America Online To Sponsor The 'Madonna Drowned World Tour 2001'

AOL To Bring Highlights Of The Pop Superstar's Tour And A Virtual Backstage Pass To Its Members

Both New And Current AOL Members Will Have The Chance To Buy Seats For U.S. Dates Through Ticketmaster Before They Go On Sale To The General Public

NEW YORK, NY, and DULLES, VA, May 3, 2001 -- Madonna is hitting the road this summer and America Online members are going along for the ride! America Online, the world's leading interactive services company, in conjunction with Bhakti Tours, Madonna's touring company, will be sponsoring MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, Madonna's first live concert tour in eight years, it was announced today. Through this innovative relationship, and AOL's recent alliance with Ticketmaster, AOL will be the first place to offer advance tickets to shows in the U.S.* before they go on sale, and the only place for exclusive ongoing coverage of the Grammy-Award winner's concert performances. Advance Madonna Tickets, Only On AOL! The MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, which begins this summer with an itinerary that will take the superstar throughout Europe -- where tickets sold out in record time -- and across America, promises to be a celebration of artistry, technology, light, sound and staging from one of the music world's most visionary stars. For each U.S. concert date on the tour, America Online is offering an exclusive opportunity for new AOL subscribers to purchase up to two tickets beginning on Sunday, May 6 before they go on sale to the general public. By calling Ticketmaster's toll-free number* for the concert date and location nearest them, Madonna fans can join AOL and get tickets on a first-come, first-sold basis. Current AOL members who want to catch Madonna's act will also have a chance to buy a limited number of tickets online on a first come, first-sold basis beginning Monday, May 7 (AOL Keyword: Madonna) and to win tickets through a series of online contests and promotions throughout the tour. AOL Goes On Tour with Madonna! On the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, promoted by SFX, Madonna will be performing material selected from her current multi-platinum CD, MUSIC, her previous smash CD, RAY OF LIGHT, as well as signature songs spanning the length of her incredible career, and America Online will be there every step of the way. Through onsite promotions at concert venues, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about AOL and the interactive medium; America Online will also be prominently displayed in the Madonna tour book. The MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 is her first live concert tour since 1993's THE GIRLIE SHOW. AOL Brings Madonna's Tour to Life Online! AOL is planning to offer its members an exclusive virtual backstage pass to the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001. From concert highlights to chats to glimpses of the backstage area, Madonna and AOL hope to bring the excitement of her concert tour to AOL members and users of America Online's family of brands. The AOL Music Channel also plans to offer exclusive online content related to the tour, including special downloads from the concerts, tour pictures, video clips, interviews and much more. "Madonna could not be more enthusiastic about returning to the stage this summer," said Caresse Henry, Madonna's Manager. "I think that participating with AOL is a great way to connect with her fans." "Madonna is an amazing artist, and we're delighted to sponsor her MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001," said Jonathan Sacks, President of AOL. "Madonna has been a long-time innovator in harnessing the power of the interactive medium to bring her music to the widest possible audience. Now, AOL members who are Madonna lovers will have a one-stop destination to get advance tickets to concerts, online access to the performances, chats and interviews and much more. This is the kind of exciting event programming that is the hallmark of our brands and is certain to be enjoyed by our millions of members." "Participating in the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 will bring tremendous benefits to the millions of users of AOL's brands who love everything about Madonna," said Kevin Conroy, Head of AOL Music. "This tour promises to be a blockbuster, and we look forward to working on similar promotions with other artists. AOL Music is proud to align with such an incredible and innovative performer to promote her tour across America and Europe." Consumers can call the following toll-free numbers to sign up for AOL and order tickets for the tour dates listed below. Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-sold basis through Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TMCS). * "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001" (Toll-free Numbers active as of Sunday, May 6) TOLL-FREE # Location/Date of Concert 888-298-2321 Boston: Aug. 6 & 8, Boston Fleet Center 888-449-7733 Detroit: Aug. 25 & 26, Palace at Auburn Hills 888-316-8595 Philadelphia: July 21 & 22, Philadelphia First Union Center 888-449-7755 Chicago: Aug. 28 & 29, United Center 888-298-5852 Miami: Aug. 14 & 15, National Car Rental Center 888-449-7970 Las Vegas: Sept. 1 & 2, Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel 888-303-2121 Los Angeles: Sept. 9 & 11, Los Angeles Staples Center 866-265-1700** Oakland: Sept. 5 & 6, Oakland Arena 888-449-0095 New Jersey: Aug. 2 & 3, E. Rutherford, Continental Airlines Arena 888-318-6646 New York: July 25 &26, Madison Square Garden 888-449-3644 Washington, DC: Aug. 10 & 11, MCI Center 888-449-6564 Atlanta: Aug. 19 & 20, Atlanta Philips Arena **Tickets are purchased through by calling this number

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"Liz Rosenberg, for Madonna" 55251897