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New York Daily News and EMI Music offer free exclusive downloads to readers

NEW YORK, JANUARY 29 – The New York Daily News, New York’s most read newspaper, and EMI Music, the world’s leading independent music company, today announced an agreement to offer Daily News readers free music downloads from EMI’s music catalogue. The deal will give Daily News readers the opportunity to download three free songs of their choice from a selection of over 120,000 top tracks, including songs from artists nominated for the upcoming 50th Annual Grammy® Awards.

“The Daily News is rewarding New Yorkers for making us New York’s #1 newspaper by offering this exciting, exclusive opportunity to download free music from EMI’s extensive collection of top hits and memorable classics,” said Rhonda Novick, Senior Vice President of Circulation and Brand Marketing at the Daily News. “This is an innovative partnership between a top daily newspaper and a major music company, and a prime example of what can be accomplished by fusing the capabilities of both print media and the web. We look forward to embracing similar partnerships in the future.”

Each copy of the Daily News on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd and Grammy® Sunday, February 10th will include an insert printed with a unique access code that will allow readers to search and download the music of their choice by visiting www.NYDailyNews.com, the News’ newly revamped and user-friendly website. Readers who log on with the unique access code will also have the exclusive opportunity to select Ringo Starr’s unreleased track It’s Love from the new studio album Liverpool 8. Anyone with a copy of the Daily News from the selected days can take advantage of this incredible free music opportunity.

“The Daily News’s impressive Sunday readership gives EMI a great chance to showcase our talented family of artists to the large and diverse population of New York City and the surrounding areas,” said Ronn Werre, Executive Vice President of Global Sales for EMI Music. “Our agreement with the Daily News will help us expose new audiences to the ease and quality of digital music while ensuring our artists are compensated for the music they create.”

About the Daily News
The Daily News is the largest and most widely read newspaper in the New York metropolitan market and the fifth largest newspaper in the country. The Daily News continues to lead all other newspapers as the paper of choice for New York City residents. Along with its newly redesigned web site – NYDailyNews.com – the Daily News reaches 4.6 million readers per week. (according to Scarborough Research, New York Market, 12 months ending 2007 R2).

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 Mashboxx and GNAB, and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones in the US through Rhythm NewMedia.

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