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10/18/2004
Usher Explodes With 24-2 Soundscan Jump and 709% Sales Increase for Worldwide 10-Million Selling Confessions (Special Edition)

LaFace recording artist Usher's Confessions (Special Edition) has posted an unprecedented 709% Soundscan sales increase this week, jumping from #24 to #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts and to...

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10/15/2004
PlayStation®2, Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Rolled Into New York With 'Race to the Polls' - a Special Event to Encourage Voter Participation

With the Presidential election less than four weeks away, PlayStation®2 joined forces with Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) for "Race to the Polls," an exclusive event...

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10/15/2004
Columbia Records/Sony Urban Music Announce the Release of the Year's Most Eagerly-Awaited Recording:

Destiny's Child, the world's best- selling female pop vocal group, is back after a three-year hiatus with Destiny Fulfilled, slated to hit stores on Tuesday, November 16. One of this year's most...

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10/15/2004
Music to Your Ears

When fans of Jessica Simpson, the wildly popular vocalist and star of MTV's Newlyweds reality show, shop for her first Christmas CD during October at the usual retail outlets -- music, book stores...

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10/12/2004
Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative CD and DVD In Stores November 9

Jive recording artist Britney Spears will release "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" on November 9. The CD and DVD will include her biggest hits such as " ... Baby One More Time," "I'm A Slave 4 U"...

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10/12/2004
GospoCentric Records Acquired by Zomba Label Group

In one of the most important deals in the young history of the contemporary Gospel music field, GospoCentric Records, LLC -- which includes the GospoCentric Records and B-Rite Music labels and is...

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10/12/2004
Hollywood Talents Christopher Lee and Heather Graham Lend Their Voices to EverQuest® II

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced that legendary British actor Christopher Lee and Hollywood star Heather...

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10/10/2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment Makes Company History, Crossing the $1 Billion Mark in Both North American and Overseas Ticket Sales for the Third Year in a Row

Sony Pictures Entertainment made company history Saturday by crossing the $1 billion mark overseas for the third year in a row, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of SPE and...

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10/06/2004
Sony's Third-Generation AIBO Entertainment Robot Grows Up With Upgraded Software and New Hue

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Check out the latest upgrade to Sony's canine-like AIBO® Entertainment Robot (ERS-7M2/W and ERS-7M2/B). Advanced technology, new software...

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10/06/2004
Sony Computer Entertainment America Wants You to Experience the Music of Voodoo

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today its sponsorship of the Voodoo Music Experience 2004, a two-day festival that brings some of the most innovative and well-known musical acts...

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10/05/2004
PlayStation®2 Teams With Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to 'Race to the Polls' Along With Performances From Hip-Hop's Elite

Continuing its effort to empower young voters, PlayStation®2 joins forces with Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) for "Race to the Polls," an exclusive event designed to...

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10/04/2004
Tony Bennett's New CD, 'The Art of Romance,' to Be Released on RPM Records/Columbia Records on November 9

RPM Records/Columbia Records will release The Art of Romance, the new CD from the legendary performer and twelve-time Grammy winner Tony Bennett, on November 9. Bennett's consummate skill in...

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09/30/2004
Loud Seatmates and Pesky Family Members Beware: Sony's New Headphones Will Tune You Out

The couple in the next aisle has been arguing since take-off, but the new Sony® MDR-NC6 noise canceling headphones help ensure the only audible noise on the plane is coming from your portable...

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09/29/2004
Sony Online Entertainment and Future Network USA Join Forces to Launch Sony Online Entertainment Worlds Magazine

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced that it is working with Future Network USA, a division of UK-based Future...

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09/27/2004
Sony Online Entertainment Announces PlanetSide®: Aftershock

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced PlanetSide: Aftershock, the complete PlanetSide collection. Featuring...

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09/23/2004
Consortium Led by Sony Corporation of America, Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

A consortium led by Sony Corporation of America and its equity partners Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, together with...

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09/22/2004
Sony Opens First U.S. QUALIA Store in New York City

In an effort to create a unique, personalized shopping experience for its QUALIA™ line of products, Sony Electronics today celebrated the grand opening of its first QUALIA store in the U.S. The...

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09/22/2004
Robert Downey Jr. Signs Exclusive Contract to Record for Sony Classical

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed an exclusive recording contract with the Sony Classical label, it was announced today. His debut recording consists of eight of his own pop...

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09/22/2004
Opening Title Paintings From Spider-Man® 2 to Be Offered in Charity Auction on eBay Starting September 22

Starting September 22, 2004 through October 20, 2004, renowned artist Alex Ross' original paintings, which appeared in the opening title sequence to Columbia Pictures and Marvel Enterprises'...

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09/21/2004
Sony Delivers First VAIO PC Made Exclusively for Business

Mobile workers rejoice. Sony has introduced the VAIO® B-Series notebook PC that is not only easy to work and travel with but easy to purchase, support and deploy. Based on Sony's award-winning Z1...

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09/21/2004
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Adopts Blu-ray Disc ROM for Next Generation PlayStation®

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), announced today that it had begun preparations to adopt Blu-ray Disc ROM (BD-ROM) format as a medium for the next generation PlayStation®, the successor...

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09/21/2004
PlayStation®2 Gets Stunning New Look

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today its plans for the global release of a new, redesigned PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system (SCPH-70000 CB) in time for the year-end...

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09/20/2004
Lights! Camera! Take Action and Vote! PlayStation®2 and Russell Simmons Host 'Make a Difference' Benefit for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Raising Money to Encourage Voter Registration

In an effort to empower young voters to participate in the 2004 election, PlayStation®2 joined forces with Russell Simmons, Brett Ratner and Andre Harrell to host "Make a Difference" -- a...

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09/17/2004
Patti Smith & Ensemble to Perform at New York's Fabled Roseland Ballroom With Legendary Rock Band Television

Patti Smith and her Band will share the bill at New York's fabled Roseland Ballroom with the legendary band Television, led by Tom Verlaine, on Saturday, October 2. Patti Smith's association with...

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09/14/2004
Sly 2: Band of Thieves™ Returns to the Scene of the Crime This Holiday Exclusively on Playstation®2

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the launch of Sly 2: Band of Thieves™, a comic crime, action-adventure designed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment...

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