Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America and Blue Note Records to Collaborate on In-vehicle Audio Systems

   Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America and Blue Note Records to
                   Collaborate on In-vehicle Audio Systems

Industry-leading car infotainment supplier and the iconic record label agree
to jointly develop custom automotive audio solutions

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Sept. 26, 2013

DETROIT, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Panasonic Automotive Systems Company
of America, an industry-leading supplier of mobile audio and in-vehicle
entertainment and infotainment systems, has formed a working agreement with
legendary jazz record label Blue Note Records to develop custom branded audio
systems and content for the global automotive market.

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The agreement provides the framework for the two leaders in their respective
industries to work together to create customized audio systems, and provide
exclusive Blue Note content for Panasonic's automotive customers.

Founded in 1939, Blue Note Records became known for classic recordings from
legendary artists including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane,
Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter and Herbie
Hancock. Blue Note has since established itself as the premiere jazz label in
the world, home to leading jazz talent like Robert Glasper, Jason Moran,
Terence Blanchard and Joe Lovano, while at the same time expanding its scope
to other areas of important adult music including artists such as Norah Jones,
Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello and The Roots.

In 2011, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as
Chief Creative Officer and soon became President of the label. With Was at the
helm, Blue Note has renewed its dedication to label founder Alfred Lion's
vision that "any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way
of musical feeling is genuine expression."

"For nearly three quarters of a century, Blue Note Records has been considered
the marquee record label among jazz aficionados. Having the ability to
collaborate with such a storied music brand will afford Panasonic
unprecedented access to Blue Note's unrivalled legacy, and will become a
valuable asset to our OEM customers," said Tom Gebhardt, President of
Panasonic Automotive. "We are always searching for ways to help automakers
better connect with their customers. Combining nearly 75 years of Blue Note
history with Panasonic's 60 years of automotive experience creates a level of
expertise no one has ever witnessed."

"We are excited to be working with such a creative partner that shares our
passion of trying to bring our unique style of music to the widest possible
audience," said Was. "Our goal is to work together with Panasonic to develop
products that will bring Blue Note's emotion and authentic artistic appeal
directly to new vehicle buyers."

The collaboration between Panasonic Automotive and Blue Note Records will
bring together the unique strengths of each company to provide superior
quality and performance, as well as a strong emotional appeal with consumers.

According to a recently released report by information and analytics provider
IHS (NYSE: IHS), in 2012 Panasonic remained the top supplier of automotive
infotainment systems worldwide, "putting it at the forefront of the
fast-growing market for equipment that delivers information and entertainment
to motorists."

The report finds that Panasonic along with the rest of the Top 10 suppliers
accounted for nearly two-thirds of overall motor vehicle infotainment revenue
in 2012."

About Blue Note Records
The Finest In Jazz Since 1939. Blue Note Records has aimed to uphold that
distinction for almost 75 years. Blue Note's legendary catalog traces the
entire history of Jazz from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop,
Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion and across all the
music's myriad modern iterations. The label remains home to some of the most
prominent stars and cutting-edge innovators in Jazz today, and has also
broadened its horizons to include quality music in many genres while remaining
dedicated to founder Alfred Lion's vision that "any particular style of
playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine
expression." In the 21^st century Lion's words still ring true and provide a
blueprint that includes everything from Robert Glasper Experiment's visionary
melding of jazz and hip-hop to Norah Jones's sonic experiments with pop
producer Danger Mouse.

About Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
Based in Peachtree City, Georgia, and with Detroit-area operations located in
Farmington Hills, Mich., Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a
division company of Newark, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of North
America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation,
which is based in Osaka, Japan, one of the world's leading developers and
producers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer,
business and industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
also acts as the North American operating company of Panasonic's Automotive
Systems Company of Japan, which coordinates global automotive industry systems
and components operations. For more information on Panasonic Automotive,
please visit: www.panasonic.com/business/automotive.

SOURCE Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Website: http://www.panasonic.com/business/automotive
Contact: Dan Unger, Panasonic, dan.unger@us.panasonic.com, 201-392-4571; Cem
Kurosman, Blue Note Records, cem.kurosman@umusic.com, 212-786-8634; David
Stoyka, Marx Layne & Co, dstoyka@marxlayne.com, 248.855.6777
 
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