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"Children of Men" Soundtrack Album Features Cutting-Edge Artists From Roots Manuva, Kode9 and the Spaceape, Pressure, Cyrus (Random Trio) and Jarvis Cocker

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/06/06 -- Universal Pictures' new film "Children of Men" examines our past and the possible future -- and so goes the music for the thriller's soundtrack. From classic rock artists, including John Lennon, Deep Purple, Donovan and King Crimson, to cutting-edge stars of today like Dubstep, "Children of Men -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Hip-O/UMe) reflects backwards and looks forwards at the changing music soundscape. The album is set for release on December 12, 2006.

Based on the book by P.D. James and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Michael Caine, the Alfonso Cuarón- ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Y tu mamá también") directed "Children of Men" is set for release in the United States on December 25, 2006. The film envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.

Dubstep is a new British urban electronic music that melds Dub, Trip Hop, Drum & Bass/Jungle and U.K. Garage/Grime into something wholly different. Its artists on "Children of Men -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" are Kode9 and the Spaceape (2006's "Backward"), Pressure (featuring pre-eminent female dancehall voice Warrior Queen from 2006's "Money Honey") and Cyrus (Random Trio) (2006's "Indian Stomp").

Other contemporary, edgy artists heard are Roots Manuva, arguably the U.K.'s most distinctive hip-hop star, with "Witness (1 Hope)" from 2001's "Run Come Save Me"; The Kills, one of the finest proponents of stripped back rock, with "Wait" from 2003's "Keep On Your Mean Side"; The Libertines, an important, albeit short-lived band, with the potent 80-second punk assault "Arbeit Macht Frei" from 2004's self-titled album; and Jarvis Cocker, the former Pulp frontman, with 2006's "Running The World."

Even the classic tracks have a futuristic vibe: from Deep Purple's psychedelia-meets-progrock "Hush" from 1968's "Shades of Deep Purple" to the title track of the Robert Fripp-led King Crimson's 1969 debut "In The Court of the Crimson King"; from an alternate version of John Lennon's 1973 "Bring on the Lucie (Freda People)" to Donovan's "There is an Ocean" from the same year. The soundtrack also includes Italian Franco Battiato's mesmerizing 2001 cover of the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" and renowned bluesman Junior Parker's 1974 cover of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows," as well as Johnny Pearson's '70s U.K. hit "Sleepy Shores," arranged specifically for "Children of Men."

Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, "Children of Men" follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Clive Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. When the planet's last remaining hope -- a lone pregnant woman named Kee (newcomer Clare-Hope Ashitey) -- is threatened, this reluctant activist is forced to face his own demons and protect her from certain peril.

Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Cuarón, "Children of Men" also stars Julianne Moore as Julian, the leader of an underground opposition group, and Michael Caine as Jasper.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Nashville, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Hip-O Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, New Door Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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