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Mar 19, 2015 | Sony Music to purchase remaining interest in The Orchard, the world’s leading independent digital distributor
NEW YORK—March 19, 2015—Sony Music Entertainment today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Dimensional Associates, LLC to acquire the remaining interest in The Orchard, the global independent music, video and film distribution company. The Orchard will continue to operate separately from Sony Music and will be led by its existing executive team. […]Read More »
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 »
Jun 29, 2015 | Longtime Friends, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma & Pianist Kathryn Stott Collaborate On New Album Songs From The Arc Of Life

Available September 18, 2015 on Sony Classical

Jun 29, 2015

NEW YORK, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life available September 18, 2015. This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries.

"I like to think of Songs from the Arc of Life as an invitation to our audience to remember and imagine what the soundtracks of their lives might be," Yo-Yo Ma says.  "Kathy and I have talked for years about recording an album of music we absolutely love, pieces that express the context of a life, of our lives.  Childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, old age: what do they sound like?"

"I love this title," Stott says, "the 'Arc of Life' – because it is one big arc. Once we arrived at the idea, we began to see a beautiful story, a journey through life's experiences. It has taken us a long time and much discussion, back and forth, to discover what that journey might be, because everyone's journey is slightly different."

Songs from the Arc of Life begins and ends with two, much-beloved settings of the traditional "Ave Maria," opening with the soaring, radiant Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert's more serene, contemplative version.

In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes such enduring favorites as Brahms' "Lullaby," Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me," Elgar's "Salut d'amour," Gade's "Jalousie" and Saint-Saens' "The Swan," as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Faure, Gershwin, Grieg, Kriesler, Messaien, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.

In addition to beginning his fourth decade of collaboration with Stott, Yo-Yo Ma is celebrating a milestone birthday this year.  "Turning sixty has me wondering what the future might bring, but also reflecting on what has passed," Ma says. "Kathy and I have known one another since we were in our twenties. We have a shared performing history and thousands of conversations and experiences and we're delighted, through Songs from the Arc of Life, to share them with you." 

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

TRACK LIST

1.         Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria  

2.         Brahms:Lullaby 

3.         Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me 

4.         Faure: Papillon

5.         Gade: Tango Jalousie

6.         Schumann: I. Vanitas vanitatum (from Five Pieces in the Popular Style) 

7.         Sibelius: Was It a Dream?

8.         Faure: Apres un reve 

9.         Elgar: Salut d'amour 

10.       Gershwin: Prelude No. 1 

11.       Delius: Romance for Cello and Piano  

12.       Kreisler: La Gitana 

13.       Sollima: Il bell'Antonio, Tema III  

14.       Saint-Saens: The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)  

15.       Grieg: The Wounded Heart (from Elegiac Melodies)  

16.       Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6  

17.       Messiaen: Louange a l'eternite de Jesus (from Quartet for the End of Time)  

18.       Debussy: Beau Soir 

19.       Schubert: Ave Maria 

Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Kathryn Stott, piano

ALBUM PREORDER LINKS
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Songs-iTunes
Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/Songs-amCD 
Amazon Music Mp3: http://smarturl.it/Songs-amp3 
Amazon Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/Songs-amvinyl 
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Songs-sptfy 
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/Songs-google

SOCIALS

YO-YO MA
Website:    http://www.yo-yoma.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YoYoMa 
Twitter:       https://twitter.com/yoyo_ma 
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVEVO

KATHRYN STOTT
Website: http://www.kathrynstott.com/ 
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/kathystott

Media Contacts:
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak – Sony Music Masterworks         
[email protected] L[email protected] 212-833-8575 / 6075

 

 

SOURCE Sony Classical

Jun 17, 2015 | Columbia Partners With Wicked Cool Records To Release First New Darlene Love Album In Decades, 'Introducing Darlene Love' Due Out This Fall

New Album Features Songs Written By Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Joan Jett, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, And Others

Jun 17, 2015

NEW YORK, June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Guitar great/artist/producer/E Street Band icon Stevie Van Zandt has signed seminal pop legend Darlene Love to his Wicked Cool label, partnering with Columbia Records to release a new album by Love coming this fall, titled Introducing Darlene Love.  Van Zandt arranged and produced the album, enlisting a star-studded cast to contribute songs to Love's return to Marquee-pop music making, including, among others, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Joan Jett, and legendary songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who for more than five decades have reigned as one of the most influential songwriting duos in history.

The highly anticipated album will be released in early autumn, with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Love imbuing new and classic songs with her signature dynamic vocal delivery that the New York Times has hailed as "a thunderbolt voice embedded in the history of rock n' roll…" and Rolling Stone has called "a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound.'" 

The epic E Street Band guitarist commented on the forthcoming release: "Darlene's legendary status is well deserved but I felt the time was long overdue to show a younger generation WHY she has earned that reputation.  Partnering with Columbia Records is a dream come true because now I know the world will hear her."

Love's five-decade career spans some of the greatest signature moments in music, with the Los Angeles native nurturing her talent early as a member of the Blossoms, a local trio who began providing backup vocals at recording sessions for artists such as Sam Cooke and Bobbie Day. The Blossoms also were featured as part of the house band for the popular '60s music show Shindig, backing up many of the performers who appeared on the series. Love would go on to become one of the most sought-after background singers in music history, recording with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, and dozens of other vocal giants throughout her career. Her early work with iconic producer Phil Spector on songs such as the pioneering "He's A Rebel," "He's Sure The Boy I Love," and "Why Do Lover's Break Each Other's Hearts," would garner her legend status. She is featured in the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary '20 Feet From Stardom,' chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers. The accompanying album won a 2014 Grammy in the Best Music Film category.     

The prolific Van Zandt creates a compelling production aesthetic on Introducing Darlene Love, echoing the classic recording style of many early '60s pop standards on the forthcoming Columbia Records/Wicked Cool release, available everywhere this fall.

SOURCE Columbia Records

Jun 16, 2015 | Scorpions Return To Forever Celebrating 50 Years

New Album Features Single "We Built This House"

16-City North American Tour Launches September 10

Jun 16, 2015

NEW YORK, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11, 2015.  Produced by their two favorite Swedes, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, "MTV Unplugged"), the 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, Deluxe CD, and vinyl.  The North American configuration boasts three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories, full tracklisting below.  The first single, "We Built This House" releases digitally on July 3, and will be available to fans as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes: http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns.  Scorpions embark on a 16-city North America tour this fall (dates follow), more information on the dates and new release can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.

The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11, 2015.

"We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can't wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America," said Klaus Meine.  "We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall."

Scorpions have also launched an official D2C store with exciting offerings for fans featuring brand new t-shirt and sweatshirt designs coupled with the CD and Vinyl versions of Return To Forever. Also included in each bundle is an exclusive "fanified" poster that will feature every fan's name on it who pre-orders Return To Forever through the D2C site by August 14th. Visit http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_D2C for more details.

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world breaking and remaining in the Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France, Germany, Greece (#1), Hungary, Japan and Switzerland, with continued chart activity in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!

When Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar) and Matthias Jabs (lead guitar) conceived this record, the idea was to revisit their past, recording updated outtakes and unfinished song ideas from their most famous 80's sessions.  Mathias Jabs explains, "There had been quite a few unused songs over the years that were really good, but in the end didn't make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl. We focused on eight songs, which were partly finished which we then recorded from scratch. During the work, new song ideas were added. We were having so much fun we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all."

Return To Forever includes first single, "We Built this House," – capturing all the elements that make for the signature Scorpions sound, luring verses with an anthemic chorus – purists will be thrilled! Additional selections include the sweeping "House Of Cards," "Eye Of The Storm" – a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing Scorpions' stage performances, and "We Built This House" where the band reflects the past fifty years – their philosophy and the lessons their unusual life taught them.  "In the end, it tells our story" said Klaus Meine. "We've built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We've weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be weatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fan's affection."

Tracklisting:
1. Going Out With A Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House Of Cards
5. All For One
6. Rock 'N' Roll Band
7. Catch Your Luck And Play
8. Rollin' Home
9. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used to Know
14. Dancing With The Moonlight
15. When The Truth Is A Lie
16. Who We Are
17. Crazy Ride (exclusive)
18. One And One Is Three (exclusive)
19. Delirious (exclusive)

The fact that the 50th band anniversary was coming up, hit Rudolf Schenker rather accidentally: "Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom's, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of the band from fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, so they kept a of record of my earnings so I could pay them back in installments. Fifty years is a long time for a working band. Apart from us, only the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and The Who have managed to do it. So the timing for the new album is perfect; We're celebrating half a century of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour."

Scorpions remain a band able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. "It's really remarkable", says Rudolf Schenker, for example, "how well and mostly unharmed we've survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music."

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970's with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972.  The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism.  In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You" and "Winds of Change." The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed as #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.  Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicks off in May 2015 with dates in four continents. For these milestone shows, Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of Scorpion's hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics.  North American dates also feature special guests Queensryche.  




Date                          

City                                          

Venue

September 10            

Boston, MA                        

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

September 12            

Brooklyn, NY                      

Barclays Center

September 13            

Gilford, NH                         

Meadowbrook

September 16            

Moncton, NB Canada                     

Moncton Coliseum

September 18            

Toronto, ON Canada            

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

September 19            

Montreal, QC Canada           

Bell Centre

September 22            

Columbus, OH                    

LC Pavilion

September 23            

Cleveland, OH                     

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

September 25            

Windsor, ON Canada            

Caesar's Windsor TBA

September 26            

Chicago, IL                        

Allstate Arena

September 29            

Denver, CO                        

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

October 1                 

San Jose, CA                      

SAP Center

October 3                

Los Angeles, CA                  

The Forum

October 6                

Santa Barbara, CA               

Santa Barbara Bowl

October 7                

Las Vegas, NV                              

Hard Rock Hotel

October 9                

Seattle, WA                        

ShoWare Center

www.the-scorpions.com

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Jun 15, 2015 | Erroll Garner's The Complete Concert By The Sea To Be Released On 60th Anniversary Weekend September 18, 2015

FEATURING 11 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS, BONUS ANNOUNCER COMMENTARY, NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD INTERVIEWS WITH THE GARNER TRIO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCERT AND PRODUCED BY GERI ALLEN AND STEVE ROSENTHAL

Jun 15, 2015

NEW YORK, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Iconic Jazz artist Erroll Garner's greatest concert album and one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, The Complete Concert By The Sea will be released jointly by Sony Legacy and Octave Music Publishing Corporation on September 18, 2015 – in celebration of 60 years since the original concert.

The set is available for pre-order on Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/EG_TCCBTS_Amzn

The complete live concert recording – newly uncovered by the Erroll Garner Jazz Project and digitally remastered in its entirety after six decades – is produced by Guggenheim® Award-winning jazz pianist and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh Geri Allen and 4-time GRAMMY®Award-winning producer Steve Rosenthal. The Complete Concert By The Sea will introduce a new generation to Erroll Garner and his innovative piano playing. The 3-CD box set contains the complete live Concert By The Sea including 11 previously unreleased tracks, the original edited Columbia release from 1956 (digitally restored and remastered at The Magic Shop, NYC using the Plangent Process) and bonus material including announcer Jimmy Lyons and interviews with the Erroll Garner trio: Denzil DaCosta Best, Eddie Calhoun, and Garner himself, recorded directly after the concert.

Concert By The Sea originally produced in Carmel, California as part of local promoter Jimmy Lyons' "Sunset Series" laid the groundwork for the beginnings of the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival. Appropriately, on September 18, 2015 the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival will highlight this highly anticipated release in a rare historic tribute performance featuring Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Christian Sands, Jimmie Cobb, Russell Malone and Darick Oles. The Festival will also feature a special Concert By The Sea panel on September 19, 2015 including Geri Allen, Steve Rosenthal, and Monterey Jazz Festival Board Member (who attended the original Concert By The Sea) Jim Costello, moderated by Erroll Garner Jazz Project Director and Ethnomusicologist Jocelyn Arem.

Liner note writers include Geri Allen, Award-winning author and UCLA American Studies Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, PHd, and GRAMMY®Award-winning jazz writer Dan Morgenstern who writes: "I don't think I need to tell you how significant a figure Erroll Garner is in the history of American music. His artistry transcended categories over four decades. Without ever saying a word or indulging in showbiz trimmings, he could just play the piano and hold thousands enraptured."

Sony Legacy President Adam Block remarks, "Concert By The Sea is a marvelous, mystical album that has been allowed to dangle on the periphery of broader recognition for far too long. Now for the first time, the complete recording and the remarkable story of this masterpiece can be heard and understood in all its glory. This really is a significant release – critically important to the preservation of one of the truly epic moments in live recorded performances."

Producer Geri Allen remarks, "Erroll Garner personifies the joy of fearless virtuosity and exploration. One of the defining precursors to bebop, piano giant Erroll Garner embodied the very spirit of swing and free improvisation from every vantage point. His playing celebrated the greatest swinging big bands through an innovative and impossible pianism. Singular yet all embracing, Garner blurred the line between great art and popular art, and he was a staunch journeyman of the blues and his Pittsburgh legacy."

TRACK LISTING FOR COMPLETE CONCERT

DISC ONE
1) Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)
2) Night And Day (Previously unreleased)
3) Spring Is Here (Previously unreleased)
4) I'll Remember April
5) The Nearness Of You (Previously unreleased)
6) Where Or When
7) Sweet And Lovely (Previously unreleased)
8) Lullaby Of Birdland (Previously unreleased)
9) Mambo Carmel
10) Teach Me Tonight
11) Will You Still Be Mine(Previously unreleased)
12) I Cover The Waterfront (Previously unreleased)
13) Bernie's Tune (Previously unreleased)
14) How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?
15) It's All Right

DISC TWO
16) Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)
17) They Can't Take That Away From Me
18) Autumn Leaves
19) S'Wonderful (Previously unreleased)
20) Laura (Previously unreleased)
21) Red Top
22) April In Paris
23) Caravan (Previously unreleased)
24) Erroll's Theme / Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)

TRACK LISTING FOR ORIGINAL EDITED CONCERT

DISC THREE
1) I'll Remember April
2) Teach Me Tonight
3) Mambo Carmel
4) Autumn Leaves
5) It's All Right With Me
6) Red Top
7) April in Paris
8) They Can't Take That Away From Me?
9) How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
10) Where or When
11) Erroll's Theme
12) Post Concert Interview: Will Thornbury with Erroll Garner, Eddie Calhoun, Denzil DaCosta Best: September 19, 1955 (Previously unreleased)

ERROLL GARNER ARCHIVE DONATED TO UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

A year-long 60th Anniversary celebration of Concert by the Sea in 2015 will include a new interactive website at www.errollgarner.com, and thanks to the diligent collecting and preservation of Erroll Garner's recordings, memorabilia, photographs and other materials by Erroll's longtime manager Martha Glaser, the establishment of the first complete Erroll Garner archive at the University of Pittsburgh in Erroll's hometown. These resources will provide a unique view of Erroll Garner's influential career.

University of Pittsburgh's Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrick School of Arts and Sciences writes, "The Erroll Garner archive is an amazing legacy of a renowned jazz icon, a brilliant piano virtuoso, and one of the most original and individualistic pianists in the jazz narrative. Jazz is a unifiying force, bringing a uniquely American musical synthesis and spirit of innovation through the African-American experience. I hope the University of Pittsburgh can contribute to that through providing a permanent home for the Erroll Garner Archive."

The Erroll Garner Jazz Project preserves and promotes the cultural and musical legacy of renowned pianist Erroll Garner. Proceeds will benefit African American Jazz programs.

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Jun 15, 2015 | Emily West Releases Debut Album All For You - Available August 14, 2015

ON TOUR NOW

"'Bitter'…swells and soars thanks to West's impassioned vocals. Heartbreak has never sounded quite this uplifting." - RollingStone.com

"Emily West's 'Bitter' Is Pretty Sweet." - Yahoo Music

Jun 15, 2015

NEW YORK, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Singer-songwriter and vocal powerhouse, Emily West releases her debut album All For You , available August 14th (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks).

Currently headlining a multi-city tour, the America's Got Talent Season 9 finalist brings a series of weekly performances of her one-woman show to New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago through June. West is also the opening act for comedian Jay Leno, and will commence her fall tour in September.

All For You features four original songs including "Bitter," the first single. RollingStone.com raves that "'Bitter'…swells and soars thanks to West's impassioned vocals. Heartbreak has never sounded quite this uplifting." The music video for the track premiered on Yahoo Music - check it out here.

West wrote three other tracks on the album with K.S. Rhoads: "Battles" she notes "came from a quote that K.S. read by Ian Maclaren saying 'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle,' so we wrote a song from three points of view." "Glorianna" is "a song we wrote with high hopes that someone like Andrea Bocelli would sing it. Little did I know that when we were writing it, it'd go on my record! K.S. and I both cried when we were writing it. We couldn't stop. The Angels were among us that day."

On "Fallin'," West and Rhoads deliberately evoked "Billie Holiday and an old-school kind of song that dealt honestly about situations in life." The song takes an unexpected tragic turn at the end, and is one of West's favorite originals.

The album also includes several covers of major hits that fans of AGT will remember from her season on the show.

West sang the 1959 pop hit "Sea of Love" at her first AGT audition. "I was cat sitting in New York, trying to figure out what songs to sing—and terrified," she recalls, adding, "I tried to cut it like Patsy Cline might have, and make it my own and from a woman's perspective."

David Guetta and Usher's "Without You" comes from West's generation of music, though she gave it more of a gospel interpretation: "It's definitely a pop song, but when I focused on the lyrics, it became more like a worship song, expressing the need for a higher power—and I sing it like that instead of a relationship song."

For her second AGT audition, West performed Roy Orbison's 1989 hit "You Got It." Here she broke down" the lyrics by turning it into "a girl's song—haunting like the Righteous Brothers, and '50s-sounding."

Cyndi Lauper's classic "True Colors" carries great personal meaning for West in that she grew up listening to her. "She's my hero, and I try to teach all the little girls I know about her as an empowering woman and inspirational songwriter."

Rounding out the album are two songs that West performed so memorably on AGT: "Nights in White Satin," which is special because "it's my parents' love song" and "Chandelier," a track she was initially unsure whether she could perform credibly, but ultimately made it her own.

The Waterloo, Iowa native, moved to Nashville at the age of 18, where she honed her songwriting and performance skills in the local clubs. Soon after arriving, West landed a publishing and record label deal and released three country singles. She was also nominated with duet partner Keith Urban for the Academy of Country Music Awards in the category of "Vocal Event of the Year" for their song "Blue Sky."

Driven by her love and fear of New York City, West got on a plane, got lost on the subway, and found herself auditioning for AGT.  This gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her vulnerability and versatility to a wide audience.  

All for You culminates a dizzying climb from West's relatively humble origins as a country recording artist to national recognition after being championed by AGT judge Howard Stern and coming in second in the finals.

Since AGT, West signed to Portrait Records, and in December she shared the stage with her hero Cyndi Lauper at Lauper's annual Home For The Holidays benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. She also co-hosted the red carpet at the first American Country Countdown Awards in Nashville and has performed the National Anthem at numerous sporting events for the NHL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and the Kentucky Derby.

West also released a video collaboration with Postmodern Jukebox, a Roy Orbison-esque version of Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "Only One."

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


Tracklisting:


  1. Chandelier       
  2. Nights in White Satin   
  3. Bitter   
  4. Without You   
  5. Sea of Love   
  6. Glorianna   
  7. Battles   
  8. You Got It   
  9. True Colors   
  10. Fallen   

Socials     
http://emilywestofficial.com/   
Facebook/EmilyWest   
Twitter @EmilyWestMusic   
Instagram @EmilyWestOfficial   
YouTube

Album Preorder Links   
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/AllForYou-iTunes   
Amazon MP3 - http://smarturl.it/AllForYou-amp3   
Amazon CD - http://smarturl.it/allforyouamz

For more information, please contact:   
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak / Sony Music Masterworks   
212.833.8575 / 6075 / [email protected] / [email protected]


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Jun 12, 2015 | Collabro, Britain's Got Talent Winners Release New Album Act Two Available July 10, 2015

Making Their U.S. Debut in July With Performance Dates in New York & Los Angeles

Jun 12, 2015

NEW YORK, June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh from the global success of their debut No.1 album, Stars, last year's Britain's Got Talent champions Collabro return with their follow-up album Act TwoAvailable in the U.S. on July 10 via Portrait Records, Act Two debuted this week at No. 2 on the U.K album chart.  The band also made their return to BGT for a homecoming performance - check it out here.

Collabro will make their U.S. debut at venues in New York and Los Angeles this summer to mark the release of their sophomore album. On July 15, the group will perform at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.  Then on July 21, they will perform at the acclaimed Vibrato Jazz Club in Los Angeles.

Act Two follows the band as they expand their musical horizons, recording some of the greatest songs of the last 30 years, which have influenced them as a band. The album includes some surprising re-interpretations of recent pop music's finest moments including Kodaline's smash "All I Want," Christina Perri's hit ballad "A Thousand Years" and "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. There's also a moving rendition of The Rembrandts' world-famous "I'll Be There For You," which the boys debuted on their tour at the start of this year, and has quickly garnered a following by Collabro fans around the globe.

From the world of film and musical theatre the band takes on the likes of "Music Of The Night" from The Phantom of the Opera (selected by their Facebook fans from a poll of songs for the band to perform), "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables and "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King.

Following a huge sell-out tour of the U.K.'s theatres and auditoriums at the start of the year, the remainder of 2015 will push Collabro to expand their exposure to global audiences.  Demand and popularity has led to appearances all across Europe and Asia, where their fanbase is continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan and Thomas Redgrave only became Collabro at the start of 2014 and it's been a steady stream of incredible moments since then. Following their runaway Britain's Got Talent victory last summer, Collabro have already released a No.1 Gold certified album and special edition follow up, performed at the Royal Variety Show for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and written and released 'Our Story,' their first band memoir. 

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

Performance Dates: 
July 15: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York City - TICKETS 
July 21: Herb Albert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz – Los Angeles - TICKETS

Act Two Tracklisting:

  1. All I Want (Kodaline)
  2. I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz)
  3. A Thousand Years (Christina Perri / From The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1)
  4. I'll Be There For You (From Friends)
  5. I Dreamed A Dream (From Les Miserables)
  6. Memory (From Cats)
  7. Who Wants To Live Forever (From We Will Rock You)
  8. Music Of The Night (From The Phantom Of The Opera)
  9. No Matter What (From Whistle Down The Wind)
  10. Circle Of Life (From The Lion King)

Album Preorder Links
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CrboA2iTunes?IQid=pr 
Amazon:  http://smarturl.it/colA2amz?IQid=pr

Socials
Website: http://www.collabroglobal.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collabro 
Facebook: facebook.com/CollabroGlobalOfficial 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/collabroglobal/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CollabroGlobal

Videos
Somewhere Only We Know (Acoustic) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-o-TRb1Zok 
Thinking Out Loud (Acoustic) - https://youtu.be/-KAtNqicrZU 

Media Contacts:

Amy Prenner: The Prenner Group
310-709-1101, [email protected]

Angela Barkan or Larissa Slezak | Sony Music Masterworks 
212-833-8575/6075, [email protected], [email protected]

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Jun 12, 2015 | Natalie Imbruglia, The Platinum-Selling Artist Returns with New Album Inspired by Her Favorite Male Songwriters

Male - Available July 31, 2015

Today Show appearance on July 30th

Jun 12, 2015

NEW YORK, June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model, Natalie Imbruglia returns with the release of her new album Male on July 31, 2015 (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks).

Imbruglia, best known for her 1997 hit song "Torn" and the accompanying video, finds inspiration for her new album from male songwriters that she loves.  As the title suggests, Male - her first album since 2009 - is a collection of classic and contemporary songs all performed by men including Cat Stevens ("The Wind"), Tom Petty ("The Waiting"), Neil Young ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart"), Damien Rice ("Cannonball"), Pete Townshend ("Let My Love Open the Door") and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine ("Naked As We Came").

Of the album concept, Imbruglia, who hails from Australia says, "I was drawn to songs by men, but wanted to show a woman's take on them. I also wanted something organic and vocally-driven, not heavily produced, and with real musicians. Most importantly, I had to be emotionally connected to all of the songs."

Male's first single is the lead track "Instant Crush," which was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk.  The song was written by the duo's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, along with The Strokes' Julian Casablancas who also sang on the original track.  The music video made its debut exclusively on Entertainment Tonight and Mashable.com - check it out here.  

"On the original version, you can't really hear what the song is about because of the effect that Julian's voice has, which I love, by the way," says Imbruglia. "However, it is such a beautiful story that I want people to hear it and connect with the words. I'm really proud of the way it turned out."

Also central to Imbruglia's Male concept was her desire to find songs that could be transformed by a female's interpretation. She did just that with producer Billy Mann, who has also worked with artists like Pink, John Legend, Celine Dion, Martina McBride, and Sting, among others.

"It was about finding different ways to recreate songs from a female point of view, and at the same time staying true to the original," continues Imbruglia. "A lot of them were written by artists I love, whose music has had a big effect on me.  However, I also discovered others for the first time, like the Zac Brown Band and their song 'Goodbye in His Eyes,' which made the process a lot of fun. My voice really lends itself to that song, and I love a little bit of country."

Imbruglia likewise gives a surprising country approach to The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love." Her version employs a banjitar banjo/guitar combo. "I can tell this song is going to be one of my favorites to play live, I love it."

"Torn" still sounds fresh today as evidenced by its ongoing radio airplay and ubiquity on multiple Spotify playlists, which have generated over 30 million streams. While this iconic hit brought Imbruglia international fame along with three Grammy nominations and the 1998 MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist," she is a woman of many talents. Her pop music success followed an acting role in the long-running Australian TV drama series Neighbours, in which she played the role of Beth Brennan. Over the last three years she has been studying acting in Los Angeles and also made her U.K. stage debut in Alan Aycbourn's Things We Do For Love.  Imbruglia is a global ambassador for Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation for The Virgin Group and is the spokesperson for the U.N campaign to end fistula.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Angela Barkan or Larissa Slezak at Sony Music Masterworks
212-833-8575/6075, [email protected], [email protected]

MALE Track listing

  1. Instant Crush  (Daft Punk)           
  2. Cannonball   (Damien Rice)        
  3. The Summer   (Josh Pyke)           
  4. I'll Follow You into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)    
  5. Goodbye in His Eyes  (Zac Brown Band)         
  6. Friday I'm in Love  (The Cure)    
  7. Naked as We Came   (Iron & Wine)        
  8. Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend)            
  9. Only Love Can Break Your Heart  (Neil Young)        
  10. I Melt with You  (Modern English)          
  11. The Waiting   (Tom Petty)
  12. The Wind   (Cat Stevens) 

Preorder Links:

Amazon - http://smarturl.it/Male-amCD
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/Male-iTunes 
Google - http://smarturl.it/Male-google

Socials:

www.natalieimbruglia.com 
Twitter: @natimbruglia 
www.facebook.com/natalieimbruglia 
Instagram: @natalie_imbruglia

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Jun 11, 2015 | “New Music Fridays” Are Coming: Global Release Day Launches July 10
  – An aligned single global release day for music takes effect on July 10 – Tracks and albums to be released at 12:01 AM on Fridays each week in over 45 countries  – Music fans will no longer have to wait for days to enjoy new releases   For music fans across the world, […]Read More »
Jun 10, 2015 | Outlaw Country Legends Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Rockin' America's Charts with 1st Week's Sales of Django and Jimmie, their New Release on Legacy Recordings

Highly Acclaimed New Collaboration Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart and #7 on Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart

Jun 10, 2015

NEW YORK, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Django and Jimmie (Legacy Recordings), the new album collaboration from legendary American artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, is emerging a crossover sensation, entering the Billboard Country Albums chart at #1 while going Top 10 (#7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart.

Willie and Merle, two of the original architects of American outlaw country music, last shared a #1 Country album together with the release of their classic Pancho & Lefty in January 1983.

Willie Nelson's last #1 Country album was 2014's Band of Brothers, his fourth release for Legacy. Django and Jimmie is Willie's fourth Legacy release to go Top 5 Country and third to break into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

"The chart-topping success of Django and Jimmie is another milestone in the remarkable journeys of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard," said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings.  "Their latest achievement is a testimony to the ongoing vitality of their careers, the timeless quality of their music, and, most importantly, the enduring bond of their friendship."

Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie finds Willie joining forces with friend and collaborator Merle Haggard  for 14 brand-new studio recordings including "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; the future outlaw country classic "Unfair Weather Friend," written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis, and "It's All Going to Pot" (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture).

Fans are invited to go behind-the-scenes at Arlyn Studios for The Making of Django and Jimmie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFaJL5X7cu8

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's new outlaw country masterpiece has been garnering rave reviews alongside its burgeoning popular success.

According to NPR, "...nearly any track on Django and Jimmie will likely lift the spirits of even the gloomiest listener," while American Songwriter noted that "...it's still a joy to hear the two of them trade vocals on a thoroughly enjoyable set of 14 songs."

Rolling Stone called out the album's single, "It's All Going To Pot," as "...two masters nailing the right song at the right time."

Yahoo! summed up Django and Jimmie as "...remarkable..." while the Los Angeles Times observed that while "...both men are widely regarded as two of the greatest living country songwriters, whose music has shaped the sound of the genre for six decades.... it's the spirit of their voices that registers."

"Veracity makes Django and Jimmie a marvel," wrote Paste, "mixing novelty, pathos and classics. What emerges is a core sample of what made these men...endure for half a century.... Just hearing them make the music they want is plenty."

"Me and Merle got a new album called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson prior to the record release on June 2. "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."

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

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

The release of Django and Jimmie on Legacy Recordings coincides with the recent publication of "It's A Long Story: My Life," the definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson. Coauthored with David Ritz, "It's A Long Story" is "the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson's life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus."

The book is the second autobiography written by Nelson, following his 1988 publication "Willie: An Autobiography." In October 2013, Little, Brown and Company announced the new book for 2015.

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

The success of Pancho & Lefty opened the doors for a number of successful follow-up projects including 1987's Seashores Of Old Mexico album, 2007's double album Last Of The Breed with Ray Price, the Merle Haggard-penned "A Horse Called Music" (the lead track on 2012's Heroes, Willie Nelson's first album for Legacy) and a show-stopping duet of Merle's classic "Okie From Muskogee" performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Django and Jimmie

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

About Willie Nelson

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

Nelson's album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:

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

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Jun 02, 2015 | 311 Celebrate 25th Anniversary With 81-Track Box Set

311 - ARCHIVE AVAILABLE JUNE 30th & US TOUR BEGINNING JULY 2nd

311 - ARCHIVE Features Wide Range of Rarities from 1992 - 2014

Including 61 Previously Unreleased Recordings & a 60-page Book

Jun 2, 2015

NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary alternative rock band 311 will celebrate its milestone 25th year with a career-spanning Volcano Entertainment/Legacy Recordings 4-CD box set  311 – ARCHIVE, available everywhere on June 30th, and supported by a 30-show US tour. Fans are now able to pre-order the 4-CD set, bundled with a limited-edition lithograph and/or collector's patch, from www.PledgeMusic.com/ThreeEleven. The set is also available for pre-order on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/311_archve_amzn).

Legendary alternative rock band 311 will celebrate its milestone 25th year with a career-spanning Volcano Entertainment/Legacy Recordings 4-CD box set

311 – ARCHIVE commemorates the multi-platinum band's silver anniversary with an unprecedented four-disc 81 track compilation of unreleased songs, b-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings, alternate versions & demos (see attached tracklisting). As if that weren't enough, 311 – ARCHIVE also features a 60-page book filled with rare photos, flyers, memorabilia, and artifacts from the bands personal collection.

"In preparing to make this Box Set, we took a trip through our own history and the history of our studio recordings from Music to Stereolithic," writes 311 in 311 – ARCHIVE's exclusive liner notes. "We felt that we didn't really need another 'Greatest Hits' compilation so we started searching for things we knew a true 311 fan would like to hear and see. While searching, it became clear that we were going to dive deep into the archives and uncover material that no one outside the band had ever laid eyes or ears on. It is our sincere hope that you will love this collection as much as we loved making it."  

Meanwhile, 311's US Summer Tour is set to get underway July 2nd at Scottsdale, AZ's Talking Stick Resort and continue through early August (see attached itinerary). Highlights include a special 4th of July weekend concert event at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Beach (July 3 and 4) where the band will play their triple-platinum "blue" album in its entirety.  In addition, 311 will make headline appearances at a number of upcoming spring festivals and radio events. For more details and complete ticket information, please visit www.311.com/shows.

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From their very first show in their native Omaha on June 10, 1990 (opening for Fugazi), 311 have been on an incredible, unstoppable journey, fueled by an instantly recognizable, genre-defying sound, non-stop touring, and a fiercely loyal fan base. The band's ingenious fusion of rock, reggae, hip-hop & funk – and tireless work ethic - saw them build an undeniable grassroots following.  Alternative radio and MTV soon followed.

1995's self-titled third album proved 311's breakthrough, earning RIAA 3x platinum certification while catapulting them to the forefront of alternative music. Since then, nine consecutive 311 studio releases – from 1997's Transistor to 2014's Stereolithic – have peaked within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, with total album sales now approaching nine million in the U.S. alone. 311 is of course also responsible for a rightly renowned streak of radio hits, with nine singles reaching the Top 10 on Billboard's "Alternative Songs" chart, including the #1 classics, "Down," "Love Song," and "Don't Tread On Me."

Now based in Los Angeles, 311 is widely regarded as one of alternative rock's most inventive, entertaining, and hard-traveling live acts, earning them an incredible community of passionate and faithful fans.  Founded in 2004, the band's annual "Unity Tour" is now a summer tradition.  And the band has branded legendary destination events with their "311 Day" and "311 Caribbean Cruise" experiences.

311 is: singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer/DJ S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut.

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311 – ARCHIVE  Tracklist
Release Date: June 30

CD 1:  B-SIDES & BONUS TRACKS:
1. Transistor Intro (Transistor - Hidden Track - 1997) 2. Let the Cards Fall (Enlarged To Show Detail Bonus CD EP - 1996) 3. Outside (National Lampoon's Senior Trip Original Soundtrack - 1995) 4. Gap (Enlarged To Show Detail Bonus CD EP - 1996) 5. Tribute (Enlarged To Show Detail Bonus CD EP - 1996)  6. Firewater Slo-Mo (Enlarged To Show Detail Bonus CD EP - 1996) 7. Blizza (Soundsystem– Japanese Release Bonus Track - 1999) 8. Dancehall (Enlarged To Show Detail 2 Bonus CD EP - 2001) 9. Bomb the Town (Enlarged To Show Detail 2 Bonus CD EP - 2001) 10. Will the World (Enlarged To Show Detail 2 Bonus CD EP - 2001) 11. We Do It Like This (Enlarged To Show Detail 2 Bonus CD EP - 2001) 12. Dreamland (Enlarged To Show Detail 2 Bonus CD EP - 2001) 13. What Do You Do (Evolver - Japanese Release Bonus Track - 2003) 14. Little Brother (Don't Tread on Me - Japanese Release Bonus Track - 2005) 15. I Like the Way (Uplifter - Deluxe Edition Bonus Track - 2009) 16. Get Down (Uplifter - Deluxe Edition Bonus Track - 2009) 17. How Long Has It Been (Uplifter – iTunes Exclusive Track - 2009) 18. Sun Come Through (Uplifter – Amazon Exclusive Track - 2009) 19. Vape'n Away (Stereolithic – 311 Day Edition - 2014)

CD 2:  UNRELEASED SONGS:
1. Summer of Love (Unreleased Version - 1994) 2. Juan Bond (311 Sessions - 1995) 3. Firewater - Normal Speed (311 Sessions - 1995) 4. Next (311 Sessions - 1995) 5. Grifter (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 6. Writer's Block Party (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 7. Earth People (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 8. The Quickening (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 9. Everything (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 10. Old Funk (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 11. Space Funk (Transistor Sessions - 1997) 12. Lemming (Transistor Sessions – 1997) 13. Cali Soca  (Soundsystem Sessions - 1999) 14. Seal the Deal (Soundsystem Sessions - 1999)  15. Who's Got the Herb (Unreleased Version - 2001) 16. Time is Precious (Evolver Sessions - 2003) 17. Into the Flames (Don't Tread On Me Sessions - 2005) 18. Stealing My Girl (Don't Tread On Me Sessions - 2005) 19. Week of Saturdays (Uplifter Sessions - 2009) 20. Simplify (Uplifter Sessions - 2009)

CD 3:  PRE-PRODUCTION VERSIONS & DEMOS
1. Welcome (Pre-Production Version – 1992) 2. Visit (Pre-Production Version – 1992) 3. Feels So Good (Pre-Production Version – 1992) 4. Paradise (Pre-Production Version – 1992) 5. Homebrew (Pre-Production Version – 1993) 6. Offbeat Bare-Ass (Pre-Production Version – 1993) 7. Six (Pre-Production Version – 1993) 8. Lose (Pre-Production Version – 1993) 9. Come Original (Pre-Production Version – 1999) 10. Freeze Time (Pre-Production Version – 1999) 11. Flowing (Pre-Production Version – 1999) 12. Livin n' Rockin (Pre-Production Version – 1999) 13. Full Ride (Pre-Production Version – 2001) 14. Champagne (Pre-Production Version – 2001) 15. Sick Tight (Pre-Production Version – 2001) 16. How Do You Feel (Pre-Production Version – 2004) 17. Down (Demo - 1995) 18. Let the Cards Fall (Demo - 1995) 19. Random (Demo - 1995) 20. The Continuous Life (Demo - 1997)

CD 4:  DEMOS:
1. Color (Demo - 1997) 2. Starshines (Demo - 1997) 3. Inner Light Spectrum (Demo - 1997) 4. Stealing Happy Hours (Demo - 1997)  5. Strong All Along (Early Title: Pass the Grass) (Demo w/Vocals - 1999) 6. Large in the Margin (Early Title: Forward) (Demo w/Vocals - 1999) 7. Mindspin (Demo - 1999) 8. Eons (Early Title: Stop Dat) (Demo - 1999) 9. Can't Fade Me (Early Title: Kill) (Demo w/Vocals - 1999) 10. Sick Tight (Demo - 2001) 11. From Chaos (Demo- 2001) 12. I Told Myself (Demo- 2001) 13. You Wouldn't Believe (Demo - 2001) 14. I'll Be Here Awhile (Demo w/Vocals - 2001) 15. Seems Uncertain (Demo w/Vocals - 2003) 16. Give Me A Call (Demo w/Vocals) 17. Speak Easy (Early Title: Romantic Odyssey) (Demo - 2005) 18. Sun Come Through (Early Title: Rockin aught8) (Demo - 2009) 19. Jackpot (Early Title: New Thingy) (Demo - 2009) 20. Rock On (Early Title: Rock On Circus) (Demo - 2011) 21. Ebb & Flow (Early Title: Go!) (Demo - 2014) 22. Paradise (Acoustic Version - 1992)

* * * * *

311 - UNITY TOUR 2015


JULY



2

Scottsdale, AZ                                       

Talking Stick Resort

3, 4

Las Vegas, NV                                       

Mandalay Bay Beach

6

Oklahoma City, OK                             

Diamond Ballroom

7

Kansas City, MO                                  

Crossroads

9

Detroit, MI                                             

Festival*

10

Cincinnati, OH                                      

The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino

11

Chicago, IL                                            

Aragon Ballroom

12

Milwaukee, WI                                    

Riverside Theatre

14

Columbus, OH                                      

LC Pavilion

15

Cleveland, OH                                      

Hard Rock Live Northfield Park

17

Long Island, NY                                   

Great South Bay Music Festival*

18

Asbury Park, NJ                                    

Stone Pony Summerstage

19

Atlantic City, NJ                                   

Borgata Festival Park

20

Hampton Beach, NH                            

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

22

Richmond, VA                                     

Innsbrook After Hours

23

Virginia Beach, VA                              

Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach Amphitheatre

24

Charlotte, NC                                        

Uptown Amphitheatre

25

Jacksonville, FL                                  

Connection Festival*

26

Orlando, FL                                           

Hard Rock Live

28

Birmingham, AL                                  

Iron City

30

Lake Charles, LA                                  

L'auberge Casino Pool

31

Houston, TX                                          

Bayou Music Center




AUGUST



1

Dallas, TX                                              

Southside Ballroom

2

Austin, TX                                             

ACL Live at The Moody Theater

4

Omaha, NE                                             

Sokol Auditorium




SEPTEMBER



19

DelMar, CA                                           

Kaaboo Festival*




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May 28, 2015 | Masterworks Broadway Releases The Original Broadway Cast Recording Of An American In Paris

Album Available June 2

Music and Lyrics by GEORGE GERSHWIN AND IRA GERSHWIN

Book by CRAIG LUCAS

Directed and Choreographed by CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

On Broadway at The Palace Theatre

Nominated for Twelve 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical

"This rhapsodic production is a triumph that pays loving tribute to the marriage of music and movement." - The New York Times

May 28, 2015

NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MASTERWORKS BROADWAY releases the Original Broadway Cast Recording of An American in Paris. Produced by Rob Fisher and Scott Lehrer, the album will be available everywhere on June 2, 2015. 

The score of An American In Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."

An American In Paris is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American In Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway for the first time with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas.

An American In Paris is the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

The cast of An American In Paris includes Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max von Essen as Henri Baurel. 

The cast also includes Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Attila Joey Csiki,  Michael Cusumano, Taeler Cyrus, Ashlee Dupre, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.

The creative team is comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), 59 Productions (projections) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, musical supervision by Todd Ellison, and additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott. The Associate Director is Jacquelin Barrett and the Associate Choreographer is Dontee Kiehn.  Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman.  

The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Darren Bagert, Carole L. Haber, James Nederlander, Five Cent Productions, Michael Leavitt, Apples and Oranges Studios/Dominion Pictures, Roger Berlind/Arch Road, Simone Genatt Haft/Marc Routh, Triptyk Studios/Spencer Ross, Ed Walson/Peter May, Adam Zotovich/Celia Atkin, Eugene Beard/Julie Boardman/Kallish-Weinstein, Stuart Ditsky/Jim Herbert/Sandy Robertson, Suzanne Friedman/Independent Presenters Network/Wonderful Productions, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust/Jenkins-Taylor/Proctors, Harriet Newman Leve/Jane Dubin/Sarahbeth Grossman, Caiola Productions/Jennifer Isaacson/Raise the Curtain, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Theatre du Chatelet. 

Leanne Cope is appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Broadway tickets are on sale now through www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 877-250-2929. Group tickets for Broadway are on sale now through the Group Sales Box Office at http://www.broadway.com/group-sales-box-office/ or by phone at 800-223-7565 or 212-398-8383.

Masterworks Broadway is a label of Sony Music Masterworks.  For email updates and information on Masterworks Broadway please visit www.masterworksbroadway.com.  For more information on the musical, please visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com

Tracklisting:





1

Concerto in F 

10

Entr'acte

2

I Got Rhythm 

11

Fidgety Feet

3

Second Prelude 

12

Who Cares? / For You, For Me, For Evermore

4

I've Got Beginner's Luck 

13

But Not for Me

5

The Man I Love 

14

I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise

6

Liza  

15

An American in Paris

7

'S Wonderful  

16

They Can't Take That Away from Me

8

Shall We Dance? 

17

Epilogue

9

Second Rhapsody / Cuban Overture 








An American in Paris Musical 


Masterworks Broadway


Twitter:@AmericanInParis 


Facebook: Facebook.com/MasterworksBroadway


Facebook: /AmericanInParisBway 


Twitter: @SonyBroadway


Instagram: @americaninparis 


Instagram: https://instagram.com/sonybroadway


Vine: @americaninparis 


Pinterest: pinterest.com/sonybroadway


YouTube: /AmericanInParisBway 




Pinterest: /AmericanInParis 



 

For more information, please contact:

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY
Angela Barkan / [email protected] / 212.833.8575
Larissa Slezak / [email protected] / 212.833.6075
Beth Krakower / Krakower Poling PR / [email protected]

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Chris Boneau / Susanne Tighe / Melissa Cohen

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May 21, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Announces Release of The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983), A Definitive 23-Disc Collection Chronicling the Evolution and Enduring Genius of America's Preeminent R&B/Rock/Pop/Funk Ensemble

Essential Isley Brothers Library Includes 84 Rare & Unreleased Bonus Tracks Plus First-Ever Complete Issue of Live-In-The-Studio Album Recorded in 1980

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) Box Set Available Friday, August 21

May 21, 2015

NEW YORK, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983), a monumental 23-disc box set, on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/Isley_TNeckBox_Amzn

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983), a monumental 23-disc box set, to be released on Friday, August 21, 2015

An essential library collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950's doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world's preeminent R&B rock 'n' soul powerhouse party band. As evidenced in this quarter century of recordings, The Isley Brothers absorbed the music and culture surrounding them to continually create contemporary sounds spanning the decades.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) showcases tracks written (excepting "covers"), arranged, performed and produced by The Isley Brothers.  This definitive new Isley Brothers anthology was compiled and produced by Grammy Award®-winner Leo Sacks, co-produced by Jeffrey James and Jeremy Holiday, and mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award®-winner Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) features  newly remastered versions of The Isley Brothers' 21 albums released for both labels, nearly all of which are expanded with rare mixes and tracks making their CD and digital debuts.  The new collection includes 84 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks.

This set also includes, released here for the first time in its entirety, the "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album": Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980.  First conceived as a "live" double album (with overdubbed crowd noise), this newly restored performance offers an immersive look at a crucial chapter in The Isley Brothers' history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys.

By the 1990s, The Isley Brothers' dominant influence over hip-hop music and culture could be felt at every turn. "Footsteps In The Dark" from 1977's Go For Your Guns was sampled in Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," while The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa" interpolated the title track of 1983's Between The Sheets. The Isleys' flashy fashion sense directly inspired the "bling" aesthetic embraced by rappers everywhere. R. Kelly proclaimed the group his biggest influence, collaborating with them on his Top 5 hit "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)" in 1995 (featuring Ronald Isley in a career-redefining role as Mr. Biggs in the accompanying video). Kelly's writing and production for the group continued through the 1990s and 2000s, peaking with Body Kiss which hit No. 1 the Billboard 200 in 2003, a full 44 years since their first hit with "Shout."

The Isley Brothers' classic works continue to reach new fans through consistent radio airplay, film and television licenses and samples: in 2015, Kendrick Lamar won two Grammy Awards® for the track "I," built upon the groove of "That Lady" (from 1973's 3+3), while singer/rapper Frank Ocean covered "At Your Best (You Are Love)" from Harvest For The World (previously covered by Aaliyah in 1994, who made it a Top 10 hit).

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) offers new music fans an opportunity to revisit the seminal R&B sounds that continue to reverberate through contemporary soul, rock, hip-hop and pop records.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers--O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and a fourth brother, Vernon Isley (who died a couple of years after their first incarnation)--began performing as a gospel-based vocal group in 1954.  Moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, The Isley Brothers scored some modest regional chart successes before their fourth single (and first for RCA Victor), "Shout"--written by O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald--catapulted them into the pantheon of pop immortality in 1959.  One of the most immediately identifiable and infectious party anthems ever written or recorded, The Isley Brothers "Shout"--with its irresistible call-and-response structure--combined gospel heat and doo-wop soul with a high-powered rock 'n' roll energy.  The much-covered "Shout" was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 1999 and placed No. 118 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Isleys followed up "Shout" with a variety of tracks (including their Top 20 single, "Twist & Shout," a song later famously covered by The Beatles).

Perhaps the most musically adventurous vocal ensemble in American pop history, The Isley Brothers were adding rock, funk, R&B, soul and ballad elements into the gospel and doo-wop music at the foundation of their sound.

In the 1960s, while The Isley Brothers bounced between various labels (including Atlantic, United Artists and Motown), they briefly employed a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix (aka Jimmy James) as their lead guitarist, buying him a white Fender Stratocaster guitar and moving him into the Isley home.   Though Jimi's stint with the Isley Brothers was brief, his musical sensibilities remained in the group, with younger brother Ernie Isley carrying the fiery experimental rock 'n' soul guitar sound they shared into the Isley Brothers future.

Tired of labels that didn't fully understand or support their R&B/rock fusion musical vision, The Isley Brothers launched their independent T-Neck imprint with distribution through Buddah Records. At T-Neck, the Isleys finally enjoyed the freedom to make music the way they wanted, recording and producing their own material as well as assisting in the distribution and promotion process. The T-Neck label's lead single, the irresistible Grammy Award®-winning funk hit "It's Your Thing," instantly established the band and label as a commercial powerhouse, its lyric a mantra for the trail The Isley Brothers would blaze in the next decade.

The Isleys' ever-expanding musical repertoire in the 1970s included funky covers of pop/rock favorites ("Love The One You're With," "Lay, Lady, Lay") that helped spread these songs through urban markets. The group would hit a new peak with the album 3+3 and single "That Lady" in 1973.

They added younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar) and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) into the mix, turning The Isley Brothers vocal trio into a self-contained pop/rock/R&B/funk ensemble, writing, producing, performing, arranging, distributing their own works on T-Neck Records throughout the 1970s into the early 1980s.

With Ernie, Chris and Marvin leading the way creatively, the group pushed the barriers of soul music, bringing funk and laid-back quiet storm into the mainstream and earning the band three gold and seven platinum or multi-platinum albums--including 3+3 (1973), the #1 chart-topping The Heat Is On (1975) and 1983's Between The Sheets--and 14 Top 10 R&B albums (seven of which hit No. 1). In the world of R&B, only Parliament-Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire have achieved success rivaling the Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers have had 19 Top 10 singles (7 of those at #1) in the US Billboard R&B chart, with 16 Isley albums hitting the Top 40.  13 of their albums have achieved RIAA gold, platinum or multi-platinum status.  The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.  They got their star on the Hollywood Rockwalk in 1997 and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Isley Brothers, through an unprecedented seven decades, have remained one of the most consistently successful groups of all time. The Isleys were present at the birth of rock and roll, their biggest hits have influenced R&B, rock and roll and funk music from the 1950s onward while their deep grooves helped form the rhythmic backbone of hip-hop, a sound the Isleys would embrace in the 1990s and 2000s.

Still active as a duo of Ronald and Ernie Isley, The Isley Brothers earned a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) brings all of their works for the Sony Music family into one impressive package.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) (* includes bonus tracks)

Shout! (RCA Victor, 1959)*

Harvest For The World (T-Neck, 1976)*

It's Our Thing (T-Neck, 1969)*

Go For Your Guns (T-Neck, 1977)*

The Brothers: Isley (T-Neck, 1969)*

Showdown (T-Neck, 1978)*

The Isley Brothers Live At Yankee Stadium (T-Neck, 1969)

Winner Takes All (T-Neck, 1979—2 CDs)*

Get Into Something (T-Neck, 1970)*

Go All The Way (T-Neck, 1980)*

In The Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (T-Neck, recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*

Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*

Givin' It Back (T-Neck, 1971)*

Grand Slam (T-Neck, 1981)*

Brother, Brother, Brother (T-Neck, 1972)*

Inside You (T-Neck, 1981)*

The Isleys Live (T-Neck, 1973)

The Real Deal (T-Neck, 1982)*

3+3 (T-Neck, 1973)*

Between The Sheets (T-Neck, 1983)*

Live It Up (T-Neck, 1974)*


The Heat Is On (T-Neck, 1975)*


 

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Mar 10, 2015 | Entertainment Icon Snoop Dogg Releases First Single "Peaches N Cream" From Upcoming New Album BUSH Produced By Pharrell Williams

iHeartRadio PLAYING "PEACHES N CREAM" EVERY HOUR ON ALL URBAN, RHYTHM & URBAN AC RADIO STATIONS FROM 9:00 AM TO 11:59 PM TODAY

BUSH AVAILABLE MAY 12TH ON COLUMBIA RECORDS; PRE-ORDER NOW AND GET "PEACHES N CREAM" INSTANTLY

Mar 10, 2015

NEW YORK, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, recording artist and entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg, released his first single "Peaches N Cream" from his upcoming album BUSH. Produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring Charlie Wilson, Snoop gives fans an instantly danceable, grooving, feel good track. Premiering on iHeartRadio, "Peaches N Cream" will sweeten the airwaves with plays every hour on the hour from 9:00 am to 11:59 pm on all urban, rhythm, and urban ac stations on iHeartRadio. 

Entertainment Icon Snoop Dogg Releases First Single

Also accompanying the single is the eye-popping lyric video, directed by Wolf & Crow, available for viewing now. A cut above the average lyric video, fans are treated to an animated romp through colorful smoke plumes and neon clouds, Egyptian pyramids, colored sand deserts and topiaries galore.

Snoop Dogg's much-anticipated new album, BUSH, will be available via Columbia Records on May 12th and is his first album for the label. BUSH, is available for pre-order now and fans who pre-order the album get "Peaches N Cream" instantly. The album is entirely produced by Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams, and is a creative partnership between Doggy Style Records, i am OTHER and Columbia Records.

Stream "Peaches N Cream" here: http://smarturl.it/PeachesStream
Pre-order BUSH here: http://smarturl.it/BUSHAlbum
Watch "Peaches N Cream" lyric video here: http://smarturl.it/PeachesLyric

The historic pairing between longtime friends Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams came after multiple successful collaborations in the studio, which started over a decade ago. As noted by Snoop Dogg, the duo made a pact with each other to restore the 'missing' vibe in today's music by creating songs dedicated to a "better present and an ideal future."  

Channeling retro-futuristic funk topped with a feel-good mix of R&B and pop, BUSH blossoms with "a funkadelic glow," says Snoop Dogg, "totally different than anything either of us has ever done."  Anchored by Pharrell's effervescent production and Snoop's smooth vocals and delivery, the album features a number of surprise collaborations. In a recent interview with Power106 in Los Angeles, Pharrell Williams proclaimed, "Snoop's album is better than mine."

Snoop Dogg has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, reigning for more than two decades as one of the most recognizable giants in music.  Snoop's successful incarnations within music, film & TV, his Snoop Youth Football League, fashion, brands and technology continues to set him apart as the consummate cultural icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His collaboration with friend and fellow-innovator Pharrell Williams and his forthcoming Columbia Records debut BUSH, is the latest offering from one of music's most prolific and revered trendsetter.

Immerse yourself in the world of BUSH with Snoop Dogg and follow BUSH on multiple platforms including:
http://facebook.com/followthebush/http://facebook.com/snoopdogg
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Mar 10, 2015 | AC/DC Unveil Video For "Rock The Blues Away," From Their New Album 'Rock Or Bust'

AC/DC Headline Coachella Followed By World Tour Kicking Off May 5

Mar 10, 2015

NEW YORK, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AC/DC premiere the video for "Rock The Blues Away," the third video from their latest studio album 'Rock Or Bust,' click here to check it out. The video was shot in Los Angeles in February immediately after the band delivered an explosive performance opening this year's Grammy Awards.  The clip was directed by the band's longtime collaborator David Mallet and features an enthusiastic crowd of real fans who came from all over the world just to be part of this historic taping. 

AC/DC have been announced as headliners at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10th and 17th.  The band will then kick off their highly anticipated Rock Or Bust World Tour on May 5th in Holland.  The already announced dates for the tour run through September 28th in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. 

'Rock or Bust' was released on December 2nd and immediately topped sales charts around the globe.  The album has thus far sold nearly 2.8 million copies worldwide. 

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Feb 11, 2015 | Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night Album Becomes Worldwide Hit

HIGH-RANKING GLOBAL CHART POSITIONS MATCH ALBUM'S CRICITCAL ACCLAIM

Feb 11, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Dylan's new album, Shadows In The Night, has debuted in the Top Ten in 13 countries spanning the globe, including #1 chart entries in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland, #2 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, #3 in Austria, Japan and Spain, #6 in Germany and Belgium, #8 in Finland and #10 in Canada.  The album has also debuted at #7 in the United States, making it the artist's 17th studio album to debut in the Top 10 in this country. 

Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night Album Becomes Worldwide Hit

Showcasing the artist's singular interpretive artistry on ten classic American songs, Shadows In The Night is the 36th studio album from Dylan and the first since the release of his worldwide hit Tempest in 2012.  Produced by Jack Frost, Dylan's unique approach to recording the songs included refining complicated arrangements for 30-piece orchestras down to those uniquely tailored for his five-piece band.

The high worldwide chart entries of Shadows In The Night comes on the heels of Dylan's honor as Musicares Person Of The Year at a sold-out ceremony in Los Angeles on February 6.  The event raised more than $7 million for Musicares, the most in the 25-year history of the event.  Following performances of Bob Dylan songs by a who's who of contemporary musicians – including Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Norah Jones, Jack White, Willie Nelson, Beck, Bonnie Raitt and many others – Dylan held the audience rapt with a wide-ranging, nearly 40-minute speech that has now been excerpted in countless media outlets around the world.  The complete transcript of Dylan's speech, taken directly from the artist's handwritten notes, has been reproduced in its entirety in the New York Times and can be found here:  http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/arts/Bob-Dylan-Speech-Transcription-20150207.pdf

Critical response to Shadows In The Night has been rapturous, with rave reviews coming in from around the globe:

  • David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone, "The great shock here is Dylan's singing. Dylan's focus and his diction evoke his late-Sixties poise and clarity with an eccentric rhythmic patience in the way he holds words and notes across the faint suggestions of tempo. It is not crooning. It is suspense."
  • The Los Angeles Times's Randall Roberts summed up his thoughts in his review, writing, "Ten songs, 34 minutes, a soaring lifetime's worth of emotion conveyed with the fearlessness of a cliff diver spinning flips and risking belly flops in the open air — that's Dylan and his band on the graceful, often breathtaking Shadows.…Profound, thematically devastating and so well curated as to feel essential."
  • USA Today's Elysa Gardner opined, "To have a songwriter of Dylan's stature champion interpretive singing is cause for celebration. The genuine care and knowing he brings to a different American pop tradition, to the music and lyrics – it's something wonderful."
  • In his 5-star review of the album, The Guardian's Alex Petridis wrote, "It may be the most straightforwardly enjoyable album Dylan's made since Time Out of Mind. He's an unlikely candidate to join the serried ranks of rock stars tackling standards: appropriately enough, given that Frank Sinatra sang all these songs before him, he does it his way, and to dazzling effect."
  • In another 5-star review, Mojo's Michael Simmons wrote, "While countless other contemporaries have recorded Great American Songbook collections, Shadows In The Night -- Dylan's flat-out brilliant contribution to the concept – is not, by any definition, a recreation of the past. His singing on Shadows is his best vocalizing in years – in-studio or out. He glides with the melodies and relaxes into them, enjoying the ride that these gems provide….Much will be made of the autumnal theme: from the age of the material to songs that address mortality. But this extraordinary record is more refreshing burst than last gasp and its timelessness speaks more to life than death."

Concurrent with the release of Shadows In The Night is a 9,000-word interview with Dylan in AARP The Magazine.  Conducted by the publication's Editor-In Chief Robert Love, the interview is one of the most extensive of Dylan's career and covers a broad array of topics, including Frank Sinatra's enduring influence, Irving Berlin, recording of the new album, whether young people find songs from the '40s and '50s to be 'corny,' corporate influence in the U.S., his period of self-seclusion in the mid-1960s and growing up without television, to name only several.  The interview can be found in its entirety on AARP's website (http://aarp.org/dylan).

Bob Dylan's five previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while "Love and Theft" continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.

Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist's most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist's first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.  Tempest received unanimous worldwide critical acclaim upon release and reached the Top 5 in 14 countries, while the artist's globe-spanning concert tours of the past few years have heavily emphasized that album's singular repertoire.

These five releases fell within a 15-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, "Things Have Changed," from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist's royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.

In recent years, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." He was also the recipient of the Officier de la Legion d'honneur in 2013, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000, Doctorates from the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University, as well as numerous other honors. 

Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world.

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Shadows In The Night

The Critics Have Listened

* * * * (out of 5)
"Quietly provocative and compelling….suggests the chapel-like quiet of a last-chance saloon. The great shock here is Dylan's singing.  Dylan's focus and his diction evoke his late-Sixties poise and clarity with an eccentric rhythmic patience in the way he holds words and notes across the faint suggestions of tempo.  It is not crooning.  It is suspense."Rolling StoneDavid Fricke

* * * * (out of 4)
"For those who care about interpretive singing, Shadows In the Night is cause for celebration — and as vital an album as you're likely to hear this year….[The album] will be a revelation to anyone whose judgment has been shaped by young pop stars and TV talent-show contestants who try to substitute vocal gymnastics and bombast for feeling." USA TodayElysa Gardner

* * * * * (out of 5)
"While countless other contemporaries have recorded Great American Songbook collections, Shadows In The Night -- Dylan's flat-out brilliant contribution to the concept – is not, by any definition, a recreation of the past. His singing on Shadows is his best vocalizing in years – in-studio or out.  He glides with the melodies and relaxes into them, enjoying the ride that these gems provide….Much will be made of the autumnal theme: from the age of the material to songs that address mortality. But this extraordinary record is more refreshing burst than last gasp and its timelessness speaks more to life than death." MojoMichael Simmons

"Ten songs, 34 minutes, a soaring lifetime's worth of emotion conveyed with the fearlessness of a cliff diver spinning flips and risking belly flops in the open air — that's Dylan and his band on the graceful, often breathtaking Shadows.…Profound, thematically devastating and so well curated as to feel essential…..Shadows in the Night is an album that's best appreciated when heard with intention, while sitting still, with volume and focus. It's Dylan upending expectations once again, another left turn in a career filled with them, sharing his wisdom and defining himself through the lines of others." Los Angeles TimesRandall Roberts

* * * * * (out of 5)
"It may be the most straightforwardly enjoyable album Dylan's made since Time Out of Mind. He's an unlikely candidate to join the serried ranks of rock stars tackling standards: appropriately enough, given that Frank Sinatra sang all these songs before him, he does it his way, and to dazzling effect." Alex PetridisThe Guardian

* * * * * (out of 5)
"Shadows In The Night is quite gorgeous, the sound of an old man picking over memories, lost loves, regrets, triumphs and fading hopes amid an ambient tumble of haunting electric instrumentation. It is spooky, bittersweet, mesmerisingly moving and showcases the best singing from Dylan in 25 years….[An] extraordinary record. The Telegraph Neil McCormick

"The sound of Shadows In The Night is clear as water.  Not only can you hear every word, every note, that Dylan sings, but you can hear him draw breath before beginning to sing, and sighing out the end of a line.  The instrumentals – even the infrequent horns, and soft, subtle drums – don't ever drown him out.  You're as close as the microphone, making this record feel as intensely personal as, perhaps, it is to its maker.  Dylan sings these songs intimately, sometimes conversationally, with emotion and humor….Shadows In The Night is an early valentine to us all.  It's music to dance to in someone's arms, slowly, with half-forgotten steps in the formal patterns of long ago.  It's a record to remember to, to dream to, and -- most of all -- to feel to." No Depression Anne Margaret Daniel

"A tour-de-force of restrained genius….This is indisputably the singer's most memorable vocal performance in years: irreducibly "Dylan", yet freighted with an unexpected beauty that powerfully reinforces these tales of love, loss and sorrow - and refracted through some of the most tantalising melodies ever committed to manuscript."GQ.com UK Bill Prince

"[A] stunning new album….Dylan turns the tired standards into introspective, wise musical poems, just as Sinatra did."Boston HeraldJed Gottlieb

"A gem…., once you get past the initial shock of hearing Dylan crooning classics, the biggest surprise is how successfully he pulls it off. How deftly he avoids what could easily have been a ridiculous train wreck. And how he manages to pay respect to timeless songs and an immortal artist — while still doing things his way." Toronto SunDarryl Sterdan

"The performances are almost painfully heartfelt and direct…. Dylan exposes a raw emotional vulnerability that jumps out at the listener…. The music is actually enhanced by Dylan's willingness to move outside his comfort zone. Isn't that what we want from our boldest creative spirits?" Daily BeastTed Gioia

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Feb 11, 2015 | AC/DC Announce North American Rock Or Bust World Tour Dates

Feb 11, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/-- North American dates for AC/DC's Rock or Bust World Tour were announced today.  The North American dates kick off on August 22nd in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium and run through September 28th in Los Angeles, CA at Dodger Stadium (see below for full list of dates and on-sale information). Tickets available via Ticketmaster. Previously announced European dates on the Rock or Bust World Tour begin May 5th in Holland and run through late July.

The North American Tour date announcement comes days after AC/DC delivered an explosive performance of their current single "Rock or Bust" and their classic "Highway To Hell" which kicked off the 57th annual Grammy Awards.  This marked the Grammy winning band's first time performing on U.S. television in over 14 years.  AC/DC are also confirmed to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10th and 17th. Chris Slade will be on drums for the upcoming Rock or Bust World Tour.

AC/DC's latest album 'Rock or Bust' was released on December 2nd and immediately topped sales charts around the globe.  The album's first 2 singles  "Play Ball" and "Rock or Bust" were added to rock radio and featured in ad campaigns for major brands like Major League Baseball and Beats headphones. 

AC/DC last toured the world from 2008-2010 with the Black Ice World Tour, which had the band playing to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries.  The Black Ice World Tour earned AC/DC a Pollstar Award for Major Tour of the Year in 2010.

AC/DC North American Tour dates:

Date        

City              

Venue                     

On sale date

August 22    

Foxborough, MA      

Gillette Stadium         

February 16

August 26       

E. Rutherford, NJ   

MetLife Stadium         

February 16

August 28       

Quebec City, ON  

Plains Of Abraham    

February 16

August 31        

Montreal, QC        

Olympic Stadium       

February 16

September 3     

Ottawa, ON          

TD Place                  

February 16

September 5      

Moncton, NB        

Magnetic Hill               

February 16

September 8       

Detroit, MI          

Ford Field                  

February 16

September 10      

Toronto, ON       

Downsview Park         

February 16

September 15       

Chicago, IL        

Wrigley Field                

February 16

September 20      

Edmonton, AL      

Commonwealth Stadium   

February 16

September 22      

Vancouver, BC      

BC Place                    

February 16

September 25       

San Francisco, CA  

AT&T Park                     

February 15

September 28      

Los Angeles, CA     

Dodger Stadium              

February 16

 

 

 

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Dec 09, 2014 | A Great Big World's "Say Something" With Christina Aguilera Receives Nomination For "Best Pop Duo Group Performance" Grammy Award

CAPS OFF NEW YORK DUO'S PHENOMENAL JOURNEY

Dec 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Great Big World's quadruple-platinum smash with Christina Aguilera, "Say Something," scores a 2015 Grammy Award nomination in the category of "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance."

This is the New York pair's very first Grammy nod and yet another Great Big achievement for them. The Grammy ceremony will be broadcast live from Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

"We wrote this song when we felt the most alone, and now it has connected to millions of people all around the world," said A Great Big World. "To be recognized by our peers with this Grammy nomination is incredibly humbling and will forever remind us of how lucky we are to be doing what we love."

It's been only a year since A Great Big WorldIan Axel and Chad Vaccarino—embarked on their remarkable ride to worldwide renowned success. Released in October 2013, "Say Something" was quickly embraced by audiences, critics, and peers due to the duo's timeless approach to pop music. Their breakout success can be attributed to impeccable songwriting, emotional performances, immense talent, and an unwavering work ethic. To date the song has sold over 6 million copies worldwide, and has been streamed on YouTube over 150 million times.

Stirring and striking performances followed on The Voice, American Music Awards, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Live! with Michael & Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The Logo Awards, Last Week with John Oliver, and more. Tastemakers lauded them as they became an MTV Artist To Watch and VH1 You Oughtta Know Artist. In January 2014 the band hit the road to sold out shows across the globe. Most recently, they also contributed a captivating take on "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to the Epic Records Holiday compilation I'll Be Home For Christmas.

Epic Records extends its sincere congratulations to A Great Big World for their first Grammy Award nomination.

Album available now at their official siteAmazoniTunes, or a signed copy at Target.com now!

A Great Big World:
www.agreatbigworld.com/ 
www.facebook.com/agreatbigworld 
www.twitter.com/agreatbigworld 
www.youtube.com/agreatbigworld

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Dec 08, 2014 | The Last Internationale Guitarist Edgey Pires To Be Honored At 2014 PORTUGUESE-BRAZILIAN AWARDS

CEREMONY SET FOR DECEMBER 10 AT UNITED NATIONS HEAD OFFICE IN NEW YORK

Dec 8, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of his artistic contributions and political activism, Guitarist Edgey Pires of The Last Internationale will be honored at the 2014 PORTUGUESE-BRAZILIAN AWARDS. The artist receives this esteemed honor amongst a total of 20 Portuguese and Brazilian actors, cultural influencers, journalists, and other trailblazers. The gala ceremony takes place at the United Nations head office in New York City on December 10, 2014.

Edgey graduated from college with a degree in Political Science and went on to write two books, Fighting for Freedom: Because A Better World is Possible (Planting Seeds Press) and Negative Dialectics: How to Accurately Interpret the World (unpublished). This marks a significant milestone for both Edgey and the critically acclaimed New York band.

"The UN is where Che Guevara delivered an incendiary speech against US imperialism. It is where Hugo Chaves, decades later, gave a similar speech in which he condemned 'the devil', George W. Bush, who had spoken from the same podium the day before. It is where KRS ONE went to get Hip Hop officially recognized as an international culture. It is where the Security Council vote on which poor, innocent people in remote parts of the world will get bombs dropped on their heads. It is outside of this building that I have held many banners and shouted for human rights and seen many of my fellow Comrades get tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, beat and dragged off by police," said Edgey. "So when I found out that I was being given the Luso-Brazilian Award at the UN for my artistic achievements and social activism, I was as much shocked as I was honored to be included on the right side of this contentious history. Since the event falls on Human Rights Day, I will also be standing outside (once again) demanding that we get some human rights right here at home. I urge everyone from around the world to head out into the streets and fight for a different world."

During the evening, the PORTUGUESE-BRAZILIAN AWARDS bestows a statue and a diploma upon all honorees. The event aims to bolster and encourage Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the U.S. through recognizing the culture's luminaries and their respective contributions.

This news concludes a monumental year for The Last Internationale. They recently unveiled their star-studded music video for "A Wanted Man" and performed a powerful "Call For Action" show regarding Prop 47 in South Los Angeles. They are now gearing up to launch a campaign around the rising Student Debt Crisis. The band is passionate about this issue and is planning a more formal announcement early next year. 

The Last Internationale first emerged in 2013 with their independent EP, New York, 'I Do Mind Dying. Legendary Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello made an introduction between Delila Paz and Edgy Pires and his longtime bandmate Brad Wilk. The drummer ended up joining the group, and they unleashed We Will Reign this past summer. They've performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and recently supported Robert Plant on tour.

For more information on The Last Internationale, please visit:
http://www.thelastinternationale.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TheLastInternationale
http://twitter.com/TLIMusic

SOURCE Epic Records

Nov 19, 2014 | Epic Records Partners With HP For Breakout Pop Star Meghan Trainor's New "Lips Are Movin" Video And HP's #BendTheRules Campaign

HP AND TRAINOR "BEND THE RULES" BY MAKING THE FIRST MUSIC VIDEO CREATED BY AND FEATURING SOCIAL INFLUENCERS

HP TO HOST EXCLUSIVE 24-HOUR PREMIERE OF VIDEO, STARRING TRAINOR , ON ITS YOUTUBE CHANNEL STARTING TODAY

Nov 19, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Records breakout pop star Meghan Trainor has partnered up with global technology company HP for its #BendTheRules campaign, which includes the creation of a music video for Trainor's brand-new single "Lips Are Movin'" that premieres today on HP's YouTube channel. Watch here http://hp.nu/EwSpR or visit youtube.com/HPcomputers. Trainor and "Lips Are Movin'" will also be featured in the global holiday campaign for the HP Pavilion x360 convertible PC.

Epic Records Partners With HP for Breakout Pop Star Meghan Trainor's New

Trainor and HP are "bending the rules" by releasing the first-ever music video created by social "influencers" — the most influential Viners, Instagrammers, and YouTube stars from around the world whose combined audience reaches nearly 30 million. HP worked with these influencers to become  the video's actors, choreographers, dancers, set designer, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and behind-the-scenes photographer. They include American set designer Bri Emery, American actors Marcus Johns, Cody Johns, and Robby Ayala, French dancers Les Twins, Spanish stylist Sara Escudero, American hair stylist Kristin Ess, Japanese nail artist Mei Kawajiri, and the world's most famous pomeranian Barkley the Pom, to name a few. Each leveraged the versatility of the HP Pavilion x360 to collaborate on the creative production process.

Trainor is no stranger to working with social media stars, having featured dancer and Viner Sione Maraschino in her video for her multi-week No. 1 single "All About That Bass," which has racked up nearly 250 million views on VEVO.

"Lips Are Movin" follows on the heels of Trainor's multi-platinum debut "All About That Bass," which captured the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for a record-breaking eight consecutive weeks. The positive body-image anthem also spent three weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 radio, eight weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Shazam chart, and reached No. 1 globally on Spotify. "All About That Bass" climbed to No. 1 in Australia, Canada, the UK, and Germany and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart in 58 countries, making Trainor a global pop-phenomenon. It has been certified 4x-platinum in the U.S. with more than 5.5 million sold worldwide.  

Meanwhile, Trainor's hotly anticipated full-length debut Title [Epic Records] (pre-order) hits shelves on January 13th just prior to the launch of her just-announced "THAT BASS" North American headlining tour. See all of Trainor's upcoming tour dates below.

A 2014 American Music Award nominee for "New Artist of the Year," Trainor will present an award on the show, which airs live on ABC on November 23rd. Fans can vote at AMAvote.com through the first hour of the broadcast.  Trainor was also nominated for an MTV EMA award and is up for two People's Choice awards and LOGO a New Next Now award.  She recently performed "All About That Bass" with Miranda Lambert at the CMAs and will also perform on Nickelodeon's HALO Awards on Nov. 30.

Title iTunes pre-order: http://smarturl.it/MTitle

Title Amazon pre-order: http://smarturl.it/TTLE

"All About That Bass" video: http://smarturl.it/AATBvideo

For press photos and other publicity assets, please visit: www.epicpublicity.com

For more info on Meghan Trainor, please visit:

www.meghan-trainor.com

www.facebook.com/meghantrainorsongs

www.twitter.com/meghan_trainor

www.instagram.com/meghan_trainor

For more information on the HP Pavilion x360, please visit: www.hp.com/x360

 

TOUR DATES:

Clear Channel Jingle Ball Dates

11/30   Grand Prairie, TX         

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/05   Los Angeles, CA          

KIIS Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/08   Minneapolis, MN           

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/10   Philadelphia, PA            

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/12   New York, NY                

Z100 Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/14   Boston, MA                

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/15   Washington, DC          

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/18   Chicago, IL                 

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/21   Ft. Lauderdale, FL         

Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/22   Tampa, FL                     

Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

 

THAT BASS TOUR Dates

2/11     Vancouver, BC           

Vogue Theatre

2/13     Portland, OR               

Wonder Ballroom

2/14     Seattle, WA                 

Neptune Theatre

2/16     San Francisco, CA        

The Fillmore

2/18     San Diego, CA               

House of Blues

2/21     Los Angeles, CA             

 El Rey

2/25     Houston, TX          

 House of Blues

2/27     Dallas, TX              

 Granada Theater

3/01     Louisville, KY          

 Mercury Ballroom

3/02     Detroit, MI               

 St. Andrew's Hall

3/04     Chicago, IL               

 House of Blues

3/06     Toronto, ON, CA        

 The Phoenix

3/08     Washington DC          

 The Fillmore Silver Spring

3/11     Philadelphia, PA          

 Theatre of Living Arts

3/13     New York, NY             

 Irving Plaza

3/17     Boston, MA                  

 Paradise Rock Club

3/20     Nashville, TN                 

 The Cannery

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Nov 14, 2014 | Nicole Scherzinger Unveils "Run" Music Video On VEVO Today

NEW ALBUM BIG FAT LIE SET FOR 2015 RELEASE

Nov 14, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  Nicole Scherzinger premieres the music video for her new solo single "Run" on VEVO today. You can watch it here. Available on iTunes and all digital outlets now, "Run" lays the foundation for the release of Big Fat Lie, her 2015 full-length debut for Epic Records.

This visual reflects the stark and sheer power of Nicole's voice with an understated, yet captivating presentation. The global pop icon delivers a stirring performance alone in an elegant and ornate mansion. As the piano chords and strings resound, she bares her soul vocally. It's yet another previously unseen vision of this potent pop presence, stripping everything down to a striking minimalism.

Big Fat Lie properly introduces North America to Nicole as a solo artist. For fans everywhere, it's shaping up to be one of 2015's most anticipated releases.

Of course, you already know Nicole as the leader, face, and primary voice of the multi-platinum phenomenon The Pussycat Dolls. In the UK, she 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.

Get ready for her to reveal more from Big Fat Lie very soon.

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

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