VH1 and VH1.com Launch 'VH1 Hear Music First,' Unique, New Service That Offers Fans Exclusive Advance Online Access to the Newest Albums From Their Favorite Artists

VH1's May Artist of the Month Stevie Nicks to Debut Her Long-Awaited New CD

'Trouble In Shangri-La' Beginning April 16, Only at 'VH1 Hear Music First'



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 and VH1.com today announced the
 launch of "VH1 Hear Music First," the first time ever that fans will be able
 to pre-purchase the CD and have exclusive advance access to the entire album
 online at VH1.com.  Stevie Nicks will kick-off VH1 Hear Music First on Monday,
 April 16, when she unveils her newest album, "Trouble in Shangri-La," and
 gives fans exclusive advance online access to the entire CD before it hits
 record stores on May 1.
     The VH1 Hear Music First venture will allow users to listen to a CD
 instantly after pre-ordering it from VH1.com.  In addition to getting a stream
 of the CD, users who pre-order will be able to get the album artwork, lyrics,
 liner notes, interviews and more.  On the day of the album's official release,
 fans will have the new CD sent to them directly by VH1.
     "VH1's audience trusts VH1 to connect them to music," said Fred Graver,
 SVP and GM of the VH1 Interactive Group.  "The VH1 Hear Music First service
 blends our relationship with artists, our connection to our audience, and
 state-of-the-art technology to allow us to get people closer to music than
 ever before."
     "VH1 Hear Music First is a great example of VH1.com's leadership role in
 innovative music content online," said MTVi Group President & CEO Nicholas
 Butterworth.  "By combining television, the Internet, and the strength of the
 VH1 brand, VH1 is truly bringing the benefits of convergence not only to
 consumers, but to great artists like Stevie Nicks."
     "Trouble in Shangri-La" is Stevie Nicks first solo collection since 1994's
 "Street Angel," as well as her first release as part of Reprise Records.
 Already considered one of her most powerful recordings to date, "Trouble in
 Shangri-La" is brimming with rich prose and vibrant imagery that has inspired
 a veritable army of disciples.  The album also features appearances from some
 of music's most notable artists, including Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, Sarah
 McLachlan, Natalie Maines, and more.  Critical acclaim has already come from
 Billboard magazine, which proclaimed that "'Trouble in Shangri-La' shows the
 sometime Fleetwood Mac siren in her finest musical form since her 1981 solo
 'Bella Donna.'"
     VH1 will mark Stevie's new release with "VH1 Artist of the Month" honors
 for May.  This special month-long VH1 showcase of her work, both as a solo
 artist and with Fleetwood Mac, features encore presentations of "VH1
 Storytellers:  Stevie Nicks," "Behind the Music:  Stevie Nicks," "Behind the
 Music:  Fleetwood Mac," and Fleetwood Mac's live full-length reunion concert,
 "The Dance."   VH1 News will also go to the set of Stevie's video "Every Day"
 (directed by Dean Carr), the first single from the album, for a behind-the-
 scenes exclusive.
     For more information visit:  http://www.vh1.com
 
     VH1.com is a unit of the MTVi Group, the world's leading online music
 entertainment company featuring a comprehensive collection of music
 destinations on the Internet including MTV.com, VH1.com, and sonicnet.com.
 MTVi is a unit of MTV Networks, which is owned by Viacom Inc.
 (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B).  Headquartered in downtown New York, MTVi has satellite
 offices in San Francisco, Miami, and London.  Liberty Digital (Nasdaq:   LDIG)
 holds a minority stake in MTVi.  For more information on MTVi, please visit
 the MTVi corporate Web site (http://www.mtvi.com).
 
 

SOURCE VH1
    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 and VH1.com today announced the
 launch of "VH1 Hear Music First," the first time ever that fans will be able
 to pre-purchase the CD and have exclusive advance access to the entire album
 online at VH1.com.  Stevie Nicks will kick-off VH1 Hear Music First on Monday,
 April 16, when she unveils her newest album, "Trouble in Shangri-La," and
 gives fans exclusive advance online access to the entire CD before it hits
 record stores on May 1.
     The VH1 Hear Music First venture will allow users to listen to a CD
 instantly after pre-ordering it from VH1.com.  In addition to getting a stream
 of the CD, users who pre-order will be able to get the album artwork, lyrics,
 liner notes, interviews and more.  On the day of the album's official release,
 fans will have the new CD sent to them directly by VH1.
     "VH1's audience trusts VH1 to connect them to music," said Fred Graver,
 SVP and GM of the VH1 Interactive Group.  "The VH1 Hear Music First service
 blends our relationship with artists, our connection to our audience, and
 state-of-the-art technology to allow us to get people closer to music than
 ever before."
     "VH1 Hear Music First is a great example of VH1.com's leadership role in
 innovative music content online," said MTVi Group President & CEO Nicholas
 Butterworth.  "By combining television, the Internet, and the strength of the
 VH1 brand, VH1 is truly bringing the benefits of convergence not only to
 consumers, but to great artists like Stevie Nicks."
     "Trouble in Shangri-La" is Stevie Nicks first solo collection since 1994's
 "Street Angel," as well as her first release as part of Reprise Records.
 Already considered one of her most powerful recordings to date, "Trouble in
 Shangri-La" is brimming with rich prose and vibrant imagery that has inspired
 a veritable army of disciples.  The album also features appearances from some
 of music's most notable artists, including Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, Sarah
 McLachlan, Natalie Maines, and more.  Critical acclaim has already come from
 Billboard magazine, which proclaimed that "'Trouble in Shangri-La' shows the
 sometime Fleetwood Mac siren in her finest musical form since her 1981 solo
 'Bella Donna.'"
     VH1 will mark Stevie's new release with "VH1 Artist of the Month" honors
 for May.  This special month-long VH1 showcase of her work, both as a solo
 artist and with Fleetwood Mac, features encore presentations of "VH1
 Storytellers:  Stevie Nicks," "Behind the Music:  Stevie Nicks," "Behind the
 Music:  Fleetwood Mac," and Fleetwood Mac's live full-length reunion concert,
 "The Dance."   VH1 News will also go to the set of Stevie's video "Every Day"
 (directed by Dean Carr), the first single from the album, for a behind-the-
 scenes exclusive.
     For more information visit:  http://www.vh1.com
 
     VH1.com is a unit of the MTVi Group, the world's leading online music
 entertainment company featuring a comprehensive collection of music
 destinations on the Internet including MTV.com, VH1.com, and sonicnet.com.
 MTVi is a unit of MTV Networks, which is owned by Viacom Inc.
 (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B).  Headquartered in downtown New York, MTVi has satellite
 offices in San Francisco, Miami, and London.  Liberty Digital (Nasdaq:   LDIG)
 holds a minority stake in MTVi.  For more information on MTVi, please visit
 the MTVi corporate Web site (http://www.mtvi.com).
 
 SOURCE  VH1