Seventeen Magazine and SONY BMG Music Entertainment Release CD Compilation Inspired by Popular ''Indie Beat'' Column; ''Seventeen The Best New Music (Hear It First!)'' -- Available April 18

Seventeen magazine and SONY BMG's Strategic Marketing Group join forces to release the first ever Seventeen magazine-branded compilation CD - "Seventeen The Best New Music (Hear It First!)" - on April 18, 2006. The compilation features hot new artists that have been reviewed by critically acclaimed producer Billy Mann in Seventeen's monthly music column INDIE BEAT. (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--April 10, 2006--

  Songs Selected by Seventeen Contributor and Top Producer/Songwriter Billy Mann  



Seventeen magazine and SONY BMG's Strategic Marketing Group join forces to release the first ever Seventeen magazine-branded compilation CD - "Seventeen The Best New Music (Hear It First!)" - on April 18, 2006. The compilation features hot new artists that have been reviewed by critically acclaimed producer Billy Mann in Seventeen's monthly music column INDIE BEAT.

"Seventeen readers like to have the inside track on all the latest trends, so it's our obligation to make sure they know which bands and songs are going to be breakouts before everyone else is listening to them," said Seventeen Editor in Chief Atoosa Rubenstein. "I'm thrilled that Billy Mann's visionary 'Indie Beat' column has been brought to life with this fun and inspiring CD that plays like a soundtrack to our readers lives."

As today's largest teen magazine, reaching over 13 million readers every month, Seventeen is the leading authority on fashion, beauty and pop culture. Now, with the release of "The Best New Music (Hear It First!)," Seventeen introduces its readers to hits-in-the-making from the independent music scene.

"Seventeen's Best New Music CD is giving young women a taste of underground music that is exploding from places like Brooklyn, Boston, and Calgary," said Mann. "Don't miss this."

"Seventeen The Best New Music (Hear It First!)" features upbeat, catchy pop-rock tracks from the up-and-coming indie starlets The Like and the Shout Out Louds, to mellower, lyrically driven tracks by Brooklyn favorites Say Hi To Your Mom and the pop poetics of Citizen Cope. Available in stores everywhere and at Seventeen.com, "The Best New Music (Hear it First!)" retails for $13.98.

Track Listing:
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    1.   Shout Out Louds - Hurry Up Let's Go
    2.   Faces on Film - Beginners
    3.   Citizen Cope - Sideways
    4.   Apollo Sunshine - Phony Marony
    5.   The Like - The One
    6.   Architecture In Helsinki - It's 5!
    7.   Regina Spektor - Ode To Divorce
    8.   Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
    9.   Iron and Wine - Naked As We Come
    10.  Dirtie Blonde - Walk Over Me
    11.  Persephone's Bees - Nice Day
    12.  Say Hi To Your Mom - As Smart As Geek Is Chic Right Now

"Seventeen The Best New Music (Hear it First!)" is part of Seventeen's effort to be everywhere its consumer turns. Research shows that the average Seventeen reader spends 6.5 hours a day consuming media and multitasking with several different types of media. Seventeen is currently a content provider through its magazine, television, the internet, cell phones, newspapers, books, and retail channels.

SEVENTEEN reaches more than 13 million readers every month and is today's largest selling young women's magazine. Seventeen is part of Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, with a total of 20 U.S. titles and 145 international editions. Hearst reaches more adults than any other publisher of monthly magazines (76.3 million according to MRI, spring 2005). The company also publishes 19 magazines in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited.

The newly formed SONY BMG STRATEGIC MARKETING UNIT works closely with the company's labels to oversee and coordinate activities in a variety of areas, including master television, film and commercial licensing, creative product development, partnership marketing alliances, and the coordination of joint soundtrack projects between the Sony Music and BMG label groups, as well as overseeing Elvis Presley content management.

SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

Contacts

SONY BMG
Angela Salomon, 212-833-8575
angela.salomon@sonybmg.com
or
Seventeen
Elizabeth Dye, 212-649-2573
edye@hearst.com

Contacts

SONY BMG
Angela Salomon, 212-833-8575
angela.salomon@sonybmg.com
or
Seventeen
Elizabeth Dye, 212-649-2573
edye@hearst.com