Wednesday, September 28, 2005

XM Signs Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY(R) Award-Winning Artist and Actor Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges to Host New Music Show


WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio(Nasdaq: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5million subscribers, today announced GRAMMY(R)-nominated multi-platinum-selling artist Ludacris will host a weekly music show exclusively for XM."Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Ludacris' Open Mic" will feature music hand-selected by the artist, including songs from Ludacris' vast personal musiccollection, as well as special guests and interviews with other artists. Theshow will debut in January 2006 on XM's uncut hip-hop channel RAW (XM channel66).

"This is the beginning of a great partnership and I really look forward togrowing with XM and their millions of subscribers," said Ludacris. "XMSatellite Radio is affording me the opportunity to expose our audience to awider variety of music and ideas."

Born Christopher Bridges, multi-platinum hip-hop recording artist Ludacrisis one of the most recognized names in popular music today. A former radiopersonality from Atlanta with an impressive knowledge of music, Ludacris hasenjoyed enormous success since his major-label debut in 2000 and his music hasbeen embraced by urban media outlets, as well as MTV and pop radio. Beyondhis own work as a recording artist, Ludacris is CEO of Disturbing Tha PeaceRecords, which is home to some of the top-selling artists in R&B and Hip Hop,selling over 15 million records.

In addition to his own lucrative music career, Ludacris has branched outinto acting, most recently with a standout performance in the independent filmHustle and Flow, winner of the Sundance Audience Award. He also starred inthe critically acclaimed film Crash, which has earned him a Supporting Actornomination at the First Annual Black Movie Awards, and will be featured on theOctober 6 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A committed philanthropist,Ludacris is also dedicated to giving back to the community through hisLudacris Foundation, which has recently provided free housing for over 100people.

"Ludacris' passion for and knowledge of music, along with his remarkabletalent as an artist, are a natural fit with XM," said Eric Logan, executivevice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "The addition ofLudacris to the XM artist family is a testament to XM's commitment to createthe best original music programming available on satellite radio."

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