June 2, 2000

CDNOW Debuts New Latin Music Department

CDNOW, the leading online music destination, announced the debut of its new Latin music department (cdnow.com/latin) featuring reviews, news, interviews, recommendations and more on some of today's hottest Latin recording artists and rising stars. For the first time ever, CDNOW is offering visitors the chance to experience a complete music department in both Spanish and English by simply clicking on the language of their choice.

This week, CDNOW's Latin music department features an exclusive CDNOW Interview with the rock en español band Molotov, as well as a feature on rising star Bebel Gilberto, and reviews on legendary Latin Soul musician Bataan, Cuban bassist and composer Cachao and more. Visitors will also find up to 30% off on music from artists like Selena, Shakira, Claudia Acuna, and Enrique Iglesias.

CDNOW's award-winning Editorial department, led by Editorial Director John Bitzer, now includes 17 different music departments — including Alternative/Indie, Christian/Gospel, Classical, Comedy/Spoken Word, Country, Electronic/Dance, Folk/Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Kids/Family, Latin, New Age, Pop/R&B, Rock, Soundtracks, Vocal/Theatrical and World. Each music department (except Kids/Family) features allstar daily music news; interviews with high-profile artists; reviews of the latest releases; profiles of up-and-coming artists; album picks from a variety of artists; and Milestone reviews of classic albums. Information in all music departments is updated on a daily basis.

"The launch of our Latin music department is a milestone event for CDNOW," said Bitzer. "Latin music reached new heights worldwide last year, and it promises to become even more popular in the future. We are now featuring Latin music information and product in its own section, and in its native language as well. Plus, we've cultivated some of the most knowledgeable. Latin music writers in the business to give our coverage even more depth. We know the Latin community is growing dramatically, and is also passionate about its favorite music, so we hope to be its fans' first choice in seeking our great Latin music -and Latin music coverage- online."

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