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Aug 31, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series--Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder--and The Classic Christmas '80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy's 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Aug 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles--The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas '80s Album--available Friday, October 2, 2015.

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The Classic Christmas '80s Album, one of this year's additions to Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80's artists on The Classic Christmas '80s Album include: The Waitresses ("Christmas Wrapping"), Wham! ("Last Christmas"), The Bangles ("Hazy Shade of Winter"), Run-D.M.C. ("Christmas in Hollis"), Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Jingle Bell Rock"), Whitney Houston ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), Billy Squier ("Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds ("Run Rudolph Run"), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue ("Zat You Santa Claus"), The Pointer Sisters ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Christmas Time Is Here"), Bob & Doug McKenzie ("Twelve Days Of Christmas" [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block ("This One's for the Children"), Fishbone ("Slick Nick, You Devil You") and The Hooters ("Silent Night").

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire includes 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group's multi-decade career.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, bringing together beloved carols ("Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This?," "Away in a Manger," "The First Noël"), holiday perennials ("Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bell Rock"), a traditional Japanese winter song ("Snow") and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: "Happy Seasons" (based on "Happy Feelin'), "Every Day Is Like Christmas" and "December" (based on EWF's iconic "September").

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include "Gather Round" (from 2005); "Get Your Hump On This Christmas" (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television's "A Cleveland Brown Christmas," airdate: December 13, 2009); "I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)" (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); "Open Your Heard to Love" and "One World" (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks "Wintersong" (2006); "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (2006); "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" (2006); "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (2006); "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children's Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); "Prayer of St. Francis" (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (2006); "Space On the Couch for Two" (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); "Find Your Voice" (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); "River" (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); "Silent Night" (2006); "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (2006); "The First Noel"/"Mary Mary" (medley, 2006); "Song for a Winter's Night" (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); "In a Bleak Mid Winter" (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and "Christmas Time is Here" (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder 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 the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder's PBS performance 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 Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing "Carol of the Bells," "Gaudete," "Mary Did You Know?," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," "Gabriel's Message," "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," "Away in a Manger," "Comfort Ye," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," "Oh Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Fairytale Of New York."

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Aug 26, 2015 | NOW That's What I Call Music! Presents NOW Halloween!, the Spooktacular First-Ever Halloween Entry in the World's Top-Selling Multi-Artist Album Series

NOW Halloween!, A Ghoulicious 18 Track Anthology, Coming Friday, September 11, 2015

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand's spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV ("True Blood") and movie themes ("Halloween," "The Exorcist," "Beetlejuice") to novelty smashes ("Monster Mash," "Werewolves of London") to radio perennials ("Season of the Witch," "Don't Fear the Reaper," "I Put a Spell on You").

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter's Theme from "Halloween," Rob Zombie's "Dragula," Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus' "O Fortuna," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"/Theme from "The Exorcist," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," INXS's "Devil Inside," Jace Everett's "Bad Things"/Theme from "True Blood," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," The Specials' "Ghost Town," Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party," Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers' "Monster Mash," The Citizens of Halloween's "This is Halloween," Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Nina Simone's "I Put A Spell On You," Danny Elfman's "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title," Run-D.M.C.'s "Ghostbusters," DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare On My Street" and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me."

The premium content--by the original artists--selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.

NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 96 million in the U.S. alone. All 55 previous releases in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached No. 1.

NOW That's What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

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NOW Halloween!

1.         John Carpenter -  Halloween Theme
2.         Rob Zombie -  Dragula
3.         Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus -  O Fortuna
4.         Mike Oldfield  - Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist) 
5.         Blue Oyster Cult -  (Don't Fear) The Reaper
6.         INXS  - Devil Inside
7.         Jace Everett -  Bad Things (Theme from True Blood) 
8.         Warren Zevon -  Werewolves of London
9.         The Specials  - Ghost Town
10.       Oingo Boingo -  Dead Man's Party 
11.       Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers -  Monster Mash 
12.       The Citizens of Halloween  - This is Halloween
13.       Donovan -  Season Of The Witch 
14.       Nina Simone -  I Put A Spell On You 
15.       Danny Elfman -  Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title 
16.       RUN-D.M.C.  - Ghostbusters 
17.       DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -  A Nightmare On My Street 
18.       Rockwell  - Somebody's Watching Me

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Aug 26, 2015 | Portrait Records Signs Holiday Supergroup Band Of Merrymakers

A Donation Will Be Made To MusiCares For Every Album/Track Sold

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup – Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album "Welcome To Our Christmas Party" on October 23, 2015.  A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold.

Led by hit songwriters/producers Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction, The Fray, Pentatonix) and Kevin Griffin (Taylor Swift, Sugarland, James Blunt, Howie Day...also of Better Than Ezra), the band features special guests: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), Bebe Rexha, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Christina Perri, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), David Hodges (Evanescence), David Ryan Harris, Firekid, Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums), Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Hexum (311), Owl City, Sinclair, Smallpools, Streetcorner Symphony, The Grand Southern, The Mowglis and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees)

Last year the band released the single "Must Be Christmas" along with a Santa flash-mob video. The new album will feature a mix of new holiday songs plus some old favorites.

Of the new album Hollander says: "Legend has it that Irving Berlin wrote 'White Christmas' at a La Quinta hotel in the California desert. Kevin and I attempted to channel his inspiration as we wrote and recorded our record in the blazing Hollywood summer heat. The process essentially consisted of us calling up our friends, family & colleagues and inviting them to pack up their acoustic guitars and join us by the campfire as we recorded in the sweltering sun, all with the spirit of the winter and festivity deep in our bones. We hope the joy is self-evident!!"

David Simone and Winston Simone at DSW Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the album.

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

Media Contacts:
Angela Barkan, [email protected], 212-833-8575
Larissa Slezak, [email protected], 212-833-6075

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Aug 25, 2015 | Sony Music Entertainment to Acquire Global Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Leader Century Group
  New York, NY – August 25, 2015 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced it has acquired the Century group of labels, one of the world’s largest independents. A global leader in rock, prog rock, heavy metal, alternative, post punk and hardcore, Century, led by founder Robert Kampf, is home to artists such as Lacuna […]Read More »
Aug 25, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog of Music Legend Van Morrison, Spanning More than 50 Years of Music

Most Complete Van Morrison Archive Ever Assembled Encompasses 50 Albums, Videos and Compilations, including Van's Solo Recordings from 1971-Present and Early Work with Seminal '60s Rock Band Them

Planned New Releases include Compilations, Deluxe Legacy Editions and a Full Catalog Digital Rollout

33 Van Morrison Album Titles to Be Available Digitally & Through All Streaming Services Beginning, Friday, August 28

"Essential Van Morrison" Collection Available as Digital and 2 CD Physical Releases on Friday, August 28

Aug 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.

Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

The Van Morrison musical acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to the present. The new Legacy Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison's solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the groundbreaking rock band Them from 1964 through 1966.

33 Van Morrison album titles will be made available as digital releases and through all streaming services beginning Friday, August 28.

That same day, Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

Later this year, Van Morrison's early recordings as the singer, frontman and principal songwriter for the seminal band Them will be available on Legacy Recordings.

In the upcoming months, Legacy will launch the label's ongoing Van Morrison library release project with new compilations, deluxe Legacy Editions of classic album titles and a digital rollout of the full Van Morrison catalog.

Most of the Van Morrison catalog has never been available for streaming and many titles have long been unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs. Much of the catalog has been out-of-print in any format, with some titles being unavailable for as long as 15 years.

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of classic Van Morrison solo albums: Saint Dominic's Preview, It's Too Late to Stop Now, Hard Nose the Highway and Enlightenment.

A half century's worth of recordings, endlessly innovative and unique in the annals of rock and pop music, Van Morrison's discography incorporates elements of blues, jazz, folk, gospel, skiffle, pop, soul and R&B to create a sound and sensibility immediately identifiable as Van the Man's. One of the most fascinating and uncompromising artists of the rock and roll era, Van Morrison brought Northern Irish soul to the world as one of the most transcendent singers, writers and performers to ever grace a stage or recording studio.

"Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music," said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world."

Inspired at an early age by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke, the Belfast-born Morrison was just 18 when he joined the R&B combo Them in 1964. Known for spontaneous, energetic performances, Them represented the Northern Irish element of the 1960s British Invasion, breaking into the pantheon with the indelible "Gloria," presaging punk with an anthem subsequently covered by The Doors, Patti Smith and many others.

Van began his solo career with a Top 10 pop smash, the radio perennial "Brown Eyed Girl," but soon moved in compelling new directions. He boldly crossed numerous musical genres in the decades that followed, investigating country music (Pay The Devil, 2006), jazz (What's Wrong with This Picture?, 2003), New Orleans R&B (Into The Music, 1979), traditional Celtic folk (Irish Heartbeat, with The Chieftains, 1988) and straight-ahead rock (Days Like This, 1995), among many others.

Morrison's first recording for RCA Records, 2015's Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue featured collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Michael Buble and others on new versions of hidden gems from his multi-faceted discography.

Tracks from Van Morrison's discography have been consistently licensed for film and television with notable examples including"Into The Mystic" in the film Patch Adams, "Days Like This" in As Good As It Gets and Them's "Gloria" in The Outsiders.

Legacy Recording's new Van Morrison deal covers studio and live recordings released from 1971 to the present, as well as all his recordings with Them. Combined with Morrison's solo debut Blowin' Your Mind, which features "Brown Eyed Girl," Legacy's holdings encompass the largest Van Morrison musical archive ever assembled.

Van Morrison has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Winner of a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (1994), Van Morrison holds six Grammy Awards (1996-2007) and an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement (1995).

Morrison has been named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (2004, #42), 100 Greatest Singers of All Time (2008, #24) and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015, #22). Van the Man has two albums on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and four songs--including "Brown Eyed Girl" (#109) and "Gloria" (with Them) (#208)--on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

An internationally successful artist with chart-topping hits on both sides of the Atlantic, Van Morrison has six gold and three platinum/multiplatinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America.  In the UK alone, Van has charted with more than 20 Top 20 albums, including an astounding 13 titles placed in the Top 10.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during her annual Birthday Honours celebration. Newly-titled Sir George Ivan Morrison, the artist received the United Kingdom's highest individual honor for his "services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland."

"Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honor to now have that body of work recognized in this way," said Van Morrison in a statement given in response to the news, reported the BBC.

On June 18, Morrison received the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City.

Van Morrison will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31, 2015 with "Van Morrison: Live on Cyprus Avenue," two concert performances serving as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.

Van Morrison Material included under Legacy Recordings Auspices

Them
The Angry Young Them / Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997)

Van Morrison
Available Digitally and Streaming on Friday, August 28

St. Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (Live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (w/the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (Live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (2CD outtakes compilation, 1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (Live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What's Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep it Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Live) (2009)

All albums credited to Exile Productions, Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment.

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