News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers Get Exclusive Bob Marley Ringtones

Verizon Wireless and Universal Music Group (UMG) Continue Mobile Music Leadership with Exclusive Availability of Ringtones by the Legendary Reggae Artist

August 27, 2007

Jeffrey Nelson
Verizon Wireless
Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com  
917-968-9175

Maria Ho-Burge
Universal Music Group
Maria.ho@umusic.com
212-331-2569

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, announced today that Verizon Wireless customers can personalize their wireless phones with Ringtones by legendary artist and music icon Bob Marley. Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers, these featured tones will include classic songs by Bob Marley, including music off of the classic Island Records / Tuff Gong / UMe 1984 Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits collection, "Legend," the best-selling reggae album of all-time, certified 10 times platinum.

No other artist has generated the galvanic global effect of Robert Nesta Marley. Singer, songwriter and shaman, he has received innumerable honors: the Jamaican Order of Merit, a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, membership of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. The New York Times calls Marley the most influential musical artist of the second half of the twentieth century. Even with over two decades after his passing, Marley continues to be the standard by which all popular music artists are measured. Later this year, UMG is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the pinnacle album "Exodus" with a new release of the album on Island Records / Tuff Gong / UMe, which will include rare photos and the historic "Live at the Rainbow" concert on DVD.

The availability of Bob Marley Ringtones marks the continuation of Verizon Wireless' leadership in the mobile music arena. Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless company to offer Ringback tones in 2004; since then, the company has not only introduced unique artist relationships and offered iconic music-playing devices such as the Chocolate by LG, but also created cutting-edge music services that encourage music discovery, such as V CAST Song ID. Since 2006, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.1 million songs from well-known and independent artists that customers can download over-the-air with V CAST Music.

Ed Ruth, director of digital music for Verizon Wireless, said, "These classic recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers represent some of the best songs ever recorded — Bob Marley is an iconic singer, songwriter and performer and we're proud to bring these Ringtones exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers in North America. This is yet another proof point to Verizon's commitment to provide quality music — first — to our customers and reaffirms our leadership position in the mobile music business."

Verizon Wireless customers can select from more than 30,000 Ringtones and 30,000 Ringback tones today; the following Ringtones from Bob Marley & The Wailers are now available:

  • "Africa Unite"
  • "Buffalo Soldier"
  • "Burnin' And Lootin'" (Live)
  • "Coming In From The Cold"
  • "Concrete Jungle" (Live)
  • "Could You Be Loved"
  • "Easy Skanking"
  • "Exodus"
  • "I Shot The Sheriff" (Live)
  • "Is This Love" (Live)
  • "Jah Live"
  • "Jammin'"
  • "Kaya"
  • "Kinky Reggae" (Live)
  • "Lively Up Yourself" (Live)
  • "Natural Mystic"
  • "One Love / People Get Ready"
  • "Punky Reggae Party" (Live)
  • "Redemption Song"
  • "Running Away"
  • "Satisfy My Soul"
  • "So Much Trouble In The World"
  • "Stir It Up" (Live)
  • "Sun Is Shining"
  • "Three Little Birds"
  • "Trenchtown Rock" (Live)
  • "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
  • "Waiting In Vain"

Verizon Wireless customers can purchase Ringtones by visiting the Get Tunes & Tones shopping aisle on their Get It Now®-capable phones.

For more information about mobile music from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/music.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's largest global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

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