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Oct 02, 2014 | Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings Set to Release Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Albums Collection on Monday, November 24, 2014

Monumental Box Set Includes 5 Studio Albums, 4 Live Albums, The Graduate Soundtrack and 1972's 14x Platinum Selling Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Oct 2, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Albums Collection on Monday, November 24. Available for pre-order at: http://smarturl.it/SG_CAC_Amz.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Albums Collection on Monday, November 24.

The most comprehensive Simon & Garfunkel library anthology ever assembled, The Complete Albums Collection includes the duo's five studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970), newly remastered from first generation analog sources, and first-time remasters of The Graduate (the groundbreaking motion picture soundtrack album released in 1968) and the long out-of-print The Concert in Central Park (recorded in 1981). 

Simon & Garfunkel The Complete Albums Collection features four live concert albums, including two performances from the 1960s, the 1981 Central Park reunion concert (which drew more than half a million fans) and the Old Friends Live On Stage album, originally released in 2004.

Each of the discs housed in the Simon & Garfunkel Complete Albums Collection comes in its own album facsimile sleeve, replicating the original artwork, while the box itself include a book premiering new liner notes penned by noted rock scribe and historian Bud Scoppa.

These are the recordings which defined Simon & Garfunkel's distinctive harmonic sound and Paul Simon's probing lyrical sensibilities for generations coming-of-age listening to the duo's culturally transformative music.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, each born in 1941, grew up three blocks away from each other in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, New York and met in grade school in 1953 when they were both cast in the same school play. Simon, a guitarist and aspiring songwriter, and Garfunkel, an extraordinary singer with a pure tenor range and uncanny intonation, began performing together as "Tom and Jerry" in the mid-1950s, releasing their first professional recording in 1957.

The duo's original sound, first influenced by the harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the insistent rockin' rhythms and poetic swing of Chuck Berry, evolved during the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s. Paul Simon's songwriting was developing along provocative and topical lines and the pair recorded Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., their first album as "Simon & Garfunkel" and their first for Columbia Records, in 1964.

Though S&G's debut album reached only a small audience when first released, one of its tracks, "The Sound of Silence"--a haunting acoustic recording illuminated by the signature solo and harmony vocal blends S&G invented and perfected--had been overdubbed with electric instruments and released to radio, unbeknownst to either Simon or Garfunkel. The electrified version of "The Sound of Silence" became a massive hit, one of the archetypal anthems of an emerging folk-rock movement. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was re-released in January 1966, alongside Simon & Garfunkel's second studio album, Sounds of Silence, which included the electric hit single version of the song.

"The Sound of Silence" launched a long unbroken chain of hits and album successes for Simon & Garfunkel. "I Am a Rock," a song that first appeared on The Paul Simon Songbook, became an enormous smash in its Simon & Garfunkel incarnation.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, S&G's third studio album, was released in October 1966 and generated five singles.  

"Mrs. Robinson," another anthemic Paul Simon composition, became the centerpiece for the soundtrack to "The Graduate," the iconic generational film directed by Mike Nichols

"Mrs. Robinson" was also included on Simon & Garfunkel's fourth studio album, Bookends, which hit #1 in the US and the UK, becoming the pair's first #1 album.  Simon and Garfunkel upped the ante once again with Bridge Over Troubled Water, an album that hit #1 all over the world following its release in January 1970. Their fifth, and last full studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water featured a title track that ranks with the most beautiful songs ever written, made unforgettable through one of the most emotionally uplifting vocal performances ever recorded. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" brought the two partners' gifts to their highest expression. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Going out on the high note of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel broke up their musical partnership to pursue their own musical, artistic and personal directions. Each has had successful solo recordings and notable careers in film (Paul Simon in "One Trick Pony" and Woody Allen's "Annie Hall"; Art Garfunkel in Nicolas Roeg's "Bad Timing" and Mike Nichols' "Catch 22" and "Carnal Knowledge").

Simon and Garfunkel have reunited periodically for special musical events, notably a free concert in New York's Central Park in 1981, captured in The Concert in Central Park (included in the Complete Albums Collection) and a select series of "Old Friends" shows in 2004.

Simon & Garfunkel created one of pop music's most distinctive vocal harmony signature sounds and their biggest hits--including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "I Am a Rock" (1965), "Homeward Bound" (1965), "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (1966), "A Hazy Shade of Winter" (1966), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1969), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Cecilia" (1969)--have topped the charts all over the world.  Simon & Garfunkel are the recipients of several Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Simon & Garfunkel The Complete Albums Collection
Wednesday Morning, 3.A.M. (originally released October 19, 1964, Columbia Records)
Sounds Of Silence (originally released January 17, 1966, Columbia Records)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (originally released October 10, 1966, Columbia Records)
The Graduate (soundtrack) (originally released February 21, 1968, Columbia Masterworks)
Bookends (originally released April 3, 1968, Columbia Records)
Bridge Over Trouble Water (originally released January 26, 1970, Columbia Records)
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (originally released June 14, 1972, Columbia Records)
The Concert in Central Park (recorded September 19, 1981; originally released February 16, 1982, Warner Bros.)
Old Friends Live On Stage (originally released December 7, 2004, Columbia Records)
Live From New York City 1967 (recorded January 22, 1967; originally released July 16, 2002, Columbia/Legacy Recordings)
Live 1969 (recorded various venues 1967; originally released March 25, 2008, Columbia/Legacy Recordings)

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Oct 01, 2014 | Earth, Wind & Fire and Legacy Recordings Celebrate the Season with Holiday, the Iconic Group's First-Ever Holiday Album

Featuring Seasonal Standards, Traditional Carols and Future Holiday Classics, Available Everywhere Tuesday, October 21

Oct 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Holiday, the first-ever holiday album from the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on Tuesday, October 21. Available for pre-order at: http://smarturl.it/EWF_HOL_amzn.

Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Holiday, the first-ever holiday album from the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on Tuesday, October 21.

Holiday is a spirited celebration of the holiday season, bringing together brand new recordings of  seasonal standards ("Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bell Rock"), beloved carols ("Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This?," "Away in a Manger," "The First Noel"), a traditional Japanese winter song ("Snow"), a modern day Christmas song ("Every Day Is Like Christmas") and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: "Happy Seasons" (inspired by "Happy Feelin'), and "December" (inspired by "September") featuring original vocals from Maurice White.

Lead vocalist and Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Philip Bailey says, "This album is the band's first and only holiday music project. We are very proud to offer it as a labor of love to all of our fans and soon to be. Enjoy and happy holidays from our families to all of yours."

"The Holiday album was a joy to record, it is a celebration of tradition, love and spirituality, some of the elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. From our families to yours, we wish you a happy holiday," said EWF's co-founder Verdine White.

Produced by Philip Bailey and Myron McKinley (the band's Musical Director), Holiday is Earth, Wind & Fire's 21st studio album and second for Legacy Recordings.  Now, Then & Forever, the group's first new album for the label and first new studio material since 2005, debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in September 2013, marking the band's highest-charting album since Raise! hit #5 in 1981.

Earth, Wind & Fire
Holiday

1. Joy to the World
2. Happy Seasons
3. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
4. Winter Wonderland
5. What Child Is This?
6. Away In a Manger
7. The Little Drummer Boy
8. Every Day Is Like Christmas
9. The First Noel
10. Sleigh Ride
11. Snow
12. Jingle Bell Rock
13. December

About Earth, Wind & Fire
America's seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, Earth, Wind & Fire was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries.  Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards alongside numerous other accolades including the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award.  EWF has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and is consistently one of the world's top touring bands.

About Legacy Recordings
The multiple Grammy-winning Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, produces and maintains the world's foremost catalog of historic reissues, an unparalleled compendium of thousands of digitally remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, ethnic, world music, classical, comedy and more.

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L-R: Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson

 

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Sep 30, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Set to Release Holiday Symphony, the New Christmas Album from Celtic Thunder, on Monday October 27

Celtic Thunder Launching Group's First North American Full Symphony Tour in Clearwater, Florida on November 14

Celtic Thunder and Holiday Symphony featured in December 2014 Pledge Drive on Public Television

Sep 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 2014 yuletide with the release of Holiday Symphony, the new collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.  Holiday Symphony will be available on Monday, October 27. Fans are now able to pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/Celtic_Holiday

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder will perform songs from Holiday Symphony on their forthcoming 20 city tour of North America, the group's first with a full symphony orchestra.  The highly-anticipated Celtic Thunder North American Holiday Symphony Tour kicks off in Clearwater, Florida on November 14 and winds up in Grand Prairie, Texas on December 14 (see full itinerary following).

For the group's first symphony orchestra tour, Celtic Thunder will depart from their large scale set productions to perform seasonal music from Holiday Symphony, joined in each market by prestigious local orchestras including the Dallas Pops, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, among others.  The new Celtic Thunder touring production will spotlight holiday favorites ranging from carols to contemporary classics as well as signature Celtic Thunder hit songs and traditional Irish numbers. Celtic Thunder will perform a mixture of solo, duets and ensemble number in a spectacular concert experience.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony 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 Holiday Symphony, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on Holiday Symphony range from traditional carols "Away in A Manger," "Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" to contemporary pop classics "Fairytale of New York" and "Mary Did You Know." The album ranges from slow and pensive numbers ("Gabriel's Message" and "Comfort Ye" arias from Handel's Messiah) to larger ensemble numbers ("Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") and culminates with the wonderfully fast-paced arrangement of a new "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."

Recorded in Ireland last summer, Holiday Symphony is the latest CD from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony is the 11th release for the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble, which first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since that first airing, Celtic Thunder 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 Celtic Thunder show also continues to extensively tour the USA, Canada and Australia and New Zealand, performing to more than 700,000 fans over the past seven years. Celtic Thunder's official YouTube channel, "Thunder Tube" has seen over 28 million-upload views since the channel's inception in 2008.  In addition to appearing in nine hugely successful Public Television specials, including the most recent smash hit Mythology, Celtic Thunder has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, at the Pentagon for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on the CBS Saturday Show's Second Cup Café, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.

Celtic Thunder US Symphony Tour 2014



FRI 11/14/2014          

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

SAT 11/15/2014         

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL

SUN 11/16/2014        

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

TUE 11/18/2014        

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

THU 11/20/2014        

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL

FRI 11/21/2014          

Symphony Hall - Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

SUN 11/23/2014        

Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA

TUE 11/25/2014        

Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

WED 11/26/2014       

The Palladium, Carmel, IN

FRI 11/28/2014          

State Theater, Minneapolis, MN

SAT 11/29/2014         

Civic Center, Des Moines, IA

SUN 11/30/2014        

Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

WED 12/3/2014         

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

THU 12/4/2014          

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

FRI 12/5/2014            

Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT

SAT 12/6/2014           

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ

SUN 12/7/2014          

NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

TUE 12/9/2014          

Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                    

WED 12/10/2014        

Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

FRI 12/12/2014                    

Horseshoe Bluesville Casino, Robinsonville, MS

SUN 12/14/2014        

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX

 

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Sep 30, 2014 | Nicole Scherzinger Makes Highly Anticipated Return With Debut Single "Run"

TRACK IS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES NOW

NEW ALBUM OUT EARLY 2015

Sep 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- You've never heard Nicole Scherzinger like this...

Building off a legacy that includes The Pussycat Dolls and staggering personal success in the UK as an artist and judge on the X Factor UK, the worldwide pop superstar returns with her stateside solo single "Run". The track kicks off her new partnership with Epic Records, heralding the release of her formal full-length debut for the label in early 2015.

Nicole Scherzinger Makes Highly Anticipated Return With Debut Single

"Run" (produced by Felix Snow), sees Nicole confidently step into entirely new territory as a singer and performer. With her soul-stirring voice laid bare against hushed piano and strings, Nicole powers through the track's heart-aching lyrics with a vocal delivery that's at turns soaring and powerful to raw and vulnerable. She doesn't hold back, showing listeners who she really is.

"I've always spoken about my life in music, but I'm at an age where I can be even more open," she declares.

In order to capture that intimacy, she handpicked the production duo of Tricky Stewart and The-Dream—the men behind chart-toppers like Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Rihanna's "Umbrella"—to collaborate on the music with her. Nicole worked closely with executive producers Tricky and The-Dream to create her most daringly honest songs to date. Culling inspiration from Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis, this latest collection officially introduces the world to Nicole for the first time.

"There's not a million people's fingerprints all over it, or the feeling that anyone else could sing these songs," she goes on.

In the UK, Nicole remains a bona fide icon. She spent two years on The X Factor UK, remaining a fan and critical favorite due to her quick wit and charming personality. As her celebrity grew, she unleashed two chart-topping singles including the #1 smash "Your Love" and "On The Rocks" as well as "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There". Sold out tours followed, packing historic venues all over the country.

"I've battled a lot of issues and demons, as we all do growing up," Nicole says. "But I finally feel confident in my own skin, and so I'm open enough to talk about love, insecurities, relationships, my sensual side. I've found my own musical soundtrack to my soul."

Visit Nicole online:

http://www.nicolescherzingerofficial.com/ 
http://twitter.com/nicolescherzy 
https://www.facebook.com/nicolescherzinger 
http://instagram.com/nicolescherzy 
https://www.youtube.com/NScherzingerVEVO

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Sep 24, 2014 | Barbra Streisand Makes History with "Partners," Becoming Only Recording Artist with Number One Albums in Six Consecutive Decades

Sep 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's official - Barbra Streisand's "Partners" has entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, making her the only recording artist in history to have a number one release in six consecutive decades. 

Ms. Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist in history. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor which includes fellow duet "Partners" Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. She also now has the longest span of number one albums in history; just under 50 years. (She first landed at the top of the chart in October 1964 with "People.")

Barbra Streisand has recorded fifty-one gold, thirty platinum and thirteen multi-platinum albums in her career, including ten number ones: "People," "The Way We Were," "A Star is Born," "Guilty," "The Broadway Album," "Greatest Hits Volume 2," "Back to Broadway," "Higher Ground," "Love is the Answer" and now "Partners."  With ten, Streisand is the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard's history.

"Partners" is Ms. Streisand's 33rd album to make it into the Top 10 on the US charts.  She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra.  

Earlier today, Ms. Streisand posted the following note to her Facebook account thanking her fans, her duet partners and her team:

Hearing the news that "Partners" entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!

Being told that I've had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.

It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!

Finally, thank you to Rob Stringer and my Columbia Records family, my manager Marty Erlichman, my creative team on this project - Kenny Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Dave Reitzas, Bill Ross, and Jay Landers…and Ken Sunshine for getting the word out…we did it guys!!

With lots of love, Barbra

Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author, songwriter and philanthropist.  In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys; a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award, a special Tony award in 1970 as Star of the Decade, and two Cable Ace awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor.  Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards and the French Legion d'honneur. Ms. Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.      

The musical pairings on "Partners" include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and a breathtaking virtual duet with the King of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley.  The new album, which is Executive Produced by Ms. Streisand and Jay Landers, is produced by Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff. 

"Partners" is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics.  Among the songs included are "New York State Of Mind," with Billy Joel, "It Had To Be You," with Michael Buble, "Come Rain Or Come Shine," with John Mayer, "Love Me Tender," with Elvis Presley, "The Way We Were," with Lionel Richie, "What Kind Of Fool," with John Legend, "People," with Stevie Wonder, "I Still Can See Your Face," with Andrea Bocelli, "Evergreen," with Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, and Ms. Streisand's first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on "How Deep Is The Ocean."

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