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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Columbia Records Enters Into New Agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Courtesy of Columbia Records:

"RAW - GREATEST HITS - THE MUSIC," Inaugural Release Under New Columbia Records/WWE Music Group Deal, Commemorates The 15th Anniversary of "WWE RAW!"

"RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music" Available Tuesday, December 18

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 -- Columbia Records has entered into a new agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. "RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music," the first musical release under the new Columbia Records/WWE Music Group arrangement, will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, December 18.

A monumental collection of the sounds that define the untamed excitement of the WWE, "RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music" will be released in celebration of the 15th anniversary of "WWE RAW," the longest running original entertainment show in television history.

"I've been a life long fan of WWE," said Rick Rubin. "It's great to get the opportunity to work with them."

"It was an honor to work with Rick who brought his expertise in the worlds of music and wrestling to this project," said Neil Lawi. "'RAW - Greatest Hits' brings together heart-pounding original music with the world's premiere sports entertainment company. It's fantastic to be working with Columbia Records to further integrate the WWE brand into pop culture and celebrate 15 rockin' years of 'WWE RAW.'"

Bringing together the electrifying Official Entrance Themes of WWE Superstars -- including John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Undertaker, Mr. McMahon, Batista, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Evolution, Kane, and D-Generation X -- "RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music" is produced by Jim Johnston, composer of all the album's music, and the WWE Music Group's General Manager Neil Lawi. RIAA gold and platinum record holder Johnston, creator of the unforgettable body-slamming themes of the WWE Superstars, is the recipient of six BMI Cable Awards for his work on "WWE RAW."

Other "WWE RAW" anniversary events include a special 3-hour 15th Anniversary "RAW" television special airing live from Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Monday, December 10 from 8pm-11pm (Eastern) on the USA Network and the release of a commemorative 15th Anniversary "RAW" DVD to be released by the WWE in December as a companion piece to the "RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music" CD. In addition, the WWE will broadcast a Christmas Eve "Tribute to the Troops" on Monday, December 24 on the USA Network. (Check your local listings.)

WWE Music has sold more than six million CDs worldwide with five WWE Music Group album titles debuting in the US Top 10.

Each week, the WWE broadcasts six hours of original programming, seen by nearly 16 million people in the US alone, with WWE programming going out to 130 countries in 20 different languages worldwide. "WWE Monday Night RAW" is the most watched regularly scheduled program on ad-supported cable television. "WWE Friday Night Smackdown!" is the top rated Friday night program among total teens, male teens and males 18-34 and is the most watched program on CW among all male demographics.

"RAW - Greatest Hits - The Music - tracklisting

John Cena
'The Time Is Now'

Stone Cold Steve Austin
'I Won't Do What You Tell Me'

The Rock
'If You Smell'

Triple H
'The Game'

Shawn Michaels
'Sexy Boy'

'Rest In Peace'

Mr. McMahon
'No Chance In Hell'

'I Walk Alone'+

Rey Mysterio

Chris Jericho
'Break The Walls Down'

Mick Foley

Trish Stratus
'Time To Rock & Roll'

'Line In The Sand'

'Slow Chemical'

D-Generation X
'Are You Ready'

Bonus tracks:


Mr. Kennedy
'Turn Up The Trouble'

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: WWE), can be found at http://wwe.com and http://corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.