Announcing the pre-launch of a new music community, `YouMusic jp`

Released on: February 15, 2008, 12:05 am

Press Release Author: Yasuyo Nomura / Simulingual, Inc.

Industry: Internet & Online

Press Release Summary: A new Japanese music website supporting artists who aspire to
make a major debut and to perform on international stages one day

Press Release Body: Tokyo, Japan - February 15, 2008 - A new website geared toward
new music artists, \"\", is announcing its pre-launch phase today. YouMusic
displays music performances by such artists and allows their audience to post their
comments freely. It is a free, \"community-minded\" website, available in both
Japanese and English, connecting artists and their audience on a one-on-one level.

As an online music community, YouMusic aims to foster young artists aspiring to make
a major debut one day by providing them with opportunities to perform on a \"virtual
stage\", where they can showcase their music performances, videos and images. Music
performances by both Japanese and American/British musicians are now being
introduced to a general audience beyond their own countries\' boundaries, and it is
hoped that others will join these musicians and that all will one day become
globally renowned.

YouMusic is a nonprofit website operated by a major Japanese translation company,
Simulingual (headquartered in Tokyo). Established musicians are also welcome and
invited to participate.

A beta version of YouMusic is currently available, generating approximately 3,000
accesses every day. Blogging and RSS functions will be added to YouMusic before its
official launch in April 2008.

\"\" Features

1. YouMusic displays music performances submitted by musicians regardless of their
categories. Its main theme is to support musicians by providing them with
opportunities to perform on a \"virtual stage\". The same kind of sensation that you
experience when you stop on the street to listen to music performed by street
musicians in a liberated atmosphere can be created on YouMusic.

2. As YouMusic is a community-minded website, it offers an environment through which
musicians and their audience can interact in different ways, including blogs,
\"bulletin boards\" and through sub-communities such as \"fan clubs\".

3. YouMusic introduces a \"listener\'s eyes\" system, in which each member\'s artist
evaluation is revealed in real time. This evaluation considers various factors,
such as the member\'s action in response to the artist\'s performance (e.g., frequency
of access to the website, blogging, participation in site community activities,
adding onto the member\'s own page). \"Listener\'s eyes\" can make it immediately
apparent which members support which musicians/songs.

Future Development of YouMusic

Under YouMusic\'s currently available beta version, there are approximately 400 music
performances that have been submitted by musicians for display and a daily average
of nearly 3,000 accesses. We will be developing a variety of features to continue
making YouMusic a full-scale media environment.

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Contact Details: Yasuyo Nomura
Public Relations Officer
Ph: +81-3-3593-1236

1st Floor, Shin-Kasumigaseki Building
3-3-2 Kasumigaseki
Tokyo 100-0013

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