SOURCE: Reprise

June 21, 2006 21:08 ET

Neil Young Places Three Albums in Top 200 This Week

"Heart of Gold" DVD Has First Week Sales of 78,000

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2006 -- Neil Young had an extremely busy week on the album sales charts this week, while his recent performance film "Heart of Gold" sold over 78,000 its debut week. All this activity is in advance of the upcoming Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young North American tour, which begins July 6th in Camden, New Jersey and continues until September 10th.

Three recent releases by Reprise Records recording artist Neil Young all had large sales increases. The critically acclaimed and controversial album "Living With War," released in May, had a 53% jump in sales, while the Grammy® nominated "Prairie Wind," released last September, increased 55%, and was the sixth greatest gainer in sales on the Billboard chart. 2004's "Greatest Hits" collection rose 52%. All three albums were in Billboard's Top 200 album chart this week, a rare occurrence for any artist.

"Heart of Gold," filmed last August at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and directed by Academy Award®-winner Jonathan Demme, was released as a special two DVD set by Paramount Home Entertainment on June 13th, and sold over 78,000 at retail outlets. Another 50,000 copies were ordered by video rental stores in the previous week.

Young's website, www.neilyoung.com, continues its long-running feature The Great Debate, which tracks all the different reviews of "Living With War," and features exclusive video footage from the album recording sessions.

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