XM Satellite Radio And Starbucks Hear Music To Release New CD Of Performances From XM’s Popular "Artist Confidential" Series On August 29
CD Features Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Tori Amos, Robert Plant, and Many Other Popular Artists with Live, Exclusive Recordings
Washington D.C., August 10, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers, and Starbucks Hear Music today announced that the companies will release a new compilation CD, showcasing performances by top artists recorded solely for XM’s original music series, “Artist Confidential.” Produced by XM Satellite Radio exclusively for Starbucks Hear Music, XM Artist Confidential, Vol. 1 includes live renditions of songs by Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Tori Amos, Robert Plant and many others, previously only available to XM subscribers. The CD will be available exclusively at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and online at http://www.starbucks.com/hearmusic beginning August 29, 2006.
XM Artist Confidential, Vol. 1 is an impressive collection of exclusive, live tracks selected from the archives of XM’s critically-acclaimed performance and interview program, “Artist Confidential.” Recorded live before an intimate audience of fans and friends at XM’s state-of-the-art studios, the CD features stunning live renditions of “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Always On My Mind,” by Willie Nelson, “Sweet The Sting” by Tori Amos and “Whole Lotta Love” performed by Robert Plant. The disc also includes show-stopping recordings from Bonnie Raitt, Roseanne Cash, Raúl Midón, Phil Collins, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, Bruce Hornsby and Cyndi Lauper.
“The performances captured during an XM Artist Confidential taping are always so incredible, we wanted to share some of our favorites with the larger community of music fans. Music is at the heart of the XM experience and XM Artist Confidential, Vol. 1 does a great job of capturing the passion and energy our millions of subscribers enjoy everyday,” said Lee Abrams, chief creative programming officer, XM Satellite Radio.
“With the release of this exciting new CD, we are realizing the potential of our alliance with XM Satellite Radio to create compelling, exclusive content for Starbucks customers,” said Ken Lombard, president, Starbucks Entertainment. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with XM, the leading satellite radio provider, to transform the way music fans discover and acquire their music.”
XM Artist Confidential, Vol. 1, is being offered for $14.95 in the U.S. and $18.95 in Canada.
Hosted by XM program director and on-air host George Taylor Morris, XM’s “Artist Confidential” series features exclusive live performances and candid, one-on-one interviews with celebrated artists who reveal rare insights on their lives and art before an audience of fans and friends. Among the dozens of accomplished musicians who have been featured on the critically acclaimed “Artist Confidential” are Coldplay, Dixie Chicks, Lenny Kravitz, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock. The third season of “Artist Confidential” premiered on XM in June. Complete information about the show and its guests is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/exclusivemusic.
Complete XM Artist Confidential, Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. Rainy Day Man - Bonnie Raitt
2. Clocks - Coldplay
3. Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson
4. House on the Lake - Roseanne Cash
5. Everybody - Raúl Midón
6. Sweet the Sting - Tori Amos
7. Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
8. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
9. Sweet Sir Galahad - Joan Baez
10. Sticks and Stones - Bruce Hornsby
11. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
12. Whole Lotta Love - Robert Plant
About XM Satellite Radio
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America’s number one satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM’s 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Porsche, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.
About Starbucks Entertainment
Starbucks Coffee Company launched Starbucks Entertainment in 2004 to help customers discover quality entertainment options as part of their daily coffee routines. Starbucks Coffee Company first acquired Hear Music in 1999 to become Starbucks Hear Music, the sound of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music has made a transformative impact on the music industry by providing a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its Hear Music™ CD compilations, its innovative partnerships with other music labels to co-release, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music, its 24-hour digital music channel on XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75) and its breakthrough Hear Music™ Coffeehouses in Santa Monica, San Antonio and Miami. Starbucks Hear Music™ CD selections can be purchased at Starbucks retail locations around the world, as well as online at www.starbucks.com/hearmusic. In 2006, Starbucks Entertainment extended beyond music and announced a unique partnership with Lionsgate to market and distribute the inspirational film “Akeelah and the Bee.” The company expects the film to be the first of many such partnerships that help customers discover unique and rewarding entertainment.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio’s service, the Company’s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-9-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.
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