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Universal Music Backs DVD-Audio

6 Apr, 2003 By: Jessica Wolf

Universal Music Group has announced it will release 20 DVD-Audio titles domestically in the second half of 2003.

These releases are just the beginning, according to a company statement. With one of the biggest music catalogs in the world, Universal Music Group plans an ongoing program to release DVD-Audio discs, featuring best-selling artists and core catalog titles, to major markets worldwide.

The first 20 titles will have remixed and remastered tracks to take advantage of DVD-Audio's advanced-resolution surround sound. The discs also will take advantage of the visual qualities of the format, according to the supplier, and will include extras like photo galleries, lyrics, artist biographies and discographies, and music videos.

“Universal has always played a leading role in the development and implementation of new technologies and formats,” said Larry Kenswil, president of eLabs, Universal Music Group. “Over the past five years, DVD has established itself as one of the fastest-growing formats. The huge penetration of DVD makes DVD-Audio a natural progression for music lovers who are already owners of DVD players, taking them from the familiar world of stereo to the 21st-century world of multichannel surround sound.”

In other news, Universal Music Group's domestic distribution arm, Universal Music and Video Distribution, was named the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' (NARM) distributor of the year for the third year in a row.

NARM members nominated finalists for the award based on communications, marketing, promotions, employees, standards of business dealings, order fulfillment and support for industry events, among other criteria.

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