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

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

Bach Available From Sony Classical on September 30, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Performances:


Sept. 6

Albany Symphony Gala, Albany, NY

Sept. 16 & 17

New York Philharmonic Gala, Lincoln Center

Sept. 18

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Gala, Toronto, CA.

Sept. 20

Richmond Symphony, Richmond, VA.

Sept. 21

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC

Sept. 24 -28

Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Santa Ana, CA

Oct. 7

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London, England

Oct. 8

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Madrid, Spain

Oct. 12

Academy of St Martin in the fields, Oman

Oct. 24

Santa Rosa Symphony (Recital), Santa Rosa, CA

Oct, 25

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

Oct. 26

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

Oct. 28

University of California (Recital), Santa Barbara, CA

Oct. 30

Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary, Canada

Nov. 1

Broward Center (Recital), Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Nov. 5

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

Nov. 6

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

Nov. 7

Tuesday Musical Association with Akron Symphony, OH

Nov. 12-15 &18

New York Philharmonic Week, Lincoln Center NYC

Nov. 20

Salzburg, Austria (recital)

Nov. 21

Wigmore Hall, London, England (recital)

Nov. 22

Stavanger, Norway (recital)

Nov. 23

Gothenburg, Sweden (recital)

Nov. 25

Alicante, Spain (recital)

Nov. 26

Madrid, Spain (recital)

Dec. 12

St. Petersburg, Russia (recital)

Dec. 14

Moscow, Russia (recital)

Dec. 16

Istanbul, Turkey

Dec. 17

Eindhoven (recital)

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Sep 16, 2014 | Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances to be released November 10, 2014

Whitney Houston's first-ever live album features the icon's most memorable live performances, available on both CD and CD/DVD

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on Monday November 10th. The six-time Grammy-award winning singer's first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston's most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state-of-the-art restoration and remastering.

CD/DVD

Fans are now able to pre-order the CD/DVD from the Whitney Houston official fansite (http://smarturl.it/WH_Live_d2c) to get their names included on an exclusive poster. A limited edition fan bundle, which includes a purple vinyl, is offered on the site as well. Both the CD/DVD and the CD are also available for pre-order on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_amzn) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_itunes

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston's career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang "Home" from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis. Mr. Davis states, "Whitney's Live CD/DVD will stun everyone.  It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time.  For me, it's been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her.  It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful.  Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience.  Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over."

On behalf of The Whitney Houston Estate, Patricia Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and President of the estate states, "Whitney truly had a matchless voice that not only made you feel good but made you feel alive.  The Whitney Houston Estate has worked closely with Clive and Sony Legacy to make this the best album possible to honor Whitney's memory.  It certainly was a bittersweet endeavor for all but one we hope appeals to her legions of fans worldwide."

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing 
       (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
15.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
16.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances DVD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th 
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing
    
 (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Music Video – BONUS DVD-ONLY MUSIC VIDEO)
15.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
16.  When You Believe (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards,
       1999 – BONUS DVD-ONLY DUET PERFORMANCE)
17.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
18.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Legacy Recordings: 

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

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

ADDRESS TEARSHEETS TO:
Tom Cording or Gabby Gibb
SONY MUSIC / LEGACY
550 Madison Avenue, 17th floor
New York, NY  10022-3211

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Sep 16, 2014 | Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra Complete The Beethoven Journey With The Release Of Their Third Recording On Sony Classical

FEATURING PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 "EMPEROR" AND "CHORAL FANTASY"

Album Available September 16, 2014

A Year of Residencies Around The Globe Start in September

"Effortless brilliance and scrupulous integrity, affecting naturalness and self-effacing beauty"-The New York Times

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four years in the making, the celebrated Beethoven Journey has now reached its crowning season. An intense collaborative project between Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the heart of the journey has been the recording of all five of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerti and his Choral Fantasy, with the final album scheduled for release by Sony Classical on September 16. Over the four years Leif Ove Andsnes has also made Beethoven's concerti the focus of his attention on stage with over 150 performances in 55 cities and 22 countries. With the start of the 2014 / 15 season Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra embark on a year of high-profile residencies that will see them perform the complete cycle of concerti in Hamburg, Bonn, Lucerne, Vienna, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and London (full performance listings below).  A third and integral part of the Beethoven Journey is an ambitious education project series entitled Feel the Music that gives children with hearing impairment the chance to experience music both in personal workshops and on the concert platform together with Andsnes and the orchestra.

Volume 3 – Emperor Concerto & Choral Fantasy
September 16 is the release of the third and final recording of the Beethoven Journey, featuring Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor and the Choral Fantasy, recorded live in concert at the Prague Spring Festival in May with Andsnes performing and directing the orchestra from the keyboard. The complete Beethoven Journey will be released as a box set, available digitally and physically, on October 28, 2014.

The Beethoven Journey has enjoyed worldwide acclaim from critics and audiences alike since its inception in 2011.  Particular attention has been paid to the outstanding musical partnership between Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the Guardian commenting : "You'd be hard put to find a pianist and orchestra better matched," whilst Gramophone Magazine wrote: "There's so much more to this partnership than just exceptional playing; there's a palpable sense of discovery, of living the music."

A Final Season with Beethoven
With the completion of the recording project, Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra now embark on a series of high profile tours and residencies of the complete concerti which commence in September in Hamburg and Bonn and include a week of concerts and workshops at the international Beethovenfest Bonn.  In November pianist and ensemble reunite in Lucerne before taking to the stage at the Musikverein in Vienna and ending the year in Brussels.  In February 2015 they continue with residencies in Paris (Theatre des Champs- Elysees) and New York (Carnegie Hall), and give an additional performance in Boston.   May sees a major tour of Asia with performances in Hong Kong, Taipei, Tainan (Taiwan), Goyang (South Korea), Shizuoka, Tokorozawa (Japan) and residencies in both Shanghai and Tokyo. The project then comes to a grand finale with a residency in London in July 2015.

All these residencies and the recording project have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, a Bergen-based foundation established to honour the memory of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and his contribution to the Norwegian and international shipping business.

When not on stage with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes continues to perform Beethoven as guest soloist with leading orchestras, launching the season with four performances of Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in September. In October he returns to the States for four performances of Concerto No. 5 and the Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, followed by concerts with, amongst others, the Munich Philharmonic and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 3 & 5), the London Philharmonic and Osmo Vanska (No. 5) and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 2 & 4).

Education Project: Feel the Music
From small beginnings in 2012 Feel the Music has become an integral component of the Beethoven Journey. The project series invites hearing-impaired children across Europe to explore how music can be experienced with all senses. It thereby picks up on the subject of deafness, which increasingly affected Beethoven in the course of his life. In a three-day workshop, the children are introduced to the world of music, assisted by Leif Ove Andsnes, the orchestra, and experienced music educators. To date Feel the Music has taken place successfully in Brescia, Cologne, Brussels, London, Dublin, Prague as well as Leif Ove Andsnes' home town of Bergen and has been awarded the 2013 European Education YEAH!Award.

This September Feel the Music continues with workshops in both Hamburg and Bonn. At the Beethovenfest Bonn the project moves to the next level: Partner classes that took part in Feel the Music projects previously will come together and perform in a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.  50 hearing-impaired children from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland will take part in this new project which coincides with the International Week of the Deaf. Alongside their rehearsals and performance in a signed song concert, the students and teachers from the different countries will also have opportunities for social exchange and networking during their four-day stay.

"Beethoven's music is for me the most human and deeply spiritual music there is.  While his music still shakes us today with its remarkably radical and modern qualities, there are other essential and important messages that Beethoven and his music communicate to us. Beethoven held an almost naively innocent belief in the value of music to humanity. He believed that changing the world is possible and that music is truth. This touches me deeply at this point of my life, and is the motivating spirit behind this project." 
Leif Ove Andsnes

BEETHOVEN ON TOUR

September 10, 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson
Thomas Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1




September 24 & 30

Hamburg

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




September 25, 27 & 28

Bonn

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




October 9, 10, 11 & 12

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




November 1, 2 & 3

Munich

Munich Philharmonic, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 5




November 24 & 26

Lucerne

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




November 29
December 1 & 2

Vienna

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




December 4

Brussels

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




December 18 & 19

Reykjavik

London Philharmonic, Osmo Vanska
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5




February 5 & 6

Trondheim

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 5




February 17 & 19

Paris

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




February 22

Boston

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




February 23 & 25

New York

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




April 16 & 18

Orebro

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 4& 4




May 3

Hong Kong

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 5

Taipei

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 6

Tainan

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 8 & 10

Shanghai

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




May 12

Goyang

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 1 & 5




May 14

Shizuoka

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




May 15 & 17

Tokyo

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




July 23, 24 & 26

London

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy

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Sep 16, 2014 | World Renowned Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Melodies from Germany's Golden Era

You Mean the World to Me - Available September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "I love the tenor hits from the age of the talkies," says Jonas Kaufmann. "My grandfather was studying in Berlin at that time, and he used to whistle these songs in the street. Besides that, I've always been fascinated by this 'legendary era' in Germany's cultural history. It was a time of incredible productivity. True, a great many of its hits have survived, but what we know of it today is only the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of wonderful pieces waiting to be rediscovered."

Jonas Kaufmann has often sung standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" or "Du bist die Welt fur mich" as encores. We need to only think of his Berlin Waldbuhne concert with Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott in August 2011. That's when the idea arose for his new album titled You Mean the World to Me, which will be available September 16 from Sony Classical. It needed a solid concept: no bland arrangements, just the original sound. The huge field of light music between Offenbach and Abraham was narrowed down to the period between 1925 and 1935 – from the hits of Franz Lehar and Richard Tauber to the heyday of the movie song, from the Roaring Twenties to the expulsion and blacklisting of all the songwriters, lyricists and singers who effectively defined the genre.

"No repertoire has challenged me more than this one!" says Kaufmann, who sings Siegmund and Parsifal, Don Carlo and Alvaro, Don Jose and Werther, Die Winterreise and Das Lied von der Erde! "It's called 'easy listening' because the music sounds easy to the audience", the singer explains. "But most of the standards from Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and Abraham are extremely demanding on the voice. Easy listening, maybe, but not easy performing!"

Never before has Kaufmann had to be so vocally flexible as on his new album. After pop songs like Paul Abraham's "Diwanpuppchen" and movie hits like "Irgendwo auf der Welt," which call for a gentle croon, he risked a laryngeal tour de force with Kunneke's "Lied vom Leben des Schrenk" – a song only Helge Rosvaenge, Rudolf Schock and Fritz Wunderlich had ventured to sing before him. The hit tunes that Franz Lehar wrote for his friend Richard Tauber demand the full range of his voice, from hovering piano and sensual cantilena to a radiant Heldentenor. In professional circles, standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" and "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" fall under the heading of "Puccini/Lehar." Even "Du bist die Welt fur mich," Richard Tauber's most famous composition, sounds much easier than it actually is.

The scene of the action is Berlin. Here's where the "legendary era" began, namely with the German premiere of Lehar's Paganini at the Berlin Kunstlertheater in January 1926. Thanks to Richard Tauber, it was a roaring success and launched an incomparable run of hits, lasting until the premiere of Giuditta at the Vienna State Opera in 1934.

The entertainment industry ran at full throttle, not only in the theatre but in every medium. The horrors of the Great War and the economic crises had brought forth an insatiable appetite for entertainment and diversion. Radio and gramophone companies vied for the audience's favors, and the merry-go-round spun even faster with the invention of "talkies."

The recording sessions took place in the outstanding acoustics of the Nalepastraße Broadcasting Studio (the former headquarters of East German Radio) and were pure pleasure for everyone involved. Kaufmann's duet partner Julia Kleiter, conductor Jochen Rieder, the musicians of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra: all immediately fell under the spell of the music and joined in the swing. And though "easy listening" is anything but easy to sing, for Jonas Kaufmann it was "sheer and utter delight. I had heaps of fun doing it. And I want more!"

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

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TRACKLIST


FRANZ LEHAR

1

Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss


(Gern hab' ich die Frau'n gekusst)                                                                                  


from Paganini



2

You Are My Heart's Delight


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns


The Land of Smiles · Le Pays du sourire



3

RICHARD TAUBER


Du bist die Welt fur mich                                                                                            


from Der singende Traum



4

FRANZ LEHAR


My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue


(Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett)                                                                                          


from Frasquita   




ROBERT STOLZ

5

Im Traum hast du mir alles erlaubt                                                                             


from Das Liebeskommando




EMMERICH KALMAN

6

Gruß mir mein Wien                                                                                                   


from Grafin Mariza




WERNER RICHARD HEYMANN

7

Irgendwo auf der Welt                                                                                                


from Ein Blonder Traum




HANS MAY

8

My Song Goes Round the World


(Ein Lied geht um die Welt)                                                                                            




FRANZ LEHAR

9

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!                                                                            


from Giuditta




PAUL ABRAHAM

10

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hande                                                       


from Viktoria und ihr Husar




RALPH BENATZKY

11

It Would Be Wonderful Indeed 


(Es muss was Wunderbares sein)                                                                                   


from Im weißen Rossl


The White Horse Inn · L'Auberge du Cheval-Blanc




PAUL ABRAHAM

12

Diwanpuppchen                                                                                                          


from Die Blume von Hawaii




ROBERT STOLZ

13

Don't Ask Me Why                                                                                                       


from Das Lied ist aus                                                                                                     




MISCHA SPOLIANSKY

14

Heute Nacht oder nie                                                                                                  


from Das Lied einer Nacht




EDUARD KUNNEKE

15

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk                                                                              


from Die große Sunderin




ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

16

Gluck, das mir verblieb                                                                                               


from Die tote Stadt




FRANZ LEHAR

17

Je t'ai donne mon cœur


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns




JONAS KAUFMANN tenor




Julia Kleiter soprano (10/12/16)


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Jochen Rieder conductor

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Sep 16, 2014 | The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Taj Mahal Celebrate The Season By "Talkin' Christmas!"

NEW ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 21 ON SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, music lovers will have a lot to celebrate because The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal will be Talkin' Christmas! Available on October 21 via Sony Music Masterworks, Talkin' Christmas! is a summit meeting of two American music icons. It includes new versions of Christmas standards, covers of hidden gospel gems, and seven brand-new holiday songs - six of which are the first Christmas songs ever penned by the Blind Boys themselves. The new original songs include the title track 'Talkin' Christmas!,' a funky tribute to the power of Christmas featuring Money Mark on keyboards, and the compassionate 'What Can I Do?,' which features Taj Mahal on vocals and is one of two songwriting collaborations with Stax Records soul legend William Bell. The album also features a hand-clapping rearrangement of the usually-slower classic 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' and a refreshingly intimate, acoustic version of 'Silent Night.'

This first-ever Blind Boys-Taj Mahal album collaboration was a joy for Taj. "There are just some wonderful tunes that allow me to find a totally different way to play on this album," says Taj Mahal. "It's exciting to be a part of something that is such incredible music."

The album also finds the Blind Boys back at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, and reunited with producer Chris Goldsmith and engineer Jimmy Hoyson, who have been associated with all five of the Blind Boys previous Grammy-winning projects. The analog recording techniques and "live band" approach to the tracks capture an organic blues-meets-gospel sound that is hard to find among the average highly-produced Christmas-season fare. With Mahal fully integrated into the musical landscape of the album on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and lending his vocals, 'Talkin' Christmas!' is an inspired meeting of two musical giants. The result is a refreshingly humble approach to the holidays, focusing on the true spirit of the season with pure joy, great voices and the 'all-are-welcome' message that has been the signature of the Blind Boys' albums in recent years. 

"A lot of Christmas music is focused on Santa Claus and what gifts we might get during the holidays," says founding Blind Boy Jimmy Carter. "We wanted to bring the emphasis back to what Christmas is really all about, a celebration of God's unconditional love, which is demonstrated every year when millions of people do nice things for others instead of thinking only about themselves. When you think about it, the kind of love for others that Christmas brings out is the real miracle of the season."

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus and Sam Amidon on their latest recording I'll Find A Way. The Blind Boys of Alabama have made appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and their own holiday special on PBS. For more information visit www.blindboys.com.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the recent history of blues and roots music. Though his career began five decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. Though influenced by his love of historical and ancestral roots in these genres, he never strayed too far from his country blues foundation. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery – an interest which has led him to this Gospel Christmas project.

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

TRACK LIST:

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear?   
  2. Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn   
  3. What Can I Do? *  (feat. Taj Mahal on Vocals)
  4. Talkin' Christmas! *   
  5. Merry Christmas to You *
  6. Silent Night   
  7. There's a Reason We Call it Christmas*  (feat. Taj Mahal on Vocals)
  8. The Sun is Rising *   
  9. No Room in the Inn   
  10. Jesus Was Born *
  11. Who Will Remember? *  
  12. Merry Christmas *   

* New song

TOUR DATES:

Sat, 11/22

Port Washington, NY

The Landmark

Fri, 11/28

Washington DC

Weinberg Center For The Arts

Sat, 11/29

Philadelphia, PA

Havana New Hope PA

Sun, 11/30

Boston, MA

Wilbur Theater

Wed, 12/03

New York, NY

Peter Norton Symphony Space

Fri, 12/05

Nashville, TN

Franklin Theatre

Sat, 12/06

Atlanta, GA

Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Center

Mon, 12/08

Toronto, ON

Roy Thomson Hall

Tue, 12/09

Cleveland, OH

Masonic Auditorium

Thu, 12/11

Chicago, IL

City Winery

Fri, 12/12

Cedar Falls, IA

Gallagher Bluedorn PAC

Sat, 12/13

St. Louis, MO

Sheldon Concert Hall

Mon, 12/15

Dallas, TX

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Tue, 12/16

San Antonio, TX

H-E-B Performance Hall

Wed, 12/17

Austin, TX

One World Theatre

Fri, 12/19

Los Angeles, CA

Lewis Family Playhouse

Sat, 12/20

San Francisco, CA

SF Jazz Center

Sun, 12/21

Santa Rosa, CA

Wells Fargo Center For The Arts

Tue, 12/23

San Diego, CA

California Center For The Arts

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Sep 15, 2014 | Iconic Singer-Songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens Returns With First New Album In Five Years 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone' To Be Released Oct. 27 On Legacy Recordings

*Album marks first in a new partnership with new label home*

*Yusuf to embark on first North American tour in over 35 years this December*

Sep 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings today announced that iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens has joined the label's storied musical family. 

Yusuf/ Cat Stevens new album

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

The worldwide premiere of "Dying To Live," the first single from Tell 'Em I'm Gone is available now at RollingStone.com here: http://smarturl.it/dyingtolive

This new relationship with Legacy Recordings will include brand new recording projects, existing catalog titles, previously unreleased live material, and a treasure trove of audio and video from Yusuf/Cat Steven's personal archives.  The new album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first piece of a larger relationship that will continue over the coming years.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens also announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in select cities the opportunity to hear his remarkable catalog and superb new songs live, many for the first time.  The Peace Train ... Late Again tour will kick off December 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto and conclude on December 14 at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. The Peace Train...Late Again North American tour dates include:

December 1   

Toronto- Massey Hall

December 4   

Boston- Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

December 7   

New York City- Beacon Theatre

December 9   

Chicago- The Chicago Theatre

December 12 

San Francisco- The Masonic

December 14 

Los Angeles - Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Tickets for the general public begin going on sale on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00am local time (please check your market for select timings). Fans who pre-order Tell 'Em I'm Gone on Amazon.com (starting now until Sunday, September 21 at 11:59pm PDT) will receive early access to purchase tickets to the US tour dates. Please see specific details below.

The North American tour comes on the heels of the European leg of the Peace Train...Late Again tour.

November 4   

London, UK – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

November 9   

Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

November 11 

Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum

November 13 

Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle

November 16 

Paris, France – Zenith

November 20 

Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

November 23 

Hamburg, Germany – CCH 1

November 25 

Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Hall

For complete ticket on sale information visit www.YusufCatStevens.com.

On Tell 'Em I'm Gone, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity's climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.  Each track on the album revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have marked more than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. Stunning originals like "I Was Raised In Babylon" and "Cat And The Dog Trap" plus covers of blues-pop and American song standards ("Big Boss Man," "You Are My Sunshine") and a moving version of Edgar Winter's "Dying To Live," find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever.

Tell 'Em I'm Gone is available now for pre-order at physical and digital music retailers.

"Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free," Yusuf says of the new album.  "What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.  It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn't that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful."

"Yusuf continues to make music that resonates in its beauty and universally empowering themes," says Adam Block, President, Sony Music's Legacy Recordings. "It's both humbling and thrilling to be given the opportunity to have him become a member of the Legacy family.  We look forward to working together to create new platforms for Yusuf's future recordings while celebrating his remarkable career with stories we'll tell from the artist's personal archive."

Having first found fame as a teenage heartthrob singer in 1960s England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions "Wild World," "Peace Train," "Father and Son" and "Morning Has Broken" remain staples of the folk genre. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief.  In 2006 Yusuf returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup.  Yusuf was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2014.

'TELL 'EM I'M GONE' TRACK LIST
I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
Gold Digger (Yusuf)
The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
Tell 'Em I'm Gone (originally "Take This Hammer," arr. Yusuf)
Doors (Yusuf)

MORE INFORMATION ON THE AMAZON.COM PRE-ORDER OFFER
While supplies last, eligible fans who pre-order Yusuf / Cat Stevens' new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone on MP3 or CD on or before 11:59 PM Pacific time on September 21, 2014 from Amazon.com will receive a unique pre-sale code good for early access to purchase up to two (2) tickets for eligible concerts in his upcoming U.S. tour. Early access using the pre-sale codes is available between Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM local concert venue time and Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM local concert venue time. Please note concert tickets and pre-sale codes are subject to availability and the presale code does not guarantee tickets to the concert or price level of your choice. Your pre-sale code will be emailed within 24 hours of your pre-order. Limit 1 code per Amazon customer. For more information please visit: http://www.yusufcatstevens.com/amazonoffer  

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

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

Yusuf/Cat Stevens new album

 

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Sep 12, 2014 | Johnny Mathis Set To Release THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION On November 17

13-CD box set to contain ALL 10 original Global/Mercury album releases, plus: previously unreleased "lost" album of Broadway show tunes; and 2-CD compilation of non-album singles and unreleased songs

Sep 12, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnny Mathis' near 60-year tenure as a core artist at Columbia Records was only interrupted once, when he founded his own production company, Global Records, for a four-year stay at Mercury Records from 1963 to 1967.  His entire album output for that label (virtually every title rare and out of print for decades) is brought back into full focus with the release of the deluxe box set, THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION (http://smarturl.it/JM_TCGAC_amzn). This 13-CD clamshell-design package, with personal album-by-album annotations by Johnny, will be available every­where on November 17th through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTER­TAIN­­­MENT. 

Johnny Mathis

During the course of his Global/Mercury period, Johnny released 10 individual LPs, all of which have been digitally remastered for this new box set:

  • The Sounds Of Christmas (1963)
  • Tender Is The Night (1964)
  • The Wonderful World Of Make-Believe (1964)
  • This Is Love (1964)
  • Ole (1965)
  • Love Is Everything (1965)
  • The Sweetheart Tree (international edition, aka Away From Home, 1965)
  • The Shadow Of Your Smile (1966)
  • So Nice (1966)
  • Johnny Mathis Sings (1967)

In addition to these titles, THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION will contain two more volumes of material of essential interest to Mathis collectors and completists:

  • Broadway (a "lost" album largely consisting entirely of previously unreleased covers of Broadway show tunes, recorded 1964-1965)
  • The Global Singles and Unreleased (2 CDs of non-album singles and unreleased songs)

THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION celebrates the versatile and distinctive voice of Johnny Mathis, who has been enchanting audiences around the world since the age of 19.  He was an athletic scholarship freshman at San Francisco State College in 1955, when Columbia staff A&R producer George Avakian 'discovered' him singing in a Bay Area nightclub.  Johnny was not yet 21 when he finally arrived in New York City for his first recording sessions with Avakian in '56. Columbia A&R chief Mitch Miller took over Johnny's hitmaking production reins from 1957 to 1960.

Mathis scored his first string of consecutive smash hits in '57 – "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are" (his first #1), "The Twelfth Of Never," "No Love (But Your Love)," and "Wild Is The Wind."  He went on to enjoy one of the most enduring careers in popular music, an artist who has been present on the singles and albums charts in every decade from the '50s to the '10s.  He remains the only recording act in history with two LPs listed in the Billboard Top 10 (even the Top 25) on Joel Whitburn's "Albums Of Longevity" chart – 1958's Johnny's Greatest Hits (at 490 weeks, that's over nine years!) and 1959's Heavenly (at 295 weeks) – iconic achievements in pop music history.

Johnny suddenly decamped for Mercury Records (Miller's pre-Columbia label) in 1963.  With the launch of his Global Records imprint, Johnny was embarking on a new and challeng­ing chapter of his already illustrious career.  His first LP under the new deal was The Sounds Of Christmas (1963, his second career Christmas LP), produced by arranger/conductor Don Costa.  Without Miller's input, Johnny made the bold decision to self-produce many of the Global titles, starting with his second release, Tender Is The Night (1964).

"All of a sudden," Mathis notes in his new introduction, written especially for this box set, "I was in charge of my own decisions in the studio, and I didn't have someone to guide me on what I was doing, right or wrong… I wasn't a producer, and I didn't realize until then how important producers were and how much they assisted me in my work.  I tried to do what I could, but I had no idea what would be good for the market."

Johnny's oft-overlooked Global recordings have always cried out for a more in-depth look at their importance, given his lack of regard at the time for current trends.  With that in mind, THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION offers a dazzling array of familiar pop standards and unique musical experiments.  Titles are as diverse as the Spanish language Ole (1965) and the forward-looking The Sweetheart Tree (1965), recorded in London.  Over the course of his Global recordings, Johnny collaborated with arrangers and conductors familiar from his time at Columbia (Costa, Glenn Osser) and drew on material by everyone from the Beatles, to Johnny Mercer, Bacharach-David, Bricusse-Newley, Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, even Gerry Goffin-Carole King.

Although the quality and production of Johnny Mathis' Global recordings have never been in dispute, the albums did not yield any major commercial breakthroughs as compared to his Columbia success, and were mostly out-of-print by the end of the '60s.  Johnny returned to Columbia on a high-note in 1967, with his Up, Up and Away LP vaulting inside the Top 20 on the Billboard R&B chart, boosted by his Top 40 AC hit cover of Tim Hardin's "Misty Roses."

"Few performers had captured the idealistic dreams of his generation like Mathis," wrote James Gavin (Grammy-nominated biographer of Ella Fitzgerald and Chet Baker) in his liner notes to Legacy's 2-CD, 24-song compilation, The Global Masters, released back in 1997.  "His voice – a nasal tenor with high notes as light as a choirboy's – remains one of the most idiosyncratic in pop ... Whereas the singing of Frank Sinatra or Peggy Lee teemed with sexual undertones, Mathis' rang out angelically, offering the promise – or at least the illusion – that romance was forever… Then and now, Mathis sings to the lovestruck adolescent in everyone."

THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION

(Columbia/Legacy 88843 09143 2)

1.  The Sounds Of Christmas (1963)
2.  Tender Is The Night (1964)
3.  The Wonderful World Of Make-Believe (1964)
4.  This Is Love (1964)
5.  Ole (1965)
6.  Love Is Everything (1965)
7.  The Sweetheart Tree (international edition, aka Away From Home, 1965)
8.  The Shadow Of Your Smile (1966)
9.  So Nice (1966)
10.  Johnny Mathis Sings (1967)
Plus:
11.  Broadway (previously unreleased "lost" album of show tunes, recorded 1964-1965)
12.  The Global Singles and Unreleased (2 CDs, non-album singles and unreleased songs)

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http://www.johnnymathis.com 

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Sep 11, 2014 | John Denver's Recording Career Celebrated on New Box Set, ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION

Deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set is first comprehensive multi-label overview to span 1964 to 1997, including six previously unreleased tracks, demos, promo rarities, live performances, limited edition and private pressings, and more

Special guests: the Mitchell Trio, Olivia Newton-John, Sylvie Vartan, Placido Domingo, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Muppets, and others

Box set available everywhere November 4, 2014, through RCA/Legacy

Sep 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- John Denver's prolific recording career is paid high tribute on ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION.  This deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set, representing virtually every one of the studio and live albums he recorded in his lifetime, encompasses hit singles and signature album tracks, demos, promotional rarities, limited edition and private pressings, and a total of six previously unreleased tracks.  The first truly comprehensive over­view of his more than three decades of recording, from 1964 (before his solo career took off) to 1997 (the year of his death), this box set will be available every­where November 4th through RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music EntertainmentALL OF MY MEMORIES is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

From his start as an itinerant folk-singer in the mid-1960s, John Denver rose to world class status as a multi-platinum selling recording artist and producer, a two-time Grammy Award®-winner (and five-time host of the Grammy Awards® broadcast), movie actor, television personality, philanthropist, environmental and human rights activist, and much more. 

John Denver is recognized as one of the most celebrated entertainers of the 1970s, with sales over 33 million to date, including eight Billboard Top 10 RCA Albums in the U.S. (three of which hit #1).  These include seven RIAA multi-platinum, thirteen platinum and 20 gold album certifications.  He charted more than 40 Billboard Hot 100, AC and Country songs from 1971 to 1988.  His #1 hits from 1974-'76 included "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Annie's Song," "Back Home Again," "Sweet Surrender," "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" (a rare live record to top the chart), "Calypso" (a monument to his close association with undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau), "Fly Away" featuring Olivia Newton-John, "Look­ing For Space," and "Like A Sad Song."  These and his 'campfire' standards, "Leaving On A Jet Plane," "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (designated in 2014 as the state song of West Virginia), and "Rocky Mountain High" (designated in 2007 as one of two state songs of Colorado) – not to mention his numerous recordings, movies and television appearances with Jim Henson's Muppets – comprise a body of work that will resonate forever.

In addition to recapping hit singles, signature album tracks, live performances, folk boom rarities, private pressings tracks, and promotional-only tracks, ALL OF MY MEMORIES also uncovered six previously unissued treasures:

  • Cover versions of "The Road" and "Far Side Of The Hill," both demos recorded for Capitol Records in Hollywood, 1964, prior to joining the Mitchell Trio;
  • "Rhymes And Reasons," an original composition cut in early '69 for Reprise Records, re-done later as the title track of Denver's RCA debut LP in late-'69;
  • "Spirit," first recorded on his 1975 Windsong LP, this version later recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 1977, but not included on the 1999 concert album release;
  • An alternate take of "Eli's Song" from 1976, with the prophetic lyric, "See the airplane fly, see the trees rush by/ Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself/ Don't you have a worry in the world…"; and
  • A different version of the evergreen, "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie," 1973, whose 1955 hit by Somethin' Smith And The Redheads was Denver's mother's favorite tune, and was famously sung by him on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1972.

An accomplished songwriter, John Denver received the Carl Sandburg People's Poet Award in 1982, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1996.  As a writer's writer, he appreciated a great song, as ALL OF MY MEMORIES shows.  The box set features compositions by Bill Danoff & Taffy Nivert (who co-wrote "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado" and others), Buddy Holly ("Everyday"), John Prine ("Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream)"), Joe Henry, and others of note.

John Denver would have turned 70 on December 31, 2013. In November 2013, the BBC Four documentary, John Denver: Country Boy, premiered in recognition of his 70th.  The one-hour film featured interviews with many important figures who knew Denver best, including his widow Annie Denver, producer Milton Okun, manager Jerry Weintraub, musicians James Burton and Paul Prestopino, and many others.  The 32-page booklet for ALL OF MY MEMORIES will include the definitive 2,600-word liner notes essay written by long-time John Denver chronicler G. Brown, former Denver Post music critic, and now Director at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  Its first inductee was John Denver, in 2011. 

Industry legend Milton Okun 'discovered' Denver and was his long-time producer (and execu­tive producer) on some 20-plus studio, live and 'hits' albums from 1965 (as the Mitchell Trio's producer) up until 1986.  As Okun said in the BBC documentary, "He came to New York to audition, and it was very clear right away that he was the best."  Okun brought Denver's "Leaving, On A Jet Plane" to Peter, Paul & Mary (whom he was also producing) for their second 'folk-rock' LP, Album 1700, and the song became PP&M's one and only #1 career hit.  "He represented America at its best and healthiest," Okun said of Denver, "and was a wonderful artist and a wonderful writer, and I think his songs will be sung for hundreds of years. They're that good."

The release of ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION builds on the momentum of a resurgence in his popularity that began in 2007, the tenth anniversary year of his death, when the Colorado Senate named "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its two official state songs.  Several commemorative multi-CD and DVD concert packages were issued by his family over the next two years.  In April 2011, the all-star John Denver Earth Day Celebration Concert sold out at 1STBANK Center; and February 2013 marked the opening of the 15-city "John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert" tour, in which for the first time in 15 years, he was seen on giant video screens, performing hit songs spanning his career, backed by live musicians.  The music was presented along with stories of life on the road with the artist, as told by old friends and fellow performers.

Interest soared when The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver (ATO Records) debuted in the Top 50 on Soundscan in April 2013.  A diverse group of contributing artists ranged from Dave Matthews to Train, to Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many more.  Highlights included My Morning Jacket's opening take of "Leaving On A Jet Plane," and a special duet by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris on "Take Me Home, Country Roads." 

Indeed, John Denver's passions extended far beyond the music.  Throughout his career, he imparted strong messages in his work and used his celebrity to champion important causes. Songs like "I Want to Live" and "Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For)" served as rallying themes to stand up and solve problems like world hunger and nuclear disarmament. He backed up his convictions with action, co-founding both the Hunger Project charity and the Windstar Foundation to raise awareness for those suffering from starvation and to educate people on conservation efforts, two causes closest to his heart.

In his liner notes for ALL OF MY MEMORIES, G. Brown evokes the memory of fellow singer-songwriter (and folk boom survivor) John Stewart, who told a British journalist in 1971 about his friend: "Watch John Denver.  He's a genius.  He'll defeat all the cynicism in the world because he's so real.  You don't have to think too much about him—just lie back and let his sunshine wash all over you.  And you know you'll feel real."

ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION  
(RCA/Legacy Recordings 88883 72193 2)

Disc One – Selections: 1. The Road (1964, previously unissued Capitol Records demo, mono) • 2. Far Side Of The Hill (1964, previously unissued Capitol Records demo, mono) • 3. The Wagoner Lad (~1966) • 4. Darcy Farrow (1966, mono) • 5. Babe, I Hate To Go (1966, mono) • 6. For Bobbi (by the Mitchell Trio, 1965) • 7. The '68 Nixon (This Year's Model) (by Denver, Boise & Johnson, 1968) • 8. Take Me To Tomorrow (by Denver, Boise & Johnson, 1968) • 9. Rhymes And Reasons (1969, previously unissued Reprise Records recording) • 10. Circus (1969, A) • 11. Catch Another Butterfly (1969, A) • 12. Daydream (1969, A) • 13. Leaving On A Jet Plane (1969, A) • 14. Isabel (1969, B) • 15. Anthem - Revelation (1969, B) • 16. Aspenglow (1969, B) • 17. The Game Is Over (1970, C) • 18. My Sweet Lady (1971, D) • 19. Around And Around featuring Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (Fat City) (1971, D) • 20. Take Me Home, Country Roads featuring Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (Fat City) (1971, D) • 21. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado (1971, D) • 22. All Of My Memories (1971, E) • 23. Sunshine On My Shoulders (1974, H) • 24. Friends With You (1971, E) • 25. Everyday featuring Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (Fat City) (1971, E) • 26. Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream) (1971, E) • 25. Grizzly Bear Song (1974, promotional only).

Disc Two – Selections: 1. Rocky Mountain High (1972, F) • 2. Starwood In Aspen (1971, E) • 3. For Baby (For Bobbie) (1972, F) • 4. Goodbye Again (1972, F) • 5. Prisoners (1972, F) • 6. The Eagle And The Hawk (1974, H) • 7. Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada) (1973, G) • 8. Berkeley Woman featuring Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (Fat City) (1973, G) • 9. I'd Rather Be A Cowboy (Lady's Chains) (1973, G) • 10. Back Home Again (1974, I) • 11. Thank God I'm A Country Boy (LIVE) (1975, J) • 12. Grandma's Feather Bed (LIVE) (1975, J) • 13. Matthew (1974, I) • 14. Annie's Song (1974, I) • 15. Follow Me (1974, H) • 16. Looking For Space (1976, K) • 17. Sweet Surrender (1974, I) • 18. Windsong (1975, K) • 19. Eclipse (1974, I) • 20. Poems, Prayers And Promises (1974, H) • 21. This Old Guitar (1974, promotional only).

Disc Three – Selections: 1. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning) (1973, G) • 2. Calypso (1975, K) • 3. Spirit (LIVE) (1977, Sydney Opera House, Australia, previously unissued) • 4. Fly Away featuring Olivia Newton-John (1975, K) • 5. I'm Sorry (1975, K) • 6. Like A Sad Song (1976, M) • 7. Come And Let Me Look In Your Eyes (1976, M) • 8. Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight (1976, M) • 9. It Makes Me Giggle (1976, M) • 10. Eli's Song (1976, previously unissued alternate take) • 11. It Amazes Me (1977, N) • 12. I Want To Live (1977, N) • 13. In My Heart (1980, P) • 14. How Can I Leave You Again (1977, N) • 15. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie (1973, previously unissued version) • 16. Druthers (1977, N) • 17. Bet On The Blues (1977, N) • 18. Downhill Stuff (1979, O) • 19. Sweet Melinda (1979, O) • 20. The Wrangell Mountain Song (1980, P) • 21. Autograph (1980, P) • 22. Durango Mountain Caballero (1982, S) • 23. The Wings That Fly Us Home (1976, M).

Disc Four – Selections: 1. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) (1981, Q) • 2. Dreamland Express (1985, V) • 3. Love Again (with Sylvie Vartan) (1984, U) • 4. Opposite Tables (1982, R) • 5. Flying For Me (1986, W) • 6. Perhaps Love (by Placido Domingo and John Denver) (1981, U) • 7. Shanghai Breezes (1982, R) • 8. The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990, Z) • 9. Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For) (1986, W) • 10. Love Is The Master (1986, W) • 11. Wild Montana Skies (with Emmylou Harris) (1983, T) • 12. Boy From The Country (LIVE) (1985, DD) • 13. Whispering Jesse (1988, X) • 14. Eagles And Horses (LIVE) (1995, BB) • 15. And So It Goes (with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (1989, Y) • 16. The Foxfire Suite: Spring Is Alive/You Are/Whisper The Wind/Spring Is Alive (Reprise) (LIVE) (1995, EE) • 17. Tenderly Calling (1991, AA) • 18. On The Atchison, Topeka and The Santa Fe (1997, CC) • 19. Medley: Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Happy Trails (with Miss Piggy) (1982, S).

Albums index
ARhymes and Reasons (RCA, 1969)  
BTake Me To Tomorrow (RCA, 1970)  
CWhose Garden Was This (RCA, 1970)  
DPoems, Prayers and Promises (RCA, 1971)  
EAerie (RCA, 1971)  
FRocky Mountain High (RCA, 1972)  
GFarewell Andromeda (RCA, 1973)  
HJohn Denver's Greatest Hits (RCA, 1973)  
IBack Home Again (RCA, 1974)  
JAn Evening with John Denver (RCA, 1975) 2 CDs  
KWindsong (RCA, 1975)  
LRocky Mountain Christmas (RCA, 1975)  
MSpirit (RCA, 1976)  
NI Want to Live (RCA, 1977)  
OJohn Denver (RCA, 1979)  
PAutograph (RCA, 1980)  
QSome Days Are Diamonds (RCA, 1981)  
RSeasons Of the Heart (RCA, 1982)  
SRocky Mountain Holiday with the Muppets (RCA, 1982) 
TIt's About Time (RCA, 1983)  
UJohn Denver's Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (RCA, 1984) 
VDreamland Express (RCA, 1985)  
WOne World (RCA, 1986) 
XHigher Ground (Windstar, 1988) 
Y. Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume Two (MCA, 1989) 
ZThe Flower That Shattered The Stone (Windstar, 1990) 
AADifferent Directions (Windstar, 1991) 
BBThe Wildlife Concert (Legacy, 1995) 
CCAll Aboard! (Sony Wonder, 1997) 
DD.  Unplugged In The U.S.S.R. (AAO Music, 2007) 
EEJohn Denver In Concert (Windstar, 2007)

 

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Sep 10, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Licenses North American Rights To The Kinks Catalog Of Recordings Made For RCA And Arista (1971-1985)

16 Classic Kinks Album Titles Newly Remastered for Digital Release Available Now

50th Anniversary of Archetypal First Singles Celebrated with The Essential Kinks, The First Comprehensive Compilation Ever to Span the Iconic British Rock Band's History in Recordings, Coming Tuesday, October 14

Expanded Legacy Edition (CD/DVD) of Muswell Hillbillies, 1971's Masterpiece of Musical Social Commentary, Arrives Monday, November 10

Sep 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has exclusively licensed the North American catalog rights to recordings made by The Kinks for RCA Records and Arista in the years from 1971 to 1985.

One of the great and abiding bands to emerge during the first wave of the British Pop Invasion of 1964, The Kinks released an album, an EP and four singles that year--"Long Tall Sally," "You Still Want Me," "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night"--arguably inventing hard rock with the opening riff of "You Really Got Me" while introducing American R&B to British music hall vaudeville.  The genius of The Kinks became more apparent with each subsequent release and, throughout the 1970s and 80s, the group recorded a series of unprecedented album masterworks, showcasing the keen observational songwriting of Ray Davies and the band's unforgettable chords and melodies.

On September 9, 16 classic Kinks album titles (listed below) were remastered and made available as hi-resolution digital downloads.

Ray Davies, recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 12, said, "It is terrific to be reunited with the company that inspired and was involved with one of the finest Kinks albums, Phobia."

On October 14, Legacy Recordings will celebrate 50 years of Kinkdom with the historic release of The Essential Kinks, the first-ever career-spanning retrospective anthology comprised of key recordings made for the Pye/Reprise, RCA, Arista and Columbia labels (track list below), and fully endorsed by the band.  "I've never heard a Kinks song that I didn't like," writes David Bowie in his newly-penned, revelatory liner notes for The Essential Kinks. "Of course, from their noisy and brash beginnings, the Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time. They are in the gut of every British song-writer who followed them and are indisputably a cornerstone of everything pop and rock. I love 'em. The world loves 'em." The Essential Kinks may be pre-ordered at Amazon.

On November 10, Legacy will release an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of Muswell Hillbillies, The Kinks' 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation, a musical statement remarkably relevant in today's world. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, Muswell Hillbillies includes the original album in its entirety as well as nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America), and a DVD of rare 1972 television appearances (never released in North America). The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies, Legacy Edition, may be pre-ordered at Amazon.

A 2LP 12" vinyl edition of Muswell Hillbillies, including the original album and a selection of bonus material from the expanded Legacy Edition, will be available later this year.

The Essential Kinks Release Date: October 14, 2014

Disc One:
1. You Really Got Me
2. Stop Your Sobbing
3. All Day and All of the Night
4. Tired of Waiting For You
5. Nothin' In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
6. Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy
7. A Well Respected Man
8. Dedicated Follower of Fashion
9. Who'll Be The Next In Line
10. Set Me Free
11. See My Friends
12. Sunny Afternoon
13. Dead End Street
14. Death of a Clown
15. Autumn Almanac
16. David Watts
17. Waterloo Sunset
18. Days
19. The Village Green Preservation Society
20. Do You Remember Walter?
21. Picture Book
22. Victoria
23. Apeman
24. Strangers
25. 20th Century Man
26. Supersonic Rocket Ship
27. Celluloid Heroes

Disc Two:
1. Here Comes Yet Another Day
2. You Don't Know My Name
3. Till the End of the Day (Live)
4. One of the Survivors
5. Sweet Lady Genevieve
6. Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)
7. Life on the Road
8. Sleepwalker
9. Life Goes On
10. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
11. Father Christmas
12. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
13. Lola (Live)
14. Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Live)
15. Better Things
16. Destroyer
17. Come Dancing
18. Don't Forget to Dance
19. Do It Again
20. Living On A Thin Line
21. Scattered

THE KINKS, MUSWELL HILLBILLIES, LEGACY EDITION (CD/DVD)
Release Date: November 10, 2014
DISC ONE (CD):       
Original Album
1. 20th Century Man
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
3. Holiday
4. Skin And Bone
5. Alcohol
6. Complicated Life
7. Here Come The People In Grey
8. Have A Cuppa Tea
9. Holloway Jail
10. Oklahoma U.S.A.
11. Uncle Son
12. Muswell Hillbilly

Bonus Tracks:
13. Lavender Lane (previously unreleased in North America)
14. Mountain Woman
15. Have A Cuppa Tea (alternate version) (previously unreleased in North America)
16. Uncle Son (alternate version) (previously unreleased in North America)
17. Kentucky Moon
18. Nobody's Fool (demo) (previously unreleased in North America)
19. 20th Century Man (alternate instrumental take) (previously unreleased in North America)
20. Queenie (backing track) (previously unreleased in North America)
21. Muswell Hillbillies US radio spots (previously unissued) (previously unreleased in North America)

DISC TWO (DVD):
The Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC TV 4 January 1972
1. Have A Cuppa Tea
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues  

Live At The Rainbow - BBC TV 21 July 1972
3. Till The End Of The Day
4. Waterloo Sunset
5. The Money-Go-Round
6. Sunny Afternoon
7. The Virgin Soldier March  
8. She Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
9. Alcohol
10. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues    
11. You Really Got Me        

Included in the Legacy Recordings catalog agreement are these albums:

THE KINKS/RCA Records
Muswell Hillbillies (RCA, Originally released November 24, 1971)
Everybody's In Show-Biz (RCA, double album, Originally released September 1, 1972)
Preservation: Act 1 (RCA, Originally released November 16, 1973)
Preservation: Act 2 (RCA, Originally released July 26, 1974)
Soap Opera (RCA, Originally released April 25, 1975)
Schoolboys In Disgrace (RCA, Originally released November 17, 1975)
The Kinks Greatest: Celluloid Heroes (RCA, compilation, Originally released June 25, 1976)

THE KINKS/Arista
Sleepwalker (Arista, Originally released February 12, 1977)
Misfits (Arista, Originally released May 17, 1978)
Low Budget (Arista, Originally released July 10, 1979)
One For The Road (Live) (Arista, live album, Originally released June 4, 1980)
Give The People What They Want (Arista, Originally released August 15, 1981)
State Of Confusion (Arista, Originally released June 10, 1983)
Word Of Mouth (Arista, Originally released November 19, 1984)
Return To Waterloo (Arista, Ray Davies solo album, Originally released July 1, 1985)
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 (Arista, compilation, double album, Originally released June 2, 1986)

 

An expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of The Kinks

 

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Sep 04, 2014 | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Of The Maze Runner Available September 16, 2014

Music By John Paesano For A New Science-Fiction Thriller

Sep 4, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical announces the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Maze Runner, by composer John Paesano, available September 16. Directed by Wes Ball, the film is based on James Dashner's New York Times best selling young-adult novel.

The Maze Runner stars Dylan O'Brien in the role of Thomas, who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

American film composer John Paesano studied classical music with professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he focused on composition. On his path to scoring films on his own, he served minor roles amongst some of the industry's most prestigious composers, including Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. In 2012 Paesano received an Annie Award for Best Music for his work on DreamWorks' animated series Dragons: Riders Of Berk, which is based on the Academy Award® winning film How To Train Your Dragon. In addition to his work on The Maze Runner, Paesano recently scored Sony's sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.

Among the music that has influenced his work on The Maze Runner, John names John Williams' celebrated score for Jurassic Park, Jerry Goldsmith's haunting compositions for Alien, and Hans Zimmer's emotive score to The Thin Red Line, all of which act like a true character within the story that is being told. Accordingly, in the score for The Maze Runner, he expresses the mysterious space in which the movie unfolds, the maze, and the intensity and pace of the story: the main protagonist Thomas is alone and confused in a very extraordinary place. As Thomas' memories and awareness develop, so the score matures musically from its subtle, unsure beginning. Themes that are first presented in an unfinished state slowly evolve into their fully realized form. The organic and primal colors of the composition reflect the primitive environment and tribal mindset of the group that Thomas is cast into. Hybrid and non-traditional colors are added as Thomas makes shocking discoveries about the world outside the maze. Although the score is predominantly dark in tone, it has an underlying quality of hopefulness that reflects Thomas' point of view.

John Paesano's thoughtful approach to scoring the film and the quality of his compositions make him an exciting emerging talent. The original motion picture soundtrack of The Maze Runner will be appreciated by movie-goers and lovers of classical film scores.

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

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

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

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

Aug 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan

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

Disc 8: Soul To Soul (1985)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

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

Disc 10: In Step (1989)

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

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

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

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

Disc 11: Archives/Disc One

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

Disc 12: Archives/Disc Two

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

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

 

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

Aug 26, 2014

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

Scott Carter Promoted To Senior Vice President, Epic Records

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popular Problems Tracklisting:

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

ABOUT LEONARD COHEN:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Track Listing for "Partners"

1.

It Had To Be You                                 

with Michael Buble

2.

People                                                  

with Stevie Wonder

3.

Come Rain Or Come Shine                 

with John Mayer

4.

Evergreen                                            

with Babyface

5.

New York State Of Mind                      

with Billy Joel

6.

I'd Want It To Be You                           

with Blake Shelton

7.

The Way We Were                               

with Lionel Richie

8.

I Still Can See Your Face                     

with Andrea Bocelli

9.

How Deep Is The Ocean                      

with Jason Gould

10.

What Kind Of Fool                                

with John Legend

11.

Somewhere                                          

with Josh Groban

12.

Love Me Tender                                   

with Elvis Presley

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Aug 11, 2014 | BEYONCE And #BeyGOOD Team Up With STATE Bags For 2014 Back To School Program

"Pep Rallies For Good" Planned in Charlotte, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Newark And New York City

Aug 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BEYONCE and #BeyGOOD will join forces with STATE Bags to bring school supplies to children in need in six cities.  The #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program will provide backpacks and school essentials to students in Charlotte, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Newark and New York City, as children prepare for the new school year.

Beyonce And # BeyGood Team Up With State Bags For 2014 Back To School Program

 In addition to providing over 2000 students with new backpacks this fall, the #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program and STATE Bag's PackMen/Women will host high energy "pep rallies for good" to support local charities in each city. The rallies will be followed by a simulated shopping experience where all participating students will have the opportunity to stuff their #BeyGOOD STATE Bags with brand new school supplies.

In an effort to support as many youth as possible, shop.beyonce.com has made it easy for anyone to get involved. For a limited time, a special edition custom #BeyGOOD STATE Bag backpack will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting the 2014 Back To School Program initiative. 

"STATE Bags addresses an immediate, growing need here in the US," says Scot Tatelman, STATE Bags co-Founder.  "Our #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program and inspirational bag drop events go beyond a simple material donation by providing children in underfunded communities the role models and motivation to beat the odds. Partnering with Beyonce's  #BeyGOOD movement not only creates a platform for children to receive backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year, but also drives them to reach their full potential."

Schedule for Bag Drops:

About #BeyGOOD
Since its inception a year ago, #BeyGOOD, in partnership with global charity organizations, has reached more than 2 million people across the globe with tangible support. #BeyGOOD has aided in putting people back to work, restocked desperately depleted clothing donation centers and provided counseling, housing, food and medical assistance to the homeless, through an estimated 25 tons of clothing donations which assisted more than 20 global charity partners. #BeyGOOD has supported more than a dozen youth organizations that serve the most vulnerable and at risk young people that include those who are orphaned, homeless, neglected, compromised with violent crimes and sex trafficking, unemployed and physically challenged. Our goal is, and will always remain, to inspire people everywhere to be kind, to be charitable and to #BeyGOOD. In doing so, we make the world better, one good charitable action at a time. The movement continues. Get involved. www.Beyonce.com/BeyGOOD

About STATE Bags


STATE Bags is a Brooklyn-based benefit corporation whose mission goes beyond selling cool and classic bags. Created by husband and wife team, Scot & Jacqueline Tatelman, STATE was established in 2012 to serve children growing up in America's most underfunded neighborhoods, and amplifies the buy one give one model with its innovative GiveBackPack Program. Since launching, STATE has hand-delivered thousands of bags to students across the US. STATE executes motivational bag drop rallies, led by role-model figures in the STATE PackMen and PackWomen, propelling each student to be an agent of change in their community and beyond. The PackMen/Women are experienced child development specialists; their energetic and unique performance style is yet another reason why the GiveBackPack Program is such a groundbreaking, inspirational initiative that has invigorated students in at-risk neighborhoods nationwide.

For more information visit www.statebags.com

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

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

Aug 11, 2014

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

Michael Jackson's

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON:

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

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Jul 14, 2014 | A Great Big World Is Having A Great Big Year

"SAY SOMETHING" SURPASSES 100 MILLION VIEWS AND BECOMES VEVO CERTIFIED

MULTI-PLATINUM DUO TAKE THE STAGE ON FOX'S "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" ON JULY 16

Jul 14, 2014

NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's undoubtedly been a great big year for A Great Big World. Their breakthrough hit "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera went six times platinum worldwide, and went on to occupy the #1 spot on iTunes, Billboard's Digital Songs Chart, Billboard's Digital Track Chart, Spotify, and Shazam in addition to going Top 10 on sales charts in 19 countries. Now continuing this historic year, A Great Big World is the latest artist to officially become Vevo Certified. Their touching music video for "Say Something" has accumulated over 100 million views and counting on the video platform. This is their first video to become Vevo Certified and yet another incredible achievement in a string of accolades.

In addition, the New York duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino will take the stage on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance on July 16 to perform "Say Something". It's a special moment for the group as last year's dance performance of the song not only caught the attention of the world but also the attention of Aguilera inspiring her to collaborate with them on the song.

Along the way, A Great Big World has tirelessly worked to become one of modern pop music's most astounding success stories. Building on the plaintive piano chords and undeniable melody of "Say Something", the track became a ubiquitous worldwide hit. At the same time, they were recognized as an Artist To Watch by MTV and a VH1 You Oughtta Know artist. They've given striking and stunning live performances at the American Music Awards, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, The Voice, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Live! with Kelly & Michael, The Rachael Ray Show,  Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Logo Trailblazer Awards, and more. They've also garnered unanimous critical acclaim.

In the midst of it all, Vaccarino even worked up the courage to open up about his struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. Since first being diagnosed in 2007, he's bravely endured living with the disease, and now he's spoken up to raise awareness.

It's been a magical journey thus far for the group. In addition to debuting at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, Is There Anybody Out There? received widespread critical acclaim upon its release in January. Their breakthrough mega-hit with Christina Aguilera, "Say Something," ignited a fast rise to success back in November 2012. As their profile grew, the single entranced the entire world, eventually selling over six million digital songs at a rapid rate worldwide.

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

SOURCE Black Magnetic/Epic Records

Jul 10, 2014 | Garth Brooks, Sony Music Entertainment Announce Highly Anticipated New Music, World Tour and Going Digital
New York – July 10, 2014 – Singer/songwriter Garth Brooks will release his first album of all-new material in more than a decade under a new agreement with Sony Music, it was announced today by Brooks and Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris at a press conference in Nashville. Under the worldwide deal, Garth, who […]Read More »
Jun 17, 2014 | Columbia Records To Release Wish I Was Here Soundtrack; Director Zach Braff Curates Brand New Music From The Shins, Bon Iver, And Cat Power + Coldplay, Available In Stores & Online July 15 And On Vinyl August 5

LEGACY RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF GARDEN STATE; FIRST-EVER 12" VINYL RELEASE OF GRAMMY-WINNING SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE AUGUST 5

Jun 17, 2014

NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the release of Wish I Was Here—Music From The Motion Picture, the official soundtrack to the first movie directed by Zach Braff since his indie breakout hit Garden State.

Columbia Records To Release Wish I Was Here Soundtrack - Available In Stores & Online July 15 And On Vinyl August 5

The original screenplay for Wish I Was Here is by the director and his brother Adam. A success at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the new movie tells a funny, touching, universal story of what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse, and child – all at once. Following the strong emotional response to the movie from preview audiences at word-of-mouth screenings throughout the last few weeks, Focus Features will release Wish I Was Here in select cities on Friday, July 18, expanding to theaters across the country on Friday, July 25.

The Wish I Was Here soundtrack showcases music hand-picked by Zach Braff, including exclusive new songs from The Shins, Bon Iver, and Cat Power + Coldplay. Wish I Was Here —Music From The Motion Picture will be available in stores and digitally Tuesday, July 15. A special 12" double gatefold, 180 gram vinyl version of the soundtrack will be released Tuesday, August 5. Pre-order the vinyl version of the soundtrack here: http://www.wishiwasheremovie.com/soundtrack.

In addition, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Zach Braff's Garden State with the first-ever 12" vinyl release of the movie's Grammy Award-winning and era-defining soundtrack album. The soundtrack features songs from The Shins, Coldplay, Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine and Zero 7; it has sold nearly 1.5 million copies in the U.S. and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The new 12" double gatefold, 180 gram vinyl edition of Garden State—Music From The Motion Picture will be available Tuesday, August 5, and will include new artwork and a personal note to fans from Zach Braff.

The special edition of Garden State—Music From The Motion Picture can be pre-ordered on vinyl through Amazon today: http://smarturl.it/gardenstate_amzn.

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https://www.facebook.com/WishIWasHereFilm 
http://instagram.com/wiwhfilm 

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Jun 09, 2014 | Grammy Award Winners Train Premiere New Single 'Angel In Blue Jeans' On Howard Stern Show Today

Debut Single From Upcoming Album Bulletproof Picasso, Out September 16 on Columbia

Multi-platinum San Francisco Band To Perform On TODAY Show Summer Concert Series on June 13th

Jun 9, 2014

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Perennial hitmakers and three-time Grammy award winners, Train have released their new single, "Angel In Blue Jeans," today, specially premiering the debut track live from their forthcoming album on  the Howard Stern show via SiriusXM.  This initial offering is from their upcoming 7th studio effort, Bulletproof Picasso, which is scheduled to be released on September 16th. 

"Angel In Blue Jeans" will also be serviced to radio and multiple streaming and digital formats today, June 9, with the group gearing up for a live rendition of the new track later this week when they perform on the TODAY Show's Summer Concert Series on June 13th.

Listen to "Angel in Blue Jeans" Online

Music fans that flock to the TODAY show plaza to see Train live will preview an appetite-whetting sample of their much-anticipated live dates.  Train will set the table for the album's release in September with shows in Los Angeles, New York, and their hometown of San Francisco among others. Several summer festival and one-off dates have already been announced, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Bike Rally in Sturgis, SD and V Festival in the UK.

Train will also host the second annual Sail Across the Sun Cruise next February 13-17, 2015. The follow up event to last year's sold out food, music & wine festival at sea will feature comedian Michael Ian Black, chefs Chris Cosentino and Ryan Scott, and reggae legends The Wailers. Tickets are on sale now and more info is available at www.sailacrossthesun.com.

Audiences have come to expect a melodic and visceral tour de force from Train, with the band possessing one of the more potent, radio-embedded repertoires.  The acclaimed group has sold more than ten million albums worldwide, thirty million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors and nominations.

Their gift for delivering memorable songs with an edgy refinement has seen them achieve unprecedented radio and social media traction, with the eight-time Grammy nominees heralded as a standard bearer of riveting, roots-based pop around the world.  Their most recent album, 2012's California 37 spawned the hit "Drive By," among other songs, a multi-platinum single that reached the Top Ten in 13 countries, adding to the prolific Train  set-list which already includes multiple signature smashes such as their Grammy winning classic "Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)," the chart-topping  "Meet Virginia," and "Calling All Angels."  The band snagged another Grammy in 2011 for their global smash "Hey Soul Sister," (the #1 hit and biggest selling single of 2010) from their 2009 multi-platinum album, Save Me, San Francisco. In 2011, Train launched the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. and Save Me, San Francisco Chocolate Co, which benefit Family House, a Bay Area nonprofit providing temporary housing to the families of seriously ill children being treated at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital.

For more information:

http://savemesanfrancisco.com/

http://iTunes.com/Train

https://www.facebook.com/Train

http://instagram.com/train

https://twitter.com/train

Train On Tour:     



6/28  

Boise, ID                  

Boise Music Festival

7/12    

Minneapolis, MN    

Basilica Block Party

7/25    

Stateline, NV          

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

8/7    

Sturgis, SD           

Sturgis Buffalo Chip

8/10    

Denver, CO          

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/16    

Stafford, UK           

V Festival

8/17    

Chelmsford, UK         

V Festival

8/22   

Highland Park, IL       

Ravinia Festival

8/23    

Highland Park, IL       

Ravinia Festival

8/28    

Gilford, NH              

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook

8/29   

Lenox, MA                

Tanglewood

8/30   

Atlantic City, NJ            

Borgata Hotel and Casino







Record Release Shows:    



9/17    

Los Angeles, CA        

Pantages Theatre

9/18   

Los Angeles, CA       

Pantages Theatre

9/21   

San Francisco, CA     

The Masonic

9/22   

San Francisco, CA       

The Masonic

9/25    

New York, NY           

Radio City Music Hall

SOURCE Columbia Records

May 30, 2014 | Think Like A Man Too (Music From & Inspired by the film) arrives in stores June 17

Pre-Order Begins June 3

All New Music From Mary J. Blige With Features From Pharrell and The-Dream

First Single "Suitcase"

May 30, 2014

NEW YORK, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Records announces the release of the official soundtrack album to the Think Like a Man sequel and one of the year's most anticipated comedies, Think Like a Man Too (Music From & Inspired by the Film), on June 17 in stores and across all digital retail providers. The pre-order goes live on iTunes and Amazon on June 3rd and fans will receive an instant download of the single "Suitcase" as well as "Moments of Love" and "A Night To Remember."  

Think Like A Man Too (music from and inspired by the film)

This time around, Grammy Award-winning R&B icon Mary J. Blige recorded an entire collection of music from and inspired by the film. The first single "Suitcase" showcases her signature sound, while her remake of Shalamar's hit "A Night to Remember" is an instant classic, and is inspired by key scenes in both the film and trailer. Influenced by the backdrop to the film, "Vegas Nights" featuring The-Dream will be included as the end credits to the film while "Moments of Love" showcases the songstress' powerful and passionate vocals.

The album follows up the 2012 soundtrack for Think Like a Man, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Soundtrack Albums Chart and hit #5 on the R&B Albums Chart, as well as yielding John Legend's Grammy Award-nominated, RIAA Gold-certified single "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" [featuring Ludacris]. Meanwhile, Think Like a Man Too opens in theaters Friday, June 20 from Screen Gems.

This also continues a great partnership between Epic Records and the film franchise. The original Think Like a Man soundtrack spawned over 1.4 million combined single sales between "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)", Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo's "Think Like A Man" [featuring Rick Ross] and Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much" in addition to each topping the radio charts. 

In the highly anticipated sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey's best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas.  But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Think Like A Man Too (Music From & Inspired by the Film) is here June 17. Hear Mary J. Blige like never before.

Tracklisting:

  1. A Night to Remember
  2. Vegas Nights feat. The-Dream
  3. Moments of Love
  4. See That Boy Again feat. Pharrell Williams
  5. Wonderful
  6. Kiss and Make Up
  7. Cargo
  8. Suitcase
  9. I Want You
  10. Self Love
  11. Power Back
  12. All Fun and Games
  13. Better
  14. Propose

 

 

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Audio - http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/ENR/92649-Epic-Records-Suitcase.mp3

SOURCE Epic Records

Apr 08, 2014 | FIFA AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE ONE LOVE, ONE RHYTHM: THE OFFICIAL 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP™ALBUM
  AVAILABLE AT ITUNES, AMAZON AND ALL MAJOR RETAILERS MAY 12, 2014 RCA RECORDS TO RELEASE ALBUM IN THE U.S. ON MAY 12th ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY APRIL 8TH   Fans Who Pre-Order the Album Can Download Instantly Pitbull’s “We Are One (Ole Ola),” The Official Song of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM featuring Jennifer […]Read More »
Dec 17, 2013 | GLOBAL SUPERSTAR SHAKIRA TO RELEASE HER NEXT ALBUM WITH SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
BRAND NEW SINGLE SET TO PREMIERE IN JANUARY NEW ALBUM FORTHCOMING ON RCA RECORDS/SONY LATIN IBERIA (December 17, 2013 — New York, NY) Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, philanthropist, and global recording artist Shakira announces today that she will be releasing her next album through Sony Music Entertainment and is her first with RCA. The brand […]Read More »
Oct 10, 2013 | TAMAR TO PERFORM AT SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
Sin City will never be the same when the 2013 Soul Train Awards touch down ’cause Tamar’s performing! Tamar is also nominated for five nominations tying with Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Robin Thicke. Don’t miss the 2013 Soul Train Awards hosted by Anthony Anderson, taking place November 8th at Orleans Arena in Las […]Read More »
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Jun 21, 2011 | "Weird Al" Yankovic Unleashes Alpocalypse in Stores

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 21, 2011

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

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

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

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 17, 2011

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

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

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

About Bravo:

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

About MTV:

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

About VEVO:

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

For updated information and news, please visit:

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

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

About Bravo:

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

About MTV:

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

About VEVO:

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

For updated information and news, please visit:

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

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
May 2, 2011

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

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

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

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


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

    *Additional dates are scheduled to be added.

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

www.weirdal.com

twitter.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

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

Tour Dates Are As Follows:

May 19

New Brunswick, NJ

The State Theatre

May 20

Glenside, PA

Keswick Theatre

May 21

Englewood, NJ

Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 22

Pittsburgh, PA

Stage AE - Outdoor Stage

May 24

Verona, NY

Turning Stone Resort Casino

May 26

Marion, OH

Marion Palace Theatre

May 27

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Soaring Eagle Casino

May 28

Waukegan, IL

The Genesee Theatre

May 29

Cincinnati, OH

PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music

May 31

St. Charles, IL

The Arcada Theatre

Jun 1

Effingham, IL

Effingham Perf. Arts Center

Jun 2

Milwaukee, WI

Potawatomi Casino

Jun 3

St. Charles, MO

The Family Arena

Jun 5

Springfield, IL

Prairie Capital Convention Center

Jun 10

Chandler, AZ

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Jun 11

Tucson, AZ

Fox Tucson Theatre

Jun 12

Riverside, CA

Fox Perf. Arts Center

Jun 15

Del Mar, CA

San Diego County Fair

Jun 16

Santa Ynez, CA

Chumash Casino




*Additional dates are scheduled to be added.



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

www.weirdal.com

twitter.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

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

PR Newswire
CHICAGO
Apr 19, 2011

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

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

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

The New York Times

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

Associated Press

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

Entertainment Weekly

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

Los Angeles Times

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

Rap-Up Magazine

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

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


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

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

                                                                                                           The New York Times

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

                                                                                                           Associated Press

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

                                                                                                           Entertainment Weekly

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

                                                                                                           Los Angeles Times

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

                                                                                                           Rap-Up Magazine

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

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

Date

City

Venue

June 2

Southaven, MS

DeSoto Civic Center

June 3

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront Arena

June 4

Mobile, AL

Civic Center

June 5

Houston, TX

Toyota Centre

June 10

Oakland, CA

Coliseum

June 11

Los Angeles, CA

Nokia Theater L. A. Live

June 16

Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena

June 17

St. Louis, MO

Chaifetz Arena

June 18

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

June 19

Dallas, TX

Verizon Theater

June 24

Raleigh, NC

RBC Center

June 25

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

June 26

Birmingham, AL

BJCC

June 29

Cleveland, OH

CSU Wolstein Center

June 30

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

July 1

Baltimore, MD

1st Mariner Arena

July 2

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

July 3

Philadelphia, PA

Mann Music Center



SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Apr 18, 2011

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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