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January 19, 2011 05:30 ET

Walmart to Sell IZ CDs in Stores Across the Country

Walmart Stores Stocking IZ CDs "Facing Future" and "Wonderful World"

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) - IZ fans across the United States can now shop for his record-breaking recordings, including "Facing Future" and "Wonderful World," at Walmart stores in their own neighborhoods. Recently named one of "50 Great Voices" by National Public Radio, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole is one of the most beloved recording artists to emerge from Hawaii in the past quarter-century. With new sales through Walmart, the Mountain Apple Company -- IZ's record label -- estimates that his sales will quickly outpace the 6 million to-date total units sold in the United States.

In 2010, IZ reigned as the number-one Billboard Digital World Recording Artist of the Year, while his mega-hit "Over the Rainbow" was the number-one Billboard Digital World Song of the Year. Internationally, the music of IZ is enjoying a renaissance in countries such as Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom where fans are discovering the beauty and inspiration of his recordings.

"Over the Rainbow" -- the IZ song that first captured the hearts of fans when they heard it on the television series "ER" -- was recently declared the number-one single in Germany for 2010. Remarkably, both the single "Over the Rainbow" and album "Facing Future" recently achieved platinum in Germany and France. Not surprisingly, "Over the Rainbow" recently entered the Top 20 in the United Kingdom.

This extraordinary ascent by the recording artist who introduced Hawaiian music and Hawaiian language to so many is testament to IZ's gift for bridging cultural barriers among people of diverse backgrounds.

IZ's groundbreaking CD "Facing Future" became Hawaii's first certified platinum album, selling close to two million CDs in the United States alone. "Facing Future" was followed by the release of another five remarkable IZ recordings, "E Ala E" (1995), "N Dis Life" (1996), "IZ In Concert: The Man and His Music" (1998), "Alone In IZ World" (2001) and "Wonderful World" (2007). IZ fans have enjoyed IZ's timeless songs in popular films ("Meet Joe Black," "Finding Forrester," "Made," "50 First Dates," "Snakes on a Plane," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), commercials (Hallmark, Sony, Kellogg's, Fiat), and television programs ("Glee," "American Idol," "Scrubs," "ER," "Cold Case," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Hawaii Five-0") for more than 15 years.

To learn more, visit the official IZ site: www.izhawaii.com.

About The Mountain Apple Company HAWAI'I: The Mountain Apple Company HAWAI'I is a multifaceted record label that also publishes, licenses, produces, and distributes scores of island music. The Mountain Apple Company HAWAI'I provides talent management and consulting for many of Hawaii's most successful entertainers in addition to providing innovative concert and talent promotion, stage design, and production. To learn more, visit www.mountainapplecompany.com.

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