SOURCE: Universal Music Enterprises

February 20, 2007 08:02 ET

UMe Releases Melissa Etheridge "Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled" Enhanced CD Featuring Oscar® and Grammy® Nominated Song in Eco-Friendly Completely Paper-Recyclable Packaging

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- Melissa Etheridge's "Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled" will be re-released on March 13th, 2007 by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) in its ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable, continuing the company's long-standing commitment to being "green."

UMe is the first North American music company to replace the traditional jewel case with recycled paperboard sleeves and the plastic tray with trays made from PaperFoam®, a new packaging technology from Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper, that is paper-recyclable and biodegradable. Shorewood Packaging is the first North American packaging supplier to produce disc trays from PaperFoam®.

This enhanced CD includes both the track and music video of the Grammy® and Oscar® nominated song "I Need To Wake Up" from the motion picture "An Inconvenient Truth" featuring Al Gore. After receiving an invitation from the former Vice President to attend his slide show Melissa wrote this song for the end titles.

Originally released on October 4th, 2005, "Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled" covers Etheridge's seventeen-year career in seventeen dynamic songs, including hits like "Come To My Window," "I Want To Come Over," and "Bring Me Some Water." It also includes four newer recordings: Tom Petty's "Refugee"; a reprise of "Piece Of My Heart," which wowed the world in her stunning Grammy Awards show performance in February 2006; "This Is Not Goodbye"; and "I Run for Life," an inspiring anthem for those who, like Etheridge, have had their lives impacted by breast cancer.

Regarding the release of her Greatest Hits album, Etheridge says, "I always thought that a greatest hits album was something to aspire to. When you got to the point in your career where you could have one, you did something right."

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