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Jan 23, 2014 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Global Music Sensation Pitbull Featuring International Superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazil’s Own Claudia Leitte as FIFA World Cup 2014™ Official Song
“We Are One (Ole Ola)” will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte on June 12, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – January 23, 2014 – FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that “We Are One (Ole Ola),” by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar […]Read More »
May 09, 2013 | Sony Music Entertainment Completes Purchase Of EMI’s European Stake In “Now That’s What I Call Music!” From Universal Music Group
LONDON/ NEW YORK –  Thursday, May 9th, 2013.  Sony Music Entertainment today announced that it has completed its purchase of EMI Recorded Music’s European rights in NOW That’s What I Call Music! from Universal Music Group (UMG). The purchase, which was originally announced on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, was subject to regulatory approval, which has […]Read More »
Jun 04, 2012 | Kenny Chesney Extends Worldwide Recording Agreement with Sony Music Nashville
Chesney’s Future Recordings To Release on Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville Historic Columbia Nashville Now Home to BNA Records Artists and Employees NASHVILLE, TN, June 4, 2012 – Sony Music Nashville announces the extension of its exclusive worldwide recording agreement with superstar Kenny Chesney. During his tenure with the label group, Chesney has sold more than 30 […]Read More »
Feb 02, 2012 | Sony Music Comments on the Passing of Whitney Houston
New York – February 12, 2012 – Sony Music Entertainment today issued the following statement regarding Whitney Houston:   “Whitney Houston was an icon and a once-in-a-lifetime talent who inspired a generation of singers and brought joy to millions of fans around the world. She had a voice of unmatched beauty and power that changed […]Read More »
Aug 09, 2011 | Edgar Berger Named President & CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment
New York, NY, August 9, 2011 - Edgar Berger has been named President & CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Berger will be responsible for Sony Music’s operations and regional offices outside the U.S. He will be based in London and […]Read More »
Aug 08, 2011 | Peter Edge Named Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group
Tom Corson Named President & Chief Operating Officer, RCA Music Group New York, NY, August 8, 2011 - Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Edge will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of […]Read More »
Jul 18, 2011 | Sony Music Entertainment Names Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid Chairman & CEO, Epic Records
New York, NY, July 18, 2011 – Renowned record executive and Grammy Award-winning producer Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has been named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Reid will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the New York-based label. Morris stated, “L.A. […]Read More »
May 19, 2011 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select “Happiness” by Alexis Jordan as FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ Official Song
NEW YORK, May 19, 2011 — FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that “Happiness” (Dave Aude Remix) by 19-year-old singing sensation Alexis Jordan (Star Roc/Roc Nation/Columbia), has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany 2011™. Alexis Jordan will perform the song on July 17 at the closing […]Read More »
May 10, 2011 | Library of Congress Launches, With Sony Music Content, The “National Jukebox,” An Online Destination For Historical Sound Recordings
Largest Collection Of Historical Recordings Ever Made Publicly Available Online   The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment today unveiled a new website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally. The site is called the “National Jukebox” (www.loc.gov/jukebox/). Developed by the Library of Congress, with […]Read More »
May 02, 2011 | Sony Names Doug Morris New Head Of Sony Music Entertainment
(New York, NY – March 2, 2011) — Doug Morris, one of the most respected and influential executives in the global music industry, will join Sony Music Entertainment as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2011.  The announcement was made today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Sony Corporation. Mr. Morris, […]Read More »
Jan 20, 2011 | Sony Music Entertainment To Develop Dynamic Artist Apps Using Innovative Mobile Roadie Platform
New York, NY — January 20, 2011 — Sony Music Entertainment today announced plans to develop interactive mobile entertainment applications across its network of artists and labels using technology from Mobile Roadie, the premier self service platform for creating and managing mobile apps. Under the initiative, Sony Music will create highly customized, immersive apps for its […]Read More »
Dec 21, 2010 | Remix Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Online Using the Original 4-Track Vocal, Guitar, Bass and Drum Recordings
“The Remix Project,” From Sony make.believe, Allows Fans to Re-imagine Dylan Classic Fan Contest, Also Featuring Collaborations from The Ting Tings, 2AM Club and Others, Will Award a Grand Prize Trip to South by Southwest Music Festival New York, NY – December 21, 2010 – For music fans who have imagined what it would be […]Read More »
Dec 20, 2010 | Ariama.com Celebrates The Season!
An Ariama Christmas, Volume I ** Over Three Hours of Holiday Choral Music for $2.99 ** Free Shipping on all Titles and 20% off Holiday Titles NEW YORK, NY – December 20, 2010  – To welcome the holiday season, Ariama.com, the groundbreaking new online classical music store from Sony Music Entertainment is teaming with Naxos to present a […]Read More »
Dec 14, 2010 | Ariama.com Announces Partnership Agreements with Key Classical Institutions
Carnegie Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, WQXR, and WFMT Join Current Site Partners Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine NEW YORK, NY – December 14, 2010 – Ariama.com, the groundbreaking new online classical music store from Sony Music Entertainment, today announces that it is joining forces with a number of leading names in classical […]Read More »
Oct 05, 2010 | Sony Music Entertainment Launches Public Beta For Groundbreaking Classical Music Store Ariama.com
One-stop shopping solution for classical CDs and digital downloads from more than 50 major and independent labels  Enhanced search tools make buying music easier and more enjoyable New York, NY—October 5th, 2010—Sony Music Entertainment today launches the public beta for Ariama.com, a new online store dedicated to classical music that revolutionizes how fans can discover […]Read More »
May 19, 2010 | Myxer Announces Agreement With Sony Music Entertainment
Content From Sony Music Artists Available To Myxer’s 35 Million Member Community Miami, FL (May 19, 2010) – Myxer, a leader in mobile entertainment, today announced an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to make Sony Music’s catalog of full-length tracks, music videos, images, and ringtones available to Myxer’s community of more than 35 million music fans. The […]Read More »
Apr 26, 2010 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment select “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira featuring Freshlyground as FIFA World Cup 2010™ Official Song
The song will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Final by Shakira and South African artist Freshlyground on July 11, 2010. NEW YORK, NY – April 26, 2010 – FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira, has been chosen as the […]Read More »
Apr 10, 2010 | SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING AND SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE GROUND-BREAKING AGREEMENT FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTS IN ASIAN MARKET
April 11, 2008 — Sony/ATV Music Publishing and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that they have reached an agreement covering digital royalty collection for the music publisher across Asia. The agreement encompasses China, Hong Kong, India (extending to include a mechanical rate for physical goods there), Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, […]Read More »
Apr 08, 2010 | UNLIMITED MUSIC DOWNLOAD SERVICE REDEFINES CHINA’S MOBILE DIGITAL MUSIC LANDSCAPE
NOKIA’S GLOBAL MOBILE MUSIC LEADERSHIP UNDERLINED WITH LAUNCH OF DRM-FREE COMES WITH MUSIC SERVICE FOR MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS IN CHINA Beijing, China & Espoo, Finland, April 8, 2010: Nokia today further increases its global footprint in the mobile music space with the launch of its ground breaking service, ‘Comes With Music’, in China. This announcement […]Read More »
Mar 29, 2010 | Citi’s ThankYou Network Celebrates Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary with “Playlists for Earth” and Green Rewards
First 500 ThankYou Members to Submit a “Playlist for Earth” will Receive Five Free Music Downloads from Sony Music Entertainment NEW YORK – March 29, 2010 – Citi’s ThankYou Network, one of the world’s largest loyalty programs, today announced it will celebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary by inviting its more than 12 million members to submit a “Playlist […]Read More »
Mar 23, 2010 | AT&T LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC EXPERIENCE
New Service Combines Ways to Discover, Play and Shop for Music in a Single Mobile Broadband App Launching First on Three Popular Handsets; More Coming Soon   DALLAS, March 24, 2010 — AT&T* today announced a new AT&T Music application that combines the most popular mobile music services – song and album downloads, streaming radio, song […]Read More »
Jan 18, 2010 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND SIMON COWELL LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL VENTURE: ‘SYCO’
London/New York – January 19, 2010 – Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the creation of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. The new venture will own all of the existing Syco television and music assets, which include the global […]Read More »
Jan 05, 2010 | Play.me – Your Complete Music Destination Unveiled
New Music Service Offers Unlimited, Uninterrupted Streaming On Demand Develops First ‘Caching’ Android App in the US Market Allowing Users to Listen to Playlists Without a Mobile Signal NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Play.me — the newest music platform where users can stream ad-free music on demand from virtually anywhere at any time — has officially […]Read More »
Nov 10, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TO GO MOBILE WITH ARTISTS’ WEBSITES
New York, NY – November 11, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced plans to optimize the Web destinations of its artists for viewing on mobile phones. Sony Music, which was recently ranked by comScore Media Metrix as one of the Web’s top 10 entertainment music destinations, will partner with Azuki Systems, Inc., an innovator […]Read More »
Oct 28, 2009 | SENDME TO OFFER SONY MUSIC RINGTONES, VIDEOS AND IMAGES, INCLUDING NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE CONTENT
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK (October 26, 2009) – SendMe Mobile, the premier mobile media company, today announced a multi-faceted partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to offer mobile phone users access to Sony Music’s roster of acclaimed artists through SendMeMobile.com. As part of the agreement, SendMe will offer users a comprehensive selection of Sony Music […]Read More »
Oct 27, 2009 | Sony Music Entertainment to be Exclusive Music Provider for ESPN’s Winter X Games 13
1980 Hit Single Re-Recorded to Feature Lord Jamar To be Theme Song for Winter X Games 13 and X Games 15 Telecast;Sony Music Entertainment to be Exclusive Music Provider for Event ESPN will debut “X Games Without Frontiers,” a new, re-recorded song based on the original 1980s hit single “Games Without Frontiers” by renowned artist Peter […]Read More »
Oct 24, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND DADA STRENGTHEN THEIR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
SONY MUSIC ACQUIRES A MINORITY STAKE IN DADA.NET IN EXCHANGE FOR ITS HOLDING IN DADA ENTERTAINMENT SONY MUSIC AND DADA SIGN A STRATEGIC INTERNATIONAL CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT New York, Florence – June 25, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment and Dada, a leading international provider of web and mobile community and entertainment services, today announced that […]Read More »
Oct 18, 2009 | VEVO PARTNERS WITH ABU DHABI MEDIA COMPANY
New York, New York, Monday, October 19, 2009…VEVO, the new premium music video and entertainment service powered by YouTube, has received a strategic investment from Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), one of the world’s fastest growing, multi-platform media organizations. The announcement was made today by Doug Morris, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and […]Read More »
Oct 05, 2009 | DANISH CREATED “MUSICURE”, BY COMPOSER NIELS EJE, TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE IN COLLABORATION WITH SONY MUSIC INTERNATIONAL
The specially designed music series “MusiCure”, which was originally developed over more than five years by Danish composer Niels Eje, will now be released worldwide in a unique collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment and the composer’s own label Gefion Records. The story behind MusiCure is extraordinary because this specially designed original music – created for […]Read More »
Oct 03, 2009 | RAZOR & TIE EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY –  May 4, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment and Razor & Tie Entertainment have expanded their exclusive distribution agreement to include full digital rights, it was announced today by Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment, andCraig Balsam and Cliff Chenfeld, Co-owners, Razor & Tie Entertainment. Sony Music has distributed Razor & Tie’s audio products since […]Read More »
Oct 01, 2009 | CITI LAUNCHES RELATIONSHIP WITH SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
NEW YORK – September 30, 2009 – Citi’s ThankYou Network, one of the world’s largest loyalty programs, today announced a new rewards experience that allows its millions of members to use ThankYou Points to get music downloads from Sony Music Entertainment.  ThankYou Members now can use their points to enjoy superstar artists and landmark catalog recordings. As […]Read More »
Sep 22, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE TWO DISC ALBUM WITH MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE SONY PICTURES FILM MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT ON OCTOBER 26TH/27TH
NEW YORK, NY – On October 12th, the first new Michael Jackson song to emerge since the world mourned the loss of this musical icon will be released – a brand new single entitled “This Is It.” Soon after, Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia/Epic Label Group will release the two-disc album This Is It featuring the music […]Read More »
Sep 21, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES CATALOG ON AMIESTREET.COM
Pioneering Startup Inks First Deal With Major Label NEW YORK, Sept. 22  AmieStreet.com, the up-and-coming music retailer and discovery service, today announced an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to sell music from the major label’s vast catalog of legendary artists. The deal covers both current hits and classic recordings from Sony Music. Under the agreement, […]Read More »
Aug 24, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT RANKED AMONG TOP 10 ONLINE MUSIC DESTINATIONS
comScore Data Shows Significant Gain In Global Audience Share New York, NY – August 25, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced that it has been named one of the Web’s top 10 entertainment music destinations by comScore Media Metrix, an online marketing research company. Sony Music ranks #10 in the world among online entertainment music […]Read More »
Aug 13, 2009 | iLIKE CHALLENGE APP NOW AVAILABLE ON APP STORE
New app exclusively features songs by Sony Music artists including Britney Spears, Sean Kingston, The Fray, John Mayer and many more Seattle, WA. -  August 13, 2009 – iLike, a leading social music discovery service, today announced the availability of the iLike Challenge App on the App Store. The iLike Challenge App for iPhone and […]Read More »
Aug 09, 2009 | MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘THIS IS IT’ TO BE PRESENTED IN THEATERS AROUND THE WORLD BY SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Film Drawn From Legendary Entertainer’s Last Rehearsals and Behind-The-Scenes Footage Will Be Released October 30th in High Definition with Digital Sound CULVER CITY, Calif., August 10, 2009 – Beginning October 30th, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson’s final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael Jackson’s This […]Read More »
Jul 07, 2009 | EPICTILT AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCH TAPSTAR ON APPLE APP STORE
Addictive Rhythm Game For iPhone and iPod Touch Features Songs From Superstars LOS ANGELES, July 8 — EpicTilt today announced the launch of TapStar™ on the Apple App Store. TapStar is a rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that features music from an exclusive label-wide partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. The game includes […]Read More »
Jun 27, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH WIND-UP RECORDS
Digital Deal Expands Long-term Partnership New York, NY – January 13, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment and Wind-up Records have expanded their exclusive distribution agreement to include full digital rights, it was announced today by Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment and Ed Vetri, President, Wind-up Records. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Sony […]Read More »
Jun 25, 2009 | SONY COMMENTS ON THE PASSING OF MICHAEL JACKSON
NEW YORK, NY – June 25, 2009 – Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture. Commenting on his passing, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation, said: “Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius […]Read More »
Jun 03, 2009 | VEVO AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES FOR WORLD-CLASS PREMIUM ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO SERVICE
Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Joins Universal Music Group (UMG) to Make Professionally-Created Content Available from Broad Array of Musical Artists New York, New York, Thursday, June 4, 2009 – Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has joined Universal Music Group (UMG) to create VEVO, the new premium music video and entertainment service conceived by UMG and powered by YouTube. The announcement was made […]Read More »
Jun 01, 2009 | eMUSIC AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT STRIKE DEAL
Internet’s Corner Music Store to Sell Sony Catalog Starting in Q3 NEW YORK, June 1, 2009 – eMusic, the internet’s corner music store, and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that they have reached an agreement to sell songs from Sony Music’s back catalog  on the eMusic website. Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers classic […]Read More »
May 04, 2009 | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITES TO FEATURE AUDIO PLAYERS AND SONG LYRICS
Sony Music Becomes First Music Major To Provide Gracenote Lyrics Service Across Label Groups And Artist Websites Britney Spears, Ciara, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson And Michael Jackson Among First Official Artist Websites To Launch New Features New York, NY – May 5, 2009 Sony Music Entertainment (SME) today announced a new initiative to add robust on-demand audio streaming and […]Read More »
Mar 11, 2009 | VODAFONE’S MUSIC CATALOGUE SWITCHES TO DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT FREE MP3 FORMAT FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC, SONY MUSIC AND EMI ON MOBILE AND PC
* First global mobile network operator to offer DRM free music across both mobile phones and PCs * Customers are free to play their downloaded music on any of their digital devices * Over a million tracks to choose from including a huge selection of today’s top artists such as Britney Spears, Coldplay, Duffy, Lady […]Read More »
Feb 22, 2009 | mSpot & Sony Music Entertainment Reach Customizable Ringtone Deal
Bolsters one of North America’s largest ringtone catalogs, with over 400,000 song titles spanning top 3 carriers   PALO ALTO, Calif. – FEBRUARY 23, 2009 – mSpot, Inc. a mobile music and entertainment company, today announces it has signed a distribution agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to add the company’s vast catalog to mSpot’s current collection, which now […]Read More »
Jan 27, 2009 | Kyte Announces Agreement with Sony Music Entertainment (SME)
SME to Utilize Kyte for Online and Mobile Video Production, Distribution and Monetization SAN FRANCISCO – January 26, 2009 – Kyte (www.kyte.com), the universal digital media platform, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment (SME) in the United States and in Germany to provide an online and mobile video platform which […]Read More »
Jan 09, 2009 | AMAZON MP3 TO ADD DRM-FREE DOWNLOADS FROM SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
With the addition of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT later this month, Amazon MP3 will be the only retailer to offer customers DRM-free MP3 downloads from all four major music labels   SEATTLE—January 10, 2008—Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that DRM-free MP3 music downloads from SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT will be available to customers on Amazon […]Read More »
Oct 24, 2008 | EMI MUSIC AND SONY ATV SIGN ON TO GROUNDBREAKING ‘MYSPACE MUSIC’ JOINT VENTURE ALONGSIDE SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, AND WARNER MUSIC GROUP
EMI MUSIC AND SONY ATV SIGN ON TO GROUNDBREAKING ‘MYSPACE MUSIC’ JOINT VENTURE ALONGSIDE SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, AND WARNER MUSIC GROUP THE ORCHARD BRINGS ITS EXTENSIVE INDEPENDENT MUSIC CATALOGUE TO MYSPACE MUSIC OFFERING MYSPACE MUSIC LAUNCHES FIRST WAVE OF NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS WITH ALL 4 MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES, 4 MAJOR PUBLISHING […]Read More »
Oct 23, 2008 | Sony Ericsson Adds Unlimited Music Download Service to its PlayNow™ Brand and Expands PlayNow™ arena to New Countries
PlayNow™ plus brings unique experience to mobile music with instant, over-the-air access to one of the world’s largest music catalogues PlayNow™ arena opens its doors in 5 new countries in the fourth quarter of 2008 Lund, Sweden—September 24th 2008—Sony Ericsson today announced the launch of PlayNow™ plus, a super-fast, high-quality music download service for Sony Ericsson […]Read More »
Oct 21, 2008 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT joins Nokia Comes With Music
Music bundle on Nokia devices to include SONY BMG content April 22, 2008 — London, United Kingdom – Nokia today announced that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT has officially joined Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary way for people to discover and enjoy music with their Nokia device. “As one of the leading major music companies […]Read More »
Oct 20, 2008 | Hostess Entertainment to begin distribution partnership with BMG Japan
Tokyo, Japan, February 21st, 2008 — BMG JAPAN, Inc. (“BMG JAPAN”) and Hostess Entertainment (“Hostess”) announced today that they have reached an agreement for BMG JAPAN to exclusively distribute the Hostess catalogue and new releases. This unique strategic indie-major partnership will begin March 1st, 2008, and will see all Hostess repertoire from exclusive partners Domino […]Read More »
Oct 04, 2008 | Pop Divas Meet Rock legends on MSN Video
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT music videos now on MSN Video   London 5th February 2008 – The latest music videos, news and information on some of the world’s most popular artists from one of the world’s biggest music companies, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, will soon be available on Microsoft Europe’s free, video-on-demand internet channel – […]Read More »
Oct 02, 2008 | “MYSPACE MUSIC”
New Company to Leverage 30 Million Unique MySpace Music Traffic to Activate Monetization Around Music Content MySpace Music to Offer Digital Downloads, Ad-supported Audio and Video Streaming, Mobile Storefront and Sponsorship Solutions LOS ANGELES—April 3, 2008—MySpace, the world’s biggest and most popular social network, and three of the world’s largest music companies, SONY BMG MUSIC […]Read More »
Sep 30, 2008 | Sony Completes Acquisition of Bertelsmann’s 50% Stake in Sony BMG
Music Company Becomes Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America New York, October 1, 2008 – Sony Corporation today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Bertelsmann’s 50% stake in Sony BMG, which was originally announced on August 5, 2008.  The music company, to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SMEI), is now […]Read More »
Sep 23, 2008 | Omnifone in International Partnership to Power Sony Ericsson Unlimited Music Phones
Omnifone in International Partnership to Power Sony Ericsson Unlimited Music Phones Sony Ericsson chooses Omnifone to power PlayNow™ plus unlimited music service Omnifone and Sony Ericsson agree licensing terms with all four majors and leading independents Revolutionary Keep Your Favourites functionality lets consumers keep a specific number of tracks, in MP3 format, for no extra charge […]Read More »
Jun 12, 2008 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Selects Mozes for Mobile Marketing Initiative
One of the world’s largest music companies uses Mozes to incorporate text messaging, voice and the Web into direct marketing strategy Palo Alto, Ca. June 13, 2008 -Mozes, (www.mozes.com), the service that connects people to what they love right from their mobile phones, has been selected by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT for the creation and […]Read More »
Mar 31, 2008 | PlayPhone Adds SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT’s Legendary Catalog of Music to PlayPhone and Extensive Network of Partners
Mobile Assets Will Be Added to PlayPhone’s Premium Mobile Content Network, Including Wal-Mart Mobile   April 1, 2008 Tuesday 5:03 AM GMT — CTIA WIRELESS — PlayPhone has announced that it will be adding SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT’s catalog of mobile entertainment assets to its network including truetone ringtones, games, voice tones and images from […]Read More »
Feb 20, 2008 | THUMBPLAY & SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT INK NEW MOBILE AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL
Press contact:   Ryan Wallace Kaplow on behalf of Thumbplay 646.747.3599 rwallace@kaplowpr.com John McKay Sony BMG Music Entertainment 212.833.5520 john.mckay@sonybmg.com NEW YORK – February 21, 2008 – Thumbplay® (www.thumbplay.com), the largest and fastest growing mobile entertainment content destination in the U.S. (Nielsen Mobile, Q3 and Q4 2007), today announced it has signed a new digital distribution […]Read More »
Jan 31, 2008 | XM Satellite Radio AND SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Reach Agreement
Agreement Marks XM’s Third With a Major Music Company to Resolve Dispute Over XM Devices With Advanced Recording Features   NEW YORK, NY – February 1, 2008 –XM Satellite Radio and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that they have resolved the lawsuit brought by SONY BMG against XM over its Pioneer Inno, a portable […]Read More »
Jan 06, 2008 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES PLATINUM MUSICPASS
Digital Album Cards Deliver High Quality Files That Are Compatible With All MP3 Players   Roll Out Begins On January 15th With 37 Titles At Launch, Including Current Releases From Superstar Artists Retailers Participating In Launch To Include Best Buy, Target, Trans World stores (Coconuts, FYE,Wherehouse, & Spec’s), Fred’s and Winn-Dixie In The U.S. MusicPass […]Read More »
Oct 19, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and Yahoo! Expand Video-on-Demand Pact
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – November 20, 2007 — Yahoo! announced today that it has signed an agreement with SONY BMG to extend its video-on-demand license. In addition to expanding the existing relationship into additional territories around the world, the new worldwide deal adds a broad array of additional Sony BMG music videos to the Yahoo! […]Read More »
Oct 18, 2007 | MUSIC IS IN TOWN: SONY BMG celebrates the MTV Europe Music Awards
Munich, October 19, 2007. – Top artists, big names from showbiz, business, media and politics, and SONY BMG managers from Germany and around the world will be getting together to celebrate the presentation of the MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich on November 1. The SONY BMG After Show Party is supported by Premium Sponsors […]Read More »
Oct 15, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND DADA FORM JOINT VENTURE
New York, Florence – July 16, 2007 – SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and Dada, a leading international provider of web and mobile community and entertainment services, today announced the formation of a U.S. joint venture to be known as Dada Entertainment LLC. The mission of the joint venture is to create a leading direct-to-consumer entertainment […]Read More »
Oct 15, 2007 | MYSPACE AND SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT SIGN NEW LICENSING PACT
LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK-October 16, 2007-MySpace, the world’s most popular social media network, announced today it has signed a new licensing agreement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT to enable MySpace’s 70 million U.S. monthly active users to experience streaming music videos, as well as select audio material and other content, from SONY BMG’s artists. The […]Read More »
Oct 10, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND FT.COM SELECT MAVEN
Cambridge, Mass. and IBC, Amsterdam — September 6, 2007 — Maven Networks Inc., a leading Internet TV platform provider, today announced that two internationally renowned global media companies, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and FT.com are launching major new consumer video offerings on the Maven Internet TV Platform™. SONY BMG and FT.com chose Maven for its […]Read More »
Sep 27, 2007 | IMEEM ANNOUNCES CONTENT AGREEMENT WITH SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2007 – San Francisco, Calif. – imeem, a leading social media network, and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, today announced an innovative new content agreement for the U.S. and Canada through which imeem users will have access to SONY BMG’s digital catalog of music and video for ad-supported, free to the user streaming. imeem […]Read More »
Sep 13, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS ANNOUNCE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING INITIATIVE
WHITE PLAINS, NY September 14, 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that they are working together to develop a multi-faceted partnership that will build unique guest experiences through an array of branded music and entertainment programming, special products and exclusive guest opportunities across the Starwood Hotel […]Read More »
Aug 06, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TEAMS WITH NANAON-SHA TO DEBUT MUSIKA
New York, August 7, 2007 – SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced the release of musika, an original music visualizer game, on the iTunes Store for play on Apple’s fifth generation iPod. musika is a fresh and innovative experience that creates beautiful visuals using the title of any song. Users can simply enjoy the imagery, […]Read More »
Jul 24, 2007 | CINEMANOW ADDS SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, EMI AND SANCTUARY VIDEO CONTENT TO WATCHMUSICHERE.COM
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — July 25, 2007 — CinemaNow Inc., (www.cinemanow.com) the premier online destination for downloadable Hollywood movies, TV shows and music videos, today announced it has signed licensing agreements with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, EMI, and The Sanctuary Group to offer music videos and concert performances via its Web site for music […]Read More »
Jul 17, 2007 | GEOMETRY WARS: RETRO EVOLVED MOBILE EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON VERIZON WIRELESS PHONES
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK – Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable wireless voice and data network, and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, today announced the exclusive release of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Mobile on select Verizon Wireless Get It Now®-capable phones. Developed in conjunction with Bizarre Creations, the game is […]Read More »
Jun 27, 2007 | ACCESS INDUSTRIES AND MAJOR MUSIC LABELS TO FORM A NEW DIGITAL OPERATION TO BE KNOWN AS DIGITAL ACCESS
DIGITAL ACCESS TO FACILITATE DISTRIBTUTION OF MUSIC CONTENT TO DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (DSP) AND MOBILE OPERATORS AND THE CIS Leading industrial group, Access Industries, today announced the formation of DIGITAL ACCESS, in association with recorded music companies Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, and Russian music labels Soyuz and Nikitin Records. […]Read More »
Jan 22, 2007 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND WARNER MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCE INVESTMENT IN ACCESS CHINA MEDIA SOLUTIONS, A LEADING DIGITAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGY COMPANY IN CHINA
ACCESS China Media Solutions — a Company Formed by ACCESS CO., LTD. and MELODEO, Inc. — Develops Secure and Trusted Digital Media Technology Solutions for Media Companies and Mobile Operators   Jan 23, 2007 Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, ACCESS CO., LTD., MELODEO, Inc. and ACCESS China Media Solutions today announced […]Read More »
Jan 09, 2007 | THOMAS HESSE ADDS RESPONSIBILITY FOR U.S. SALES TO EXISTING ROLE AS PRESIDENT, GLOBAL DIGITAL BUSINESS, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY – January 10, 2007 – Tim Bowen, Chief Operating Office, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that the company is merging its U.S. Sales company with its Global Digital Business group, under the overall leadership of Thomas Hesse, who has added U.S. Sales to his existing title of President, Global Digital Business. […]Read More »
Oct 18, 2006 | SONY BMG CHOOSES BRIGHTCOVE TO LAUNCH NEW INTERNET VIDEO INITIATIVE
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. June 19, 2006 — Brightcove, an Internet TV pioneer, announced today that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT will use Brightcove to deliver broadband video in new video players deployed across its network of artist and label websites, offering consumers on-demand access to music videos, interviews, live performances, and behind the scenes footage from its […]Read More »
Oct 08, 2006 | SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS CONTENT LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH YOUTUBE
NEW YORK, NY and SAN BRUNO, CA; Oct 09, 2006 — YouTube, Inc., a consumer media company that enables people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, today announced a deal that will make available a wide variety of video content from the music company’s world-renowned library […]Read More »
Oct 08, 2006 | GOOGLE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TO GIVE USERS ACCESS TO EXPANSIVE CATALOG OF MUSIC VIDEOS
October 9, 2006 Monday — MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & NEW YORK — SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced a strategic business relationship designed to make the music companys expansive music video collection available for online streaming at no cost to users. Starting this month, users can watch thousands of videos from SONY […]Read More »
Oct 06, 2006 | MEDIAPORT ENTERTAINMENT MEDIAATMS(TM)
DATELINE: NEW YORK NEW YORK, July 7, 2006 — Mediaport Entertainment, Inc., which deploys unmanned point-of-sale kiosks, called MediaATMs(TM), today announced an agreement to offer consumers music from SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT’s prestigious recorded music library through Mediaport’s MediaATM(TM) retail kiosks, and website ( http://www.mediaport.com/ ).   The MediaATM(TM) — with its patent pending digital […]Read More »
Oct 21, 2014 | New Yusuf / Cat Stevens Album 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone' Vinyl Available Nov. 24

First Pressings to Include Cover Art by Illustrator William Stout

Complete New Album Available to Stream Now at NPR.org and Amazon.com

Oct 21, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 24, Legacy Recordings will release a special vinyl LP version of Tell 'Em I'm Gone the highly anticipated new album from iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens. The 180-gram LP will be packaged in a beautiful, gatefold jacket and will include an MP3 download card of the full album.  Additionally, the first pressings of the LP will include unique, hand-drawn artwork from renowned illustrator, William Stout.

On Monday, November 24, Legacy Recordings will release a special vinyl LP version of Tell 'Em I'm Gone the highly anticipated new album from iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens.

Tell 'Em I'm Gone, Yusuf's first new studio album in five years, will be released on October 27.  Recorded across the globe, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five carefully-chosen cover songs.  Tell 'Em I'm Gone, features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney.  The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusuf and Paul Samwell-Smith.

The full album stream of Tell 'Em I'm Gone is available now through October 26 at NPR.org: http://smarturl.it/yusuf_npr and Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/yusuf_stream

"The album harks back to the great days of R&B and black wax records," says Yusuf. "The message continues to be relevant in as much as it is a call for Freedom from the bondage we all tend to get caught up in."

Yusuf/ Cat Stevens also announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in select cities the opportunity to hear his beloved classics and superb new songs live, many for the first time.  The Peace Train…Late Again tour will kick off December 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto and conclude on December 14 at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. For complete ticket on sale information visit www.YusufCatStevens.com.

Tell 'Em I'm Gone vinyl LP may be pre-ordered now at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/YCS_TEIG_amznLP

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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

 

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Oct 20, 2014 | Original Film Soundtrack Of The Book of Life Available Now Digitally And On CD On October 27, 2014

LIVELY AND MOVING SONGS FROM THE ANIMATED FANTASY-ADVENTURE FEATURING THE ARTISTS US THE DUO, JESSE & JOY, LA SANTA CECILIA AS WELL AS PLACIDO DOMINGO

ORIGINAL SCORE SOUNDTRACK BY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA AVAILABLE DIGITALLY OCTOBER 21, 2014

Oct 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack and the original score by Gustavo Santaolalla for the film, The Book of Life. The original film soundtrack is available now digitally and will be released on CD on October 27.  The original score soundtrack is available digitally on October 21.  The film has a distinctive Latin American blend of comedy, romance, fantasy and adventure – a combination that the music perfectly captures. The soundtrack is a mix of feel-good, catchy and touching songs, all of them newly recorded for this movie.

The happy atmosphere of many tracks strongly features the guitar and a Mexican beat. Mexican duo Jesse & Joy get it off to a rousing start with a new song, "Live Life." The third track, "No Matter Where You Are" by Us the Duo, and "Mas" by Kinky are also full of fun and infectious rhythms. The abundant laughter in the movie comes across when the American comedian Gabriel Iglesias sings "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," Rod Stewart's hit of 1978.  

Between fast-paced, lively songs there are some quieter, emotional numbers. "I Love You Too Much" and "The Apology Song" were especially written for the film by Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams. Santaolalla has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score, for his work on Babel and Brokeback Mountain. He composed music for the highly acclaimed movie August: Osage County, which was released by Sony Music Masterworks at the end of 2013. On the soundtrack of The Book of Life "The Apology Song" is sung enthusiastically by La Santa Cecilia, then reprised in a more soulful manner by Diego Luna, the Mexican actor who is the voice of the lead character Manolo in the film. Luna's tender vocals also feature in "I Love You Too Much". Both of these original new songs for The Book of Life come again at the end of the soundtrack in Spanish versions, recorded by Diego Luna

The soundtrack also includes all-time favorites that every listener will recognize. The well-known Mexican melody "Cielito Lindo" also showcases the voice of the great tenor Placido Domingo. The evergreen "Can't Help Falling In Love With You", sung here by Diego Luna, was first performed by Elvis Presley in 1961 for the movie Blue Hawaii.

In its good humor and emotional appeal, this mix of new songs and old favorites, happy music and sentimental reflection, perfectly complements the changing moods of The Book of Life.

About the movie
The Book of Life tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. For more information, please visit www.bookoflifemovie.com. The Book of Life is in cinemas nationwide now.

Tracklisting

  1. Live Life – Jesse & Joy
  2. The Apology Song – La Santa Cecilia
  3. No Matter Where You Are – Us the Duo
  4. I Love You Too Much – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  5. I Will WaitJoe Matthews, Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  6. Mas – Kinky 
  7. Cielito Lindo – Plácido Domingo
  8. Creep – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  9. Can't Help Falling In Love With You – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  10. Ecstasy Of Gold – Gustavo Santaolalla
  11. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy – Gabriel Iglesias and Gustavo Santaolalla
  12. Just A Friend – Cheech Marin and Biz Markie
  13. El Aparato / Land of the Remembering – Gustavo Santaolalla featuring Café Tacvba
  14. Visiting Mother – Gustavo Santaolalla
  15. The Apology Song – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  16. No Matter Where You Are – Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana and Plácido Domingo
  17. Te Amo y Mas – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla
  18. Si Puedes Perdonar – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla

Sony Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

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Oct 16, 2014 | The Piano Guys Land Highest Chart Debut Of Career

'Wonders' #12 On Billboard's Top 200

Oct 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- What began as an experiment and then exploded into an Internet phenomenon has now evolved into an incredible success story. The Piano Guys, four talented dads from Utah, released their fourth studio album entitled Wonders (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks) on October 7th. In an incredibly competitive week of major music releases, the album makes its chart debut at an impressive #12 on the Billboard Top 200. This marks The Piano Guys' highest debut and biggest opening sales week of their career.

Wonders is also #1 on the Classical, Classical Crossover and New Age Current Billboard charts. Additionally, The Piano Guys continue their long-running #1 spot on Amazon's Classical Chart with four additional albums appearing in their Top 10.  On iTunes, The Piano Guys occupy the top 3 album spots on the Classical Chart. Their previous albums – The Piano Guys and The Piano Guys 2 – continue to claim the top positions on Billboard's Classical and New Age album charts since their release.

The campaign for Wonders kicked off with a star-making performance on the TODAY show and a New York Times profile, which underscored the incredible appeal that has garnered them nearly 500 million views on YouTube.

Wonders features successful single/video releases from the past year such as, "Let It Go," "Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends," "Don't You Worry Child," and "Story of my Life." It also includes new songs with strong familiarity – "Batman Evolution" (The Piano Guys' take on various Batman themes over the years), a mash-up that incorporates melodies from Dave Matthews Band's huge hit "Ants Marching / Beethoven Ode to Joy," and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" – as well some original compositions by The Piano Guys.   

The Piano Guys - Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – are an American musical group who became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 50 music videos since early 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. To date, the Utah-based classical-pop group has released three major label albums on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks: The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, and the holiday album A Family Christmas

Sony Masterworks comprises 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 Piano Guys and tour dates visit:

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Oct 15, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Annual Black Friday Event (Friday, November 28, 2014)

New David Bowie 10" Single Leads Legacy's RSD Black Friday 2014 Line-Up

New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Aaliyah, Bessie Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, The Kinks, Miles Davis, OutKast, Wham!, Wu Tang Clan and the "American Hustle" Soundtrack

Oct 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single premiering two new tracks by the legendary David Bowie.

1994 is represented with the 20th anniversary editions of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing But A Number (in a 12" double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing); Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP (on vinyl for the first time ever in a 10" numbered edition which includes the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo); and OutKast's breakout "Player's Ball" single (newly reissued on 10" translucent green vinyl).

Legacy's Black Friday 2014 releases include these Record Store Day exclusives

Aaliyah – Age Ain't Nothing But A Number  2LP – White Vinyl 180 Gram
Twenty years ago, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B's brightest stars. This collectible 2LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" plus the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like."

Bessie Smith - At The Christmas Ball – Red 7" Single
Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic "At the Christmas Ball" c/w "Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town" pressed on on a red vinyl 7" 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label.  Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band – Recently EP Double 10" Vinyl
This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10" includes the original EP and the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" c/w "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" vinyl single
Two new tracks from music legend Davie Bowie on a 10" vinyl single.

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 180G - 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with "Blue Xmas," a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with "Devil May Care," another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. "Blue Xmas" is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast "Player's Ball" 10" Translucent Green Vinyl
OutKast proved "the South got something to say" when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single "Player's Ball" on 10" translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo's acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham! – Last Christmas 12" Translucent Red/Green Vinyl
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"--the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael--with this limited edition 12" translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M."  10" Die Cut Picture Disc on 120G Vinyl
The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single "C.R.E.A.M."—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut in the shape of the group's iconic logo and backed with the single's original B-side "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'."

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies' "signature statement" as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists - American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP - 1 Red 1 Blue Colored 150G Vinyl
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP Gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.

Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving. This past February, RSD announced Chuck D as Record Store Day 2014 Ambassador.

For more information, please contact:

Tom Cording
Legacy Recordings
212-833-4888
tom.cording@sonymusic.com

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Oct 14, 2014 | Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings Set to Release Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin, the Artist's First High Definition Full Concert Recording, on Tuesday, December 2

Recorded at Dublin's O2 Arena in September 2013, Evening's Length Leonard Cohen Concert Available in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and Digital Configurations

Oct 14, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin, an extraordinary full-length concert recording and film, on Tuesday, December 2.

Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin, an extraordinary full-length concert recording and film, to be released on Tuesday, December 2.

The first (and only) release of a complete Leonard Cohen concert to be shot in high definition, Live In Dublin will be available in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and digital configurations.

Lensed and recorded at Dublin's 02 Arena on September 12, 2013, Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin documents a peak performance from the musician's monumental sold-out 2012-2013 world tour, introducing Cohen's then-latest release (2012's Old Ideas) within a major canonical on-stage retrospective.

This state-of-the-art audio-visual HD presentation of a full-length concert from the Old Ideas World Tour delivers this artist's repertoire (backed by a band recognized by critics as his best ever) with the intimacy, intensity and poetic beauty that have become hallmarks of a Leonard Cohen concert.  Live In Dublin recreates the deep emotional connection that audiences felt so powerfully and critics praised universally with five-star reviews during Cohen's most recent tour.

Live In Dublin is the singer-songwriter-novelist-performer's second new release this year.   On September 23, 2014, two days after Cohen's 80th birthday, Columbia Records released Popular Problems, the Canadian bard's 13th studio album of new material since his 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen.  An international success, Popular Problems reached #1 on the iTunes chart in 31 countries and entered the Billboard 200 at #15 while debuting at #1 on the Austrian, Canadian, Dutch, New Zealand and Swiss album charts; the new album also debuted Top 5 in Belgium (#2), Finland (#2), Germany (#4), Italy (#5) and Sweden (#5)

An immersive viewing experience, Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin's three hours of music and magic includes an 11-song first set, a 10-song second set and an 8-song encore.  The DVD features bonus live tracks recorded in Canada in 2013.

Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin

Set 1
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
The Gypsy's Wife
Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover
Anthem

Set 2
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Chelsea Hotel #2
Waiting for the Miracle
The Partisan
In My Secret Life
Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Recitation w/ N.L.
Hallelujah
Take this Waltz

Encore
So Long, Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing Time
I Tried to Leave You
Save the Last Dance for Me

DVD Bonus songs
Show Me The Place – Halifax, NS, CanadaApril 13, 2013 – Halifax Metro Centre
Anyhow – St. John's, NL, CanadaApril 20, 2013 – Mile One Centre
Different Sides – St. John, NB, CanadaApril 15, 2013 – Harbour Station

In celebration of his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen's endless poetic energy and enduring legacy are honored with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

www.LeonardCohen.com.

ABOUT LEONARD COHEN:

Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.

His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006's 'Book of Longing', a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.

Cohen's influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters." Cohen's songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars. Tribute albums have been released in Cohen's honor in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, Swedish, Czech Republic, South Africa and the United States. In 2008 Cohen's "Hallelujah" became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart - Cohen's own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard's songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.

Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize – the highest literary award in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country's highest civilian honors - Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).

Cohen's return to live performance in 2008 was met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from through 2013. Cohen's mesmerizing recent performances, deemed "a spiritual experience" by all accounts, totaled 470 shows in 31 countries attended by four million fans.

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Oct 14, 2014 | Placido Domingo Shares The Romance Of The Mediterranean On His New Album, Encanto Del Mar, Available October 14, 2014

Before such grandeur, I bow and I am grateful for the privilege of having been born in a country caressed by your waters: Spain. I honor you in the only way that I can: by singing your songs.

-Placido Domingo

Oct 14, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is delighted to announce a brand-new album from one of the world's best loved singers, the incomparable Placido Domingo. Available October 14, Encanto del Mar is a delightful collection of Mediterranean songs presenting Placido Domingo as we've never heard him before.

Imagine you're on the coast of Spain and the greatest singer in the world is performing just for you.  Supported by a small group of musicians on Spanish guitar, bandoneon, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, bass, harp and percussion, Placido Domingo effortlessly melds music from several cultures, including North African rhythms, Iberian harmonies and Italian melodic lines. In his inimitable way, Placido Domingo creates an intimate and romantic atmosphere infused with pure joy.

Of course, it is all a world away from the power and drama of the operatic stage which was the setting for his recent acclaimed album of Verdi baritone arias. Instead, we find him here revelling in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and the peace of its coastline and countryside whilst drawing on music from a rich and varied tradition including folk and popular songs. The album was recorded right by the Mediterranean, in Valencia, Spain.  

Encanto del Mar is a wonderful showcase for Placido Domingo's famous musical versatility and his legendary attention to detail and every nuance of the vocal line. He worked on the album alongside celebrated producer Robert Sadin (Sting/Kathleen Battle/Herbie Hancock) and together they created this invigorating brew of songs from Italy, Spain, France, Sardinia, Corsica, Israel and Cyprus. Tracks include: Mediterraneo (Spanish); Estate (Italian); En Mediterranee (French); Aranjuez (Spanish); Anghjulina (Corsican); Del Cabello Mas Sutil (Spanish); Adio Kerida (Ladino); Non Potho Reposare (Sardinian); Layla, layla (Hebrew); Torna a Surriento (Neapolitan); Reginella (Neapolitan); To Yasemi (Greek-Cypriot); Plaisir d'Amour (French).

Placido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, he is also a conductor and a major force as an opera administrator in his role as General Director of Los Angeles Opera.

He has been at home on the world's stages for over half a century, with over 800 performances at the Metropolitan Opera alone. He has sung over 145 roles, both as tenor and baritone, with more than 3500 career performances and more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs. His work in the recording studio has earned him 12 Grammy Awards, three of which are Latin Grammys, and he has made more than 50 music videos. His appearances around the world with his colleagues Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary 'The Three Tenors' concerts are one of the great musical success stories of the 1990s.

Placido Domingo has conducted more than 500 opera performances and symphonic concerts with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, LA Opera, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, among others.

By the end of 2014, Placido Domingo will have celebrated the 47th anniversary of his Vienna State Opera debut, his 46th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera and his 45th at La Scala. He is founder of the international vocal competition Operalia, which returned to Los Angeles this August.

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Encanto del Mar Track listing:
1. Mediterraneo
2. Estate
3. En Mediterranee
4. Aranjuez
5. Anghjulina
6. Torna a Surriento
7. Non potho reposare
8. Lamma bada
9. Adio kerida
10. To Yasemi
11. Reginella
12. Layla, layla
13. El Cant dels ocells
14. Del cabello mas sutil
15. Plaisir d'amour

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Oct 10, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters with Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition Marshmallow-Scented White Vinyl

Ultimate Ghostbusters Exclusive Vinyl Collectible Revealed this Morning at New York Comic Con and Available Now at GhostbustersStore.com

Oct 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters" with the release of the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition Vinyl, the ultimate 12" vinyl collectible edition of the film's Oscar-nominated #1 hit single by Ray Parker Jr. c/w Run-D.M.C.'s "Ghostbusters Rap".

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of

The white 12" vinyl single is packaged in a luxurious, marshmallow-scented puffy gatefold sleeve and includes two 12x12 3D lenticular stills and one 12x12 3D motion lenticular of images from the film -- iconic frame-able full-size depictions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man during his climactic rampage through New York City.

The Legacy Recordings 12" white vinyl marshmallow-scented Ghostbusters Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition was revealed this morning at 2014 New York Comic Con where ten lucky Ghostbusters fans were the first people in the world to receive the exclusive vinyl. New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention hosting the latest in comics, movies, television, video games, toys, graphic novels, anime and manga for fans and members of the entertainment industry.

A limited edition version, available now at GhostbustersStore.com includes one set of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man facial expressions with three individual emotions separated onto layers of unbound transparencies. The set is contained in a clear presentation pouch. The standard version without transparencies has an official release to wider retail on Tuesday, October 21.

"Ghostbusters," the song recorded by Ray Parker Jr as title track to the groundbreaking 1984 blockbuster comedy starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, became an international crossover hit in its own right, bulleting up to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts while going Top 10 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary chart (#9) and Hot Dance Club Play chart (#6).

The eminently danceable and hook-packed track ("Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!") remains one of the world's all-time great perennial party anthems.  Parker's track was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Music, Original Song category.

In 1989, Run-D.M.C. recorded a rap for a remixed version of the "Ghostbusters" single used in the "Ghostbusters II" sequel.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its blockbuster franchise Ghostbusters with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.  As part of this celebration, both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II have been remastered in 4K and released in high-def on Blu-ray with all-new special features and are available in stores now.

As an added highlight, the original 1984 film returned to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend), while Legacy Recordings has been offering 30th anniversary editions of the movie's soundtrack on CD, 12" standard vinyl and a special glow-in-the-dark 12" vinyl picture disk.

Fans can follow the action on social media with the hashtag #GB30 or visiting the following sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ghostbusters
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ghostbusters30
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ghostbustersofficial
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ghostbusters30/

About Legacy Recordings
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and 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.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, New York Super Week, Special Edition: NYC,  Oz Comic-Con, BookCon, Comic Con India and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific including Australia and India. (www.reedpop.com)

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com or New York Comic Con's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).  

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Oct 09, 2014 | Legacy Recordings To Release Newly Remastered 20th Anniversary Deluxe 12" 180-gram Vinyl of the Dave Matthews Band 1994 Major Label Debut, Under The Table And Dreaming, on Monday, November 24

First-Ever 2LP 12" 180-gram Limited Edition Vinyl Release of DMB's 1994 Album Includes 3 Previously Unreleased Studio Tracks

Remastered Edition of Under The Table And Dreaming Plus Bonus Tracks Also Available On 1CD November 24

Oct 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release a newly remastered 20th anniversary 2LP 12" 180-gram limited edition vinyl of Under The Table And Dreaming, the 1994 major label debut from the Dave Matthews Band, on Monday, November 24.

Dave Matthews Band to release newly remastered 20th anniversary 2LP 12

Under The Table And Dreaming has been remastered from the original flat analog tapes and cut from new lacquers, prepared by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The album will be available - for the first time ever - in a 2LP 12" 180-gram limited edition vinyl version featuring an eight-page book packed with previously unpublished photographs of the band in a limited, numbered gatefold jacket. 

The 20th anniversary limited edition vinyl also includes a download card featuring the remastered original album plus three unreleased bonus tracks, including the original studio version of live favorite, "Granny" and intimate acoustic versions of "Dancing Nancies" and "The Song That Jane Likes."  The remastered edition of Under The Table And Dreaming, plus bonus tracks, will also be released on CD in a softpak.

The Under The Table And Dreaming remastered, limited edition vinyl and CD are now available for pre-order at http://uttad1994.davematthewsband.com/ and at Amazon here: CD and vinyl.

Legacy Recordings is also set to release an individually numbered, limited 10" vinyl edition of the Dave Matthews Band, Recently EP for Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28, 2014.  This first-ever vinyl release of Recently includes the full original EP and the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo, as well as a download card for both versions.

Originally released on RCA Records on September 27, 1994, Dave Matthews Band's Under The Table And Dreaming introduced the Virginia-based quintet to a national audience with an alternative, folk-tinged approach to pop/rock music that resonated in a post-grunge world.

Earlier this year, Bama Rags/RCA/Legacy Recordings commemorated the 1993 debut of Dave Matthews Bands' Remember Two Things with the first-ever 12" vinyl release of the DMB's first "official" record.

The Virginia-based Dave Matthews Band—singer/guitarist Dave Matthews, drummer Carter Beauford, saxophonist LeRoi Moore, violinist Boyd Tinsley and bassist Stefan Lessard—earned early acclaim as independent artists for Remember Two Things, which captured the band's diverse sound in a mostly live setting. The group's impressive fan base led to a deal with RCA Records, who paired them up for their first studio album with acclaimed producer Steve Lillywhite, whose eclectic work included collaborations with U2, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel and The Pogues.

Lillywhite's crisp approach in the studio was an intriguing complement to the band's loose and easygoing but intricately-arranged song styles, making for an album that satisfied longtime fans while attracting new listeners. (Lillywhite would produce the band's next two albums and reunited with DMB on 2012's Away From The World.) 

New studio recordings of "Ants Marching" (their first Top 40 hit) and "Satellite," heard in live form on Remember Two Things, remain highlights, along with the spirited lead single "What Would You Say" (powered by a harmonica solo from John Popper of Blues Traveler and a colorful, Grammy Award-nominated video that earned heavy rotation on MTV) plus live favorites "Jimi Thing," "Dancing Nancies" and "Typical Situation." Ultimately, the album was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and remains one of the band's most beloved studio releases.

UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING TRACK LIST:
The Best Of What's Around
What Would You Say
Satellite
Rhyme & Reason
Typical Situation
Dancing Nancies
Ants Marching
Lover Lay Down
Jimi Thing
Warehouse
Pay For What You Get
#34
Granny (unreleased studio track)
Dancing Nancies (Acoustic) (unreleased studio track)
The Song That Jane Likes (Acoustic) (unreleased studio track)

RECENTLY TRACK LIST:
LP 1: Original EP
Recently (Edit #2)
Dancing Nancies
Warehouse
All Along The Watchtower
Halloween

LP 2: Promotional EP
Recently (Radio Edit)
Ants Marching (Radio Edit)
Tripping Billies
The Song That Jane Likes

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Oct 07, 2014 | Tamar Braxton Returns With New Single "Let Me Know" Featuring Future

Available On iTunes And All Digital Retailers Now

Third Season Of Tamar & Vince Premieres Thursday October 23rd, 2014 At 10pm ET On WE TV

Oct 7, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tamar Braxton has just unveiled her brand new single "Let Me Know" featuring Future. It's available on iTunes and all digital retailers right now, and you can listen to it here.

"Let Me Know" is the first single from her highly anticipated follow-up to 2013's chart-topping, Grammy Award-nominated Love and War [Streamline/Epic Records]. Once again, her instantly recognizable voice shines with striking power, carrying honest and heartfelt lyrics over captivating R&B production. At the same time, Future adds an otherworldly spark to the track for their very first collaboration.

You'll know it's Tamar as soon as you hear it…

Following Love and War's massive impact with three 2014 Grammy nominations and a sold out headlining tour, the singer, songwriter, host, and television producer is primed to kick off another banner year. She currently co-hosts and produces the popular new talk show The Real on Fox and BET. Moreover, she stars on Braxton Family Values, and her celebrated series Tamar & Vince begins its third season Thursday, October 23 at 10pm ET on WE tv. She's been hard at work on her new album though, and it promises to continue the traditions she established on Love and War with a few surprises.

"Let Me Know" begins the next chapter of Tamar. Get ready for one of the most important R&B albums of the year.

Tamar remains one of R&B's leading divas. Love and War became the #1 R&B album upon debut, selling 400,000 copies since its September 2013 release. In support of the record, she performed to packed houses across the U.S. on a 30-city tour supporting John Legend, engaged in a whirlwind European promo run, and even picked up two 2013 Soul Train Awards, after performing at the event in Las Vegas. She also released her very first holiday album, Winter Loversland. Love and War hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release, making for 2013's highest debut from a female R&B artist. Meanwhile, it also topped the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart and iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart. 

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Oct 07, 2014 | AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' Available for Pre-order Today

"PLAY BALL," FIRST TRACK AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY ON ALBUM PRE-ORDERS

'ROCK OR BUST' COVER ART FEATURES A UNIQUE 3-D MOVING IMAGE

Oct 7, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AC/DC's recently announced album 'Rock or Bust' is available today for pre-order via ACDC.com and all digital retail outlets. "Play Ball" is the first track offered as instant gratification to those who pre-order 'Rock or Bust' ahead of its official December 2nd release.  "Play Ball" will also premiere on iHeart Media's Mainstream, Active and Classic Rock radio formats starting today with multiple spins throughout the day.  "Play Ball" is currently being featured as part of Turner Sports' 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.

AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' available December 2

AC/DC are also giving fans a sneak peek today at the full track listing (see below) and cover art for 'Rock or Bust.'  'Rock or Bust' features a non-traditional and inventive three-dimensional lenticular cover, which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the packaging is moved in different directions.  This unique 3-D cover art can be seen on the band's site and will be available in both the CD and vinyl versions of the album.  'Rock or Bust' was recorded in Spring 2014 in Vancouver, BC with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixed by Mike Fraser.  'Rock or Bust' is the band's first album of new material in six years, following their immensely successful 'Black Ice,' which entered charts at #1 in 31 countries and has sold nearly 8 million copies worldwide.

'Rock or Bust' Track list is as follows:

  1. Rock or Bust
  2. Play Ball
  3. Rock The Blues Away
  4. Miss Adventure
  5. Dogs of War
  6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
  7. Hard Times
  8. Baptism By Fire
  9. Rock the House
  10. Sweet Candy
  11. Emission Control

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Oct 03, 2014 | Lang Lang, Nikolaus Harnoncount And The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Release Their First Joint Recording Project: The Mozart Album

Available Now

Oct 3, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is delighted to announce Lang Lang's first album entirely devoted to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart available now. World renowned pianist, Lang Lang, will be joined by the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Harnoncourt is famous for his ability to match deep knowledge of 17th and 18th century musical language with an interpretative mind of outstanding originality. 

Lang Lang says of the iconic conductor: "I've never seen anyone with such a passionate way of working, or such authenticity. He has a way of explaining the music that takes me straight to the time it was composed."  For Harnoncourt, too, this is a stimulating partnership:  "It's rare to find someone who is so open-minded," he says of Lang Lang"I can only work with soloists who are ready to collaborate with me on a concept, and very seldom have I experienced a reading of the work that developed so quickly."

The first part of this two-album set was recorded in spring 2014 in the Goldener Saal of Vienna's Musikverein and sees Lang Lang and Nikolaus Harnoncourt perform Mozart's two famous piano concerti – K 453 in G major and K491 in C minor – together with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.  The second part of the album showcases Lang Lang as soloist in Mozart's three early piano sonatas together with the Rondo alla turca, the Allegro in F major K 1c and the Konzertstück in F major, K 33b. The three early Mozart sonatas form part of his latest recital program which Lang Lang is touring around the world. These performances were captured in November 2013 at the pianist's sold-out Royal Albert Hall concerts, which earned him the following praise in the Guardian"… exhilarating flair and brilliance … melodic lines were gracefully yet firmly profiled … Above all there was a measured yet flexible approach to tempo that gave individual ideas space to breathe and placed them within their wider contexts with seemingly effortless deliberation."

A documentary will also be available that explores the behind-the-scenes moments when these two extraordinary musicians came together to record these masterworks. 

Sony Classical will release the concert, Lang Lang – Live at the Royal Albert Hall on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally along with The Mozart Album this fall. This video captured the full concert and includes the three Mozart sonatas (K 282, K 283, K 310), Chopin's four Ballades as well as all the eight sparkling encores which the pianist treated his audience to at both of his sold-out London concerts. 

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

The Mozart Album
(Double Album)




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)


Part  1

Part 2

1-3 Piano Concertos No. 24 in C Minor, K 491

1-3 Piano Sonatas No. 5 in G Major, K 283

4-6 Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K 453

4-6 Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K 282

7-9 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K 310

Encore

10 March in c major, K 408/1

13 (Rondo) alla Turca. Allegretto (from Piano Sonata
No. 11)

11 Piano piece in F Major, K 33b

12 Allegro for Piano in F Major, K 1c


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PERFORMANCE DATES



Sep. 26, 27, 28

Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Philadelphia Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453



Oct. 9                  

Cleveland, OH - Severance Hall


Cleveland Orchestra - Franz Welser-Möst - Ravel: Andante spianato & Grand Polonaise brilliante; Strauss: Burleske



Oct. 10                 

Cleveland, OH - Severance Hall


Cleveland Orchestra - Franz Welser-Möst - Strauss: Burleske



Oct. 12                

Cleveland, OH - Severance Hall


Cleveland Orchestra - Franz Welser-Möst - Ravel: Andante spianato & Grand Polonaise brilliante ; Strauss: Burleske



Oct. 18          

St. Louis, MO - Powell Symphony Hall


St. Louis Symphony - David Robertson - Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1



Oct. 21           

New York, NY - Avery Fisher Hall


New York Philharmonic - Alan Gilbert - Mozart; Piano Concerto No. 17, No 24



Oct. 24            

New York, NY - General Assembly Hall at United Nations - UN Day Concert     



Oct. 25             

Greenvale, NY - Tilles Center - Recital                                                               



Oct. 26              

Greenvale, NY - Tilles Center -100 Young Global Piano Phenoms


Schubert's Marche Militaire No. 1; Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca

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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."

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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."

SOURCE Columbia Records

Sep 24, 2014 | AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' Available December 2

TURNER SPORTS TO PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'PLAY BALL' AS PART OF 2014 MLB ON TBS POSTSEASON CAMPAIGN

Sep 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records proudly announces the release of 'Rock or Bust,' the highly anticipated new studio album from AC/DC, available December 2, 2014. 'Rock or Bust' is the band's first studio album in six years and features 11 new tracks.  'Rock or Bust' follows the immensely successful 'Black Ice' album, which debuted at #1 in 31 countries upon its release in 2008 and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide.  'Rock or Bust' was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and finds AC/DC once again working with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.  

Starting September 27, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new track 'Play Ball' as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.  The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year's American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio.

'Rock or Bust' is the first AC/DC album in the band's 41 year history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings.  Earlier this year AC/DC released a statement explaining that due to illness, Malcolm would be taking a break from the band.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band.  AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015.  Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will accompany the band on tour. 

SOURCE Columbia Records

Sep 17, 2014 | Joshua Bell Records Bach

BELL IS SOLOIST AND MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Bach Available From Sony Classical on September 30, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed classical musicians of today - renowned for his expressive, elegant, intelligent playing and his deep commitment to bringing the classical tradition to wider audiences. Over the past three decades he has recorded more than 40 albums including most of the great violin repertoire. Now, Sony Classical is excited to announce that Bell has for the first time recorded the masterpieces of J.S. Bach with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  In his third season now as their music director, Bell performs Bach's sublime Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, along with a never-done-before 'violin and orchestra' arrangement of the famous Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 (adapted from Mendelssohn's piano accompaniment), the Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for solo violin (using Schumann's accompaniment), and the universally beloved 'Air on the G string'. The new album, Bachis available September 30. On September 22 through September 28 U.S fans can enter for the chance to meet Joshua Bell on one of his 2014 U.S tour dates by entering here.

"Bach is the composer who got me hooked on music in the first place," says Bell, who's "house was filled with Bach when I was growing up."   He also began his music career with Bach.  Says Bell, "I made my first appearance as soloist with an orchestra when I was seven years old.  The concerto was by Bach, and Bach's music has been central in my life, even though I have until now resisted recording his music.  My approach to Bach has been continuously evolving.  I grew up deeply influenced by a tradition of Bach playing that has since gone out of fashion with the arrival of the 'original instrument' movement.  What fascinates me is how the beauty of Bach can shine through both when performed in a 'romantic' style (if done tastefully of course!) and also when done with a more 'historically informed' approach.  In the past two decades I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of early music 'specialists' and I believe that the early music movement has revolutionized the way the world listens to Baroque music - in a very good way!  While I have incorporated in my musical philosophy much of what I have learned from this movement,  I have also tried to retain in my approach to Bach some of the 'modern sensibilities' that are so rooted in the way I was taught to play the violin.  The result is, I hope, a melding of the old and the new, which I suppose sums up what it is to be a classical musician in the modern world.  In the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with many of its members having had vast experience playing with original instrument bands, I have found the perfect partner - an orchestra that, in my opinion, wonderfully  balances an 'authentic style' with some of the beauties of 'modern tradition.' It is because I my work with the Academy that I finally felt compelled to begin to record the music of Johann Sebastian Bach."

While Bell has said he will still wait many years before recording the 6 solo Sonatas and Partitas, he offers on this album a provocative interpretation of the 'crown jewel' of the second partita - the Chaconne.   "There will be those who say that the Chaconne should only be performed in the way it was intended, for solo violin, but I'm a firm believer in celebrating great music in different ways," says Bell.  "With this new arrangement, we have a new way to listen this masterpiece, and with it we also get a glimpse into the mind of another genius - Felix Mendelssohn."  Mendelssohn was instrumental in reviving Bach's reputation in the 19th century, and his accompaniment first appeared as a piano improvisation in 1852. His friend and peer Robert Schumann heard this, and was inspired to write his own accompaniments to all six of the solo Sonatas and Partitas.   The Gavotte from the third Partita is included on the album, using Schumann's piano accompaniment as a basis for the orchestration by Julian Milone.   

A number of young musicians from YoungArts, (www.youngarts.org) attended Bell's recording session in London which is featured in HBO's Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass program airing in the U.S. Oct. 14.

Joshua Bell has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist for more than a decade, and with nearly 40 albums to his credit, Bell has captured the public's attention like no other classical violinist of his time, enchanting audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty. The New York Times has said: "Mr. Bell stands in no one's shadow."  Bell has been in the national spotlight since age 14 (when he made his professional debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra), and he has been a recording artist since age 18. Acclaimed for the wide range of music he has chosen to record, Bell has covered the great concerto repertoire from Beethoven and Barber to Nicholas Maw, as well as collaborated with a diverse range of artists on 'At Home with Friends' – from Sting and Chris Thile to Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Botti. Bell has ventured into bluegrass-inspired music with Short Trip Home and helped add to the violin repertoire with new arrangements of Porgy and Bess ('Gershwin Fantasy') and Leonard Bernstein ('West Side Story Suite'). His interest in film is notable, recording soundtracks for several films, including the Oscar nominated soundtrack for Ladies in Lavender (Nigel Hess) and most notably, all the violin solos in The Red Violin, helping the film win an Oscar for the Best Original Score (written by John Corigliano). For more information on Joshua Bell, please visit www.joshuabell.com.

Joshua Bell, Bach (Sony Classical)
Joshua Bell, violin and leader
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Recorded April 28 & 29, 2014 at Air Studios, London, Great Britain
Producer and Engineer: Adam Abeshouse

Track listing:
Violin Concerto No. 1, BWV 1041, in A Minor (J.S. Bach)
1. I. Allegro    
2. II. Andante    
3. III. Allegro assai    

Violin Concerto No. 2, BWV 1042, in E Major (J.S. Bach)
4. I. Allegro   
5. II. Adagio  
6. III. Allegro assai    

7. V. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 (J.S. Bach/Mendelssohn, arranged Milone)
8. II. Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (J.S. Bach)
9. III. Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (J.S. Bach/Schumann, arranged Milone)

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.

Upcoming Performances:


Sept. 6

Albany Symphony Gala, Albany, NY

Sept. 16 & 17

New York Philharmonic Gala, Lincoln Center

Sept. 18

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Gala, Toronto, CA.

Sept. 20

Richmond Symphony, Richmond, VA.

Sept. 21

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC

Sept. 24 -28

Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Santa Ana, CA

Oct. 7

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London, England

Oct. 8

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Madrid, Spain

Oct. 12

Academy of St Martin in the fields, Oman

Oct. 24

Santa Rosa Symphony (Recital), Santa Rosa, CA

Oct, 25

Galo Center for the Arts (Recital), Modesto, CA

Oct. 26

 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Recital), Los Angeles, CA

Oct. 28

University of California (Recital), Santa Barbara, CA

Oct. 30

Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary, Canada

Nov. 1

Broward Center (Recital), Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Nov. 5

Society for the Performing Arts (Recital), Houston, TX

Nov. 6

AT&T Performing Arts Center (Recital), Dallas, TX

Nov. 7

Tuesday Musical Association with Akron Symphony, OH

Nov. 12-15 &18

New York Philharmonic Week, Lincoln Center NYC

Nov. 20

Salzburg, Austria (recital)

Nov. 21

Wigmore Hall, London, England (recital)

Nov. 22

Stavanger, Norway (recital)

Nov. 23

Gothenburg, Sweden (recital)

Nov. 25

Alicante, Spain (recital)

Nov. 26

Madrid, Spain (recital)

Dec. 12

St. Petersburg, Russia (recital)

Dec. 14

Moscow, Russia (recital)

Dec. 16

Istanbul, Turkey

Dec. 17

Eindhoven (recital)

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Aug 27, 2014 | Epic Records and Legacy Recordings Celebrate Stevie Ray Vaughan's 60th Birthday Year with Release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection

Definitive 12 Disc SRV & DT Library Includes 1st Commercial Release of 1983's A Legend In The Making - Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Concert

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection Available Tuesday, October 28.

Aug 27, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Epic Records celebrate electric blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan with the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection (http://smarturl.it/SRV_CEAC_amzn) on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

A definitive career-encompassing 12 disc library, The Complete Epic Recordings Collection brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album canon including the inaugural commercial release of A Legend In The Making, a highly collectible (formerly) promotional only recording of SRV & DT's incendiary performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983.

In addition, The Complete Epic Recordings Collection features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.

On April 26, 2014, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble among the artists to be inducted into the newly created Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, launched in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the PBS televised concert series.  The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on PBS in October 2014.

Stephen Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas, Texas on October 3, 1954, the same year the Fender Stratocaster went into production.  Stevie Ray picked up his first six-string at the age of 7, dropped out of high school in 1971 and moved to Austin in '72, going on to become one of the most influential and electrifying blues guitarists ever.  After honing his chops in a variety of bands throughout the '70s, Stevie Ray formed his own group, SRV & Double Trouble, in 1978.  Hellbent and intent on revitalizing the blues for contemporary audiences, Stevie Ray served as the power trio's charismatic frontman and evangelical electric guitarist, driven and underscored by drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.

Stevie Ray and Double Trouble's reputation as a transcendent live experience gained considerable traction following a watershed performance at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in 1982 (included in The Complete Epic Recordings Collection).  Recommended to the label by A&R giant John Hammond, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble recorded the band's studio debut, Texas Flood, for Epic Records in 1983.  Going on to achieve RIAA double platinum status, Texas Flood opened the gates for a flow of gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an unprecedented achievement for any blues act.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, following an awe-inspiring performance with Double Trouble and Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin.  Though his mainstream career lasted a mere seven years, Stevie Ray Vaughan's enduring contribution to the blues can be heard in the work of younger players including John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was the recipient of numerous musical awards, during his lifetime and posthumously.   In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him as Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987 Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. Earning six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked Vaughan as the twelfth greatest guitarist of all time.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection 

Disc 1: In The Beginning (KLBJ-FM radio broadcast produced by Wayne Bell
Recorded April 1, 1980; Austin, Texas)
In The Open
Slide Thing
They Call Me Guitar Hurricane
All Your Love I Miss Loving
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Love Struck Baby
Tell Me
Shake For Me
Live Another Day

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Jackie Newhouse--bass; Chris Layton--drums

Originally released as Epic 53168, 1992
Peak chart position: #58

Disc 2: Live At Montreux 1982 (July 17, 1982; Montreux International Jazz Festival)
Hide Away
Rude Mood
Pride And Joy
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Dirty Pool
Give Me Back My Wig
Collins Shuffle

Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001
Peak chart position: #178

Disc 3: Live At Montreux 1985 (July 15, 1985; Montreux International Jazz Festival)
Scuttle Buttin'
Say What!
Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love
Pride And Joy
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Texas Flood
Life Without You
Gone Home
Couldn't Stand The Weather

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris Layton--drums; Reese Wynans--organ; Johnny Copeland --vocals, guitar (Track 6)

Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001
Peak chart position: #178

Disc 4: Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Pride And Joy
Texas Flood
Tell Me
Testify
Rude Mood
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Dirty Pool
I'm Cryin'
Lenny     

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris "Whipper" Layton--drums

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble
Executive Producer: John Hammond

Originally released as Epic 38734, 1983
Peak chart position: #38

Disc 5: A Legend In The Making—Live At The El Mocambo (recorded Toronto, Canada, July 20, 1983, originally released for radio broadcast only)
Testify
So Excited
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Pride And Joy
Tell Me
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
You'll Be Mine
Hug You, Squeeze You
Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun
Lenny     
Wham!
Rude Mood

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris Layton--drums

Disc 6: Couldn't Stand The Weather (1984)
Scuttle Buttin'
Couldn't Stand The Weather
The Things (That) I Used To Do
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Cold Shot
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Honey Bee
Stang's Swang

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris "Whipper" Layton--drums; Jimmie Vaughan--guitar (Tracks 2, 3); Fran Christina--drums Track 8); Stan Harrison--tenor saxophone (Track 8)

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer
Executive Producer: John Hammond

Originally released as Epic 39304, 1984
Peak chart position: #31

Disc 7: Live At Carnegie Hall (Recorded October 4, 1984; New York City)

Intro--Ken Dashow/John Hammond
Scuttle Buttin'
Testify
Love Struck Baby
Honey Bee
Cold Shot
Letter To My Girlfriend
Dirty Pool
Pride And Joy
The Things That I Used To Do
C.O.D.
Iced Over
Lenny     
Rude Mood

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris Layton--drums; Jimmie Vaughan--guitar; Dr. John--keyboards; George Rains--drums; The Roomful Of Blues Horn Section: Bob Enos--trumpet; Porky Cohen--trombone; Rich Lataille--alto saxophone; Greg Piccolo--tenor saxophone; Doug James--baritone saxophone; and Angela Strehli--vocals (Track 11)

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Originally released as Epic 68163, 1997
Peak chart position: #40

Disc 8: Soul To Soul (1985)

Say What!
Lookin' Out The Window
Look At Little Sister
Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love
Gone Home
Change It
You'll Be Mine
Empty Arms
Come On (Part III)
Life Without You

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris "Whipper" Layton--drums; Reese Wynans--keyboards; Joe Sublett--saxophone

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen
Executive Producer: John Hammond

Originally released as Epic 40036, 1985
Peak chart position: #34

Disc 9: Live Alive (Recorded July 16, 1985, Montreux International Jazz Festival; July 17-18, 1986, Austin, Texas; July 19, 1986, Dallas, Texas)

Say What!
Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love
Pride And Joy
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Superstition
I'm Leaving You (Commit A Crime)
Cold Shot
Willie The Wimp
Look At Little Sister
Texas Flood
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Love Struck Baby
Change It
Life Without You

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris "Whipper" Layton--drums; Reese Wynans--keyboards; Jimmie Vaughan--guitar or six string bass (Tracks 8, 9, 12, 13)

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Originally released as Epic 40511, 1986
Peak chart position: #52

Disc 10: In Step (1989)

The House Is Rockin'
Crossfire
Tightrope
Let Me Love You Baby
Leave My Girl Alone
Travis Walk
Wall Of Denial
Scratch-N-Sniff
Love Me Darlin'
Riviera Paradise

Stevie Ray Vaughan--guitar, vocals; Tommy Shannon--bass; Chris Layton--drums; Reese Wynans--keyboards; Joe Sublett, Darrell Leonard--horns (Tracks 2, 9)

Produced by Jim Gaines & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California

Originally released as Epic 45024, 1989
Peak chart position: #33

Disc 11: Archives/Disc One

Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Empty Arms
Come On (Part III)
Look At Little Sister
The Sky Is Crying
Hide Away
Give Me Back My Wig
Boot Hill
Wham!
Close To You
Little Wing
Stang's Swang

Disc 12: Archives/Disc Two

May I Have A Talk With You
Boilermaker
The Sky Is Crying
Shake And Bake
So Excited
Slip Slidin' Slim
Chitlins Con Carne
Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun
Boot Hill
Life By The Drop

Archives/Disc One, Track 1 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc One, Tracks 2-12 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc Two, Tracks 1-8 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen; Executive Producer: John Hammond
Archives/Disc Two, Track 9 produced by Jim Gaines & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Archives/Disc Two, Track 10 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Gaines

 

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Aug 26, 2014 | Scott Carter Promoted To Senior Vice President, Epic Records

Aug 26, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Carter has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Epic Records; it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman/CEO, Epic Records.

Scott Carter Promoted To Senior Vice President, Epic Records

As Head of Marketing, Scott will play an integral role in the creation, development and execution of marketing strategies for Epic's artists, as well as overseeing the activities of the marketing team. Scott will report directly to Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records.

"Scott has been a key contributor to some of Epic's most successful marketing campaigns over the past 15 years. He not only knows how to market legacy acts but he has proven that he can break new artists as well," comments Sylvia Rhone. "He has made invaluable contributions to Epic Records with his leadership and enthusiasm and is steadfast in his commitment to its future success."

Commenting on his appointment, Carter says, "I am honored for the opportunity to elevate my role at a label as iconic as Epic Records, home to some of the greatest artists of all time. Working alongside such extraordinary leaders as LA Reid and Sylvia Rhone, I look forward to stepping up into this new position and helping create the kind of innovative marketing campaigns deserving of the remarkable talent we have at Epic."

For the past 15 years, Scott has worked in the marketing department at Epic Records. Most recently has was Vice President where he developed marketing campaigns for, and built strong relationships with, a roster of multi-platinum artists including Shakira, Michael Jackson, Sara Bareilles, The Fray, Modest Mouse and Ozzy Osbourne, along with current breaking artists such as KONGOS and A Great Big World. Prior to his tenure with Epic Records, Scott spent nearly 10 years at A&M Records in the radio promotion and marketing departments.

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Aug 19, 2014 | Leonard Cohen Releases 'Popular Problems' On September 23, 2014, A Dynamic Studio Album Of New Songs

Aug 19, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy.  Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as "the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing."  His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.  The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over. 

Leonard Cohen Releases 'Popular Problems' On September 23, 2014, A Dynamic Studio Album Of New Songs

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.

"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration," says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records. "These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him." 

Popular Problems is Cohen's 13th studio album and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday.  Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, "Almost Like The Blues."  Click here to listen.

To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen's endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Revisit Leonard Cohen's Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com.

Popular Problems Tracklisting:

  1. Slow
  2. Almost Like The Blues
  3. Samson In New Orleans
  4. A Street
  5. Did I Ever Love You
  6. My Oh My
  7. Nevermind
  8. Born In Chains
  9. You Got Me Singing

ABOUT LEONARD COHEN:

Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.

His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006's 'Book of Longing', a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.

Cohen's influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters." Cohen's songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars. Tribute albums have been released in Cohen's honor in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, Swedish, Czech Republic, South Africa and the United States. In 2008 Cohen's "Hallelujah" became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart - Cohen's own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard's songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.

Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize – the highest literary award in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country's highest civilian honors - Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).

Cohen's recent return to live performance was met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through 2013. Cohen's mesmerizing recent performances, deemed "a spiritual experience" by all accounts, totaled 470 shows in 31 countries attended by four million fans.

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Aug 13, 2014 | Barbra Streisand's 'Partners' Album To Be Released September 16th

LEGENDARY ARTIST'S FIRST DUETS ALBUM IN MORE THAN A DECADE AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER TODAY

'PARTNERS' DEBUTS 12 NEW STUDIO RECORDINGS OF STREISAND CLASSICS AND OTHER SONGS

HISTORIC PAIRINGS FEATURE MUSIC WORLD'S GREATEST MALE VOCALISTS INCLUDING ANDREA BOCELLI, MICHAEL BUBLE, JOSH GROBAN, BILLY JOEL, JOHN LEGEND, LIONEL RICHIE, STEVIE WONDER, VIRTUAL DUET WITH ELVIS PRESLEY, AND MORE

Aug 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists.

Barbra Streisand's 'Partners' Album To Be Released September 16th

Ms. Streisand took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release date for "Partners."  Fans can pre-order "Partners" now.  All those who pre-order the album will receive a new downloadable song "New York State Of Mind," with Billy Joel.  The Lionel Richie duet of the classic "The Way We Were" will be also be made available to pre-ordering fans on August 26. The third Instant Grat track, the Michael Buble duet "It Had To Be You," - will be downloadable via  pre-order on September 2.

The inspired new musical pairings on "Partners" include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, 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 'Babyface' 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 Can Still See Your Face," with Andrea Bocelli, "Evergreen," with Babyface, and Ms. Streisand's first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on "How Deep Is The Ocean."

Throughout her career, Barbra Streisand has generously shared microphone and spotlight to create some of the most magical duets in music history.  Ms. Streisand has elevated the craft of pairing incomparable vocal styles with impeccable song choices, transforming the realm of the duet into the summit of collaborative artistry.  For more than six decades she has seamlessly blended such extraordinary moments – both live and in the studio – into an acclaimed body of work that is unrivaled in popular music.

Ms. Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list, an honor which includes "Partners" duettist Elvis Presley.  Ms. Streisand has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including nine #1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished #1 album in five consecutive decades.

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 and songwriter.  In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, 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, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award.  Ms. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.       

Most recently, Columbia Records released Barbra Streisand's "Back To Brooklyn" concert CD/DVD, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top DVD Music Videos chart in December of 2013.  Ms. Streisand has topped the DVD charts five times, earning nine Gold DVDs, six Platinum and three Multi-Platinum citations.

The "Back To Brooklyn" concert CD/DVD captures Streisand's first musical performance in her native Brooklyn since she departed at age 16 to pursue her acting career and became one of the most popular and acclaimed musical performers in history. 

All the artists featured on "Partners" have achieved global acclaim.  Below are just a few highlights from their prestigious careers:       

Babyface: Has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 10 Grammy Awards.

Andrea Bocelli: Has recorded fourteen solo albums, selling over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. "The Prayer", his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. Seven of his albums have since reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

Michael Buble: Has won four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. Buble's 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks.

Babyface: Has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 10 Grammy Awards.

Jason Gould: Actor, director, producer, writer and singer, his self-titled EP garnered rave reviews in 2012, as did his live duets with Barbra Streisand on her 2012 fall tour and her live CD/DVD package of Ms. Streisand's critically acclaimed 2012 "Back To Brooklyn" concert.

Josh Groban: His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and in 2007, he charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.  Josh appeared on Ms. Streisand's 2002 album, "Duets," a compilation of her duet performances throughout her career, form 1963 to 2002.

Billy Joel:  Has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

John Legend: Has won nine Grammy Awards. He has gained chart topping hits from his solo work, including the Billboard Hot 100 No.1 peaking single, "All of Me".

John Mayer: In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland."  He has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. and over 20 million albums worldwide.

Elvis Presley: The king of rock n' roll, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated album sales of 600 million units worldwide.  He was nominated for 14 Grammys and won three, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36.

Lionel Richie: Has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Has won two Grammys.

Blake Shelton: Has charted 24 country singles, including 11 #1's. He has been nominated five times for a Grammy Award. Has won the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year twice.

Stevie Wonder: Has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the Top 60 best selling artists.

      Track Listing for "Partners"

1.

It Had To Be You                                 

with Michael Buble

2.

People                                                  

with Stevie Wonder

3.

Come Rain Or Come Shine                 

with John Mayer

4.

Evergreen                                            

with Babyface

5.

New York State Of Mind                      

with Billy Joel

6.

I'd Want It To Be You                           

with Blake Shelton

7.

The Way We Were                               

with Lionel Richie

8.

I Still Can See Your Face                     

with Andrea Bocelli

9.

How Deep Is The Ocean                      

with Jason Gould

10.

What Kind Of Fool                                

with John Legend

11.

Somewhere                                          

with Josh Groban

12.

Love Me Tender                                   

with Elvis Presley

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SOURCE Columbia Records

Aug 11, 2014 | Michael Jackson's "A Place With No Name" Music Video To Premiere Worldwide Exclusively On Twitter @MichaelJackson August 13

FIRST LOOK TO AIR DURING A SPECIAL MICHAEL JACKSON THEMED EPISODE OF FOX'S SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Aug 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson, announced today that "A Place With No Name," the next single from this year's critically acclaimed, chart-topping Michael Jackson album XSCAPE [MJJ Music/Epic Records], will make history when it premieres on Twitter (twitter.com). At 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 13, 2014 the short film will be tweeted through @MichaelJackson allowing the Twitter universe to be able to view the video within a tweet. And for those fans in New York City, "A Place With No Name" will be shown on the massive Sony screen in Times Square at the very same moment.

Michael Jackson's

Throughout his entire career, Michael has always stood on the cutting edge of groundbreaking technological advancements. With "A Place With No Name" as the very first music video to launch through Twitter, he continues to set the pace of pop culture and music yet again. Follow @MichaelJackson to watch the historical moment from the "King of Pop" unfold.

Increasing anticipation, a preview of the video is set to make its network television debut on the special Michael Jackson themed episode of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance broadcast that same evening beginning at 8PM ET. The show will open with a Top Eight group performance featuring "A Place With No Name" choreographed by the Emmy award-winning Travis Payne, who worked as both back-up dancer and choreographer for Michael Jackson. During the program, all of the Top Eight remaining contestants will compete with new all-star partners and each performance will feature a different Michael Jackson song, including songs from XSCAPE.

Michael re-envisioned America's 1972 classic "A Horse With No Name" to convey a narrative following a man whose car breaks down and is led by a mysterious woman to a utopian place where "no one is in fear" and "no people have pain". It was a collaboration with Elliott Straite [Dr. Freeze] done in 1998 at Record Plant Recording Studio.

The beautifully shot short film, directed by iconic award-winning director Samuel Bayer, whose credits include seminal videos from Nirvana and The Rolling Stones, has been created by following Michael's overall vision for short films which tell the song's story, in this case, of a man enticed into a magical "place" by a mysterious woman. The short film also includes outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of Michael shot during the production for "In The Closet" short film, which have been kept in the vault since 1992.  

Upon its May release, XSCAPE reached #1 in 52 countries and went Top 5 in 87 more territories. Stateside, it debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, simultaneously landing at #1 on Amazon and Spotify. The album's first single, "Love Never Felt So Good," a duet by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake soared to the Top in the U.S. and achieved 17 #1 and 67 Top 5 positions around the world. The single also made for Michael's highest Billboard chart debut since 1995 and fourth highest ever at #20 as his 49th smash hit. The album also generated his 50th top 10 Billboard chart with "Slave To The Rhythm" making Michael the first artist to ever have a Top Ten hit in each of six consecutive decades.

ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON:

Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time.  He was also a dedicated philanthropist and an astute business professional.   To date Jackson has sold 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record in itself, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award.   Jackson defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking short films as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the classic "Thriller," which in 2009 became the first and only music video inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. In his short films "Black or White", "They Don't Care About Us", "Bad and "Smooth Criminal" and others, Jackson set an aesthetic standard for video production that remains unsurpassed even today. The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have produced two top shows:  Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is one of the top grossing tours of all time; and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, a permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, which is breaking box office records and receiving critical raves.     Jackson's sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today's performers and new generations of fans worldwide continue to discover his artistry.   

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SOURCE Epic Records

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Jun 21, 2011 | "Weird Al" Yankovic Unleashes Alpocalypse in Stores

Pop Satirist Releases 13th Studio Album and Lady Gaga Parody Music Video

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 21, 2011

NEW YORK, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Weird Al" Yankovic's highly anticipated 13th studio album, Alpocalypse (Jive Records), hits stores today, Tuesday, June 21st. The 3-time Grammy Award-winner's first album in nearly 5 years, Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" (click to listen) as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors' Ray Manzarek.

Yesterday saw the world-premiere of the wildly popular "Perform This Way" music video, in which Yankovic, sporting the body of a Gaga-like female dancer (thanks to CGI magic), cycles through a couple dozen bizarre and extravagant wardrobe options and battles a Madonna doppelganger.

Weird Al's mastery of pop-culture parody has been a constant in the music industry for over three decades. He is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, and his hit singles such as "Eat It," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "White & Nerdy" have garnered him international acclaim. He recently added "NY Times Bestselling Author" to his list of accomplishments with the publication of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins) - the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has just been released. His 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood - his highest-charting to date - featured the Platinum-selling Billboard Top 10 single "White & Nerdy," the video of which spent two months at #1 on iTunes.

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

"Weird Al" Yankovic Unleashes Alpocalypse in Stores Pop Satirist Releases 13th Studio Album and Lady Gaga Parody Music Video

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Weird Al" Yankovic's highly anticipated 13th studio album, Alpocalypse (Jive Records), hits stores today, Tuesday, June 21st. The 3-time Grammy Award-winner's first album in nearly 5 years, Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" (click to listen) as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors' Ray Manzarek.

Yesterday saw the world-premiere of the wildly popular "Perform This Way" music video, in which Yankovic, sporting the body of a Gaga-like female dancer (thanks to CGI magic), cycles through a couple dozen bizarre and extravagant wardrobe options and battles a Madonna doppelganger.

Weird Al's mastery of pop-culture parody has been a constant in the music industry for over three decades. He is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, and his hit singles such as "Eat It," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "White & Nerdy" have garnered him international acclaim. He recently added "NY Times Bestselling Author" to his list of accomplishments with the publication of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins) – the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has just been released. His 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood – his highest-charting to date – featured the Platinum-selling Billboard Top 10 single "White & Nerdy," the video of which spent two months at #1 on iTunes.

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

CONTACT: Carlos Vega, +1-212-833-6480, carlos.vega@sonymusic.com

Web Site: http://www.jiverecords.com

Jun 17, 2011 | Britney Spears Teams Up With Bravo, VEVO and MTV to Launch Multi-Platform Premiere of Her Highly Anticipated "I Wanna Go" Video on June 22nd

Femme Fatale Tour Kicks Off In Sacramento To Sell-Out Crowds And Rave Reviews From Critics

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 17, 2011

NEW YORK, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Britney Spears is set to launch a multi-platform campaign of her eagerly awaited video, "I Wanna Go." This Sunday Spears will simultaneously air an exclusive 30-second teaser on Bravo's popular "Watch What Happens: Live" and on VEVO. The teaser leads up to the full video premiere on MTV and VEVO on Wednesday the 22nd. Following the premiere the video will air hourly on MTV, during video hours, and on VH-1's Best Morning Buzz Live.

The video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and shot in Los Angeles. The "I Wanna Go" video comes on the heels of her highly-anticipated Femme Fatale tour in Sacramento yesterday. Spears was warmly received by a sell-out crowd and high praise from critics: Rolling Stone raves that "the night belonged to Britney" and that it was "possibly her flashiest, fastest moving, and most entertaining production yet." The Sacramento Bee adds "Spears performed like a pro throughout the show" and that the "sellout crowd thrilled... from the start to Spear's stellar pop songs." Spears' Femme Fatale Tour with special guest Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo next tour date is June 18th in San Jose at the HP Pavilion and is slated to wrap on August 25th in Raleigh, NC before heading off to Europe.

"I Wanna Go" (click to listen) is the third single from Spears' platinum selling 7th studio-album Femme Fatale (Jive Records) and was produced by Shellback, Savan Kotecha and long-time collaborator Max Martin.

About Bravo:

Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.

About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.

About VEVO:

VEVO is the world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. VEVO is available in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, which includes VEVO.com, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), Connected Television (Google TV, Boxee) and user embeddable video players. VEVO powers music videos on over 200 artist pages across Facebook, as well as syndicates to dozens of online sites, including AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including Last.fm), Fuse.tv and Univision. Additionally, through a special partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 countries, expanding the platform's reach around the globe.

For updated information and news, please visit:

www.britney.com
www.britneyspears.com
www.facebook.com/britneyspears

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

Britney Spears Teams Up With Bravo, VEVO and MTV to Launch Multi-Platform Premiere of Her Highly Anticipated "I Wanna Go" Video on June 22nd Femme Fatale Tour Kicks Off In Sacramento To Sell-Out Crowds And Rave Reviews From Critics

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Britney Spears is set to launch a multi-platform campaign of her eagerly awaited video, "I Wanna Go."  This Sunday Spears will simultaneously air an exclusive 30-second teaser on Bravo's popular "Watch What Happens: Live" and on VEVO.  The teaser leads up to the full video premiere on MTV and VEVO on Wednesday the 22nd.  Following the premiere the video will air hourly on MTV, during video hours, and on VH-1's Best Morning Buzz Live

The video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and shot in Los Angeles.  The "I Wanna Go" video comes on the heels of her highly-anticipated Femme Fatale tour in Sacramento yesterday. Spears was warmly received by a sell-out crowd and high praise from critics: Rolling Stone raves that "the night belonged to Britney" and that it was "possibly her flashiest, fastest moving, and most entertaining production yet."  The Sacramento Bee adds "Spears performed like a pro throughout the show" and that the "sellout crowd thrilled... from the start to Spear's stellar pop songs."  Spears' Femme Fatale Tour with special guest Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo next tour date is June 18th in San Jose at the HP Pavilion and is slated to wrap on August 25th in Raleigh, NC before heading off to Europe.

"I Wanna Go" (click to listen) is the third single from Spears' platinum selling 7th studio-album Femme Fatale (Jive Records) and was produced by Shellback, Savan Kotecha and long-time collaborator Max Martin.

About Bravo:

Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.  For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.

About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.  With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.

About VEVO:

VEVO is the world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. VEVO is available in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, which includes VEVO.com, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), Connected Television (Google TV, Boxee) and user embeddable video players. VEVO powers music videos on over 200 artist pages across Facebook, as well as syndicates to dozens of online sites, including AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including Last.fm), Fuse.tv and Univision.  Additionally, through a special partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 countries, expanding the platform's reach around the globe.

For updated information and news, please visit:

www.britney.com
www.britneyspears.com
www.facebook.com/britneyspears

SOURCE Jive Records

CONTACT: Jive Records: Wendy Washington, +1-212-833-6886, Wendy.washington@sonymusic.com; Bravo: Alana McElroy, +1-212-413-5046, Alana.McElroy@nbcuni.com

Web Site: http://www.jiverecords.com

May 02, 2011 | "Weird Al" Yankovic to Release "Alpocalypse" on June 21st

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
May 2, 2011

NEW YORK, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy Award-winning artist "Weird Al" Yankovic is set to release his 13th studio album Alpocalypse (Jive Records) on June 21st. It is his first full studio release since the 2006 Grammy nominated album Straight Outta Lynwood that spawned the platinum hit single "White & Nerdy."

Alpocalypse will be available in both standard and deluxe formats and will include the much talked about Lady Gaga parody, "Perform This Way," that generated two million Youtube hits within two days and at its fever pitch was the #5 trending Twitter topic in the world. The deluxe set will have a bonus DVD containing 10 music videos.

The highly anticipated "Perform This Way" video is currently being shot in LA with Al once again taking the helm as director.

"Weird Al" recently announced Spring/Summer tour dates that kick off May 19th at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.


    Tour Dates Are As Follows:
    May 19   New Brunswick, NJ     The State Theatre
    May 20   Glenside, PA          Keswick Theatre
    May 21   Englewood, NJ         Bergen Performing Arts Center
    May 22   Pittsburgh, PA        Stage AE - Outdoor Stage
    May 24   Verona, NY            Turning Stone Resort Casino
    May 26   Marion, OH            Marion Palace Theatre
    May 27   Mt. Pleasant, MI      Soaring Eagle Casino
    May 28   Waukegan, IL          The Genesee Theatre
    May 29   Cincinnati, OH        PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
    May 31   St. Charles, IL       The Arcada Theatre
    Jun 1    Effingham, IL         Effingham Perf. Arts Center
    Jun 2    Milwaukee, WI         Potawatomi Casino
    Jun 3    St. Charles, MO       The Family Arena
    Jun 5    Springfield, IL       Prairie Capital Convention Center
    Jun 10   Chandler, AZ          Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
    Jun 11   Tucson, AZ            Fox Tucson Theatre
    Jun 12   Riverside, CA         Fox Perf. Arts Center
    Jun 15   Del Mar, CA           San Diego County Fair
    Jun 16   Santa Ynez, CA        Chumash Casino

    *Additional dates are scheduled to be added.

"Weird Al" Yankovic has reigned for three decades as the best-selling comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold. He has won 3 Grammy Awards with 12 career nominations. With the recent release of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Weird Al adds "New York Times best-selling author" to his list of accomplishments.

www.weirdal.com

twitter.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

"Weird Al" Yankovic to Release "Alpocalypse" on June 21st

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy Award-winning artist "Weird Al" Yankovic is set to release his 13th studio album Alpocalypse (Jive Records) on June 21st. It is his first full studio release since the 2006 Grammy nominated album Straight Outta Lynwood that spawned the platinum hit single "White & Nerdy."

Alpocalypse will be available in both standard and deluxe formats and will include the much talked about Lady Gaga parody, "Perform This Way," that generated two million Youtube hits within two days and at its fever pitch was the #5 trending Twitter topic in the world.  The deluxe set will have a bonus DVD containing 10 music videos.

The highly anticipated "Perform This Way" video is currently being shot in LA with Al once again taking the helm as director.

"Weird Al" recently announced Spring/Summer tour dates that kick off May 19th at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

Tour Dates Are As Follows:

May 19

New Brunswick, NJ

The State Theatre

May 20

Glenside, PA

Keswick Theatre

May 21

Englewood, NJ

Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 22

Pittsburgh, PA

Stage AE - Outdoor Stage

May 24

Verona, NY

Turning Stone Resort Casino

May 26

Marion, OH

Marion Palace Theatre

May 27

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Soaring Eagle Casino

May 28

Waukegan, IL

The Genesee Theatre

May 29

Cincinnati, OH

PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music

May 31

St. Charles, IL

The Arcada Theatre

Jun 1

Effingham, IL

Effingham Perf. Arts Center

Jun 2

Milwaukee, WI

Potawatomi Casino

Jun 3

St. Charles, MO

The Family Arena

Jun 5

Springfield, IL

Prairie Capital Convention Center

Jun 10

Chandler, AZ

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Jun 11

Tucson, AZ

Fox Tucson Theatre

Jun 12

Riverside, CA

Fox Perf. Arts Center

Jun 15

Del Mar, CA

San Diego County Fair

Jun 16

Santa Ynez, CA

Chumash Casino




*Additional dates are scheduled to be added.



"Weird Al" Yankovic has reigned for three decades as the best-selling comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold.  He has won 3 Grammy Awards with 12 career nominations.  With the recent release of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Weird Al adds "New York Times best-selling author" to his list of accomplishments.

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SOURCE Jive Records

CONTACT: Gihan Salem, Jive Records, +1-310-272-2650, Gihan.Salem@sonymusic.com

Web Site: http://www.jiverecords.com

Apr 19, 2011 | R. Kelly to Bring His "Love Letter" Tour to the U.S.

Grammy Award Winning R. Kelly Prepares To Hit The Road With Keyshia Cole And Marsha Ambrosius

PR Newswire
CHICAGO
Apr 19, 2011

CHICAGO, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Three time GRAMMY winning King of R&B, R. Kelly will bring his "Love Letter" tour to the United States beginning June 2, 2011. This electrifying performer will tour in support of Love Letter (Jive Records) his R.I.A.A. gold-certified eleventh studio album. Love Letter has produced two hit singles, "When A Woman Loves" and the title track which held the # 1 position on the Urban AC chart for four consecutive weeks. Kelly is one of the biggest-selling R&B artists in the world selling over 34 million albums, releasing 12 No. 1 singles and eight No. 1 albums. His new CD incorporates classic soul music influences and features chivalrous lyrics concerning love and forgiveness. Kelly, who wrote, produced and arranged Love Letter, pays homage to soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

Love Letter received praise from critics and made the New York Times Pop Top 10 Albums of 2010 list, while its single "When A Woman Loves" made Associated Press' Best Singles of the Year List.

"Kelly is singing as vigorously as ever, on songs that are some of the most elegant of his career...the songs are in essence, secular spirituals, bombastic and warm."

The New York Times

"The first single, the epic 'When A Woman Loves,' is a tour de force that not only puts Kelly's wondrous songwriting on display, but also showcases a voice that has little competition when it comes to pure power and passion."

Associated Press

"A refreshingly tasteful foray into classic soul and PG lovemaking."

Entertainment Weekly

"Slow-simmered, grown-man emoting...and Kelly's melodicism and vocal powers."

Los Angeles Times

"The R&B lothario reminds listeners that he's still got it..."

Rap-Up Magazine

Joining Kelly on the "Love Letter" tour are four-time GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and the star of a top-rated BET reality show, Keyshia Cole and six-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/producer Marsha Ambrosius who achieved success as the "Songstress" in the now defunct duo Floetry. Ambrosius released her solo debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings, which entered at #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.

For more information, please go to www.r-kelly.com


    Date            City                       Venue
    ----            ----                       -----
    June 2          Southaven, MS              DeSoto Civic Center
    June 3          New Orleans, LA            UNO Lakefront Arena
    June 4          Mobile, AL                 Civic Center
    June 5          Houston, TX                Toyota Centre
    June 10         Oakland, CA                Coliseum
    June 11         Los Angeles, CA            Nokia Theater L. A. Live
    June 16         Chicago, IL                Allstate Arena
    June 17         St. Louis, MO              Chaifetz Arena
    June 18         Kansas City, MO            Sprint Center
    June 19         Dallas, TX                 Verizon Theater
    June 24         Raleigh, NC                RBC Center
    June 25         Atlanta, GA                Philips Arena
    June 26         Birmingham, AL              BJCC
    June 29         Cleveland, OH              CSU Wolstein Center
    June 30         Newark, NJ                 Prudential Center
    July 1          Baltimore, MD              1st Mariner Arena
    July 2          Washington, DC             Verizon Center
    July 3          Philadelphia, PA           Mann Music Center

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

R. Kelly to Bring His "Love Letter" Tour to the U.S. Grammy Award Winning R. Kelly Prepares To Hit The Road With Keyshia Cole And Marsha Ambrosius

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Three time GRAMMY winning King of R&B, R. Kelly will bring his "Love Letter" tour to the United States beginning June 2, 2011.  This electrifying performer will tour in support of Love Letter (Jive Records) his R.I.A.A. gold-certified eleventh studio album.  Love Letter has produced two hit singles, "When A Woman Loves" and the title track which held the # 1 position on the Urban AC chart for four consecutive weeks. Kelly is one of the biggest-selling R&B artists in the world selling over 34 million albums, releasing 12 No. 1 singles and eight No. 1 albums.  His new CD incorporates classic soul music influences and features chivalrous lyrics concerning love and forgiveness.  Kelly, who wrote, produced and arranged Love Letter, pays homage to soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

Love Letter received praise from critics and made the New York Times Pop Top 10 Albums of 2010 list, while its single "When A Woman Loves" made Associated Press' Best Singles of the Year List.

"Kelly is singing as vigorously as ever, on songs that are some of the most elegant of his career…the songs are in essence, secular spirituals, bombastic and warm."

                                                                                                           The New York Times

"The first single, the epic 'When A Woman Loves,' is a tour de force that not only puts Kelly's wondrous songwriting on display, but also showcases a voice that has little competition when it comes to pure power and passion."

                                                                                                           Associated Press

"A refreshingly tasteful foray into classic soul and PG lovemaking."

                                                                                                           Entertainment Weekly

"Slow-simmered, grown-man emoting…and Kelly's melodicism and vocal powers."

                                                                                                           Los Angeles Times

"The R&B lothario reminds listeners that he's still got it…"

                                                                                                           Rap-Up Magazine

Joining Kelly on the "Love Letter" tour are four-time GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and the star of a top-rated BET reality show, Keyshia Cole and six-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/producer Marsha Ambrosius who achieved success as the "Songstress" in the now defunct duo Floetry. Ambrosius released her solo debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings, which entered at #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. 

For more information, please go to  www.r-kelly.com

Date

City

Venue

June 2

Southaven, MS

DeSoto Civic Center

June 3

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront Arena

June 4

Mobile, AL

Civic Center

June 5

Houston, TX

Toyota Centre

June 10

Oakland, CA

Coliseum

June 11

Los Angeles, CA

Nokia Theater L. A. Live

June 16

Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena

June 17

St. Louis, MO

Chaifetz Arena

June 18

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

June 19

Dallas, TX

Verizon Theater

June 24

Raleigh, NC

RBC Center

June 25

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

June 26

Birmingham, AL

BJCC

June 29

Cleveland, OH

CSU Wolstein Center

June 30

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

July 1

Baltimore, MD

1st Mariner Arena

July 2

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

July 3

Philadelphia, PA

Mann Music Center



SOURCE Jive Records

CONTACT: Rogers & Cowan, Maureen O'Connor, +1-310-854-8116, moconnor@rogersandcowan.com or Heather Lewandoski, +1-310-854-8147, hlewandoski@rogersandcowan.com; or JIVE Label Group, Tice Merriweather, +1-212-833-6479, Ticeman.Merriweather@sonymusic.com

Web Site: http://www.r-kelly.com

Apr 18, 2011 | Chris Brown's "F.A.M.E." Album Certified Gold Within Three Weeks of Its Release

"Look At Me Now" Featuring Lil Wayne And Busta Rhymes Holding # 1 Spot On Both Rhythmic And Urban Mainstream Charts

New Single "She Ain't You" Quickly Climbing The Charts

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Apr 18, 2011

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-talented artist Chris Brown's fourth studio album F.A.M.E. (Jive Records) has just been certified gold by the R.I.A.A. just three weeks after its release. The singer/songwriter earned his first chart-topping album debut when F.A.M.E. secured the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with total album sales of over 271K.

F.A.M.E. spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles and is the third highest-selling debut album of the year. Brown reached his third successive No. 1 Urban Mainstream with his single "Look At Me Now" (<--Click to listen) featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. This is the single's 5th consecutive week at No. 1 on the chart and its first week at No. 1 at Rhythmic radio. The video (<--Click to view) is in rotation on MTV and MTV2 and in the Top 5 on BET's 106 and Park countdown. It was preceded by "Deuces" (<-- Click to listen) featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall (which spent 10 weeks at the top of the chart) and "No BS" (<-- Click to listen). "Yeah 3X," (<-- Click to listen) another track from F.A.M.E., rose to Top 5 at Rhythmic radio. Collectively, the four singles represent combined cumulative digital and mobile sales of over five million.

On the heels of the gold certification, Brown just released his new mid-tempo single "She Ain't You" (<--Click to listen) which is already showing early signs of success. The track was # 1 most added at Urban Mainstream and for two weeks in a row a Top 5 greatest gainer at the format. The single will impact at the Rhythmic radio format this week.

Brown co-wrote the majority of F.A.M.E., the follow-up to his 2X Grammy-nominated 2009 album, Graffiti. Collaborations on the album include Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Ludacris, among others.

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

Chris Brown's "F.A.M.E." Album Certified Gold Within Three Weeks of Its Release "Look At Me Now" Featuring Lil Wayne And Busta Rhymes Holding # 1 Spot On Both Rhythmic And Urban Mainstream Charts New Single "She Ain't You" Quickly Climbing The Charts

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-talented artist Chris Brown's fourth studio album F.A.M.E. (Jive Records) has just been certified gold by the R.I.A.A. just three weeks after its release.  The singer/songwriter earned his first chart-topping album debut when F.A.M.E. secured the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with total album sales of over 271K.  

F.A.M.E. spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles and is the third highest-selling debut album of the year. Brown reached his third successive No. 1 Urban Mainstream with his single "Look At Me Now" (<--Click to listen) featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.  This is the single's 5th consecutive week at No. 1 on the chart and its first week at No. 1 at Rhythmic radio.   The video (<--Click to view) is in rotation on MTV and MTV2 and in the Top 5 on BET's 106 and Park countdown.  It was preceded by "Deuces" (<-- Click to listen) featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall (which spent 10 weeks at the top of the chart) and "No BS" (<-- Click to listen).  "Yeah 3X," (<-- Click to listen) another track from F.A.M.E., rose to Top 5 at Rhythmic radio. Collectively, the four singles represent combined cumulative digital and mobile sales of over five million.

On the heels of the gold certification, Brown just released his new mid-tempo single "She Ain't You" (<--Click to listen) which is already showing early signs of success.  The track was # 1 most added at Urban Mainstream and for two weeks in a row a Top 5 greatest gainer at the format.  The single will impact at the Rhythmic radio format this week.

Brown co-wrote the majority of F.A.M.E., the follow-up to his 2X Grammy-nominated 2009 album, Graffiti. Collaborations on the album include Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Ludacris, among others.

SOURCE Jive Records

CONTACT: JIVE Label Group, Tice Merriweather, +1-212-833-6479, Ticeman.Merriweather@sonymusic.com; Rogers and Cowan, Maureen O'Connor, +1-310-854-8116, Moconnor@rogersandcowan.com

Web Site: http://www.jiverecords.com

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