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Apr 22, 2014 | The Essential R. Kelly Covers 21 Years Of Hit Records

FIRST DOUBLE-CD COLLECTION EVER ISSUED IN U.S. INCLUDES HIT SINGLES AND ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSIONS, REMIXES, MOVIE SOUNDTRACK CUTS, AND SUPERSTAR COLLABORATIONS

FEATURES 11 #1 R&B AND POP HITS PLUS 18 MORE TOP 5 AND TOP 10 HITS!

Contains hit collaborations with Notorious B.I.G., Sparkle, Ja Rule, and Cassidy - also historic collaborations with Ronald and Ernie Isley, Nas, Celine Dion, Ashanti, T.I. & T-Pain, Usher, and Keri Hilson

Available everywhere May 19, 2014, through RCA/Legacy

Apr 22, 2014

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spanning more than two decades of sheer R&B perfection, THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY (http://smarturl.it/rkelly_esse_itunes) is the first collection to cover the three-time Grammy Award®-winning artist's entire major label recording career from 1991 ("She's Got That Vibe" with Public Announcement) to 2012 ("Feelin' Single").  The deluxe 35-track, double-CD set will be available starting May 19th through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

In the tradition of Legacy Recordings' top-selling Essential series, which has sold more than 20 million combined catalog sales worldwide to date, THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY is a chronological history of the hit-making artist.  Adding critical perspective is a liner notes essay by senior editor at VIBE Magazine, Keith Murphy.

Headlining THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY are an amazing 11 hits that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles and/or Hot 100 charts, comprising "Honey Love" – Radio Fade (1992), "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" - Video Mix (1992), "Bump n' Grind" (1994), "You Remind Me Of Something" (1995), "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)" featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley (1996), "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" - Radio Edit (1996), "I Believe I Can Fly" - Radio Edit (1996), "Be Careful" by Sparkle featuring R. Kelly (1998), "I'm Your Angel" - Radio Version duet with Celine Dion (1998), "I Wish" (2000), and "Step In The Name Of Love" - Remix (2002).

Beyond his litany of #1 hits, THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY weighs in with an impressive additional 18 tracks that rose to Top 5 or Top 10 status.  They range from his 1991 chart debut "She's Got That Vibe" (with Public Announcement, his first vocal group) to 2009's "Number One," featuring Keri Hilson.  Among this grouping of Top 5's and Top 10's are such touchstones as 1993's "Sex Me (Part I)" - Street Radio Edit (his debut single under his own name and his first certified RIAA gold million-seller); 1994's "Your Body's Callin'"; 1999's "When A Woman's Fed Up"; 2001's "Feelin' On Yo Booty"; 2002's "Ignition" - Remix; 2003's "Thoia Thoing"; 2004's "Happy People" - Radio Edit; 2005's controversial "Trapped In The Closet (Chapter 1)"; and many more.

Packed with this lion's share of top-charted R&B and pop hit singles are original album versions, hard-to-find remixes, rare movie soundtrack cuts (several of them out of print), and career-defining collaborations.  THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY is the source of several important "firsts":

  • The first collection to include his collaborations with Ronald and Ernie Isley (the #1 "Down Low"), Nas ("Did You Ever Think" - Remix Radio Edit), Celine Dion (the #1 "I'm Your Angel" - Radio Version), T.I. & T-Pain ("I'm A Flirt Remix" - Main Version), Usher ("Same Girl"), and Keri Hilson ("Number One");
  • The first collection to include his outside collaborations ('featuring R. Kelly') with The Notorious B.I.G. ("#!*@ You Tonight"), Sparkle (the #1 "Be Careful"), Ja Rule ("Wonderful," also featuring Ashanti), and Cassidy ("Hotel");
  • The first double-CD collection to gather three of R. Kelly's major movie soundtrack chart hits, namely the three-time Grammy Award®-winning "I Believe I Can Fly" - Radio Edit (from 1996's Space Jam), "Gotham City" - Remix (from 1997's Batman & Robin), and "The World's Greatest" - Radio Edit (from 2001's Ali).

It was 1998 when R. Kelly made Grammy Awards® history with "I Believe I Can Fly," the first R&B artist in 25 years to sweep three categories with one song, since the Tempta­tions at the 1973 awards (with "Papa Was a Rolling Stone").  At the 40th annual Grammy Awards® on February 25, 1998, "I Believe I Can Fly" won for Best Male R&B Vocal, Best R&B Song, and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television.  Only three R&B artists' songs have achieved a rare triple-play Grammy® win since then: Alicia Keys with "Fallin'" (2001), Luther Vandross with "Dance With My Father" (2003), and Beyonce with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" (2008). 

To date, R. Kelly has another 21 Grammy Award® nominations under his belt, including R&B Album Of the Year nominations for his last three consecutive albums, Untitled (for 2011), Love Letter (2012), and Write Me Back (2013).  Also to R. Kelly's credit, his Trapped In The Closet Chapters 6-12 package was nominated for the Best Long Form Music Video Grammy Award® for 2005; and the Trapped In The Closet Chapters 13-22 package was nominated for the Best Long Form Music Video Grammy Award® for 2007.  Most recently, iTunes made all 33 chapters available of the entire Trapped In The Closet video narrative. 

With some 78 chart singles as lead artist (and his name attached to more than 50 more chart single collaborations, plus dozens of guest appearances on albums), combined with an astounding 18 RIAA gold and platinum awards and over 54 million records sold, R. Kelly is far and away the best-selling R&B male artist of our time.  The point is under­scored in Joel Whitburn's authoritative Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010 where R. Kelly is ranked the #1 Artist Of the 1990s, and the #3 Artist Of 2000-2010. 

THE ESSENTIAL R. KELLY
(Explicit version: RCA/Legacy 88765 44450 2;
Clean/edited version: RCA/Legacy 88765 44739 2)

CD OneSelections1. * She's Got That Vibe (Radio Edit) (A, #7 R&B, #59 Hot 100) 2. * Honey Love (Radio Fade) (A, #1 R&B, #39 Hot 100) 3. * Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ) (Video Mix) (A, #1 R&B, #43 Hot 100) 4. * Sex Me (Part I) (Street Radio Edit) (B, #8 R&B, #20 Hot 100) 5. Bump n' Grind (B, #1 R&B, #1 Hot 100) 6. Your Body's Callin' (B, #2 R&B, #13 Hot 100) 7. You Remind Me Of Something (C, #1 R&B, #4 Hot 100) 8. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) (featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley) (C, #1 R&B, #4 Hot 100) 9. * I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) (Radio Edit) (C, #1 R&B, #5 Hot 100) 10. * I Believe I Can Fly (Radio Edit) (D & H, #1 R&B, #1 Hot 100) 11. #!*@ You Tonight by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring R. Kelly (E12. * Gotham City (Remix) (F, #9 R&B, #9 Hot 100) 13. Be Careful by Sparkle featuring R. Kelly (G, #1 R&B, #32 Hot 100) 14. When A Woman's Fed Up (H, #5 R&B, #22 Hot 100) 15. * Did You Ever Think (Remix Radio Edit featuring Nas) (H, #8 R&B, #27 Hot 100) 16. * If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time (Radio Edit) (H, #5 R&B, #12 Hot 100) 17. * I'm Your Angel (Radio Version) (Duet with Celine Dion) (H & I, #5 R&B, #1 Hot 100).
Note
:  * indicates single master.

CD Two – Selections: 1. I Wish (J, #1 R&B, #14 Hot 100) 2. Feelin' On Yo Booty (J, #9 R&B, #36 Hot 100) 3. * The World's Greatest (Radio Edit) (K, #31 R&B, #34 Hot 100) 4. Ignition – Remix (L, #2 R&B, #2 Hot 100) 5. Thoia Thoing (M, #6 R&B, #13 Hot 100) 6. * Step In The Name Of Love - Remix (Radio Edit) (L, #1 R&B, #9 Hot 100) 7. Hotel by Cassidy featuring R. Kelly (N, #6 R&B, #4 Hot 100) 8. * Happy People (Radio Edit) (O, #7 R&B, #19 Hot 100) 9. Wonderful by Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti (P, #3 R&B, #5 Hot 100) 10. In The Kitchen (Q, #16 R&B, #91 Hot 100) 11. Trapped In The Closet (Chapter 1) (Q, #5 R&B, #22 Hot 100) 12. * I'm A Flirt Remix (Main Version) (featuring T.I. & T-Pain) (R, #2 R&B, #12 Hot 100) 13. Same Girl (Duet with Usher) (R, #4 R&B, #20 Hot 100) 14. Number One (featuring Keri Hilson) (S, #8 R&B, #59 Hot 100) 15. When A Woman Loves (T, #15 R&B, #93 Hot 100) 16. Love Letter (Radio Edit) (T, #13 R&B, #102 Hot 100) 17. Feelin' Single (U, #13 R&B) 18. * U Saved Me (Radio Edit) (O, #14 R&B, #52 Hot 100).
Note:  * indicates single master.

Album index:

A – from Born Into The 90's (Jive, originally issued January 1992, by R. Kelly and Public Announcement)
B – from 12 Play (Jive, originally issued November 1993)
C – from R. Kelly (Jive, originally issued November 1995)
D – from Music From And Inspired By The Movie Space Jam (Warner Sunset, originally issued November 1996)
E – from The Notorious B.I.G. album Life After Death (Bad Boy, originally issued March 1997)
F – from Music From And Inspired By The "Batman & Robin" Motion Picture (Warner Sunset, originally issued June 1997)
G – from the Sparkle album Sparkle (Interscope, originally issued May 1998)
H – from R. (Jive, originally issued November 1998)
I – from the Celine Dion album These Are Special Times (550 Music, originally issued November 1998)
J – from TP-2.COM (Jive, originally issued November 2000)
K – from the album Ali Original Soundtrack (Interscope, originally issued November 2001)
L – from Chocolate Factory (Jive, originally issued February 2003)
M – from The R. In R&B Collection: Volume 1 (Jive, originally issued September 2003)
N – from the Cassidy album Split Personality (J Records, originally issued March 2004)
O – from Happy People/U Saved Me (Jive, originally issued August 2004)
P – from the Ja Rule album R.U.L.E. (The INC Records, originally issued November 2004)
Q – from TP.3 Reloaded (Jive, originally issued July 2005)
R – from Double Up (Jive, originally issued May 2007)
S – from Untitled (Jive, originally issued December 2009)
T – from Love Letter (Jive, originally issued December 2010)
U – from Write Me Back (RCA, originally issued June 2012)

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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.

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