Amazon Music Celebrates First Decade

Posted by at 11:25 am on November 18, 2008

Amazon.com  launched over 100,000 new artist stores www.amazon.com/artiststores. Designed to help customers more easily discover music in any format the stores feature comprehensive artist content, including full album discographies, CDs, DRM-free MP3s and vinyl catalog selection along with community features like artist images, artist biographies and related products.

To celebrate the launch of the artist stores and Amazon Music’s 10th anniversary, Amazon is releasing a limited-edition “Amazon.com 10 Years of Music”   CD compilation featuring:

  • Jewel’s “Hands”
  • Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way”
  • ‘N Sync’s “This I Promise You”
  • Dave Matthew Band’s “The Space Between”
  • Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why”
  • Sarah McLachlan’s “Fallen”
  • Maroon 5’s “This Love”
  • Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound”
  • Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice”
  • Bruce Springsteen’s “Radio Nowhere”

A portion of the proceeds for each CD sold will benefit the  Grammy Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1989 by The Recording Academy that provides opportunities for young people to explore careers in the music industry, and leads efforts to safeguard contributions made by musical icons to our cultural heritage.

“We’ve always understood that our customers want to listen to their music when they want it, where they want it and in whichever format they want it,” said Peter Faricy, vice president of music and movies at Amazon.com. “We’re music lovers here at Amazon, and we created the Amazon Artist Stores for everyone from the casual enthusiast and occasional gift-giver to the seasoned music junkie. These stores allow our customers to easily find and discover the music they love in any format along with a variety of artist content, like exclusive music videos and behind-the-scenes footage, all in a single place.”

The new artist stores serve as one-stop destinations for all things related to musicians and their music. Customers can learn about their favorite performers through images and biographies, easily discover music in any format, listen to song previews and even contribute to artist profiles. Additionally, Amazon Artist Stores have more than just music, featuring related merchandise such as concert shirts, rare posters, books, and concert DVDs. As part of the launch customers can also check out exclusive music video debuts from Robin Thicke, “Dream World”; Il Divo, “The Promise”; Copeland, “You Are My Sunshine”; and Alison Krauss, “Shadows.”

Among the over 70,000 newly launched artist-dedicated stores are fan favorites, including the:

Coldplay Store  featuring:

  • A pre-order for the band’s new EP, “Prospekt’s March”
  • “The Coldplay Story” – a timeline of this influential band’s rise in the music world
  • A photo gallery of the band
  • A variety of books and DVDs

Bob Dylan Store featuring:

  • His recent exclusive music video debut on Amazon.com of “Dreamin’of You”
  • A photo gallery of the artist throughout different time periodsin his life and career
  • Career biography and timeline of the legendary singer, songwriter
  • A variety of books and DVDs

Andrea Bocelli Store  featuring:

  • A new Amazon Exclusive video from his latest release, “Incanto,”along with a collection of other videos
  • Career biography and timeline on the Italian opera singer
  • A special note from the artist remembering his friend, Luciano Pavarotti

Il Divo Store featuring:

  • A sweepstakes for customers to win tickets to an Il Divo concert in London
  • A new Amazon Exclusive video from their latest release, “The Promise”
  • Career biography and photo gallery of the quartet

To browse the full selection of Amazon Artist Stores, visit www.amazon.com/artiststores. To order a copy of “Amazon.com 10 Years of Music” and help celebrate Amazon Music’s 10thanniversary, visit www.amazon.com/10yearsofmusic.

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