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Ticketmaster.com to Service ARTISTdirect Users

ARTISTdirect Inc. signed a ticketing services and promotional deal with Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch Inc. (TMCS) for real-time online ticketing for the ARTISTdirect Network.

As part of the three year agreement, ticketmaster.com will provide the ARTISTdirect Network with a co-branded ticketing site for all live music events and integrate real-time ticketing into each of ARTISTdirect's artist-specific sites.

In addition, the companies have agreed to work together to facilitate Internet-only ticket presales for artists participating in the ARTISTdirect Network. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

ARTISTdirect will integrate placements and advertising on TMCS' ticketmaster.com and LiveDaily.com sites, giving visitors access to contextual links to official artist sites, official artist stores and artist content.

ARTISTdirect and TMCS also will cooperate on direct marketing initiatives designed to provide concert-going fans with access to unique ARTISTdirect tour content and e-commerce opportunities.

"ARTISTdirect is a comprehensive destination for music fans, and music fans want tickets," said Marc Geiger, chief executive officer and chairman of ARTISTdirect. "The agreement with Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch allows us to implement a program that will not only bring value to our users, but will also underline our corporate mission to create a vertically integrated online network that connects fans directly to artists."

The ARTISTdirect Network of Web sites offers multi-media entertainment content, music news and information, community around shared music interests, and music-related commerce.

The network consists of ARTISTdirect.com, home of the official channels that the company operates on behalf of artists; UBL.com, a music search engine on the Web; iMusic, an online community site where fans exchange music interests and commentary; DOWNLOADSdirect; Artist TV, the network's hub for broadband programming; and the ARTISTdirect Superstore, a retail site offering recorded music and artist merchandise.