Pressplay Expands Online Music Catalog With TVT Records

By | January 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Pressplay today announced a music content licensing agreement with TVT Records, the largest freestanding independent record label in the U.S., which will add TVT’s music to pressplay’s growing library. The agreement brings music from artists including Nine Inch Nails, Sevendust, XTC, Default, Underworld, Naughty By Nature and C.M.C. featuring Ja Rule, among others, to pressplay’s music library. Default’s debut album “The Fallout” and Sevendust’s latest “Animosity” are currently #1 and #2, respectively, on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart.

Pressplay’s online music library already includes songs from the world’s three largest record companies – Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Recorded Music – as well as numerous independent labels. Additionally, pressplay and TVT plan promotions through which previously unavailable tracks will be made available on the pressplay service from a wide-range of artists.

“Pressplay continues to place the highest priority on building an online music library that includes as much of the world’s popular music as possible,” said pressplay President and CEO Andy Schuon. “Adding TVT is another important step towards fulfilling that goal. The TVT library includes artists that cut across many genres, and we are extremely pleased to add their content to our service.”

“TVT is proud of its early belief in and continued commitment to the potential of the digital component of the music industry,” said TVT founder and President Steve Gottlieb. “Our new relationship with pressplay is an important step forward in this evolution. We are pleased to make our Artists available to passionate fans seeking the best music possible.”

Pressplay, which launched its service in the United States in December 2001, offers subscribers access to a broad catalog of music through streaming, downloading and CD-burning. Offered through affiliates MSN, Roxio and Yahoo!, and soon through, pressplay’s vast online library features an array of rock, pop, jazz, country, hip-hop and R&B songs. Pressplay enables subscribers to stream music, as well as build expansive, personalized music collections by continually adding downloaded tracks each month, which they can enjoy as long as they subscribe to the service. Pressplay also allows its members to create personal CDs by burning a certain amount of songs from their downloaded tracks.

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