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ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK HITS HIGH NOTE ON HOME SHOPPING CLUB SALES CHARTS

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- Home Shopping Network, Inc. (NYSE: HSN), parent company of the Home Shopping Club, Inc., announced today that singer Engelbert Humperdinck topped sales charts in his debut appearance on the Club last Thursday.
 The Humperdinck~Club combination proved to be a perfect match. The charismatic entertainer had products "blowing out the door" as Club phone lines exploded with thousands of shoppers calling to order his fragrance, "Release Me," and reminisce with him on the air. The entire inventory of the perfume, launched on the Club, sold out during Humperdinck's four Club segments.
 On tour to commemorate his 25th anniversary in show business, Humperdinck chose the Club as the venue to introduce American audiences to his new album titled, "Hello Out There," already on the top hit charts in Europe. In addition, he presented an exclusive compilation of 18 of his greatest hits and favorite songs titled, "Yours Until Tomorrow."
 Shoppers ordered tens of thousands of cassettes and compact discs, an unprecedented amount for an initial offering, according to Mark Fine, senior vice president of PolyGram Group Distribution. "This new mode of music distribution is simply remarkable. I've never before witnessed so many unit sales for a recording star's new albums within such a compressed time frame. Sales of Engelbert's albums on Home Shopping were phenomenal. This is the first time a new release has been offered by a TV retailer, and I think it appealed especially to the 35-plus music lovers, a group that has felt alienated as music business customers in recent years," Fine said.
 Roy M. Speer, chairman of HSN, said, "It was a pleasure having Engelbert appear on Home Shopping. Our customers let us know loud and clear that they enjoyed his shows and were absolutely delighted to speak with him. His sales were great."
 Humperdinck burst onto the music scene in 1967 with his smash hit, "Release Me", and from that time on has shared a unique, warm rapport with his audiences all over the world.
 He has a remarkable collection of more than 40 gold records and in excess of 15 platinum albums, with career sales hitting over the hundred million mark. His music and popularity are enduring as evidenced by the devotion he enjoys from members of 350 fan clubs worldwide.
 After his Club appearances, Humperdinck said, "I had a wonderful time at the Home Shopping Club. I'm so pleased that I was able to bring audiences some products that I hope they'll love as much as I loved offering them."
 Nick R. Cua, vice president of Star Product Group, an HSN subsidiary, said, "Engelbert's Club sales far exceeded our expectations. We've opened a new medium for music which I'm convinced will attract more recording artists of his caliber. HSN holds tremendous potential for labels and their recording artists."
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