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Nov 24, 2014 | AC/DC Rock Or Bust Now Streaming Exclusively On iTunes

NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED FOR SINGLE "ROCK OR BUST"

ROCK OR BUST AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2ND

Nov 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A week before its December 2nd release, AC/DC are giving fans an early chance to enjoy their latest album Rock or Bust which is streaming now exclusively as an iTunes Radio "First Play," http://www.iTunesRadio.com/ACDC.  This marks the first opportunity for fans to listen at will to all 11 tracks on Rock or Bust.  The songs "Play Ball" and "Rock or Bust" were made available early to fans who pre-order the album here: iTunesRadio.com/ACDC.

Earlier today, AC/DC released the official video for the title track "Rock or Bust." Shot in London in early October, the video was directed by longtime collaborator David Mallet and features die hard fans from around the globe surrounding their heroes performing the song in an intimate club environment. USA Today recently chose "Rock or Bust" as their Song Of The Week and praised the track's energy saying "AC/DC still has the ability, as Johnson sings, to 'rock you to your knees.'"  While Rolling Stone proclaimed the song a "reverent tribute to rock & roll itself."

Anticipation and excitement among fans is building ahead of the December 2nd release of Rock or Bust.  Listening events were held last week across the globe, which brought the excitement to a new high.  Fans at the New York City listening event at Webster Hall on December 18th were treated to a special surprise visit by lead singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young

Rock or Bust was produced by Brendan O'Brien, with Mike Fraser mixing. The album's cover art uses a developed 3-D lenticular technology, which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the album is moved. Rock or Bust is the band's first album of new material in six years, following their immensely successful Black Ice, which entered charts at #1 in 31 countries and has sold nearly 8 million copies worldwide.

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Nov 21, 2014 | Sony Classical to Release Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Director Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

Available Digitally on December 9 and on CD December 16

Composed by Multiple Academy Award® Nominee Alberto Iglesias

Nov 21, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the upcoming epic action-adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) has recruited three-time Academy Award nominee Alberto Iglesias to compose the film score.  The soundtrack will be from Sony Classical digitally on December 9 and on CD on December 16. 20th Century Fox releases Exodus: Gods and Kings in theaters everywhere on December 12.

When it came to the music for his visually stunning movie, Ridley Scott has opted as much for delicate arrangements as orchestral bombast – a noteworthy decision considering the truly monumental production. Strings, choir, featured soloists and soulful vocals complement Iglesias' trademark composing style in this breathtaking score. Iglesias provides the biblical material a historic yet modern feel. Given the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in such a large project, the highly versatile Iglesias skillfully masters the gap between subtle emotion and martial brutality.

The recording of Exodus: Gods and Kings took place at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where John Williams recorded the "Star Wars" saga and Howard Shore his epic The Lord of the Rings.

While primarily known for his European scores for the past 20 years and for his work with arthouse favorite Pedro Almodovar, Iglesias has received Academy Award nominations for his scores for Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener and The Kite Runner. Iglesias also received BAFTA nominations for all three scores and a Golden Globe nomination for The Kite Runner. Among his many works with Almodovar, Iglesias won Best Score at the European Film Awards and the World Soundtrack Award for Composer of the Year for Volver. With The Skin I Live In, Iglesias became the all-time leading Goya recipient in the history of Spanish Cinema and was honored with Composer of the Year Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.

Iglesias has proven his unique skill for creating smart, authentic and cleverly designed thriller scores on many occasions. His music is sophisticated, richly detailed and emotionally compelling all at once. He is also a master at adding elements of world music into a more traditional musical context. Iglesias manages to seamlessly bring dramatic ideas together to an overwhelmingly emotional whole and is extremely gifted at composing music that is both complex and emotional in effect.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire.  Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

For more information, please visit www.exodusgodsandkings.com.

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Nov 20, 2014 | Sony Music Store To Offer New Value Program to AARP Members

Members Can Save Now on a Variety of New Music Titles and Legacy Recordings Catalog Releases

Nov 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment and its catalog division, Legacy Recordings, have formed a new relationship with AARP which will offer the 37 million members of AARP special music packages, deals and discounts.

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In addition to receiving savings on new Sony Music releases, AARP members will also be offered discounts from new and catalog titles from Legacy Recordings.

"Helping people save money has been a priority for AARP for more than 50 years," said Angela Jones, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Lifestyle, AARP Services, Inc. "We're pleased to enter into a relationship with Sony Music that will help our members' dollars stretch further while enjoying the music they love – from contemporary or legacy artists."

Sony Music Entertainment will provide AARP members special access to an unparalleled library of music, including many meticulously restored and remastered archival titles, from virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, rap, hip-hop, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, world music, classical, comedy and more.

In addition, each month Sony Music will bring AARP members exclusive savings on select box sets, classic catalog titles and new releases -- such as Willie Nelson's forthcoming December Days and Leonard Cohen's Live In Dublin -- from the label's current roster.

As a limited time bonus, www.musicdeals.com is offering AARP members free shipping on all orders from now through December 31, 2014.

"Music has and will always be an important part of the lives and identity of the Boomer generation," said Adam Block, President of Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.  "AARP is connecting with many millions of us daily and we're pleased to be partnering with this renowned organization to make it easier and more affordable than ever for their members to access their favorite artists and albums."

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 American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. 

About Legacy Recordings
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, world music, classical, rap, hip-hop, comedy and more.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

About AARP Services, Inc.
AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP's millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services and legal services. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.

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Nov 20, 2014 | Cassandra Wilson, Grammy-Winning Vocalist Signs With Legacy Recordings

100Th Anniversary Homage To Billie Holiday, Coming Forth By Day, Set For Spring Release

World Tour Kicks Off In February 2015

Nov 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has signed Grammy-winning American vocalist Cassandra Wilson to the label, it was announced today by Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. 

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Wilson's first album for Legacy, Coming Forth By Day, is slated for release in spring 2015.

A musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915) on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth, Coming Forth By Day is Cassandra Wilson's moody, soulful showcase for contemporary yet timeless interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day. Coming Forth By Day was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave's producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits.

"Cassandra Wilson is one of the world's most elegant and tasteful artists. Her decision to channel the spirit of Billie Holiday on her new album is a perfect complement to Legacy's plans for celebrating Lady Day's centennial," said Adam Block. "It's an absolute treat to work with Cassandra in the realization of this unexpected and sublimely beautiful music."

Wilson recorded Coming Forth By Day in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios with an A list musical team including producer Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey). 

 "A dream of mine is happening," said Cassandra Wilson, "I've been in love with Billie Holiday's voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career."  

Cassandra Wilson will embark on a highly-anticipated world tour in February 2015 and is slated to make her headlining debut at Harlem's fabled Apollo Theater on Friday, April 10, 2015. The artist will close out 2014 with performances in Norway, Germany, Slovakia and Italy in November and December.

About Cassandra Wilson:

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, American jazz musician/vocalist/songwriter/producer Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material.

After moving to New York City in the early 80's, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the groundbreaking M-Base Collective, pioneering proponents of a structured improvisation aesthetic that continues to influence the direction of jazz, fusion and jam-based rock. 

At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled Blue Light 'Til Dawn which paved the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.  Wilson continues to interpret vintage blues, country and folk music in her repertoire.

Among her many awards and honors, Cassandra Wilson has earned two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly); been named Down Beat's Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year (1994-1996); received the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Prize (1999); named "America's Best Singer" in Time magazine (2001); received honorary doctorate in the Arts from Millsaps College (2003); added to the Mississippi Blues Trail (2010); and taken home the BET Soul Train Award (2011, Best Traditional Jazz Album for Silver Pony).

Cassandra Wilson performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields", the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

 Legacy Recordings: 

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

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Nov 19, 2014 | Whitney Houston's first-ever live album Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances makes impressive debuts at #1 on Billboard R&B chart, #2 on R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #17 on the Top 200

"Fans revere Whitney Houston's studio recordings, but she scaled her greatest vocal peaks in live performance. If you never got to see her in concert, you ain't heard nothin' yet. It's Whitney Houston as you've never heard her before. Five stars!"-NY DAILY NEWS

Nov 19, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, the six-time Grammy-award winning singer's first-ever live album, has made impressive Billboard chart debuts today, entering at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, #2 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart and #17 on the Top 200, following its release Nov. 10 release on Sony Legacy Recordings.   Available as a DVD and CD, the package features Houston's most memorable live performances from her storied career, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state of the art restoration and remastering and the package has earned glowing media acclaim as well.  USA TODAY called Houston "…The greatest pop-soul singer of her generation" and the LA TIMES said "…an exceptionally expressive song interpreter and a magnetic personality in concert."  NEWSDAY stated that "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is the legendary performer at her best, singing live" and BET praised, "Whitney Houston was not only one of the greatest singers of all time, she was a legendary performer as well."

Produced by five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis in cooperation with Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston Estate, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances takes listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston's career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang "Home" from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  The album has also made a significant impact with its digital sales, coming in with over 30% in digital sales, the first time Houston has achieved that.

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

Legacy Recordings: 
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

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