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EMI Music earns 52 Grammy nominations

Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley Earns 4 Nods, The Clark Sisters, Sabine Meyer and Sir Simon Rattle Tapped with 3

Beastie Boys, The Beatles’ “Love,” Terence Blanchard, The Chemical Brothers, Hank Jones, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, Dave Koz, TobyMac Grab Two Each

Other Nominated EMI Music Artists Include Lily Allen, Pepe Aguilar, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bill Charlap Trio, Fat Joe, Floratone, Juan Luis Guerra, Intocable, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, LCD Soundsystem, Jeff Lorber, Joe Lovano, Mandisa, Smokie Norful, Charles Tolliver, Keith Urban, Suzanne Vega, Rolando Villazón, Zoé and II

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 6, 2007 – EMI Music today saw its family of artists receive 52 nominations for their work on EMI Music-released projects when the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Award nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles.

Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley had a strong showing with four nominations and tied Tim McGraw for the most nominations from a country music artist, including for Best Country Album, for “Long Trip Alone.”For that album’s title track, he earned a Best Male Country Vocal Performance nomination, and shared a Best Country Song nomination with co-writers Brett Beavers and Steve Bogard.His DVD release, “Live and Loud At The Fillmore” earned Bentley a nod for Best Long Form Music Video. Label mate Keith Urban also earned a Best Male Country Vocal Performance nomination for “Stupid Boy,” from his smash release, “Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing.”

Beastie Boys earned two nominations for “The Mix-Up,” the group’s first-ever full album of all-new instrumental material.The track “Off The Grid” was tapped for a Best Pop Instrumental Performance nomination and the album also earned a nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album.The follow-up to 2004′s “To The 5 Boroughs,” “The Mix-Up” features Mike “Mike D” Diamond,Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch back on drums, guitar and bass, with able assistance from Keyboard Money Mark and percussionist Alfredo Ortiz, on 12 brand new wordless, sample-less, scratchless originals.

The Beatles’ “Love” album earned two nominations:Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Surround Sound Album.“Love” (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol Records), the stunning soundscape used in the Cirque du Soleil/Beatles collaborative production of the same name at the Mirage in Las Vegas, was created from master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by legendary producer Sir George Martin and his son Giles Martin.

The Chemical Brothers earned two nominations this year, after winning three Grammys in the past decade. Their sixth album, “We Are The Night” was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album, and the first single off that album, “Do It Again” was nominated for Best Dance Recording.

Dave Koz, who has two Gold albums and ten top 5 hits to his credit, earned two nominations this year: Best Pop Instrumental Album for”At The Movies,” a lush, inspired collection of twelve timeless movie themes, and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Over The Rainbow,” a track from this album.Also nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category wasmultiple Grammy winner, Ben Harper.Harper and his band, The Innocent Criminals, who have recorded nine albums together, earned a nod for the track, “PARIS SUNRISE #7″ off their release, “Lifeline.” Ben Harper has received 2 previous Grammy nominations and 1 Grammy win. Ben was happy to hear about his nomination while serving jury duty.

Other Capitol Music Group artists who earned nominations include Lily Allen, whose certified Gold debut release, “Alright, Still…” earned the UK-based singer/songwriter her first Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.Corinne Bailey Rae earned a nomination for Song of the Year for “Like a Star,” the hit ballad off her multi-platinum-selling, self-titled debut album.This marks the second year in a row that Bailey Rae has been nominated in this category.LCD Soundsytem, whose self-titled debut earned a 2005 Grammy nomination, was recognized for its current release, “Sound of Silver” in the Best Electronic/Dance Album.And Fat Joe, along with Lil Wayne, earned a nod in the Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Make it Rain,” from his current release, “Me, Myself & I (Terror Squad/Imperial).

Artists in the EMI Christian Music Group family were honored with multiple nominations this year.The Clark Sisters earned triple honors for their album “Blessed and Highly Favored,” (EMI Gospel) including Best Traditional Gospel Album.Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers earned two nominations for their latest release, “The Grand Finale:Encourage Yourself” (EMI Gospel).TobyMac was recognized twice, with a Song of the Year nomination for “Made To Love,” a track from “Portable Sounds,”(ForeFront) which was nominated in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category.Newcomer Mandisa earns her first Grammy nomination for her debut record, “True Beauty.”Bill & Gloria Gaither & The Homecoming Friends (Gaither Music Group) were nominated in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category.EMI Gospel artist Smokie Norful also earned a nomination in the Best Traditional Gospel Album category for “Life Changing.”

In the jazz genre, EMI’s Blue Note Label Group artists with Grammy nominations included composer/trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who earned two nods in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)” and in the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo category for his solo in this album’s composition “Levees.”Also nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo category was pianist Hank Jones for his performance on the track “Lullaby” from the album “Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola,” an album of duets with saxophonist and previous Grammy winner Joe Lovano.Lovano and Jones’ “Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola” also garnered a nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album along with pianist Bill Charlap, for the album “Live at the Village Vanguard.” Rounding out the jazz nominations this year were keyboardist Jeff Lorber’s album “He Had a Hat,” nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and trumpeter Charles Tolliver’s “With Love” for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album; his first nomination.

Blue Note Label Group also garnerd three Best Engineered Album nominations. Manhattan/Back Porch artist Victor Krauss’ album “II” received a nomination for the work of engineer Jason Lehning, while engineer Tucker Martine earned a nomination for his work on Floratone’s self-titled album, which also featured Matt Chamberlain, Bill Frisell, and Lee Townsend. Also nominated in the best engineering category were Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns and Jimmy Hogarth for their work on Suzanne Vega’s “Beauty and Crime.”

In the Classical genre, world-reknowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle and clarinetist Sabine Meyer both earned three nominations.The two were part of “Nielsen:Clarinet and Flute Concertos,” (EMI Classics) which was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical, and Best Instrumental Soloists Performance with Orchestra.Rattle, who leads the Berlin Philharmonic, earned a nod for Best Choral Performance along with Choirmaster Simon Halsey.Meyer was recognized along with Oleg Maisenberg for Best Chamber Music Performance.“Cherubini:Missa Solemnis in E” earned two nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album.And, tenor Rolando Villazón earned a nomination for Best Classical Vocal Performance.In addition, John Fraser was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on several EMI Classics projects.

EMI Music Latin America artists also had a strong showing.Juan Luis Guerra (EMI Televisa), following the 6 Latin Grammy Awards he won last month, was nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album.Alternative rockers Zoé (Noiselab/EMI Mexico) earned a nod for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, EMI Televisa’s Pepe Aguilar was nominated for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and Intocable was nominated for Best Norteño Album.

Artists who are part of the EMI Music family worldwide who also garnered nominations include Nickelback, Feist, LeAnn Rimes and Tim McGraw (distributed by EMI Music Canada in that country), and The Plain White T’s (distributed outside the US by EMI Music UK & Ireland and EMI Music International).

The 50TH Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2008, on the CBS Network.

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About EMI Music

EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, one of the world’s largest independent music companies. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Gorillaz, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Diam’s (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), Radja (Indonesia), RBD (Mexico) and Vasco Rossi (Italy).

EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s ‘Hours’ as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe, including most recently its premium DRM-free, higher-quality offering sold through partners including Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and more.It continues to facilitate the development of a growing range of new digital business models to enable fans to experience and purchase its artists’ output through a number of different platforms including, legal peer-to-peer agreements with QTrax, Mashboxx and GNAB, and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones in the US through Rhythm NewMedia.For further information on EMI, please visit: www.emigroup.com.

For EMI Contact:

Jeanne Meyer Corporate Communications Tel:212-786-8850

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