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‘Prepare Thyself to Rock’

October 30, 2008

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ — ShockHound (http://www.shockhound.com/) announced today that the site will celebrate its launch with a series of exclusive free shows in major U.S. cities starting early November. Los Angeles lo-fi duo No Age and irreverent indie rock band Titus Andronicus will tour New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Launched October 28, 2008, ShockHound is a one-stop, genre-spanning music site loaded with millions of MP3s, a vast selection of band merchandise, the latest music videos, unique programming, and exclusive and compelling editorial content.

“We’re looking forward to hitting the road with Titus Andronicus and meeting the fans from ShockHound,” said Randy Randall of No Age. “We love the site and are thrilled to be part of these free shows — the fact that ShockHound is doing this for the fans shows a real commitment to music lovers.”

Hailing from Los Angeles, No Age is a noise-punk outfit with a devoted following, while Titus Andronicus is an up-and-coming rock band from New Jersey known for its fierce, thrashy sound. The two will kick off the tour in New York City on November 9, stopping in Chicago and Los Angeles before closing the tour in San Francisco on December 4th. Tickets will be available for free on ShockHound.com on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stay tuned for event details.

ABOUT SHOCKHOUND

ShockHound (http://www.shockhound.com/) is the one-stop, genre-spanning music site loaded with millions of MP3s featuring artists from all the major record labels, as well as most independent record labels. The site also includes a vast selection of artist merchandise, music videos, and exclusive editorial content. In addition, artists can upload and sell their music directly to users. With a wide array of interviews, album reviews, original “webisode” videos, individual artist pages, and a strong community of music devotees, ShockHound not only has the goods on favorite bands, but also promotes discovery of new and emerging artists. ShockHound encourages its members to be an integral part of the editorial voice, offering users the opportunity to join in the never-ending musical dialogue via user reviews, comment sections and personalized user pages. ShockHound is a division of Hot Topic, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Information on potential factors that could affect Hot Topic’s financial results is included in Hot Topic’s public reports filed with the SEC, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2008. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

ShockHound

CONTACT: Ed James, +1-212-652-9295, ed@cornerstonepromotion.com, ofCornerstone (Public Relations) for ShockHound

Web Site: http://www.shockhound.com/




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