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Apr 20, 2015 | Natalie Imbruglia Releases Music Video For New Single "Instant Crush"

Premieres On Mashable.com & Entertainment Tonight

From Upcoming New Album "Male" - Available July 28

Apr 20, 2015

NEW YORK, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model, Natalie Imbruglia releases a music video for her new single "Instant Crush" from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Male (Portrait/Sony Masterworks).

Entertainment Tonight exclusively premiered the video over the weekend on TV followed by Mashable.com who premiered it on their site today. Click here to view: http://mashable.com/2015/04/20/natalie-imbruglia/.

"Instant Crush" was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk.  The song was written by the duo's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, along with The Strokes' Julian Casablancas who also sang on the original track.

Of the Mad Men-esque video treatment Imbruglia says: "Joe Stephenson, the director is an immense talent. I fell in love with his treatment. The dark stepford wives vibe, and his reference of Gregory Crewdson's photography. Such beautiful colors and mood. It's so cinematic and gives the song a whole new dimension."

Imbruglia finds inspiration for her new album from her favorite male artists.  Male, her first album since 2009, is a collection of classic and contemporary songs all performed by men including those of Cat Stevens, Damien Rice, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend and Zac Brown Band among others. It is produced by Billy Mann, who has also worked with artists like Pink, John Legend, Celine Dion, Martina McBride, and Sting, among others.

The platinum-selling Imbruglia is best known for her hit song "Torn" and the accompanying video from her debut album Left of the Middle (1997), which sold 7 million copies worldwide.  The single hit No. 1 on multiple charts around the world, including the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and was certified platinum in the U.K. and her native Australia. "Torn" still sounds fresh today as evidenced by its ongoing radio airplay and ubiquity on multiple Spotify playlists, which have generated over 30 million streams.  "Shiver," from her third album, Counting Down The Days (2005), was also a worldwide hit and peaked at No.1 on the UK Airplay Chart for 5 non-consecutive weeks.

While "Torn" brought Imbruglia international fame along with three Grammy nominations, and the 1998 MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist," she is a woman of many talents. Her pop music success followed acting roles in Australian TV commercials and the long-running drama series Neighbours, in which she played the role of Beth Brennan. Over the last two years she has been studying acting in Los Angeles and also made her U.K. stage debut in Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love.  Imbruglia is the global ambassador for Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation for The Virgin Group and is the spokesperson for the U.N campaign to end fistula.

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Apr 15, 2015 | Outlaw Country Legends Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Reunite for Django and Jimmie, A New Album Collaboration Premiering 14 Fresh Studio Tracks

Willie's Sixth Studio Album for Legacy Recordings, Produced by Buddy Cannon, Coming June 2

Apr 15, 2015

NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the June 2 release of Django and Jimmie, the new studio album collaboration from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, two of the founding fathers of American outlaw country music.

Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the June 2 release of Django and Jimmie, the new studio album collaboration from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, two of the founding fathers of American outlaw country music.

"Me and Merle got a new album coming out called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson.  "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."

According to Merle Haggard, there's "new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager."

For Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson's sixth studio album release for Legacy since inking an historic deal with the label in 2012, the legendary singer-songwriter joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator Merle Haggard to reignite the musical chemistry that made the pair's Pancho & Lefty a honky-tonk blockbuster and America's #1 Country Album following its release in January 1983.  Driven by a title track penned by Townes Van Zandt (and arguably the songwriter's most familiar song), the critically-acclaimed top-selling Pancho & Lefty solidified the reputations of both Willie and Merle as among the most formidable and influential artists in outlaw country music while topping the Billboard Country charts for seven non-consecutive weeks between April and October 1983.

The success of Pancho & Lefty opened the doors for a number of successful follow-up projects including 1987's Seashores Of Old Mexico album, 2007's double album Last Of The Breed with Ray Price, and the Merle Haggard-penned "A Horse Called Music" (the lead track on 2012's Heroes, Willie Nelson's first album for Legacy).

Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new studio recordings including: "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music's mythic "Singing Brakeman"; the reflective and meditative "Live This Long"; "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; a sublime interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"; and the future outlaw country classic "Unfair Weather Friend," written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis.

A legendary country music producer and songwriter in his own right, Buddy helped pen five of the album's tracks, including "It's All Going To Pot" (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture) and four cowrites with Willie: "Alice In Hulaland," "It's Only Money," "Where Dreams Come To Die," and "Driving The Herd."

Among the 14 essential recordings on Django and Jimmie, Nelson and Haggard each pay musical tribute to the other through heartfelt solo performances: Willie singing Merle's "Somewhere Between" and Merle covering Willie's "Family Bible."

Willie sums up the duo's new collaboration simply saying, "It's good music, I got a good feeling about it."

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Django and Jimmie

  1. Django and Jimmie – written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
  2. It's All Going To Pot – written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
  3. Unfair Weather Friend - written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
  4. Missing Ol' Johnny Cash - written by Merle Haggard
  5. Live This Long – written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
  6. Alice In Hulaland - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  7. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - written by Bob Dylan
  8. Family Bible – written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
  9. It's Only Money - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  10. Swinging Doors - written by Merle Haggard
  11. Where Dreams Come To Die - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  12. Somewhere Between – written by Merle Haggard
  13. Driving The Herd - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  14. The Only Man Wilder Than Me - written by Merle Haggard

About Willie Nelson

In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975's seminal smash Red Headed Stranger.  New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint will include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others.

Nelson's album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:
1) Heroes (2012), a collection of pop-country songs performed by Willie with an all-star roster of guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, and Jamey Johnson as well as Willie's sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson; 
2) Let's Face The Music And Dance (2013), a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family;
3) To All The Girls... (2013), a collection of newly recorded duets with contemporary pop-country women singers including Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Tina Rose, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Secret Sisters, Brandi Carlile, Lily Meola, Shelby Lynne, Melonie Cannon and Paula Nelson;
4) Band of Brothers (2014), featuring the artist's first batch of freshly penned original songs in nearly two decades
5) December Day: Willie's Stash, Vol. 1 (2014),  the first installment of the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, the album features Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie performing intimate new recordings of songs that informed their musical heritage.



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Apr 15, 2015 | Roger Waters' Portrait Of A Distracted Society, Amused To Death, Celebrated With Remastered Release



Apr 15, 2015

NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Roger Waters' album AMUSED TO DEATH returns in a remastered release from Columbia Records / Legacy Recordings on July 24th. Amused to Death sounded the alarm about a society increasingly – and unthinkingly – in thrall to its television screens. Twenty-three years later, Amused to Death speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago.

Roger Waters' album AMUSED TO DEATH returns in a remastered release from Columbia Records / Legacy Recordings on July 24th

"I'm remembering the record from [over] 20 years ago, that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992," says Roger Waters.

An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, Amused to Death addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view.

The 2015 editions of Amused to Death feature a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Roger Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer, James Guthrie. The cover and gatefold art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters' 2010-2013 "The Wall Live" tour and movie.

Produced by Roger Waters and Patrick Leonard, Amused to Death is a musically ambitious work featuring a stellar lineup of musicians. Guitar legend Jeff Beck figures prominently on the album, bringing his signature virtuosity to eight songs. Guest vocalists include Don Henley ("It's a Miracle"), Rita Coolidge ("Amused to Death") and soul singer P.P. Arnold ("Perfect Sense" Parts I and II). Also contributing were Waters' longtime collaborators, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low and drummer Graham Broad; percussionist Luis Conte; and Pat Leonard, who played keyboards on several tracks. The album reunited Waters with composer/arranger Michael Kamen, who supervised orchestral arrangements for The Wall, Waters' semi-autographical concept album with Pink Floyd. Kamen arranged and conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra Limited's contributions to the songs "Too Much Rope" and "What God Wants, Part III."

"… damned if Roger Waters' 14-track rumination on some of our choicest social ills doesn't score some serious points, especially in 'Late Home Tonight,' which, with music that evokes both a kiss at a drive-in and the peace of the wide-open sky, shows us an American pilot soaring toward Libya to bomb children, giddy as an exuberant teen with the sheer joy of flight." Grade: A-, Entertainment Weekly, September 11, 1992

"It is the poet's responsibility to foresee the future, and it is his neighbor's duty to prevent the worst of it from taking place. With Amused To Death, surely one of the most provocative and musically dazzling records of the decade, Roger Waters has fulfilled his part of the bargain." - Timothy White, "Music to My Ears," Billboard Magazine, July 1992

The 2015 editions of Amused to Death will be available on:

  • CD
  • CD / Blu-ray
  • SACD
  • Hi-res digital download
  • 2LP 200 gram vinyl (pressed at Quality Record Pressings)
  • Limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl.

Legacy Recordings has collaborated with Analogue Productions / Acoustic Sounds in the United States on the release of the 2LP 200 gram vinyl as well as SACD and DSD download audio products.

Amused to Death is available for pre-order at RogerWaters.com where fans will have access to an exclusive music and merchandise bundle including their choice of an Amused to Death t-shirt or sweatshirt.

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Apr 14, 2015 | Sly & The Family Stone--Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968 To Be Released Friday, July 17

Four-Disc Debut Release of Previously Unreleased Live Set Recorded at Legendary Fillmore East Venue

Double Vinyl LP "Best-Of" from shows, compiled by "Captain" Kirk Douglas of The Roots, to be released exclusively for Record Store Day 2015

Apr 14, 2015

NEW YORK, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic/Legacy is excited to announce the debut release of SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968, a four-disc set of previously unreleased live shows recorded during the band's rise at New York City's legendary venue. The set is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 17 and is available now for pre-order (http://smarturl.it/sfs_lafe_amzn).

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE-LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968, a four-disc set of previously unreleased live shows recorded during the band's rise at New York City's legendary venue, is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 17.

Sly & The Family Stone's reputation as one of the most influential bands of the 1960s has rarely been in denial. The group effortlessly combined upbeat, funky melodies with socially conscious lyrics, which would paint a vivid picture of the sociopolitical landscape of the '60s while also creating a road map for pop music in the decades to come. This four-disc anthology presents a lesser-known side of the band: not the dominant soul-funk-pop juggernaut of the late 1960s, but an up-and-coming ensemble whose onstage energy could not be contained.

On October 4th and 5th, 1968, shortly after the release of the band's third album Life, Sly & The Family Stone took the stage at Bill Graham's legendary Fillmore East in New York City. Along with the success of Dance To The Music, which was released earlier that year and spun off the Top 10 hit of the same name, Sly & The Family Stone were making a name for themselves on the concert circuit, with their dynamic, high energy live performances.

Epic Records, the group's record company, recorded all four of these concerts (two shows per night) with plans to release a live album that would consist of selections from these performances. But the release was shelved after the release of the single "Everyday People," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 and anticipated the band's breakthrough year, with the acclaimed album Stand! and an increasing spotlight in the public eye culminating in an appearance at Woodstock that summer.

Sly & The Family Stone—Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968 features all four of these energetic shows, which mark not only the first release of these sets but the first official release primarily highlighting live material from the group. The collection will be preceded by a double-vinyl 'best-of' featuring highlights from all four shows compiled by "Captain" Kirk Douglas, guitarist for The Roots. This special package will be exclusively available at participating independent record retailers on Record Store Day (April 18, 2015).

"Captain" Kirk Douglas, guitarist for The Roots states, "This performance is living breathing evidence of how much of a force of nature Sly & the Family Stone were at this point of their career. Every member of the group shines in a way that I can only describe as a revelation. It was enjoyable listening to the band break free from the studio arrangements of the songs we know and love to find new interpretations. And to think they did this twice in one evening! The heaviest of rock and the funkiest of soul jumps out of the speakers combined with a message just as relevant today as the day it was recorded. This deserves to be played LOUD!"

The complete SLY & THE FAMILY STONE—LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST OCTOBER 4th & 5th 1968 track listing is below:

CD 1 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 4, 1968-Early Show)
1. Are You Ready 2. Color Me True 3. Won't Be Long 4. We Love All (Freedom)
5. MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can't Turn You Loose 6. Chicken 7. Love City

CD 2 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 4, 1968 -Late Show)
1. M' Lady 2. Don't Burn Baby 3. Color Me True  4. Won't Be Long 5. St. James Infirmary|
6. MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can't Turn You Loose 7. Are You Ready 8. Dance To The Music 9. Music Lover 10. MEDLEY: Life / Music Lover

CD 3 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 5, 1968-Early Show)
1. Life 2. Color Me True  3. Won't Be Long 4. Are You Ready 5. Dance To The Music
6. Music Lover 7. M' Lady

CD 4 (Recorded Live at the Fillmore East, NYC, October 5, 1968-Late Show)
1. M' Lady 2. Life 3. Are You Ready 4. Won't Be Long 5. Color Me True  6. Dance To The Music 7. Music Lover 8. Love City MEDLEY: 9. Turn Me Loose / I Can't Turn You Loose
10. The Riffs  


SIDE ONE: M' Lady ;  Life ;  Are You Ready SIDE TWO: Won't Be Long ; Color Me True ; We Love All (Freedom) SIDE THREE: Dance To The Music ; Music Lover SIDE FOUR: Love City ; MEDLEY: Turn Me Loose / I Can't Turn You Loose ; The Riffs

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Apr 13, 2015 | Masterworks Broadway Rekindles Its Pledge To Empty The Vault With Classic Albums Released On CD For The First Time

Dames at Sea - Original London Cast Recording - Available April 14

Two's Company - Starring Bette Davis - Available May 4

Ages of Man - Starring Sir John Gielgud - Available June 16

Apr 13, 2015

NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Masterworks Broadway continues to make good on its promise to make available its extensive catalog of cast recordings with the release of three classic albums from the archives previously unavailable on CD Dames at Sea – The Original London Cast Recording (April 14), Two's Company (May 4), and Ages of Man (June 16).Upon release, each title will be accompanied by new album pages and photos on MasterworksBroadway.com. 

A surprise hit Off-Broadway in 1968, Dames at Sea had its London debut little more than a year later. The Original London Cast Recording features an all-English cast in a lively but distinctive interpretation of the show, under original director/choreographer Neil Kenyon, with orchestral arrangements that differ from those created expressly for the Off-Broadway cast recording – perhaps closer to what was actually heard in the theater. In the role that made Bernadette Peters famous, nineteen-year-old Sheila White brings a fresh, pixie-ish quality to the optimistic showgirl Ruby. (White played Brigitta in The Sound of Music in London and, in 1969, had just appeared as Nancy Sykes's best friend in the Oscar-winning film Oliver!). Dames at Sea has had an enduring popularity in England, and this production was the beginning of that. The Original London Cast Recording of Dames at Sea, available for the first time on CD, will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on April 14 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on May 4, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.

Bette Davis was making a triumphant return to Broadway in the 1952 revue Two's Company … until the show began its previews, when she promptly collapsed onstage on opening night. Davis was perhaps in over her head (song, dance and comedy were not her strong points) in this otherwise charming revue, with a score largely by Vernon Duke (music) and Sammy Cahn and Ogden Nash (lyrics). Two's Company was one of the last of the sophisticated, satirical revues, a kind of show that television killed off, and its reputation has been held hostage to Davis's troubled involvement. But Sheldon Harnick, Horton Foote and Peter DeVries were among those contributing material to the show, and the choreographer was no less than Jerome Robbins. Hiram Sherman won a Tony for his expert comedy work in this fascinating relic of Broadway's past. Two's Company will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on May 4 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on June 9, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.

A legendary actor with what might have been the most expressive, musical voice in the modern English theater – "a silver trumpet muffled in silk," in the words of Sir Alec Guinness – Sir John Gielgud had enduring success with his one-man Shakespearean evening Ages of Man. This tour de force, in which he toured for twenty years, would win him Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards. Gielgud selected excerpts from Shakespeare's texts that dramatized the complete arc of human experience, from life to death – an unforgettable poetic journey. This recording was made after the show's triumphant, Tony-winning Broadway debut in 1959, when Gielgud was in his artistic prime. Ages of Man, available for the first time on CD, will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on June 16 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on July 13, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.

Additionally, two Off-Broadway cast recordings receive their first official digital release on July 13:  Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo!, the 1993 all-male sendup of the Ziegfeld Follies and Promenade, the 1969 show with music by Al Carmines and lyrics by Maria Irene Fornes. Both titles will be available for streaming and downloads through all major digital service providers, and will be accompanied by new album pages and photos on MasterworksBroadway.com.

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