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Amazon Premiers Court Yard Hounds Music Video and Offers Free Multimedia Download
Members of the Dixie Chicks jump back into the music scene, launching first single on Amazon.com
SEATTLE, Mar 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon.com, Inc. today announced it is now exclusively premiering the Court Yard Hounds' music video and offering fans a free MP3 download of the band's song "It Didn't Make a Sound." Starting today and for a limited time, customers can watch the music video and download both the video and MP3 of the song by visiting Amazon's Court Yard Hounds Store: http://amazon.com/courtyardhounds.

Court Yard Hounds' Martie Maguire and Emily Robison first gained popularity as members of the fan favorite Dixie Chicks. The sisters have regrouped after a three-year musical hiatus to form Court Yard Hounds. The Hounds' debut album will be released from Columbia Records on May 4, 2010, and it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

"Our customers love the convenience of pre-ordering new music so we strive to give them early access to our multimedia products. Amazon is thrilled to be the first to offer a free download of the music video and MP3 for 'It Didn't Make a Sound,'" said Craig Pape, senior manager of Music for Amazon.com. "We love supporting distinguished artists like Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks as they re-emerge with a new sound that we think our customers will enjoy."

"Audiences will love the fresh and familiar sound of the Court Yard Hounds' debut album," said Steve Barnett, Columbia Records chairman. "To be able to offer fans exclusive content of their favorite artists is important to us. By teaming up with Amazon we know that customers will have quick and easy access to the Court Yard Hounds' musical debut in the media format of their choice."

The self-titled Court Yard Hounds CD is currently available for pre-order for $9.99 and will be available for download from Amazon MP3 beginning May 4, 2010. The physical CD is eligible for Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee. Customers who pre-order Court Yard Hounds are guaranteed the lowest price available from Amazon.com between the time the order is placed and the release date.

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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. Kindle and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

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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.

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