EMI Music UK releases special football compilations and individual mobile phone tunes

Today, EMI Music UK, Catalogue, licences five downloadable music packages specially compiled for the World Cup season. The packages, each containing a handful of tracks, are available from online digital service providers: iTunes, Napster, OD2 (MSN, Wanadoo, My Coke), Sony Connect and Tunetribes. Ringtones of the individual tracks are available from mobile service providers: 3, Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Virgin. The content is also included in the World Cup sections on respective operator portals.

Andy Way, digital marketing manager for EMI Music UK label, Catalogue, says: “Whether it’s fierce patriotism or people simply coming together to share the highs and lows, music has always been very much a part of the World Cup. This is the first time that digital has been so mainstream during the event and it provides online retailers with an ideal platform to offer timely and relevant content. With tracks to suit every outcome of the season there’s something for everyone during this 2006 World Cup.”

For fans, whether they’re in the office, down the pub or on the move, the music packages cover every eventuality and mood possible over the coming weeks. They are labelled:

· England: Patriotic sounds from God Save the Queen and the Dambusters - perfect for when England’s tournament begins on June 10th against Paraguay!

· Football Themes: Includes theme tunes from Match of the Day and Grandstand to get into the mood

· Winners: Celebrate along to Simply The Best with Tina Turner

· Losers: Should the worst happen, Heroes from David Bowie or The Great Escape could be the commiserating tunes

· Other Nations: Includes Guantanamera (We're Gonna Score In a Minute) by Geoff Love and Conga performed by the England Supporters Club & England Band

Check out all the tracks streamed here for you in Windows Media Player format:


1. God Save the Queen - New World Orchestra


2. Jerusalem - Fat Les


3. Land Of Hope & Glory - The Central Band of The Royal Air Force


4. Rule Britannia - Band of HM Royal Marines


5. The Dambusters March - Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra


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1. Grandstand Theme - Powerpack Orchestra


2. Life Of Riley - Lightning Seeds


3. Match Of The Day Theme (Off Side) - Geoff Love Orchestra


4. Nessum Dorma - Jose Carreras


5. Ode To Joy – Beethoven


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1. Heroes - David Bowie


2. The Best - Tina Turner


3. Song 2 – Blur


4. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba


5. The Great Escape - Band of the Royal Military School


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1. The Long & Winding Road - Matt Monro


2. Que Sera Sera - Jimmie Rodgers


3. We'll Meet Again - The Central Band of the RAF


4. You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers


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1. Conga - England Supporters Club & England Band


2. Tijuana Taxi - Geoff Love Orchestra


3. Guantanamera (We're Gonna Score In a Minute) - Geoff Love


4. Mas Que Nada - Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains


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Editors notes

About EMI Music UK – Digital Media Division
EMI Music UK was the first major record company to establish a dedicated Digital Media division in 1998. The division is responsible for the digital activity of EMI Music UK and Ireland and its individual music labels. In addition, each of EMI Music UK’s record labels - EMI Records, the Angel Music Group, 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 UK’s assets across the digital media. The division is also responsible for the EMI Music UK aggregate site, www.the-raft.com, which 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.


Charley Hayes
immediate future Ltd.
0845 408 2031

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