EMI labels boast three of the top five Best Albums of 2005

Coldplay’s third album on Parlophone ‘X&Y’, which topped the charts in 32 countries, received the Best Album award at the MSN Music Download Awards 2005, taking almost a third of the votes.

Newcomer KT Tunstall’s ‘Eye To The Telescope’ from EMI Music UK label Relentless Records came second while Gorillaz’s ‘Demon Days’, also from Parlophone, came in at fourth place.

Robbie Williams, from Chrysalis on EMI Records UK, was also recognised in the top five artists of 2006.

The MSN Music Download Awards 2005, voted by the public, celebrates the finest musical talent in 2005. Over 10,000 people voted for their favourite recording artists in three categories – Best Artist, Best Track and Best Album.

Danny Van Emden, Digital Media Director at EMI Music UK comments, “This triple win for EMI reflects our strong commitment to building a digital strategy which is incorporated into the overall marketing and sales mix. The beauty and power of digital marketing is leveraging spontaneous moments -- offering a fan a download of a track they have just seen performed live in front of them at gig.”

Dan Duncombe, Digital Media Manager at EMI Music UK label Parlophone, said, “We’re thrilled Coldplay have received the Best Album award. It is great to celebrate the significant impact of downloads in an ever changing music industry and recognise how a new generation of fans are accessing music. More importantly for Coldplay this is an award voted for by the fans.”

Best Album
1. Coldplay – X&Y
2. KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope
3. Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business
4. Gorillaz – Demon Days
5. Kanye West – Late Registration

Best Artist
1. Gwen Stefani
2. James Blunt
3. Kaiser Chiefs
4. Coldplay
5. Robbie Williams

Best Track
1. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
2. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha
3. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
4. Sugarbabes – Push the Button
5. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc

www.msn.co.uk/musicdownloads

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Notes to editors:
For further information on EMI Music UK, please contact:
Charlotte Hanson 0845 408 2031 charlotte.hanson@immediatefuture.co.uk

For further information on MSN, please contact:
Ruth Thomas 0207 025 6437 ruth.thomas@redconsultancy.com

About EMI Music UK – Digital Media Division

EMI Music was the first major record company to establish a dedicated Digital Media division in 1998. The division, headed up by Danny Van Emden, the Digital Media Director, is
responsible for the digital activity of EMI Music UK and Ireland and its individual music labels. In addition, each of EMI Music’s record labels - EMI Records, Innocent, Parlophone, Virgin and the catalogue division - has a Digital Media Manager responsible for developing artist specific new media opportunities, promotions and web presence.

The Digital Media division develops many of the company’s digital cross-marketing and artist promotions; providing exclusive content; managing data capture and eCRM systems; and monetising EMI Music’s assets across the digital media. The division is also responsible for the EMI Music aggregate site, www.the-raft.com and mobile portal wap.the-raft.com. The website has been running for 11 years and won multiple awards.

With in house skills in journalism, programming, photography, SEO and design, the team are able to generate the right mix of copywriting and creativity to exploit a range of commercial opportunities. Working with EMI’s Commercial Digital team, Digital Media has worked with retail, brand, online and mobile organisations. This year alone, the division has agreed a number of crucial deals with high profile partners including OD2, i-Tunes, mycokemusic, Napster, Orange and Vodafone Live.

Websites developed for well-known artists include Kylie.com, Kelis.co.uk, thethrills.com, nerduk.com, thedivinecomedy.com, doves.net and jamelia.com. The team is also responsible for creating artists’ web shops, selling physical products and exclusive merchandise, as well as developing mobile shops and download platforms.

EMI Music UK is part of The EMI Group, one of the largest music companies in the world and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

www.emimusic.co.uk

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pressoffice@immediatefuture.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 30th January 2006