Long Tall Weekend/Press Release
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EMUSIC.COM & YAHOO! TO HOST EXCLUSIVE WEB-LAUNCH OF 'THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS' NEW MP3-ONLY ALBUM JULY 19 Fans Can Listen Live to Special Launch Party Concert, Download the "Long Tall Weekend" Album, and Chat with the Band Yahoo! Music & EMusic.com to Also Sponsor NYC's Digital Club Festival July 20-23 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- July 15, 1999 -- On July 19, EMusic.com Inc. (Nasdaq: EMUS), one of the Internet's leading sellers of downloadable music, and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet media company, will host the Web launch of They Might Be Giants' (TMBG) Long Tall Weekend, the first album from a major artist to be released exclusively in the MP3 format. By going to Yahoo! Entertainment (http://entertainment.yahoo.com), a comprehensive, personalized and expansive single source for music, movies, and television news and information, fans will be able to listen to a Webcast of TMBG's premiere launch party concert live from New York City's Irving Plaza. Prior to the Webcast, fans can also participate in a live chat with members of the band by visiting Yahoo! Chat (http://chat.yahoo.com). In addition, EMusic.com will offer fans the opportunity to sample, download and purchase TMBG's new MP3 album from www.emusic.com for $8.99 -- or 99 cents per individual song. They Might Be Giants has built a reputation as one of the most innovative, unique rock bands in the world. The band is known for its live performances and has performed more than 1,000 shows around the world. TMBG has sold more than three million records worldwide and has released ten videos. Long Tall Weekend is the band's 11th album. "For the past decade, They Might Be Giants have been one of music's most progressive artists," said Gene Hoffman, EMusic.com president and CEO. "It is thrilling to be involved in this pioneering Internet music event that brings together TMBG and Yahoo!'s global audience in a truly innovative environment." "They Might Be Giants' exclusive Web launch of its MP3 album brings the future of music to Yahoo! users today in a groundbreaking, multimedia event," said Michael Latham, director of production, Entertainment & Media, Yahoo! Inc. "Fans can interact with the band just before they go on stage to perform for a live and virtual audience, and also have an opportunity to download and buy a full MP3 album directly online while the band is playing." The Web launch of the new MP3 album will begin at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 19 with an open-to-the-public Web chat on Yahoo! Chat with TMBG's John Linnell and John Flansburgh. This will be followed by an exclusive audio Webcast of the premiere party concert hosted on Yahoo! Entertainment starting at approximately 10:00 p.m. (EDT). Yahoo! Music and EMusic.com at the New York Digital Club Festival (July 20-23) Yahoo! Music (http://music.yahoo.com), a primary source for the latest music information, is also a major sponsor of next week's Digital Club Festival, the world's largest online music event in terms of both viewers and performers. EMusic.com, an associate sponsor of the Digital Club Festival, will host the Festival's closing night party on Friday, July 23, with a concert featuring Guided By Voices, Lynnfield Pioneers and The American Revolution at the Bowery Ballroom. Now in its fifth year, the Digital Club Festival, formerly known as the Intel New York Music Festival, is an annual music event to combine the excitement of live music with cutting- edge, interactive technology. Founded by co-executive producers Andrew Rasiej, creator of Irving Plaza, and Michael Dorf, creator and owner of The Knitting Factory, the Festival has found its niche in creating a large-scale local event that can be accessed by a worldwide audience in real time via the Internet. For more information, visit www.digitalclubfest.com. They Might Be Giants TMBG's music has attracted an extremely diverse fan base ranging from children to older adults. The group's popularity and accessibility to fans has allowed them to build an extremely loyal, active Internet fan base. TMBG.com, the official Web site of the band, attracts thousands of visitors each week and there are dozens of Web sites created by the band's fervent fans. TMBG's Internet popularity was confirmed recently when TMBG member John Linnell was voted the ninth Most Beautiful Person in People Magazine's third annual "Most Beautiful People" online reader's poll. In addition, John Flansburgh recently found himself near the top of a Time Magazine online poll for the Person of the Century. Along with their next (old fashioned) CD release, TMBG are currently completing a children's album and a series of performance segments for ABC's "Nightline Primetime" to be broadcast this summer. About EMusic.com Since it was founded in January 1998, EMusic.com has established itself as a leader in the rapidly expanding market for downloadable music. www.emusic.com is a premier Web site for sampling and purchasing music in the MP3 format, which has become the de facto standard in the digital distribution of music with millions of users around the world. EMusic.com features a constantly expanding catalog of alternative, blues, hip-hop, jazz, pop, punk, techno and Indie rock music through its direct relationships with leading artists and exclusive licensing agreements with over 85 independent record labels, such as Epitaph, Rykodisc, Jewel-Paula, King Biscuit, spinART, Jetset and Ubiquity. From its collection of over 8,500 tracks, EMusic.com offers music fans complete albums for $8.99 or the ability to purchase individual tracks for 99 cents. The company is based in Redwood City, California.