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YORKSHIRE, England – 18th May 2004 – Leeds-based portal contactmusic.com today announced that Excite, one of the world’s best-known internet brands, has chosen the company to provide its up-to-the-minute news and reviews of films, music and video games content for its UK users site, www.excite.co.uk.

The contract to provide content, including exclusives of new films and music, is initially for a minimum of twelve months and will provide visibility of the contactmusic.com brand to excite.co.uk’s estimated 300,000 unique users.

As part of the launch, contactmusic.com has negotiated exclusive rights to the previewing of The Killers track “Jenny was a friend of mine” from Lizard King Records for excite.co.uk members. The band are getting rave reviews & have just been confirmed to play the Glastonbury, T In The Park and V2004 festivals.

Dr Bernard Berger, Business Development Manager at Excite, said: "Teaming up with Contactmusic marks a very important step for Excite UK's ambitious 2004 strategy. Thanks to the expertise of Contactmusic we will be able to offer a wide range of high-quality content, services and features to our users. This move increases the much requested entertainment section of Excite significantly, contributing thus both to the growth and versatility of our portal."

Antony Johnson, Commercial Director at contactmusic.com, said: “We’re really pleased to be associated with such a strong web brand as Excite. This deal is a first-stage point of visibility for contactmusic.com in our role as content aggregators. We will continue to go from strength to strength in this area by providing high quality and low-cost entertainment channels for other portal sites. With the increased spread we have with this Excite deal we will be able to negotiate better content in the form of exclusive deals for all of our customers.”

Contactmusic.com is also in discussions with other major web brands to provide unique content for web sites and portals. It has already established a direct audience of 250,000 regular users and 6 million page impressions per month and continues to be an expanding organisation through its provision of ring tones, logos and advertising deals with organisations such as BT, AOL and O2. Amongst its plans for 2004/2005, it is considering an IPO.

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About Excite
In 2002 Excite Italia with headquarters in Rome, now operating independently from Excite@Home, obtained the European branch of the Excite Network, and relaunched portals in all major European markets, providing search, directory, information and entertainment services. Thus Excite combines local European expertise with the experience of an Internet pioneer and the strength of a globally acknowledged brand.

Today Excite maintains a rapidly growing network of portals in Italy, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain with millions of unique users, growing traffic, and a wide variety of first class services.

About contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com was established as an independent artist site in 2000, and has since grown into one of the UK’s most popular youth portals, providing independent and established artists music for downloads, streams, news on films, music and celebrity, interviews, online games, ringtones and logos.

Disclaimer
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For More Information
(Media Only):

Antony Johnson,
General Manager
contactmusic.com
Tel +44 (0)1943 865 111
Antony@contactmusic.com

Dr Bernard Berger,
Business Development Manager
Excite.co.uk
Tel +39 (06) 57023-1
bberger@staff.excite.it



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