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Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" is Amazon Music's Largest Global CD Pre-Order

Reality Star Susan Boyle’s Upcoming Album Becomes the Largest Global CD Pre-Order in the History of Amazon

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2009-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that Susan Boyle’s upcoming album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” has become the largest global CD pre-order in the history of Amazon. The album will be released from Sony Music Entertainment on Nov. 23. Boyle became a reality show and Internet star after her April 11, 2009, appearance on the television show “Britain’s Got Talent,” where she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Misérables.”

“We were excited when Susan Boyle’s album became the top CD pre-order in the U.S. We’re absolutely ecstatic now that the album has become our largest global CD pre-order,” said Craig Pape, senior manager of Music at Amazon.com. “Looking at the rest of our global Top 5, you see titles that resonated in their local markets. Susan’s album is clearly capturing the hearts of our customers around the globe.”

“One of the things that is so unique about Susan Boyle is her ability to touch people around the world,” said Steve Barnett, Columbia Records Chairman. “We’re excited that ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ holds the new record for global pre-orders and that Amazon’s customers have supported her album in this way.”

A video on the Amazon.com Music Store allows fans to re-live that magic moment when Boyle first sang “I Dreamed a Dream.” To watch the video and learn more about Boyle, visit Amazon’s Susan Boyle store: www.amazon.com/SusanBoyle. Customers can also enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to London to have afternoon tea with Susan Boyle.

Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” CD is currently available for pre-order for $9.99 and will be available for download from Amazon MP3 beginning on Nov. 23. The physical CD is eligible for Pre-Order Price Guarantee. Customers who pre-order “I Dreamed a Dream” are guaranteed the lowest price available from Amazon.com between the time the order is placed and the release date.

Here’s a list of the Top 5 CD pre-orders of all time for Amazon, along with their top-selling country:

1. Susan Boyle, “I Dreamed a Dream” (2009), U.S.

2. Mr. Children, “Supermarket Fantasy” (2008), Japan

3. Ken Hirai, “Ken Hirai 10th Anniversary Complete Single Collection, ‘95-‘05” (2005), Japan

4. Norah Jones, “Not Too Late” (2007), U.S.

5. Take That, “Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection” (2008), U.K.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel; Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk and Amazon CloudFront.

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About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Aware, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, Black Seal, BNA Records, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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