MSN Music Launches All Access Web Site With Celebrity Artist, Alanis Morissette

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 18, 2002 — MSN®
Music today launched a special All Access Web site with Alanis Morissette as part of a larger effort to give visitors to the MSN network of Internet services exclusive concerts and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the biggest names in the music industry. This event helps artists such as Morissette promote their music online and gain exposure to the 270 million unique users of MSN worldwide. MSN has teamed with Morissette to kick off the first concert in the series and will host an exclusive webcast and behind-the-scenes interview with her beginning today at .

“The power of the Internet is an inspiring way for fans around the world to connect with artists and their music at a deeper level,” said Jeremy Welt, head of new media for Maverick Records. “MSN has been the most effective place online for us to reach out to those fans and successfully promote our musicians.”

The concert, filmed in front of a star-studded audience at the famous Whisky-A-Go-Go bar in Hollywood, Calif., features Morissette performing a 30-minute set with songs from her highly anticipated new album, “Under Rug Swept,” due to be released Feb. 26, 2002, on Maverick Records. Songs included her popular new single, “Hands Clean,” and other favorites such as “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket,” “Ironic,” and “Thank U.”

“Providing music fans with a comprehensive yet intimate experience with their favorite artists makes MSN Music unique and even more useful,” said Benjamin Kilgore, general manager, MSN Music. “The All Access Web site is a win for both MSN and the artist — people visiting MSN get access to popular artists as never before, and the artists have a chance to promote their music simultaneously to fans around the globe.”

In addition to the exclusive webcast, the All Access site offers Morissette fans exclusive content, including video and audio interviews from the concert, outtakes from her new video, backstage footage from the concert, candid concert photos of Morissette with her fans, and a Morissette “celebrity radio station,” which features a compilation of Morissette’s favorite songs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans visiting the MSN Alanis Morissette All Access site can also listen to audio and view video streams of her new single, “Hands Clean,” preview the new album, check out album reviews of Morissette’s previous best-selling albums, and preorder her new album, “Under Rug Swept,” before it is released in stores.

More information on MSN Music can be found at .

About Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette is one of the premier singer/songwriters in contemporary music and has sold more than 40 million albums since 1995. She is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who has achieved vast critical praise and a dedicated fan base that extends throughout the world.

About MSN

MSN attracts more than 270 million unique users worldwide per month. Available in 34 markets and 18 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at MSN worldwide sites are located at .

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