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Daily Features Help Discover Best Black Musical Artists

SEATTLE, Feb. 2, 1999 /PRNewswire/ -- Can you name an all time favorite black opera star? How about your favorite country or classical performer who's African-American? Stumped? (NASDAQ: AMZN) can help. To honor Black History Month, the company is featuring influential, timeless artists, both in traditionally popular categories, like R&B, Rock, Jazz and Gospel, as well as in categories ripe for learning and exploration.

"Black History Month is a time to learn more about black history and celebrate blacks' momentous contributions to American culture," said Keith Moerer, senior music editor at "African-Americans have made a great impact in a broad range of musical genres, and our month-long music celebration helps music fans discover those accomplishments. It's also a great resource for teachers and students with Black History Month projects."

The Black History Month celebration page can be found at It features 75 key recordings selected in six categories: R&B/Rock; Blues/Gospel; Jazz; Folk/Country; Classical Opera; and Hip Hop. Additionally, one artist will be highlighted on the music home page each day during the month of February. editors' recommendations for "must have" CDs will help customers start or round out an established music collection, or simply learn more about black music greats. Music fans who visit the site can also participate by reading reviews, listening to song samples or writing their own reviews for others to enjoy.

About, Inc., Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995. Today, the store has expanded to offer more than 4.7 million book, music CD, video, DVD, computer game, and other titles, plus secure credit card payment, personalized recommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology. operates two international Web sites: in the United Kingdom and in Germany. also operates PlanetAll (, a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (, the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crewmembers dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present.

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