“The Climb” Wins Musicnotes.com 2009 Song of the Year Award

Madison, WI – April 21, 2010 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that Jon Mabe, Jessi Alexander, Music of Stage Three and Disney Music Publishing are the recipients of the seventh annual Musicnotes Song of the Year Award for the song, “The Climb.”

The Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is presented each year to the songwriter and publisher of the best-selling sheet music for a song made popular in the previous calendar year. In 2009, this song was “The Climb.”

The song “The Climb” was released in March 2009 as the leading single performed by Miley Cyrus for Hannah Montana: The Movie. In 2009, many musicians fell in love with the sheet music for this song in part because of its strong piano melody and emotional lyrics.

“Looking back at the years that we’ve given out this award, we can see how well the most popular song reflects an important part of popular culture,” stated Kathy Marsh, President and CEO of Musicnotes.com. “Each award speaks to a part of music history.”

Last year’s award went to the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, which was popularized by its performance on talent shows like The X Factor and American Idol. In 2007, the award went to “Hey There, Delilah” by Tom Higgenson from Plain White T’s. That song not only rocked the Billboard charts, but it also became the most-downloaded song in iTunes history.

This past year, “The Climb” surged in popularity because of several live performances by Miley Cyrus; “The Climb” was also covered on several talent shows including American Idol and the British talent show The X Factor. This song has also won several awards including the “Music Choice: Single” award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

“Receiving the Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is an exciting “first” for Disney Music Publishing and a recognition of the great song written by our Jessi Alexander with Jon Mabe,” said Julie Enzer, of Disney Music Publishing.

Musicnotes, the leading online digital sheet music publisher and reseller, has previously presented awards to Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah“),Vanessa Carlton (“A Thousand Miles”), Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”), Evanescence (“My Immortal”), Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna (“Bless the Broken Road”) and Daniel Powter (“Bad Day”).

About Musicnotes: Musicnotes, Inc. offers an online catalog of 100,000 digital sheet music titles, built on the strength of content agreements with Alfred Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Faber Music Ltd, Sony/ATV Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Disney Music Publishing, Cherry Lane Music Company, Peermusic, Word Music, EMI Christian, Bug Music and many others. Musicnotes is included in Internet Retailer Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Online Retailers and was recently selected by Internet Retailer as a “Hot 100” site for 2009.

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