Live Performances From 'Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope' Available Exclusively on Sony Connect
All Proceeds From Download Sales Will be Donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund
Sony Corporation of America Will Match the First $100,000 Raised Through Domestic Download Sales
SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Sony Connect has announced that live performances from the NBC Universal benefit special, "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope", are available at http://www.connect.com/. Exclusive live tracks from the concert are available from the following artists: Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters with Eric Clapton, Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Josh Groban, Lenny Kravitz, Nelly, Gloria Estefan, Brian Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross.
"We are thrilled with Sony's innovative way to financially support our relief effort in the midst of this crisis," said Skip Seitz, Senior Vice President of Growth and Integrated Development for the American Red Cross. "The humanitarian challenges connected with the tsunami in South Asia are immense, and we greatly appreciate this generous help."
"This is the first charity download ever from a telethon," said Jay Samit, General Manager of Sony Connect. "Thanks go to EMI, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as well as the many artists and publishers involved for supporting this effort to provide relieve to the victims of the tsunami."
"Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope" aired on Saturday, January 15th on NBC, the NBC Universal cable platforms, Telemundo and PAX. Sony's Connect Music Store is offering exclusive downloads of live performances from the concert. All proceeds from Tsunami Aid download sales will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, and Sony Corporation of America will match the first $100,000 raised through domestic download sales.
About Sony Connect Inc.:
Sony Connect Inc., based in Santa Monica, California, is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. Sony Connect currently offers consumers over 800,000 music tracks from major label and independent artists, as well as the ability to enjoy that content on a wide range of digital music devices that are priced to suit any lifestyle.
About Sony Corporation of America:
Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and a 50% interest in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the largest recorded music companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004, and it employs 162,000 people worldwide. Sony's consolidated sales in the U.S. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004 were $20.4 billion. Sony Corporation of America's homepage is: http://www.sony.com/SCA/index.shtml
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