largest webcast in history
 featuring Madonna performing live from London. With the integrated
 Microsoft(R) Windows Media(TM) Player in MSN Explorer, fans were able to surf
 the Web and listen to the music event that was "heard around the world" all at
 once.
     Windows Media Player, the fastest-growing media player, is just one of
 many reasons production companies, recording artists and other key players in
 the music industry are turning to the industry-leading technology expertise
 and vast consumer reach of Microsoft and MSN. Last month alone, more than
 230 million unique monthly visitors visited MSN, making it the most popular
 destination on the Web and an ideal way for businesses, labels and artists to
 connect with a broad reach of consumers through a secure, compelling forum.
 
     About Music in High Places
     Music in High Places, debuting April 23 on MTV, is a co-production of
 three independent companies:  three-time GRAMMY(R) award-winning
 Tall Pony Productions Inc.; TBA Entertainment Corp., one of the industry's top
 entertainment and communications corporations; and leading entertainment
 event, media and marketing firm Innovative Media Productions Inc. Music in
 High Places was created by independent producer and marketing executive
 Parvene Michaels of Innovative Media Productions. Anthony Eaton of
 Tall Pony Productions, Marc Oswald and Michaels serve as executive producers
 of the series. Directed and edited by Alan Carter, the series is produced by
 Danny Harris, Jamee Younger-Tenzer and Lewis Friedman; co-produced by
 Tisha Fein; and written by Friedman. Allen Cody serves as coordinating
 producer; Spencer Thornton is post-production/second unit producer.
 
     About MSN
     MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet -- a central place where
 they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time
 online. With more than 230 million unique visitors monthly, the MSN integrated
 network of content and services is the most popular destination on the
 Internet. MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages -- a broader
 global presence than any other portal. MSN takes advantage of the Microsoft(R)
 .NET Platform to offer leading services, any time, any place and on any
 device, with an integrated and personalized user experience for
 communications, search, shopping, personal finance and entertainment.
 MSN Internet Access and the recently introduced MSN Explorer offer quick,
 personal and exciting ways to get on to and take advantage of the Web.
 Best-of-breed services include the MSN Hotmail(R) Web-based e-mail service,
 the world's largest Web-based e-mail system; MSN Messenger Service, one of the
 fastest growing instant messaging services on the Web; MSN Search, the second
 most popular online search service; MSN Mobile, the customizable wireless
 information service; the award-winning MSN MoneyCentral(TM) online personal
 finance guide; MSN eShop, the one-stop online shopping resource; and MSN
 Custom Web Sites, the easy way to share information on the Web. MSN is located
 on the Web at http://www.msn.com/ .
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     * Connect-time charges may apply.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, MSN, Windows Media, Hotmail and MoneyCentral are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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