INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M RECORDS, NEOPLANET ANNOUNCE ENHANCED BROWSER ALLIANCE

Custom fan browsers released for Beck, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, No Doubt

LOS ANGELES and TEMPE, Ariz., June 23, 2000 - Interscope Geffen A&M Records (www.Interscope.com), a division of the Universal Music Group, and enhanced browser-developer NeoPlanet, Inc. (http://www.neoplanet.com) today announced that Interscope Geffen A&M Records will offer music fans customized versions of NeoPlanet’s enhanced Web browser. The new browsers are designed to offer a user-friendly, fan-oriented online experience, and to help Interscope Geffen A&M both strengthen its online audience relationships, and promote its products and services.

Custom browsers have been released by Interscope Geffen A&M for Beck (www.beck.com), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (www.bbvd.com) and No Doubt (www.nodoubt.com), and are currently available free for downloading from artist Web sites. The companies also said they plan to release an Eminem version (www.eminem.com) this summer, and possibly more artist versions later this year. Each browser features unique interface designs with artist-oriented sounds and images, direct “channel” links to the artist’s online properties, and a variety of enhanced navigation features.

“These browsers offer loyal fans a unique and fun way to navigate the Internet,” said Courtney Holt, Interscope Geffen A&M Records. “By enabling a closer relationship to the user, the browsers also help us develop a more direct and lasting relationship with our audiences. We’re excited to work with NeoPlanet in this approach to building our online community.”

“Combining the appeal of Interscope Geffen A&M’s popular artists with the ease-of-use and customization capabilities of NeoPlanet’s enhanced browser offers a compelling product for music fans,” said Drew Cohen, president and CEO, NeoPlanet, Inc. "We are proud to work with this leading label to build and strengthen their online audience relationships."

Interscope Geffen A&M’s enhanced custom browsers feature:

  • Artist-oriented sounds and images throughout the interface
  • Channel navigation, including direct links to Interscope Geffen A&M and artist-related Web content
  • Integrated search and email
  • Customizable “skins” allowing users to easily change the look-and-feel of the browser
  • Macromedia Flash 4 Player

The enhanced browsers are approximately 2MB and require Windows 98 or Win 95/NT with IE 4.0 or higher installed.

About Interscope Geffen A&M
Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a division of the Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, is home to such artists as U2, The Wallflowers, Dr. Dre, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Limp Bizkit, Beck, No Doubt, Eminem and Enrique Iglesias.

About NeoPlanet
NeoPlanet combines content, communications and community to bring the best of the Internet to the consumer's desktop. The company allows users to reflect their own "Internet Fashion" by customizing NeoPlanet's Internet Desktop through personalized "skins." NeoPlanet features a built in directory of user customizable Content Channels featuring Lycos' leading Internet content allowing users to personalize their surfing experience. Distribution channels include Web sites and direct marketers, ISPs and OEMs. NeoPlanet is free and easy to download at http://www.NeoPlanet.com. NeoPlanet, Inc. patent pending.

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CONTACTS:
Ray Ibe
Interscope Records
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ray.ibe@umusic.com

NeoPlanet, Inc.
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