Aerosmith Chooses Worlds.com to Provide Exclusive
3D Internet Web Site and to Redesign Official "Aerosmith.com" Site
AerosmithWorld Interactive Virtual World Planned to be Available on New Aerosmith CD 'Just Push Play" to be Released in March
Old Greenwich, CT, January 24, 2001 - Worlds.com (OTC/BB: WDDD) today announced that it has signed a revenue sharing agreement with Aerosmith to develop and host a 3D web site to be called AerosmithWorld, utilizing Worlds' three-dimensional (3D) virtual reality Internet technology.
Aerosmith has been one of the top selling and highest grossing musical groups for the past three decades, having surpassed 100 million album sales. The group will also appear live on the CBS Television halftime broadcast of this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, January 28. Their performance will include "Jaded," the first track from the group's forthcoming album, JUST PUSH PLAY, due out in March.
Worlds will also redesign Aerosmith's official web site, currently available at www.Aerosmith.com. The site will be customized, hosted and maintained by Worlds.com.
The Worlds.com creation, AerosmithWorld, will be available for download from Aerosmith.com and is planned to be included on the forthcoming Aerosmith CD where the band kick-starts its own engine and "just pushes play."
Aerosmith World will include 3D environments for Aerosmith fans to enter, explore, meet and greet one another in visually rich 3D environments specially designed for Aerosmith by Worlds.com.
According to Thom Kidrin, president and CEO of Worlds, "For more than 30 years, Aerosmith has been a major international force in music, consistent with and always a part of popular American culture. Our agreement will propel the group to the next level of the Internet with the same creative foresight that the group demonstrated with cutting edge videos for MTV.
"By continuing to establish the continuity among music, videos and online virtual communities," Kidrin said, "Aerosmith will clearly demonstrate its creativity across multiple media platforms. Fans will be able to step into the world of Aerosmith as if they were stepping into their videos."
The group, said, "We've always been in our own world. Now, we get to share it with everybody."
Worlds.com, the Internet's premier 3D virtual reality entertainment portal, leverages its proprietary technology to offer visitors a network of virtual, multi-user environments that have rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, streaming video and e-commerce. The environments are focused around entertainment interests and targeted communities such as music, sports, and general entertainment environments. In the Worlds' Avatar Gallery, visitors select an avatar (3D character), and customize it into a personal virtual representation of themselves. The avatar is used to travel in and through the various virtual environments and participate in interactive activities involving entertainment, promotions, or e-commerce. Avatars can chat with one another, dance in a nightclub, e-shop, watch video clips and participate in other activities.
As America's premiere rock 'n roll band of all time, AEROSMITH are truly a unique force in contemporary music. They've already sold over 100 million albums around the world and earned an array of accolades (including Grammys and MTV awards) and still continue to achieve new milestones in their career. In 1998, the band's smash single "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" became the group's first-ever #1 Billboard pop hit and landed them an Academy Award nomination. AEROSMITH'S 1997-99 "Nine Lives" tour was the biggest and most successful trek of their career. In the U.S., the band performed a total of 160 shows in front of 3 million fans. Overseas, their trip to the UK and Europe also marked their most successful international tour yet (including a sold-out show at London's Wembley Stadium). Over the course of 20 overseas shows, AEROSMITH--STEVEN TYLER, JOE PERRY, TOM HAMILTON, BRAD WHITFORD and JOEY KRAMER--played to 600,000 wildly enthusiastic fans. AEROSMITH--hailed by USA TODAY'S Edna Gundersen (12/15/00) as the "rare exception in a field of stunted careers"--will release a new studio album, JUST PUSH PLAY, on Columbia in March 2001.
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