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Sep 30, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Set to Release Holiday Symphony, the New Christmas Album from Celtic Thunder, on Monday October 27

Celtic Thunder Launching Group's First North American Full Symphony Tour in Clearwater, Florida on November 14

Celtic Thunder and Holiday Symphony featured in December 2014 Pledge Drive on Public Television

Sep 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 2014 yuletide with the release of Holiday Symphony, the new collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.  Holiday Symphony will be available on Monday, October 27. Fans are now able to pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/Celtic_Holiday

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder will perform songs from Holiday Symphony on their forthcoming 20 city tour of North America, the group's first with a full symphony orchestra.  The highly-anticipated Celtic Thunder North American Holiday Symphony Tour kicks off in Clearwater, Florida on November 14 and winds up in Grand Prairie, Texas on December 14 (see full itinerary following).

For the group's first symphony orchestra tour, Celtic Thunder will depart from their large scale set productions to perform seasonal music from Holiday Symphony, joined in each market by prestigious local orchestras including the Dallas Pops, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, among others.  The new Celtic Thunder touring production will spotlight holiday favorites ranging from carols to contemporary classics as well as signature Celtic Thunder hit songs and traditional Irish numbers. Celtic Thunder will perform a mixture of solo, duets and ensemble number in a spectacular concert experience.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder's signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on Holiday Symphony, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on Holiday Symphony range from traditional carols "Away in A Manger," "Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" to contemporary pop classics "Fairytale of New York" and "Mary Did You Know." The album ranges from slow and pensive numbers ("Gabriel's Message" and "Comfort Ye" arias from Handel's Messiah) to larger ensemble numbers ("Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") and culminates with the wonderfully fast-paced arrangement of a new "Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride, Here Comes Santa Claus, The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town & I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Recorded in Ireland last summer, Holiday Symphony is the latest CD from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony is the 11th release for the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble, which first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since that first airing, Celtic Thunder has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

The Celtic Thunder show also continues to extensively tour the USA, Canada and Australia and New Zealand, performing to more than 700,000 fans over the past seven years. Celtic Thunder's official YouTube channel, "Thunder Tube" has seen over 28 million-upload views since the channel's inception in 2008.  In addition to appearing in nine hugely successful Public Television specials, including the most recent smash hit Mythology, Celtic Thunder has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, at the Pentagon for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on the CBS Saturday Show's Second Cup Café, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.

Celtic Thunder US Symphony Tour 2014



FRI 11/14/2014          

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

SAT 11/15/2014         

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL

SUN 11/16/2014        

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

TUE 11/18/2014        

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

THU 11/20/2014        

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL

FRI 11/21/2014          

Symphony Hall - Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

SUN 11/23/2014        

Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA

TUE 11/25/2014        

Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

WED 11/26/2014       

The Palladium, Carmel, IN

FRI 11/28/2014          

State Theater, Minneapolis, MN

SAT 11/29/2014         

Civic Center, Des Moines, IA

SUN 11/30/2014        

Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

WED 12/3/2014         

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

THU 12/4/2014          

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

FRI 12/5/2014            

Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT

SAT 12/6/2014           

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ

SUN 12/7/2014          

NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

TUE 12/9/2014          

Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                    

WED 12/10/2014        

Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

FRI 12/12/2014                    

Horseshoe Bluesville Casino, Robinsonville, MS

SUN 12/14/2014        

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX

 

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Sep 30, 2014 | Nicole Scherzinger Makes Highly Anticipated Return With Debut Single "Run"

TRACK IS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES NOW

NEW ALBUM OUT EARLY 2015

Sep 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- You've never heard Nicole Scherzinger like this...

Building off a legacy that includes The Pussycat Dolls and staggering personal success in the UK as an artist and judge on the X Factor UK, the worldwide pop superstar returns with her stateside solo single "Run". The track kicks off her new partnership with Epic Records, heralding the release of her formal full-length debut for the label in early 2015.

Nicole Scherzinger Makes Highly Anticipated Return With Debut Single

"Run" (produced by Felix Snow), sees Nicole confidently step into entirely new territory as a singer and performer. With her soul-stirring voice laid bare against hushed piano and strings, Nicole powers through the track's heart-aching lyrics with a vocal delivery that's at turns soaring and powerful to raw and vulnerable. She doesn't hold back, showing listeners who she really is.

"I've always spoken about my life in music, but I'm at an age where I can be even more open," she declares.

In order to capture that intimacy, she handpicked the production duo of Tricky Stewart and The-Dream—the men behind chart-toppers like Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Rihanna's "Umbrella"—to collaborate on the music with her. Nicole worked closely with executive producers Tricky and The-Dream to create her most daringly honest songs to date. Culling inspiration from Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis, this latest collection officially introduces the world to Nicole for the first time.

"There's not a million people's fingerprints all over it, or the feeling that anyone else could sing these songs," she goes on.

In the UK, Nicole remains a bona fide icon. She spent two years on The X Factor UK, remaining a fan and critical favorite due to her quick wit and charming personality. As her celebrity grew, she unleashed two chart-topping singles including the #1 smash "Your Love" and "On The Rocks" as well as "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There". Sold out tours followed, packing historic venues all over the country.

"I've battled a lot of issues and demons, as we all do growing up," Nicole says. "But I finally feel confident in my own skin, and so I'm open enough to talk about love, insecurities, relationships, my sensual side. I've found my own musical soundtrack to my soul."

Visit Nicole online:

http://www.nicolescherzingerofficial.com/ 
http://twitter.com/nicolescherzy 
https://www.facebook.com/nicolescherzinger 
http://instagram.com/nicolescherzy 
https://www.youtube.com/NScherzingerVEVO

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Sep 24, 2014 | Barbra Streisand Makes History with "Partners," Becoming Only Recording Artist with Number One Albums in Six Consecutive Decades

Sep 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's official - Barbra Streisand's "Partners" has entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, making her the only recording artist in history to have a number one release in six consecutive decades. 

Ms. Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist in history. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor which includes fellow duet "Partners" Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. She also now has the longest span of number one albums in history; just under 50 years. (She first landed at the top of the chart in October 1964 with "People.")

Barbra Streisand has recorded fifty-one gold, thirty platinum and thirteen multi-platinum albums in her career, including ten number ones: "People," "The Way We Were," "A Star is Born," "Guilty," "The Broadway Album," "Greatest Hits Volume 2," "Back to Broadway," "Higher Ground," "Love is the Answer" and now "Partners."  With ten, Streisand is the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard's history.

"Partners" is Ms. Streisand's 33rd album to make it into the Top 10 on the US charts.  She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra.  

Earlier today, Ms. Streisand posted the following note to her Facebook account thanking her fans, her duet partners and her team:

Hearing the news that "Partners" entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!

Being told that I've had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.

It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!

Finally, thank you to Rob Stringer and my Columbia Records family, my manager Marty Erlichman, my creative team on this project - Kenny Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Dave Reitzas, Bill Ross, and Jay Landers…and Ken Sunshine for getting the word out…we did it guys!!

With lots of love, Barbra

Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author, songwriter and philanthropist.  In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys; a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award, a special Tony award in 1970 as Star of the Decade, and two Cable Ace awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor.  Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards and the French Legion d'honneur. Ms. Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.      

The musical pairings on "Partners" include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and a breathtaking virtual duet with the King of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley.  The new album, which is Executive Produced by Ms. Streisand and Jay Landers, is produced by Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff. 

"Partners" is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics.  Among the songs included are "New York State Of Mind," with Billy Joel, "It Had To Be You," with Michael Buble, "Come Rain Or Come Shine," with John Mayer, "Love Me Tender," with Elvis Presley, "The Way We Were," with Lionel Richie, "What Kind Of Fool," with John Legend, "People," with Stevie Wonder, "I Still Can See Your Face," with Andrea Bocelli, "Evergreen," with Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, and Ms. Streisand's first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on "How Deep Is The Ocean."

SOURCE Columbia Records

Sep 24, 2014 | AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' Available December 2

TURNER SPORTS TO PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'PLAY BALL' AS PART OF 2014 MLB ON TBS POSTSEASON CAMPAIGN

Sep 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records proudly announces the release of 'Rock or Bust,' the highly anticipated new studio album from AC/DC, available December 2, 2014. 'Rock or Bust' is the band's first studio album in six years and features 11 new tracks.  'Rock or Bust' follows the immensely successful 'Black Ice' album, which debuted at #1 in 31 countries upon its release in 2008 and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide.  'Rock or Bust' was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and finds AC/DC once again working with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.  

Starting September 27, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new track 'Play Ball' as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.  The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year's American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio.

'Rock or Bust' is the first AC/DC album in the band's 41 year history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings.  Earlier this year AC/DC released a statement explaining that due to illness, Malcolm would be taking a break from the band.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band.  AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015.  Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will accompany the band on tour. 

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Sep 18, 2014 | Legacy's Classic Christmas Album Series Rings In The Holidays With New Collections By Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, And Introducing Compilations Of Hard Rock, Pop And Country Christmas Classics On October 7, 2014

Each New Title Gathers Holiday Tracks From Across Every Artist's Career, Spanning Decades

The Classic Christmas Albums by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis include previously unreleased and rare recordings

Sep 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series rings in this year's holiday season with new collections by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, plus compilations of hard rock, country and pop Christmas classics.  The eight new titles will be available everywhere October 7, 2014 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 

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This year not only introduces genre-specific, various artist compilations to the series but also previously unreleased and rare tracks. THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Frank Sinatra features two previously unreleased tracks, "Baby It's Cold Outside" with singer Dorothy Kirsten and an alternate version of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. This alternate version follows a different approach to the performance of the same song Sinatra recorded four years later with the B. Swanson Quartet (track #2).

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Johnny Mathis features the two previously unreleased tracks "Ol' Kris Kringle" and "Give Me Your Love For Christmas."  This holiday collection also includes "The Very First Christmas Day," "Christmas In The City Of The Angels" and "Christmas Is…" These rare recordings were originally released as singles but are now making their first appearance on CD.

Each of the new collections gather 10 or more remastered tracks that span the career of each artist, all of whom recorded multiple holiday albums through the years (some on multiple record labels), as well as occasional Christmas tunes on other albums such as soundtracks or benefit albums.

With many of their holiday albums either out-of-print, or never issued on CD, or highly collectible rarities, each new title in the Classic Christmas Album series is a welcome cross-section of those hard-to-find classics.  Each Classic Christmas Album gathers a career's worth of precious memories, often spanning decades, while creating new memories at the same time.

The eight new Classic Christmas Album entries comprise the following:

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by FRANK SINATRA
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Selections: 1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4. I've Got A Home In That Rock 5. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful) 6. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year) 7. Jingle Bells 8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 10. Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land 11. Silent Night, Holy Night 12. White Christmas 13. Baby, It's Cold Outside * (duet with Dorothy Kirsten) 14. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! *
* previously unreleased

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by JOHNNY MATHIS (http://smarturl.it/cc_mathis_amzn(Legacy)
Selections:  1. It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas 2. Ol' Kris Kringle * 3. The Very First Christmas Day 4. Calypso Noel 5. My Kind Of Christmas 6. Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Bette Midler with Johnny Mathis) 7. Give Me Your Love For Christmas * 8. Sleigh Ride 9. The Christmas Waltz 10. Christmas In The City Of The Angels 11. Christmas Is…12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 13. Home For The Holidays 14. Sign Of The Dove
* previously unreleased

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by BARBRA STREISAND
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Selections: 1. Jingle Bells? 2. I'll Be Home For Christmas  3. Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) 4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 5. My Favorite Things (From "The Sound Of Music") 6. Ave Maria Op. 52 No. 6 7. I Remember (From "Evening Primrose") 8. One God 9. Christmas Lullaby 10. The Best Gift 11. I Wonder As I Wander 12. Snowbound 13. Christmas Mem'ries 14. Gounod's Ave Maria 15. The Lord's Prayer
New Cover and sequence from 2013 Version

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by IL DIVO
(http://smarturl.it/cc_ildivo_amzn) (Legacy)
Selections: 1. O Holy Night 2. White Christmas 3. Ave Maria 4. When A Child Is Born 5. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) 6. Over The Rainbow 7. Panis Angelicus 8. Rejoice 9. Silent Night 10. The Lord's Prayer
Previously released as The Christmas Collection

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by PERRY COMO
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Selections: 1. Here We Come A-Caroling/We Wish You A Merry Christmas 2. It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas 3. There's No Christmas Like A Home Christmas 4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 6. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays 7. O Holy Night 8. Winter Wonderland 9. Silver Bells 10. The Little Drummer Boy 11. Christmas Dream 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 13. White Christmas 14. The Story Of The First Christmas (medley)

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS POP ALBUM
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Selections: 1. Last Christmas Metro Station 2. All I Want For Christmas Is You Big Time Rush 3. Sleigh Ride Karmin 4. All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day Hurts 5. Christmas Time Backstreet Boys 6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) New Kids On The Block 7. Silent Night Bros 8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer B2K 9. This Christmas Jagged Edge 10. White Christmas Westlife 11. This Christmas Menudo 12. Feliz Navidad (Acoustic Version) Los Lonely Boys 13. She Came Home for Christmas Mew 14. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) Glasvegas 15. Carol Of The Bells Phantom Planet

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS HARD ROCK ALBUM
(http://smarturl.it/cc_hardrock_amzn (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Amazing Grace Jeff Beck 2. The Little Drummer Boy Alex Lifeson 3. Silent Night/Holy Night Jam Joe Satriani 4. Christmas Time Is Here Steve Vai 5. The Christmas Song Steve Lukather 6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel Neal Schon 7. Sleigh Ride Stuart Hamm 8. O Come All Ye Faithful Trevor Rabin 9. Deck The Halls Ted Nugent 10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem Robin Trower 11. We Three Kings Halford

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COUNTRY ALBUM (Walmart Exclusive)
Walmart.com (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Christmas Time's A Comin' Patty Loveless 2. Christmas Time John Anderson  3. Pretty Paper Kenny Chesney with Willie Nelson 4. Rockin' Little Christmas Deborah Allen 5. Santa Baby Kellie Pickler  6. Blue Christmas K.T. Oslin 7. Please Come Home For Christmas Lonestar 8. I'll Be Home For Christmas Sara Evans 9. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Alabama 10. Jingle Bell Rock Sweethearts Of The Rodeo 11. Mele Kalikimaka Jake Owen 12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Ricochet 13. Winter Wonderland Brad Paisley 14. White Christmas Lari White 15. The Christmas Song Brooks & Dunn 16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Martina McBride 

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