Bob Dylan

Bobby Shmurda

Carrie Underwood

Calvin Harris

Fifth Harmony

Foo Fighters

Garth Brooks

Kat Edmonson

Johnny Cash

Liam Bailey

Meghan Trainor

Michael Jackson

One Direction


The Piano Guys



Walk The Moon

Whitney Houston

Yusuf/Cat Stevens


Dec 17, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Montgomery-Selma Civil Rights Marches with Release of The Staple Singers' Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church, A Newly Expanded Edition of Legendary Concert Recorded

Historic Soul/Gospel Concert Masterpiece Available on CD, Online and 2LP Configurations on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dec 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church (, a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year's historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama.

Freedom Highway Complete will be available as a single CD, as a digital release online, and in a special 2LP configuration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Freedom Highway Complete will be available as a single CD, as a digital release online, and in a special 2LP configuration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. 

Legacy's Freedom Highway Complete is a state-of-the-art sonic verite capturing that transcendent Chicago gospel service from 50 years ago.  Featuring previously unreleased performances, the spiritually uplifting service, "Pops" Staples' Intro and Outro and more, Freedom Highway Complete puts the listener right in the church, with the Staple Singers, the choir, the band, and the congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime event.

An essential musical, cultural and historic document, Freedom Highway Complete presents the full concert and service in natural ambient sound, remixed and remastered from the original analog multi-track tapes.

First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965, the original Freedom Highway album, constrained by the time limits of 12" vinyl, edited the New Nazareth Church concert and service down to key performance tracks.  Newly expanded to include 30+ additional minutes of the original church service, Freedom Highway Complete edition marks the first-ever release of the full concert and service.

In March 1965, the American Civil Rights Movement galvanized around three historic voter's rights marches along the 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital, public acts of protest which served as catalysts to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The first march (March 7, 1965) was dubbed "Bloody Sunday" after 600 marchers faced the billy clubs and tear gas of local and state police forces; the second (March 9) reached a standoff between police and protestors, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; on the third march (March 21), protestors were protected by 2,000 US Army troops, 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard and numerous FBI agents and federal marshals.  The route taken by the 1965 Civil Rights marchers has been named the "Selma To Montgomery Voting Rights Trail" and is a US National Historic Trail.

Among those inspired by the message and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marchers were Chicago preacher/singer/guitarist Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his children, Pervis, Cleotha, Yvonne and Mavis.  As The Staple Singers, the family group had been recording folk-infused gospel since the 1950s, and, by 1965, had been signed to Epic Records by Billy Sherrill (the songwriter/producer who would bring George Jones and Tammy Wynette to the label).

On April 9, 1965, The Staple Singers returned to their local parish, New Nazareth Church in Chicago, to participate in a service inspired by the Alabama marches.  In a spirit-filled set that runs from Civil Rights anthems ("We Shall Overcome") to traditional gospel ("When The Saints Go Marching In"), The Staple Singers introduced their own original material, including the just-composed "Freedom Highway," inspired by the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Throughout the set, "Pops" Staples showcases the six-string guitar skills that transformed, and united the worlds of gospel, R&B, soul, rock and blues music.  An archetypal electric guitar master, his influence can be heard in the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Michael Bloomfield and many others.

A pivotal event for the Staple Singers, the Freedom Highway Complete performance is described, by Mavis Staples, in Greg Kot's acclaimed 2014 book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom's Highway (Scribner's) as one of the most important moments of her career.

In the Staple Singers Essential Discography included in I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom's Highway, author Greg Kot singles out the original 1965 release of Freedom Highway, writing, "The Staples mix gospel fervor with fierce protest music on their home turf, a concert at New Nazareth Church on Chicago's South Side.  One of the best live albums ever made (though sadly out of print)."

On page 106 of his book, Kot writes, "In the New Nazareth Church concert, Pops connects the themes of gospel music and the civil rights movement more explicitly than ever before. It presents him not just as a musical innovator, but as a philosopher, preacher, and visionary, a melding of black church music and black popular music for a common cause. Church music was no longer just about making it through this world to get to the next one; it was also about living right now in the streets all African Americans shared."

Five decades after Selma-Montgomery Freedom Marches and this jubilant celebratory concert, Freedom Highway Complete takes on a new social and cultural relevance and urgency in light of current events.  Produced by Nedra Olds-Neal and Steve Berkowitz, this newly expanded edition features additional material cut from the original release, all newly mixed by Steve Addabbo and mastered by Mark Wilder. The new Freedom Highway Complete is a crucial document of this remarkable and important time in American history.

About The Staple Singers

The Staple Singers story begins in Winona, Mississippi, with the birth of Roebuck "Pops" Staples on December 28, 1914.  A contemporary and protege of mythic rural blues guitarist Charley Patton, "Pops" Staples developed his own repertoire of six string skills, playing at local dances, picnics and church services.  In 1931, he became a member of the Golden Trumpets, singing and playing guitar with the Mississippi gospel jubilee quartet.  Part of the great migration of black Americans who moved north for better paying factory jobs, Pops relocated to Chicago in 1936, playing gospel music with the Windy City's Trumpet Jubilees.  In the mid 1950s, he presented his daughters, Cleotha and Mavis, and his son, Pervis, to a church audience.  From that time on, The Staple Singers have been a powerful force in American gospel, soul and popular music.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, The Staple Singers won the 1992 Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award and took home a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

The Staple Singers
Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church
Original Recordings Produced by Billy Sherrill
Album Produced by Steve Berkowitz & Nedra Olds-Neal

1. Intro by Pops Staples

2. When The Saints Go Marching In

3. The Funeral

4. Build On That Shore

5. We Shall Overcome

6.  Freedom Highway

7. What You Gonna Do?

8. Precious Lord, Take My Hand (unreleased)

9. When I'm Gone

10. Help Me Jesus

11. Rev. Hopkins/Offering

12. Jesus Is All (unreleased)

13. Samson and Delilah

14. View The Holy City

15. Tell Heaven

16. He's All Right

17. Pops Outro/Benediction

Live Concert at New Nazareth Church, Chicago, IL

Recorded April 9, 1965

Musicians:  Roebuck "Pops" Staples, guitar, vocals

Al Duncan, drums

Phil Upchurch, bass

The Staple Singers:  Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Mavis Staples,

Yvonne Staples, Pervis Staples


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Dec 11, 2014 | AC/DC Tops Charts Around The Globe

'Rock or Bust' Reaches #1 In 10 Countries So Far

Dec 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records -- AC/DC are back to topping charts around the globe with their 15th studio album 'Rock or Bust.'  Released globally last week, 'Rock or Bust,' debuts at #1 on sales charts in 10 Countries so far including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Germany, where it's the fastest selling international album in nearly ten years and sold more in its first week than all other international albums on the chart combined. In addition 'Rock or Bust' debuted in the top five in a total of 25 countries including the U.S., UK, Spain, Poland, New Zealand, Japan, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, and Hungary.  In the U.S. the band debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart selling over 174,000 albums in its first week.


'Rock or Bust,' produced by Brendan O'Brien and mixed by Mike Fraser, features 11 new tracks and has critics declaring the album a highpoint of their 41-year history with Rolling Stone noting "AC/DC remain hard rock's  masters."  Entertainment Weekly calls the new album a "high-octane, party-hard collection of monster jams" while Boston Globe says it is the "most head-bangingly, fist-pumpingly enjoyable hard rock ever." And NY Newsday says it "still sounds like rock and roll heaven."

Press Contact:

Kimberly Harris
Columbia Records Publicity

Benny Tarantini

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Dec 10, 2014 | Sony Music Masterworks Earns 6 Nominations For The 2015 GRAMMY Awards In Multiple Genres

Dec 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks receives 6 GRAMMY nominations for the 2015 GRAMMY Awards in multiple genres including Jazz, American Roots, World and Classical.

"Congratulations go out to all of the Sony Music Masterworks artists who were nominated this year," says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Music Masterworks. "We work with such an exciting and diverse group of musicians - it is a proud moment when their craft is recognized."

Sony Music Masterworks and its imprints Masterworks, OKeh and Sony Classical earned nominations in the following categories:

Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro 
Billy Childs & Various Artists (Masterworks)

"And When I Die" 
Billy Childs Featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Masterworks)

Sergio Mendes (OKeh)

"The Book Thief" 
John Williams, composer - The Book Thief Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony Classical, Fox Music; Publisher: Fox Film Music Corp.)

"Moon River" 
Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson) - A Summer Place (Sony Classical)

"New York Tendaberry" 
Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma) - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Masterworks)

Sony Music Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit

For more information please contact:                                                        

Sony Music Masterworks, Angela Barkan - (212) 833-8575,
Larissa Slezak – (212) 833-6075,

SOURCE Sony Music Masterworks

Dec 10, 2014 | Remastered/Expanded Version Of Judas Priest's Classic 'Defenders Of The Faith' Album Announced

Dec 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980's 'British Steel' and 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance'), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to 'deliver the goods,' to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, 'Defenders of the Faith,' which spawned such headbanging classics as 'Freewheel Burning,' 'Jawbreaker,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,' and 'Love Bites.' 

On March 10th, a newly expanded three-CD version of 'Defenders of the Faith' will be released via Columbia/Legacy.

And on March 10th, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the 'Defenders' tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984. 

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group's ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as 'Metal Gods,' 'Breaking the Law,' 'Sinner,' 'Electric Eye,' 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),' 'Victim of Changes,' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming,' among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, "It's 30 years since we released 'Defenders of the Faith' - we're very proud to say it has become a classic that's beloved by Priest fans throughout the world."

Judas Priest continues to 'defend the faith' to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, 'Redeemer of Souls,' which sees the band's popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group's current tour, quite a few classics from 'Defenders' are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue.

CD1 'Defenders of the Faith' Re-Mastered 

  1. Freewheel Burning
  2. Jawbreaker
  3. Rock Hard Ride Free
  4. The Sentinel
  5. Love Bites
  6. Eat Me Alive
  7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  8. Night Comes Down
  9. Heavy Duty
  10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

  1. Love Bites
  2. Jawbreaker
  3. Grinder
  4. Metal Gods
  5. Breaking the Law
  6. Sinner
  7. Desert Plains
  8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  9. The Sentinel 
  10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

  1. Night Comes Down
  2. The Hellion
  3. Electric Eye
  4. Heavy Duty
  5. Defenders of the Faith
  6. Freewheel Burning 
  7. Victim of Changes
  8. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
  9. Living After Midnight
  10. Hell Bent For Leather
  11. You've Got Another Thing Coming

Judas Priest


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Dec 09, 2014 | 2CELLOS Create A New Dimension With Celloverse Album Available January 27, 2015




Dec 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks) on January 27, 2015.  Available now for preorder, Celloverse is supported by a world tour kicking off in Australia and landing stateside Feb. 19 with a sold out concert in Minneapolis (U.S. tour schedule below). 2CELLOS latest music video from Celloverse, "Shape of My Heart," is their take on Sting's beautiful song - check it out here.

Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" went viral with 20 million-plus YouTube views, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third album, Celloverse.

Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS' unique ability to reinvent current and classic rock/pop songs, starting with "The Trooper Overture," a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden's hit and Rossini's "William Tell Overture." The album includes their take on AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" (the video has 30 million views), "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons and Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us." Rounding out Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic "Live and Let Die," with special guest Lang Lang and the title track, an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS.

"In terms of arrangements and production, as well as playing and sound, this is our most advanced album," says Sulic, "and we're so excited to share it with our fans around the world!"  

A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album.  The deluxe edition of Celloverse features seven of their most popular videos including two live performances from sold out arena shows in their native Croatia.   

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out.

They have sold out shows around the globe and also performed with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

2CELLOS are the first instrumentalists to be featured on Glee.  They have also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, and The Bachelor Live Wedding Special.  Their self-titled debut album and IN2ITION are available on Sony Music Masterworks.

Sony Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit

Celloverse Tracklist:


The Trooper (Overture)   


I Will Wait   


Thunderstruck (Intro)   






Shape of My Heart   






Wake Me Up   


They Don't Care About Us   


Live and Let Die (feat. Lang Lang)   


Street Spirit (Fade Out)   



Deluxe edition includes the videos:


The Trooper (Overture)   




Highway to Hell   


With or Without You

(Live from Arena Pula)


Smells Like Teen Spirit

(Live at Arena Zagreb)


Welcome To The Jungle   


Smooth Criminal   


Album Preorder Links:
Amazon Deluxe: 
iTunes Standard: 
iTunes Deluxe:


Feb 19     

Minneapolis, MN     

Fitzgerald Theater              


Feb 20      

Madison, WI         

Wisconsin Union Theatre                     


Feb 21      

Chicago, IL       

Chicago Theater                   


Feb 22      

East Lansing, MI   

Wharfton Center                           


Feb 24    

Akron, OH       

University of Akron                    


Feb 26         

Dallas, TX         

AT&T PAC - Winspear Opera House       


Feb 27      

Midland, TX         

Wagner Noel PAC          


Feb 28         

Austin, TX           

Long Center             


Mar 1           

San Antonio, TX   

Majestic Theatre                   


Mar 4        

Las Curces, NM     

University of New Mexico            

Mar 6        

Palm Desert, CA       

McCallum Theater              


Mar 7        

Las Vegas, NV     



Mar 8         

Flagstaff, AZ         

Ardrey Auditorium                     


Mar 9          

Mesa, AZ     

Mesa Arts Center               


Mar 10       

Escondido, CA       

CA Center for the Arts            


Mar 11         

Malibu, CA        

Pepperdine University           


Mar 13     

Anchorage, AK     

Atwood Hall                        


Mar 14        

Seattle, WA         

Moore Theatre                      


Mar 15

Portland, OR

Aladdin Theater


Mar 19     

Modesto, CA        

Gallo Center              


Mar 20         

Santa Rosa, CA      

Wells Fargo Center                         


Mar 21        

San Luis Obispo, CA 

Cal Poly Arts                   


Mar 22      

Los Angeles, CA     

Club Nokia                           


Mar 23      

Santa Clarita          

Santa Clarita PAC             


Apr 21      

Buffalo, NY        

University of Buffalo             


Apr 22         

New York, NY     

Best Buy Theater                        


Apr 23       

Frederick, MD           

Weinberg Center           


Apr 24      

Washington, DC    

Warner Theater                    


Apr 25          

Philadelphia, PA    

Keswick Theatre           


Apr 26      

Redbank, NJ        

Count Basie Theater             


Apr 28           

Toronto, ONT     

Massey Hall              


Apr 29         

Hershey, PA         

Hershey Theater               


Apr 30      

Morristown, NJ    

Mayo Center                  


May 1      

Boston, MA        

Berklee PAC                   


May 2         

Storrs, CT              

Jorgensen Center                


May 5          

Roanoke, VA        

Jefferson Center           


May 6         

Durham, NC        



May 8          

Atlanta, GA      

Symphony Hall       


May 9     

Tampa, FL         

Ferguson Hall      


May 9         

Tampa, FL      

Ferguson Hall (Matinee Show)   


May 10       

Fort Lauderdale, FL  

Parker Playhouse      


For more information please contact:
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak, 
212-833-8575 / 6075

SOURCE Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks

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