Hip-O Select is about to get even hipper

Hip-O Select is about to get even hipper. Available now for the first time ever, the acclaimed, award-winning Internet-only music imprint from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will add high-end merchandise items and digital downloads to its exclusive array of import, vinyl, limited edition, box set, rare, and out-of-print albums. All of the products will be available on from one shopping cart.

Also, the spectacular collection, Motown: The Complete No. 1's (Motown/UMe), a 10-CD box set containing every Motown No. 1 hit, from every U.S. and International chart and from every genre, adding up to a staggering 202 tracks that hit the top, plus 10 bonus tracks whose cover versions were No. 1 will be available for pre-order.

The digital downloads will be offered alongside their physical counterparts, and a number of sold out Hip-O Select CDs, such as Marvin Gaye's In Our Lifetime - Deluxe Edition and Love's The Blue Thumb Recordings, will now be available for download. Exclusive collector's digital-only releases, including rare Chess masters, will also be forthcoming.

Among those merchandise treasures will be the smoothest, softest and best quality t-shirts to ever bear the Tamla globe logo that debuted in 1961, the classic M-in-a-box Motown logo that debuted in 1965, the later more famous Motown logo, and the renowned U.K. version. All will be available in men's and women's styles, and in various colors.

Hip-O Select launched April 1, 2004. Selling directly to fans through its Website, the label has released approximately 200 projects, spanning such diverse artists as Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, The Supremes, The Animals, Jimmy Cliff, Peggy Lee, DJ Shadow, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Bo Diddley, and Joe Walsh.

Hip-O Select has received the Mojo Magazine Reissue Of The Year award for Max Romeo's War Ina Babylon, the Blues Foundation's Handy Award for Reissue Of The Year for the Muddy Waters volume Hoochie Coochie Man, and prestigious Alex art design awards for the latter collection and The Complete Motown Singles, Volume One: 1959 to 1961. Along with four- and five-star reviews for its releases from the likes of Rolling Stone and Goldmine, National Public Radio's KCRW has dubbed Hip-O Select "the premier reissue label."

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