SOURCE: Muze, Inc.

May 02, 2005 08:30 ET

Muze® Joins Rounder Records Group to Promote Tracy Bonham's Forthcoming Album Release

MuzeTunes™ Customers to Stream Album for Free Prior to Retail Release

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2005 -- Muze, the leading provider of retailing services and entertainment information, today announced an agreement with Rounder Records Group, America's premier independent label, to preview Tracy Bonham's forthcoming CD, "blink the brightest." Fans of Bonham's music will be able to go to the websites of MuzeTunes customers, which include Best Buy, CD Universe, Hastings, Tower Records and Virgin, and preview the entire album for free, from May 2nd until the retail release on June 21st.

MuzeTunes customers will stream complete tracks from the CD on their websites, allowing fans to listen to the entire album for free before the CD is available for purchase. Not only is the preview an innovative way to drive traffic to the participating websites, but it will also encourage those visitors unfamiliar with Tracy Bonham to discover and explore her music.

"At Muze, we are true music fans and welcome the opportunity to help talented artists market their work in new and unique ways," said Paul Zullo, founder and CEO of Muze. "Rounder Records Group has a long history of developing and representing talented artists and we are proud to be working with them to bolster the visibility of Tracy Bonham and her music."

This is not the first collaboration between Muze and a record company. Muze has partnered with other independent labels in similar ways, acting as a distribution arm for previews, and plans to continue to approach other artists and labels.

"Rounder Records Group is excited to be working with Muze and its impressive list of customers to market one of our artists in a way we've never done before," said Sheri Sands, Vice President Sales & Marketing of Rounder Records Group. "By providing full-length samples of Tracy Bonham's entire album on the websites of MuzeTunes customers, it allows consumers to completely appreciate the album and know exactly what they are purchasing."

The first single from "blink the brightest" will be "Something Beautiful."

About Tracy Bonham

On June 21st, Zoë/Rounder Records will release Tracy Bonham's first new album in five years. "blink the brightest" is a compelling album full of captivating, resonant songs. The multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter wrote most of the album herself with a few co-writes (which is new for Bonham), playing violin, piano, keyboards, guitar, and vibes. "This record goes back to my core, to the music that I really love, incorporating classical influences, rock and pop, sometimes an R&B or soul flavor," says Bonham. "It's my best work yet," she adds.

About Rounder Records Group

Founded in 1970, Rounder Records Group is America's premier independent label. Rounder and its Zoë, Heartbeat, Philo and Bullseye Blues imprints have a catalog of over 3000 albums, representing a wide variety of folk, roots, rock, blues, and reggae music. To learn more, please visit www.rounder.com.

About Muze, Inc.

Muze is the leading source of entertainment product information for music, books, films, and games. Since 1991 Muze has provided businesses with the most comprehensive and accurate entertainment content designed to help their customers make informed purchasing decisions. Muze content drives commerce by providing customers with detailed information about entertainment products, turning browsers into buyers. More than 250 companies rely on Muze's rich entertainment content to sell their products. In fact, Muze is the backbone of online commerce for major players in the entertainment retail business including Yahoo!, eBay, Tower Records, and Best Buy. Muze product information also drives commerce by providing in-store solutions for companies such as Virgin Megastores, Transworld Entertainment, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Hastings and others. Muze is based in New York City. To learn more about Muze, please visit www.muze.com.

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