Paul McCartney First Artist Signed to New Hear Music Label

    Newly Formed Record Label from Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music
Group to Release Paul McCartney's First New Studio Album in Nearly Two Years
Featuring All New Songs from the Legendary Artist

    SEATTLE, March 21 /CNW/ - Starbucks (Nasdaq:  SBUX) and Concord Music Group
proudly announced today that Hear Music's inaugural CD release will be from
none other than music legend Paul McCartney. The album is slated for release
early this summer and will be available at all traditional music retail
outlets and Starbucks locations internationally. The announcement was made at
the Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle where McCartney made a
surprise appearance via satellite.

    "For me the great thing is the commitment and the passion and the love of
music, which as an artist is good to see," said McCartney. "It's a new world
now and people are thinking of new ways to reach the people and for me that's
always been my aim."

    "Having the honor of releasing an album by Paul McCartney as our first
project under the Hear Music label is, in a word, remarkable," said Ken
Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. "This demonstrates how Hear
Music can present even the most successful recording artists of all time with
unique opportunities to reach existing fans, as well as a new audience of

    "It is such a privilege to be able to present this amazing new album to
the world," said Glen Barros, president and CEO of the Concord Music Group. "I
believe that McCartney fans, like myself, will find that this album connects
them to everything that they've always loved about Paul, yet also delivers a
new personal dimension that shows his continued evolution as an artist. It is
a truly profound recording."

    With their recent creation of the Hear Music label and the newest
offering from McCartney, Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group have
taken big first steps in the evolution of their partnership. Hear Music grew
from the two companies' mutual quest for music that demonstrates quality,
authenticity, relevance and passion. Hear Music seeks to provide a new
platform for reaching music fans and introducing them to both emerging and
established artists with inspired vision and a keen sense of purpose. This
will result in compelling music selections for consumers.

    Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group's past collaborations
include Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company," which to date has sold 5.5
million copies worldwide and won an unsurpassed eight GRAMMY(R) Awards,
including Album of the Year. In addition, Sergio Mendes' "Timeless" won a
Latin GRAMMY(R) for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album of the Year and to
date has sold close to a million copies worldwide.

    About Concord Music Group

    The Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and
music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and, in many
cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. Concord Music Group's
legendary family of labels includes Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy,
Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Pablo, and
Prestige, to name a few. They include titles from some of the most admired and
enduring names in music, including Ray Brown, Rosemary Clooney, John Coltrane,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes,
Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Tito Puente, George Shearing
and Mel Torme. The group's current roster of world-class artists includes:
Karrin Allyson, George Benson, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, John Fogerty, Gerald
Albright, Will Downing, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sergio Mendes, Jane Monheit,
Ozomatli, John Pizzarelli, Poncho Sanchez, Spyro Gyra, Curtis Stigers, Angie
Stone and Tierney Sutton.

    About Starbucks

    Starbucks Coffee Company provides an uplifting experience that enriches
people's lives one moment, one human being, one extraordinary cup of coffee at
a time. To share in the experience, visit

For further information:

For further information: For Paul McCartney, contact: Paul Freundlich
Associates Paul Freundlich, 212-334-6116 or In UK, contact:
Outside Organization Stuart Bell, 011-44-207-462 2940 or For Starbucks, contact: Starbucks
Entertainment Doug Cavarocchi, 206-318-7100 or I/D Public Relations Allison
Elbl, 323-822-4851 or For Concord Music Group, contact:
Concord Music Group Joel Amsterdam, 310-385-4206

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