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Jan 27, 2015 | UK Singer/Songwriter George Ezra Caps Global Breakthrough With U.S. Debut Of Acclaimed Album Wanted On Voyage Available Now

HIT SINGLE "BUDAPEST" #1 AT Triple A RADIO FOR 11th WEEK IN A ROW

CROWNED VH1'S YOU OUGHTA KNOW ARTIST FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY; SPOTLIGHTED AS VEVO DSCVR ARTIST WITH PERFORMANCE ON VEVO FEBRUARY 16

Jan 27, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's full speed ahead for breakout UK singer-songwriter George Ezra, whose Columbia Records U.S. album debut, Wanted on Voyage, is available in the US today, January 27th both physically and digitally, including a deluxe iTunes version that offers three additional tracks. The album is already basking in global success, earning double-platinum sales in the UK and multiple turns at the #1 slot, (charting Top 5 in 8 countries) with Ezra recently nominated for four prestigious Brit Awards, including Best Male Solo Artist and Best British Album. 

The 21-year-old musician has been riding high on his catchy single "Budapest." The unique song spent several months in the upper tier of the UK charts, one of the most streamed songs of 2014, recently passing the 100 million stream milestone on Spotify, and available for streaming HERE. First embraced stateside by multiple channels on Sirius XM, the song has soared at U.S. radio platforms, currently clocking an incredible 11 week reign at #1 in the Triple A format, a Top 15 presence at Alternative Radio, a rapid rise up the Adult Top 40 chart and even garnering early support from pop radio, as well.

The album is available on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/wantedonvoyage.

The in-demand Ezra continues to gather steam generated by his tours across the United States. He is currently on tour with Grammy-nominated Sam Smith, and will join Grammy-nominated label-mate Hozier on his sold out run on March 2nd in Toronto, Ontario.  George's own headlining tour rolls out March 24th (see all dates below), and includes performances at the celebrated Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he will take the stage on Friday, April 10th and Friday, April 17th.   He also scheduled three additional shows during Coachella week; the culmination of an incredible spring on tap for the strong vocalist who one Chicago reviewer recently hailed as the 'next voice of England'. Tickets for these shows are available now.

Garnering acclaim from all corners, Ezra was lauded for his recent performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show which aired January 23rd, and will continue to impress TV audiences with a performance on Conan on January 29th. VH1 has named the Hertford, England native their You Oughta Know artist for the entire month of February, the official launch date kicking off on February 2nd.  The campaign will include Gung Ho video rotation on the network, multiple promos, interviews and an exclusive StopWatch performance of "Budapest."  Fuse has also included Ezra in their month-long Fuse Favorite new artist campaign, beginning on January 26th

Vevo's buzzed-about DSCVR program, which features emerging artists, is also spotlighting Ezra with a two song showcase, including "Budapest" and another popular album track, "Blame It On Me."  George's episode premieres on the digital video platform on February 16th. NPR's All Things Considered will be welcoming Ezra on January 26th, and the award winning World Cafe will premiere Ezra's performance and storytelling acumen the first Week of February.

Wanted On Voyage Track listing:

1.    Blame it On Me
2.    Budapest
3.    Cassy O'
4.    Barcelona
5.    Listen to the Man
6.    Leaving it Up to You
7.    Did You Hear the Rain?
8.    Drawing Board
9.    Stand By Your Gun
10.  Breakaway
11.  Over the Creek
12.  Spectacular Rival

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Jan 26, 2015 | Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris to Deliver a Keynote Interview on the "Lessons Learned"

Jan 26, 2015

PARIS, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and industry icon, is to deliver a keynote interview at Midem 2015.

Organised by Reed MIDEM, Midem is the key industry event that unites the entire music ecosystem. It takes place in Cannes from 5-8 June, 2015.

Morris will talk about the "Lessons Learned," sharing his decades of experience in music, creativity, management and business, together with stories that changed the music industry, and how they can now be applied to better understand the challenges that it faces today. The keynote will take the form of an interview with Rupert Younger, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, part of  Oxford University's Said Business School. It forms part of Midem Talks, Midem's plenary conference programme, and will take place on Saturday, 6 June.

With a career spanning five decades, Morris currently heads the world's second largest music company, and was the founder of Vevo, the world's leading premium music video and entertainment platform. Prior to joining Sony Music Entertainment in 2011, he spent 14 years as Chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group, and previously served as head of MCA Music Entertainment, Rising Tide Entertainment, Warner Music US, and the Atlantic Recording Group. Before that, he was President of ATCO Records and Founder and Owner of Big Tree Records. Morris began his career as a songwriter  and producer, his credits include the Chiffons' "Sweet Talkin' Guy" and Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room." 

"I knew very early that I wanted to spend my life in the music business and be part of the rock culture of that time. And that is the life I had, managing talent and creativity, leading change in the music business. It is now the right time to talk about the lessons I learned along the way. And I can't think of a better occasion than Midem to share such learning with the global music community," said Doug Morris.

"Doug Morris is an iconic executive within the music ecosystem represented at Midem. Over the past decades, he has actively contributed to supporting the industry and shaping solutions to the various challenges that our music business has been going through. We're thrilled that in addition to sharing the insights gained from his successful career and his broad vision of the music industry, Doug will inspire the Midem audience on how to face change and how to create the business opportunities for tomorrow," said Bruno Crolot, Director of Music Markets, Reed MIDEM.

About Midem – Midem is the leading international b2b event dedicated to the new music ecosystem, with a market, conferences, competitions, networking events and a festival. It's the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands & talents come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections. www.midem.com

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Jan 22, 2015 | Manic Street Preachers Celebrate 20th Anniversary of The Holy Bible with Release of Classic Album and 1st North American Tour Dates Since 2009

Jan 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Praise for The Holy Bible UK Tour:
"The Manics go back 20 years to revive the deathly beauty of The Holy Bible and the memory of their lost fourth member....." ***** The Guardian

"A life-affirming, spellbinding show" ***** The Times

"Vital and Unpredictable" NME 9/10

Praise for The Holy Bible 20 re-issue:
"Their bleakest and their best" ***** Q

"Pure and unflinching" **** Mojo

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce that Manic Street Preachers (the influential post-punk industrial modern rock band formed in Blackwood Wales in 1986) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible (MSP's third studio album) with "The Holy Bible Tour," the group's first North American concert dates in six years, and the release of The Holy Bible 20, a newly expanded edition of the widely acclaimed masterpiece.

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Originally released on Epic Records in 1994, The Holy Bible has proved pivotal in the evolution of Manic Street Preachers and the alternative rock music landscape bridging the 20th and 21st centuries.   A 1995 US tour, planned in support of The Holy Bible, was cancelled when Richey Edwards, MSP's principle lyricist and rhythm guitarist, disappeared, under mysterious and still unknown circumstances, on February 1, 1995.  Edwards' last live show with the Manics was on December 21, 1994 and The Holy Bible contains his last recordings with the band.

Following Edwards' disappearance, the Manic Street Preachers continued to record, tour and develop in his absence, creating a discography of powerful and influential albums and singles and becoming one of the UK's biggest bands in the process.  In 2014, MSP released the critically acclaimed UK #2 studio album Futurology and The Holy Bible 20, the definitive collector's edition of the group's 1994 watershed.

In late 2014, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible, the Manic Street Preachers mounted a UK tour of concerts - which sold out in 9 minutes - featuring the album performed live, in sequence and entirety, for the first time ever.  Overwhelming demand prompted a second run of The Holy Bible live shows for 2015 in Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Southampton and Cardiff Castle.

In addition to performing The Holy Bible on the North American tour the band will also play classic tracks and rarities from their extensive back catalogue.

A deluxe edition of The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition) was released in the UK on December 9, 2014.  An ultra deluxe physical edition of the album, featuring a 12" vinyl LP and 4CDs, is slated for release on March 10, 2015.  A limited edition 12" vinyl LP picture disc is being struck for release on Record Store Day 2015 (April 18).

Manic Street Preachers

The Holy Bible Tour 2015




Date 

City/State

Venue

Mon, April 20 

Washington, DC

9:30 Club

Thurs, April 23 

New York, NY

Webster Hall

Fri, April 24 

Boston, MA

The Sinclair

Mon, April 27 

Toronto, Ontario

Danforth

Weds, April 29 

Chicago, IL

Metro

For ticket info go to www.ManicStreetPreachers.com

The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition)
Available on vinyl for the first time since 1994 (when it was only released as a limited edition picture disc) and digitally for the first time ever, The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition) features BBC recordings of the 1994 Astoria shows released commercially for the first time and a beautifully curated book with rare, previously unseen images, including exclusive photos by Mitch Ikeda, handwritten lyrics, sleeve notes from Keith Cameron and notes from the band.

The 12" x 12" box contains the remastered album on 180gm heavyweight vinyl plus 4 CDs and a 40 page book.  The CDs contain the full album, the remastered US version, b-sides, mixes live versions and a previously unreleased version of 'Revol'.  The Holy Bible (20th Anniversary Edition) includes a live CD of the band's last performances with guitarist Richey Edwards from the Astoria on December 1994. 

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Jan 22, 2015 | Sony Music Entertainment Releases 'Rockin' Goat,' an Action-Packed Adventure Game Made for Mobile

New Game Launch for Music and Adventure Enthusiasts Alike

Jan 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of 'Rockin' Goat,' a raucous new mobile adventure game set against the backdrop of Rock and Roll that sends players on an off-the-wall quest blending elements of fantasy, explosive action and music. 

Full of fun, unpredictable challenges and exciting mini-games, 'Rockin' Goat' follows the wild exploits of Elwood the goat, a barnyard bandleader who has just escaped the family farm in order to pursue his music dreams.

But making it big as a rock star is anything but easy. Players must collect gold records and tear up the stage all the while watching out for dangerous enemies and obstacles, including flocks of seagulls, angry cacti, toxic boxes, and earth-shattering meteors.

'Rockin' Goat' offers a rollicking 2D platform game play experience in which gamers ram and jam through nine levels and three different environments of vast landscapes and raging concert venues, and recruit other band members in challenging mini-games.

The game also features tracks from artists distributed through RED, a division of Sony Music, including Sister Sin (Victory Records), New Device (Four Worlds), Hark, Menace, Wildlights (Season Of Mist), and Adrenaline Mob (Century Media Records).

The Rockin' Goat App is available for free from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rockin-goat/id947041192?mt=8 and Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ariama.goats 

About Sony Music Entertainment:
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

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Jan 21, 2015 | Legacy Recordings celebrates beloved movie musical classic The Sound of Music with newly remastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition available March 10, 2015

Expanded edition to include previously unreleased orchestral cues and all vocal performances on one CD for the first time

Jan 21, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a multi-format soundtrack release celebrating Rodgers & Hammerstein's 5-time Academy Award-winning movie musical in a newly remastered and expanded version, will be available every­where on March 10th through Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a multi-format soundtrack release celebrating Rodgers & Hammerstein's 5-time Academy Award-winning movie musical in a newly remastered and expanded version, will be available everywhere on March 10th

As part of an extensive half-century celebration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (http://smarturl.it/SOM_Amzn) will feature previously unreleased orchestral cues from the Academy Award-winning score, and all vocal performances on one CD for the first time.  Led by Julie Andrews, whose work in the film earned her a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award nomination, the soundtrack rings out with heart­warming, iconic standards.  From the title composition, "The Sound of Music," to "Sixteen Going on Seven­teen," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," and of course, "My Favorite Things," The Sound Of Music is a treasure for all time.

In addition to the previously unreleased material, the new soundtrack will also include new introductory notes from Julie Andrews and Theodore S. Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein; and in-depth liner notes written by Laurence Malson, author of The Sound Of Music Companion.  The CD package will also include rare photographs and illustrations from the film.

Commemorating the golden anniversary, 20th Century Fox Home Entertain­ment will release The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, a 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition.  Included in the package will be an exclusive 50th Anniversary CD featuring the original soundtrack album expanded with eight exclusive international bonus tracks from the Spanish, French and Italian-language versions of the film and never-before-released in the United States.

Also, in conjunction with Legacy Recordings & 20th Century Fox Home Entertain­ment, Analog Spark/Razor & Tie will issue THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION on 2 LP 180-gram vinyl, and will also issue the original 16-track Grammy® Hall Of Fame-inducted RCA Victor soundtrack album on 180-gram vinyl and SACD.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
(Legacy Recordings 88875 05699 2 9)

Selections: 1. Prelude and The Sound Of Music (**) 2. Overture / Praeludium / Dixit Dominus / Morning Hymn / Alleluia (*) 3. Maria 4. I Have Confidence 5. Sixteen Going On Seventeen (**) 6. My Favorite Things / Salzburg Montage (**) 7. Do-Re-Mi 8. The Sound Of Music 9. The Lonely Goatherd 10. Edelweiss 11. Grand Waltz (*) 12. Laendler 13. So Long, Farewell 14. Processional Waltz (*) 15. Goodbye Maria / How Can Love Survive Waltz (*) 16. Edelweiss Waltz (*) 17. Entr'acte 18. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (**) 19. My Favorite Things (reprise) 20. Something Good (**) 21. Processional and Maria (The Wedding) 22. Sixteen Going On Seventeen (reprise) 23. Do-Re-Mi (reprise) 24. Edelweiss (reprise) 25. So Long, Farewell (reprise) 26. Nuns And Nazis / Escape / Climb Ev'ry Mountain (reprise) / Finale (**) 27. End Titles (*).

* indicates previously unreleased
** includes previously unreleased material

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