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March 02, 2009 11:06 ET

SHOP.COM™ Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Motown

Site's Specially-Created Motown Shop Promotes Chart-Topping Sounds From Legendary Artists, Including Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and Many More

MONTEREY, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - SHOP.COM (www.shop.com), the destination comparison shopping site designed for busy women, together with music promotion company Musica, today announced the creation of Motown Shop (www.shop.com/motownSHOP), a special online music marketplace that makes it easier for the legions of Motown music fans to -- as Smokey Robinson and The Miracles sang -- "Shop Around" for legendary tunes.

For an eight-week period from now through April 27, SHOP.COM's Motown Shop will help mark the historic 50th anniversary of Motown Records and pay tribute to its numerous, remarkably talented artists and musicians who have touched the hearts of music fans spanning all generations. The special section will promote collections of music, currently all on sale, from the best of the Motown artist repertoire, including the following small sampling:

--  Marvin Gaye: One of music's most talented singer/songwriter/producers.
    Marvin Gaye's career spanned three decades with hits that ranged from the
    celebratory "Pride and Joy" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," to the
    timeless "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On."
    
--  Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder was just 13 when "Fingertips (Part 2)"
    hit the top of the charts.  By 20, he was writing, producing and playing
    every instrument for hits such as "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."
    
--  Diana Ross & The Supremes: The most popular and successful female
    group of all time, The Supremes defined the pop era with five consecutive
    number one pop hits: "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About
    Me," "Stop! In The Name Of Love," "Back In My Arms Again," and continued to
    keep the hits coming.
    
--  The Jackson 5: With hit singles including "I Want You Back," "ABC,"
    "The Love You," "I'll Be There," and on and on, the brothers Michael,
    Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito launched into the musical stratosphere.
    

Motown fans can listen to their favorite songs while they shop, owing to SHOP.COM's audio player that streams an entire track from featured albums. Shoppers can also find album cover art, links to artist-related Web content and a direct link to purchase the entire album on SHOP.COM.

As part of SHOP.COM's promotion of this music milestone, the site is offering consumers an opportunity to win Motown The Complete #1s, a limited edition 10-CD box set of Motown's complete collection of number one hits. The box set comes with a commemorative mini-photo book, including rare and classic images, track annotations and an introductory essay by the legendary Smokey Robinson.

"SHOP.COM has already seen the benefits of enabling our customers a more enjoyable shopping experience with the site's popular musicSHOP, which allows them to listen to exclusive song selections in their entirety while they shop," said Roger Ritchie, senior director of marketing for SHOP.COM. "What better way to enhance SHOP.COM's music offering further than with this special section dedicated to Motown's timeless classics."

Shoppers of Motown Shop can benefit from all the features and functionality of SHOP.COM. SHOP.COM's Partner Store program allows customers to purchase directly from hundreds of linked stores. Through SHOP.COM's unique OneCart® Trusted Merchants program, customers can browse and purchase items using the site's proprietary universal shopping cart, OneCart®. SHOP.COM's current listings offer access to over 20 million products from more than 2,000 stores.

SHOP.COM recently debuted an updated site design and the creation of new money-saving features, along with a new entertainment-focused category of Books, Music & Videos, as well as a suite of social networking tools to offer its customers an even more compelling shopping experience.

About SHOP.COM

SHOP.COM is the comparison shopping engine that is designed to meet the specific shopping needs of women -- and the individual business needs of merchants. Leveraging the multi-merchant features of its patented OneCart® technology along with extensive partner store integration, SHOP.COM offers an authoritative selection of products from well-known brand name merchants and high quality specialty retailers. Privately-held, SHOP.COM is a California-based company with an office in London. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.SHOP.com.

About Musica

Musica has been doing a variety of music promotions since 1996, with retailers such as Tower Records, Virgin Megastores and Best Buy. Musica handles the popular Landmark In-Theatre listening program with Filter Magazine, and also does music licensing for Pontiac television commercials.

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