SOURCE: eMusic

March 06, 2007 09:00 ET

New Barenaked Ladies Song About eMusic's 100 Millionth Downloader Goes Live on March 6

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- eMusic, the world's largest retailer of independent music and the second-largest digital music retailer after iTunes, has treated one of its 250,000+ subscribers to an unusual gift: a song written by multi-platinum superstars Barenaked Ladies. The exuberantly catchy "Michael Brennan" celebrates the 48-year-old visual artist who downloaded eMusic's milestone 100-millionth download in December. The song's lyrics describe the independent-minded and curious Moorestown, New Jersey native, an emblematic eMusic customer who feels that people should take more time to look outside the mainstream for things to inspire them. Listen to "Michael Brennan" here: http://www.emusic.com/album/11010/11010133.html

Brennan, who admires 19th-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin because he "had to go beyond the rules to get something done," is a fan of eMusic's rich catalogue of music, everything from breaking new bands to uncompromising classic artists who thrive outside the commercial mainstream. In December, Brennan downloaded "Diamond Ring" from raw, real-deal Delta bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell's album "This Ain't No Rock and Roll" on Arhoolie Records, one of the oldest roots music labels in the country. It was the 100-millionth track to be downloaded from eMusic, just three years after the site established its current subscription model and a mere 11 months after it reached the 50-million-download plateau.

"Michael Brennan" will be available starting on March 6 as an exclusive free track on eMusic for a month, before being bundled with the new album "Barenaked Ladies Are Men" (Desperation Records/ Nettwerk) as an exclusive paid bonus track for five months. Barenaked Ladies have had three Top Ten albums on the Billboard charts; "Barenaked Ladies Are Men" is the band's 10th album.

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eMusic (http://www.emusic.com) is the world's leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. The eMusic Web site offers a global catalogue of more than 2 million tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's leading independent labels. Created by music experts for music fans, it features award-winning editorial content, a vibrant online community and unrivaled music discovery tools. A subscription-based service that offers 25 free downloads at sign-up, eMusic gives consumers an inexpensive, low-risk way to explore great new music they wouldn't find otherwise, and unlike other download services, its universally compatible MP3 files play on any device including the iPod®. Based in New York with an office in London, eMusic.com Inc. is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

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