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Amazon.com Announces Best Music of 2011

Amazon music editors reveal the best music of the year; customers and editors agree Adele’s “21” ranks among top albums of the year with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as the 2011 customer favorite

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2011-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its picks for best music of 2011. The list includes the editors’ picks for the Top 100 Albums of the Year, Top 100 Customer Favorites and a breakdown of Best of the Year lists in a variety of musical genres. To see all of the Best of 2011 music lists go to http://www.amazon.com/bestmusicof2011.

Each year the Amazon Music team digs deep into a handful of musical genres--editors listen to as much new music as possible and vote on the very best albums and songs. The goal of creating a thoughtful “best of the year” list is to help customers discover amazing new music and to make it easy for customers to explore new artists or bands. The Best of the Year Music Store is now live on Amazon.com and offers customers a large variety of music to browse, along with unique lists such as “50 Outstanding 2011 Albums You Might Have Missed.”

“Our customers enjoy discovering new music and we hope there’s something for everyone’s taste in our Best of the Year for 2011,” said Craig Pape, Director of Amazon Music Content Acquisition. “Our editors love to listen to new music and highlight the best of the best such as Adele’s rich sophomore effort ‘21.’ ‘Rolling In The Deep’ has become an anthem for 2011 and is the top song in our Customer Picks.”

Top 10 music editors’ picks for best albums of the year:

1. Adele, “21”

2. Bon Iver, “Bon Iver”

3. The Decemberists, “The King is Dead”

4. James Blake, “James Blake”

5. The Civil Wars, “Barton Hollow”

6. Cut Copy, “Zonoscope”

7. Cults, “Cults”

8. Little Dragon, “Ritual Union”

9. tUnE-yArDs, “W H O K I L L”

10. Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”

Top 10 customer MP3 favorites for 2011:

1. Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

2. Adele, “21”

3. Original Broadway Cast, “The Book Of Mormon”

4. Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”

5. The Decemberists, “The King Is Dead”

6. Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues”

7. She & Him, “A Very She & Him Christmas”

8. Death Cab for Cutie, “Codes and Keys”

9. The Civil Wars, “Barton Hollow”

10. Bon Iver, “Bon Iver”

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. The new latest generation Kindle is the lightest, most compact Kindle ever and features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes – still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch 3G is the top of the line e-reader and offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch, with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle Fire is the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games and web browsing with all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, Amazon Silk (Amazon’s new revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser), vibrant color touch screen, and powerful dual-core processor.

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