Experian Announces Finalists in Nationwide Search for the freecreditscore.com™ Band

Association with Gibson Guitar and MTV™ gives unsigned musicians a platform for launching their music careers

Experian Announces Finalists in Nationwide Search for the freecreditscore.com™ Band

Association with Gibson Guitar and MTV™ gives unsigned musicians a platform for launching their music careers

Irvine, Calif., June 24, 2010 — Four talented bands have been selected as finalists in the nationwide search for the freecreditscore.com™ band. Three bands were chosen from the month-long talent search, which included stops in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The fourth band was selected as a result of the online submission and voting process.

The four finalist bands will travel to Los Angeles to shoot their individual freecreditscore.com commercials on June 26 and 27. The commercials will air during the FOX broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on television on Tuesday, July 13. Voting will then open, allowing people to help choose the winning band. More than 100 submissions were accepted, and these bands rose to the top in a field of heavy competition: 

The Four Finalist Bands
Chicago: The Poets Dance – Progressive electro rock
Los Angeles: Evolove – Contemporary alternative rock
New York: I Love Monsters – Indie rock
Online: The Victorious Secrets – Pop rock band from Sterling Heights, MI

“We are one step closer to choosing the band that will become one of the most watched bands on television,” said Chris X. Moloney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the U.S. Consumer Direct business unit of Experian. “It’s truly exciting to have witnessed these bands go through the different phases of the search with such enthusiasm. Many of them are self-promoting through a variety of social media channels, and it’s incredible to see the positive nationwide response to the campaign.”

Consumers can log in to www.freecreditscoreband.com from July 13 to August 9 and vote for one of the four remaining bands. While they are there, they can enter to win one of four Epiphone Casino guitars valued at $1,000 each.

The four finalists will move on to the next round of competition and have a chance to win a $10,000 check, an exclusive prize package from musical instrument leader Gibson Guitar, and a Pearl drum kit valued at $12,000, a studio session with music industry veterans, and will walk the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards as well as have the opportunity to perform on the 2010 VMA Tour.

The three runners-up will each receive a $7,500 check to be divided among band members.

In an effort to promote personal financial and credit literacy, freecreditscore.com provides consumers with instant access to their free credit score when they enroll in Triple Advantage® credit monitoring. The company also offers a credit score tracker, access to a fraud resolution agent if needed and other valuable tools that are included in monthly membership.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Free Credit Score Promotion will consist of the Free Credit Score Band Search (“Search”) and the Free Credit Score Band Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) (collectively, the “Promotion”). The Promotion is promoted by ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian Company. Search is open to unsigned bands or bands signed with an independent label they own or control who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 21 & older. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C.18 & older. Search begins 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 5/11/2010 & ends 4:59:59 p.m. ET on 6/16/2010. Sweepstakes begins 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 5/20/2010 & ends 4:59:59 p.m. ET on 8/9/2010. For Participation Terms, which govern, visit www.freecreditscoreband.com , beginning 5/11/2010.

Jennifer Banovetz     
Edelman PR
1 323 202 1066


Renee Borsack 
Experian Consumer Direct
1 949 567 7739


About freecreditscore.com™
Freecreditscore.com, together with freecreditreport.com®, is part of a family of online consumer credit reporting sites belonging to ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian company. ConsumerInfo was founded in 1995 to give consumers quick, easy and inexpensive access to their credit profile. It is now the leading provider of online consumer credit reports, credit scores, credit monitoring and other credit-related information. ConsumerInfo provides credit monitoring to its more than 3.1 million members and has delivered more than 20 million credit reports on the Web. As part of the Experian family, it continues to grow its membership base and develop innovative products to help consumers better understand their credit.

Freecreditscore.com and freecreditreport.com are part of a family of products from Experian that help consumers monitor and manage their personal finances.

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 90 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2010, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

Experian and the Experian marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.