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Apr 16, 2014 | Statement: AC/DC

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.  

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time.  The band will continue to make music.  

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Apr 16, 2014 | Sony/Legacy Recordings Launch Year-Long Celebration of Henry Mancini with 50th Anniversary Limited Edition of The Pink Panther Soundtrack Album, Pressed on 12" PINK VINYL for Record Store Day 2014

American Composer To Be Commemorated with 11 CD Soundtrack Collection

Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony/Legacy Recordings will celebrate American composer Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 - June 14, 1994) with a variety of collectible commemorative titles to be released throughout 2014.  The new official Henry Mancini website (www.HenryMancini.com) will launch on April 16, 2014, the composer's 90th birthday.

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The 50th Anniversary of The Pink Panther - Music from the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini will be commemorated with the release of a limited edition, individually numbered 12" PINK VINYL LP created for Record Store Day 2014, celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Mancini's indelible "Pink Panther Theme," first heard in the archetypal '60s crime caper comedy starring Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards, is, in the current digital era, the #1 most-streamed song in the entire Sony Music catalog.  The original Pink Panther soundtrack album was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001 and is being expanded for a 2014 50th Anniversary Edition to include bonus material.

An 11 CD deluxe box set comprising the best of Henry Mancini's classic film soundtracks is in the works for 2014, while a retrospective tribute, featuring catalog and new recordings of the composer's unforgettable songs, is currently under development with details TBA.

Born Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini in Cleveland's "Little Italy," the quintessential American soundtrack composer entered the music industry at the end of World War II, becoming a pianist and arranger for the newly reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946.  By the mid 1950s, Mancini had written music for more than 100 movies, from "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" to Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil."  Mancini's score for "The Glenn Miller Story" earned him his first Academy Award nomination; out of his 18 nominations, he'd win four Oscars.  Throughout his career, he released close to 250 album titles and scored more than 190 films.

Henry Mancini composed music that's woven into the fabric of American pop culture: The Pink Panther Theme, the "Peter Gunn" bass line, "Moon River" (from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"), "Days of Wine and Roses" and more.

Mancini holds the record for most Grammy nominations (72), out of which he won 20.  In addition to his four Academy Awards, he won a Golden Globe, secured two Emmy nominations and was honored in 2004 with a United States Commemorative Postal Stamp.

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Apr 11, 2014 | Bebel Gilberto Signs To Sony Music Masterworks/Portrait; New Album Arrives July 2014

Apr 11, 2014

NEW YORK, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto has signed with Sony Music Masterworks' imprint Portrait Records. The label will release her new album Tudo! on July 29, 2014, coinciding with an international tour.

Bebel Gilberto is one of the most internationally famous and beloved of Brazilian musicians. The daughter of bossa nova immortal Joao Gilberto, Bebel has sold over 2.5 Million albums worldwide since her debut in 2000. On her first album for Masterworks/Portrait, she reunites with Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson), who co-produced her first, landmark album Tanto Tempo. Singing in French, English, and Portuguese, Bebel has recorded a shimmering, sweet, summery collection that includes songs by her father, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Neil Young, and others, as well as original new tunes.

"Bebel is an icon and innovator in Brazilian popular music," says Chuck Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Sony Music Masterworks U.S., "She has successfully blended organic rhythms and electronic elements, defining an international style that reverberates to this day. We're delighted to welcome her creativity and personality into the Masterworks/Portrait family."

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

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Apr 09, 2014 | Masterworks Broadway Signs Original Broadway Cast Recording Of Bullets Over Broadway

Album Available Digitally June 3 and on CD June 10, 2014

Features Music from the 1920's Adapted by Glen Kelly with Orchestrations by Doug Besterman

Opens April 10 at the St. James Theatre

Apr 9, 2014

NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MASTERWORKS BROADWAY proudly announces the signing of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Bullets Over Broadway. Produced by Doug Besterman and engineered by Frank Fillipetti, the album will be recorded on April 14.  The cast recording will be available for download via all digital service providers June 3 with the CD available everywhere June 10. Visit MasterworksBroadway.com for more information. 

Producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg present the world premiere production of the brand new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY began preview performances on Tuesday, March 11 and will officially open Thursday, April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).

Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920's New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Pastore) talentless girlfriend (Yorke) in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Bullets Over Broadway features Brooks Ashmanskas (The Producers) as "Warner Purcell," Golden Globe® and Emmy Award nominee Zach Braff ("Scrubs," Garden State) as "David Shayne," Nick Cordero (Rock of Ages) as "Cheech," Tony Award® nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion; Ragtime; Kiss Me, Kate) as "Helen Sinclair," Vincent Pastore ("The Sopranos") as "Nick Valenti," Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as "Ellen," Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone) as "Julian Marx," Helene Yorke (Grease) as "Olive Neal" and Tony Award® winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) as "Eden Brent."

Bullets Over Broadway will also feature Clyde Alves (Nice Work if You Can Get It), Jim Borstelmann (Chaplin), Preston Truman Boyd (Big Fish), Janet Dickinson (How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Bryn Dowling (Big Fish), Kim Faure (Anything Goes), Paige Faure (Cinderella), Casey Garvin (Bare), Kelcy Griffin (Broadway debut), Dan Horn (Cinderella), Sarah Lin Johnson (Broadway debut), Andy Jones (Cinderella), Amanda Kloots-Larsen (Follies), Kevin Ligon (The Chosen), Synthia Link (Big Fish), Brittany Marcin (Anything Goes), Paul McGill (La Cage aux Folles), James Moye (Million Dollar Quartet), Beth Johnson Nicely (Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Eric Santagata (Chaplin) and Kevin Worley (Cinderella).

Five time Tony Award® winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman brings the new musical to the stage with a design team of Broadway veterans including Santo Loquasto (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig and hair design), William Berloni (animal training),  Glen Kelly (music supervision and adaptation / additional Lyrics), Doug Besterman (orchestrations) and Andy Einhorn (music direction/conductor and vocal arrangements). The Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway features existing music of the period.

Bullets Over Broadway is produced by Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg and co-produced by Edward Walson, Leroy Schecter, Roy Furman, Broadway Across America, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Jacki Barlia Florin, Harold Newman and Jujamcyn Theaters and associate producer Don't Speak, LLC.

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

For more information on the musical, please visit www.BulletsOverBroadway.com.

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Apr 09, 2014 | Doxy Records To Release "Road Shows, Vol. 3," First Sonny Rollins Album Under New Distribution Agreement With Sony Music Masterworks/OKeh On May 6

CD CONTAINS SIX TRACKS RECORDED IN JAPAN, FRANCE, AND THE U.S. BETWEEN 2001 AND 2012

ROLLINS TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOOGLE+ HANGOUT, "SONNY ROLLINS MEETS HIS FANS," MAY 5 AT 12:00 NOON EDT

Apr 9, 2014

NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Since launching his Doxy label in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album Sonny, Please, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been turning to his vast archive of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in Doxy's acclaimed Road Shows series. The selections in Volume 1 (2008) spanned nearly 30 years and included a trio track from the saxophonist's 50th-anniversary Carnegie Hall concert, while Volume 2 (2011) focused primarily on his epic 80th-birthday concert at New York's Beacon Theatre.

Road Shows, vol. 3, to be released May 6 as part of a distribution agreement with Sony Music Masterworks and its jazz imprint OKeh, draws its six tracks from concerts recorded between 2001 and 2012 in Saitama, Japan; Toulouse, Marseille, and Marciac, France; and St. Louis, Missouri. "Patanjali," a recent-vintage Rollins composition, is given its debut recording on the new disc. The performances, says Rollins, "present parts of me I want to have presented."

On May 5 at 12:00 noon EDT, Rollins will expand his forays into social-media territory (and CD promotion) by participating in an unprecedented video conference, "Sonny Rollins Meets His Fans," broadcast live on YouTube and Google+. Ten members of Sonny's global community of listeners and fellow musicians, chosen from the winners of a video contest on his Facebook page, will interact with Sonny, one by one, in real-time video, utilizing Google's popular Hangout platform. Immediately after the live broadcast, the program will be available for viewing on demand on Sonny's web site and Facebook page. In addition to the ten guests (each of whom will receive a copy of Road Shows, vol. 3), moderator Bret Primack will be choosing questions from Google+ viewers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOmclIi0CnU

"As one of the few jazz musicians able to fashion a career exclusively as a concert artist," writes Bob Blumenthal in his CD notes, "[Rollins] has made his appearances events that blend the soul-baring seriousness of a 'classical' recital with the participatory release of a music that has always drawn on various kinds of call and response. At his best, which Rollins presents to us here and in the previous Road Shows, he rides the spontaneity of the moment into unique collections of moods, grooves, and feelings."

Road Shows' material reflects an artist who has become as enthralled by narrative lines as melodic. Noel Coward's "Someday I'll Find You" - which he first recorded on 1958's Freedom Suite and then on Sonny, Please - takes him back to his boyhood days, when it was the theme for the long-running radio show, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons.

The infectious "Biji," introduced on the 1995 album, Sonny +3, was written "back in the days when guys had nicknames like Rahsaan and Famoudou. I adopted Brung Biji as mine. It was sort of African style."

"Patanjali" is named after the sage whose Yoga Sutras, he says, "lay down everything you need to know" about a discipline and philosophy that "has helped me get through life and kept me trying to be a better human being."

The nearly 24-minute rendering of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's masterwork, "Why Was I Born," is as moving as it is breathtaking - a monument to Rollins's emotional powers. He won a 2006 Grammy for his version of it on Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert, performing it in Boston five days after the terrorist attack on New York, which forced him to evacuate his apartment.

"I've played it a lot," he says. "So I was wondering whether I should put it out again. I decided to because it captured me going in certain directions I felt needed to be put on record. I actually had two versions to choose from. On one of them, everything was quite clean. On this one, I played something I might be the only one who likes. But I liked the groove and a lot of other things. It represents Sonny Rollins at a certain point of creation." 

Rounding out the program, there's an eight-minute, stand-alone cadenza taken from a 2009 St. Louis show and a brief, album-closing dose of his perennial crowd-pleaser, "Don't Stop the Carnival."

Road Shows, vol. 3 was produced by Rollins and his longtime engineer, Richard Corsello. Trombonist Clifton Anderson and bassist Bob Cranshaw are heard throughout, joined on selected tracks by pianist Stephen Scott; guitarists Bobby Broom and Peter Bernstein; drummers Kobie Watkins, Perry Wilson, Steve Jordan, and Victor Lewis; and percussionists Kimati Dinizulu and Sammy Figueroa. "All of these people in my bands are top of the line in their own right," says Rollins. "It's a privilege and pleasure to play with them." 

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

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