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Verizon Wireless Gives Chris Cornell Fans Reason To "Scream"

Score unreleased music through gift-with-purchase program; plus, get a chance to win tickets to exclusive album launch concerts

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September 22, 2008

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321Monique Idlett
Mosley Music Group for Chris Cornell and Timbaland
monique.idlett@mosleymusicgroup.com
305-389-1082

IRVINE, CA — Verizon Wireless and Chris Cornell are giving fans a preview of new music from Cornell’s highly-anticipated and soon-to-be-released album, “Scream,” produced by Verizon Mobile Producer in Residence, Timbaland.

Rock icon Cornell, former front-man for Soundgarden and Audioslave, has teamed with super-producer Timbaland for a unique new sound that is sure to spearhead a brave new world of cross-genre collaboration.

Additionally, an enter-to-win program gives fans a chance to see Cornell and Timbaland in eight exclusive performances and meet the stars at eight in-store appearances. “Scream” is scheduled for release on Nov. 4.

“Verizon Wireless is always looking for opportunities to bring together fans with their favorite music artist,” said Gregg Yacovone, Verizon Wireless director of marketing.

“Fans can connect with Chris Cornell and Timbaland through a series of album launch in-store events and performances and downloads of the limited edition mobile EP of ‘Scream,’ available only through V CAST Music.”

“Working with an artist like Chris Cornell who is willing and excited to cross genres and find new ways to share his music is exactly why I signed on to be Verizon’s Mobile Producer in Residence,” said Timbaland. “It is only natural that we bring our new music to fans in this unique way and using the latest mobile technology.”

“I am excited to be working with Verizon Wireless to reach both new and old fans with my music,” Cornell said. “My new work with Timbaland has allowed me to evolve artistically, and with mobile technology, we are able to deliver ‘Scream’ directly to our fans to their cellphones as well as experience it live before its release.”

Limited Edition Chris Cornell Mobile EP
Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, 2008, Verizon Wireless customers in the western United States who purchase or upgrade to any V CAST-enabled phone with a new two-year agreement at a participating location will be the first to get the limited edition Mobile EP of Chris Cornell’s new album, “Scream,” before the album’s Nov. 4 release.

The limited edition Mobile EP includes Cornell’s single, “Scream,” the theme song to the new V CAST Music with Rhapsody commercial track; “Watch Out;” “Ground Zero,” currently featured in ABC’s “Life on Mars;” plus “Long Gone;” “Never Far Away;” “Enemy;” and exclusive video and photos.

Exclusive “Scream” Album Launch Events
Fans can be a part of music history and experience Chris Cornell and Timbaland who, for the first time ever, will perform songs from the new album, “Scream,” live together at one of the eight exclusive album launch events.

For more information, visit a participating Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

Album Launch Performance Dates

  • Oct. 17: Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
  • Oct. 18: Salt Lake City, UT – The Avalon Theater
  • Oct. 19: Tempe, AZ – Marquee
  • Oct. 24: Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
  • Oct. 25: Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
  • Oct. 26: San Diego, CA – House of Blues
  • Oct. 31: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
  • Nov. 2: Seattle, WA – Showbox

Meet Chris Cornell and Timbaland
In addition to the album launch performances, Chris Cornell and Timbaland will also meet fans and sign autographs at pre-launch in-store events at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

  • Oct. 17: 2073 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222
  • Oct. 18: 987 W. 500 N Bldg A, American Fork, UT 84003
  • Oct. 19: 2040 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Oct. 24: 7300 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89113
  • Oct. 25: 13455 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
  • Oct. 26: 3505 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
  • Oct. 31: 150 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • Nov. 2: 960 Park Ave. North, Renton, WA 98057

About Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell has been astonishing fans with his vocal talent for nearly two decades. As the architect of grunge and the lead singer of Soundgarden, he brought the Seattle sound to the masses with songs such as “Black Hole Sun,” “Rusty Cage” and “Outshined” from classic albums “Badmotorfinger” and “Superunknown.”

Later, Cornell joined with former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, whose albums include “Audioslave,” “Out of Exile” and “Revelations.”

In recent years, Cornell has also established himself as a solo star with the albums “Euphoria Morning” and “Carry On.”

Cornell was the first American male solo artist to be commissioned to do the Bond theme in 2006 with “Casino Royale.” An artist who thrives on contradictions, Cornell is once again moving boldly forward, working with Timbaland on “Scream.”

About Timbaland
For more than a decade, Timbaland has dominated the pop charts thanks to an endless stream of hits for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent and Nelly Furtado.

So prolific a hit-maker is Timbaland that in the span of a single year – 2006 to 2007 – he produced more than 10 #1 international hits, among them Furtado’s “Promiscuous,” Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” and 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology.”

Timbaland’s touch extends to his own solo work – he scored three top 10 singles alone from his 2007 solo album, “Shock Value.” In February of this year, Verizon teamed with Timbaland as the first ever Mobile Producer in Residence.

One of today’s most influential music producers, Timbaland spans genres in commercial and radio success, and now intends to use Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service to deliver music directly to fans through their mobile phones.

V CAST Music
V CAST Music is available exclusively with Verizon Wireless. Through the service, customers can download music over-the-air directly to their V CAST Music-capable wireless phones and straight to Windows® XP PCs. Customers can also transfer new and existing digital music from the PC to a wireless phone and compatible portable music players.

For more information on mobile music from Verizon Wireless, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com/music. For more information on the Chris Cornell program go to www.screamliveconverts.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.

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