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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 »
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 18, 2014 | Coheed And Cambria Announce Long Awaited Vinyl Reissue Of In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 Exclusively On Billboard.com

21st Century Prog Rock Milestone To Be Offered In Three Unique Pressings

"Neverender IKSSE: 3" Tour Begins September 5th In Riverside, CA

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 Available Through Equal Vision/Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings Official Release Set For October 21st

Aug 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The long awaited vinyl reissue of the landmark second studio album from Coheed and Cambria, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, will be released by Equal Vision Records/Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on October 21st. PRESS HERE to read lead singer/songwriter Claudio Sanchez's first interview about the re-released LP with Billboard.com, plus  listen to the newly remastered version of single "A Favor House Atlantic." 

Vinyl reissue of Coheed and Cambria's

All songs from the LP were remastered from the original analog master tapes; therefore,  the 2014 vinyl reissue of IKSEE: 3 will be offered to fans in three distinctive configurations: a 180g 2 LP audiophile pressing, a limited "Neverender IKSEE: 3" Tour Edition tan splatter 2 LP (available starting September 5th exclusively at each tour stop), and a special Direct 2 Fan grey swirl splatter 2 LP available only on http://smarturl.it/coheedcambria.

The band will celebrate the vinyl reissue of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 by performing the epic album in its entirety on a major North American tour (all dates listed below). Dubbed "Neverender IKSSE: 3," the fall trek – which includes already sold-out dates in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, and other markets – gets underway September 5th at Riverside, California's Municipal Auditorium and continues through early October. For full details, including remaining ticket availability, please go to www.coheedandcambria.com/iksse3

Originally released in 2003, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 immediately affirmed Coheed and Cambria as the era's leading purveyors of imaginative modern rock, fusing elements of hardcore punk, indie, pop, metal, and prog with Sanchez's indelible voice and vision to create their own groundbreaking sonic universe. Driven by the breakthrough with MTV and radio success of the singles "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer," IKSSE: 3 ascended the upper half of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way towards RIAA gold certification for US sales in excess of 500,000 (not to mention total worldwide sales now well over 1 million).

NEVERENDER IKSSE:3 FALL 2104 TOUR DATES:
w/ Thank You Scientist

September 05 2014 - Municipal Auditorium - Riverside, CA

September 06 2014 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA Sold Out

September 07 2014 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA

September 09 2014 - Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA

September 10 2014 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR

September 12 2014 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT

September 13 2014 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO

September 15 2014 - South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX

September 16 2014 - Stubbs Waller Creek - Austin, TX

September 17 2014 - House of Blues - Houston, TX

September 19 2014 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL Sold Out

September 20 2014 - House of Blues - North Myrtle Beach, SC

September 21 2014 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC

September 23 2014 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD Sold Out

September 24 2014 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA

September 25 2014 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ

September 27 2014 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY Sold Out

September 28 2014 - House of Blues - Boston, MA Sold Out

September 30 2014 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI

October 01 2014 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON

October 02 2014 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH Sold Out

October 04 2014 - Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

October 05 2014 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL Sold Out

October 06 2014 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY Sold Out

October 07 2014 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA

www.coheedandcambria.com  
www.facebook.com/coheedandcambria  
www.twitter.com/coheed

  

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Aug 14, 2014 | Sony Music Entertainment Launches 'Album of the Day' App for iPhone and iPod touch

A Music Flash Sales App Debuts to Music Fans on the App Store

Aug 14, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of its first music flash sales app, Album of the Day, for iPhone and iPod touch. The Album of the Day App allows music fans to access limited-time daily offers from artists they know and love.

Sony Music Entertainment Launches 'Album of the Day' App for iPhone and iPod touch

The Album of the Day App is an easy-to-use iPhone and iPod touch app that gives music fans limited-time access to purchase their favorite artists' albums at affordable prices. Album of the Day surprises music fans daily with a single album offering, giving fans of all types the opportunity to discover great albums missing from their digital music library.

The new Album of the Day App includes the following features:

  • Daily Offers: A new album will be released every 24 hours, available for purchase at a discounted price up to 70% off, limited for 24 hours. 
  • App Content: Users can view artist images, read up on the album and preview clips of the tracks from the album instantly. 
  • Community: Users can spread the word and share access to offers with friends through their social networks.
  • Checkout: Users can purchase albums using their iTunes account and download albums directly to their iTunes library.
  • First Access: Users receive a daily push notification with a new offer giving them first access to those offers.
  • Variety: Albums are culled from a large and iconic library of music featuring different genres across all different eras. 

"We appreciate that music fans today consume their music in a myriad of ways," says Adam Block, President of Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.  "Sony Music remains committed to making the consumer experience as easy and enjoyable as possible for them wherever and whenever they choose. The Album of the Day App offers a great new deal on a featured album every day by top artists, giving fans the opportunity to download their favorite music directly from the app."  

The Album of the Day App launch line up includes music legends and artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Santana, Dixie Chicks, Audioslave, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Kings of Leon, P!nk, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, The Script, Usher, Meat Loaf, Rodriguez, Sade, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys and more. 

The Album of the Day App was first developed by Sony Music Germany and launched there in March 2014 with extremely successful results in just a few months.  Sony Music Entertainment is now bringing the flash sales app to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. As of early July, Sony Music Germany continuously sees the albums they feature charting on iTunes. Top iTunes chart performances and albums include leading artists; Kings of Leon, Whitney Houston, P!nk, Pitbull, Johnny Cash and others.  

The Album of the Day App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

About Sony Music Entertainment:
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

 

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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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Aug 07, 2014 | Kat Edmonson Releases The Big Picture Out September 30 On Sony Music Masterworks

OCTOBER TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TRACK "RAINY DAY WOMAN" AVAILABLE NOW

"A timeless sound…"--NPR "All Things Considered"

Aug 7, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kat Edmonson announces October tour dates in support of her third album, The Big Picture out September 30 via Sony Music Masterworks. A full tour will follow in early 2015. Edmonson's premiere track "Rainy Day Woman" is available via iTunes HERE and for streaming on SoundCloud HERE.  Check out her new video album trailer HERE. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, "There's no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music—from old movies and musicals—and to me there wasn't a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing." Presale tickets are available now while general ticketing is available is August 8 at katedmonson.com. See full tour dates below.

This album follows her 2012 release, Way Down Low, her first collection that included original material. The New York Times hailed the album as "fresh as a spring bouquet," and The Boston Globe called it "one of the greatest vocal albums I've ever heard."

The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end "Best of 2012" lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck's
"Best Live Performances" and Daytrotter's "Best Sessions of 2012." 

Edmonson performed on Austin City Limits made her Prairie Home Companion debut, and was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year. The songstress also found herself touring with several well-established acts such as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr. and Michael Kiwanuka.

Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing Take To The Sky in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with fellow Texan Lyle Lovett led to a high-profile duet of the Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which the pair performed together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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

THE BIG PICTURE TRACK LISTING
1. Rainy Day Woman
2. You Said Enough
3. Oh My Love
4. Avion
5. Crying
6. All The Way
7. You Can't Break My Heart
8. Till We Start To Kiss
9. The Best
10. Dark Cloud
11. For Two
12. Who's Counting



KAT EDMONSON TOUR DATES





October 7

Philadelphia, PA

World Cafe Live

October 8

Boston, MA

           Regatta Bar @ The Charles Hotel

October 11

Toronto, ON

The Drake

October 12                     

Morgantown, WV

Mountain Stage

October 14

Chicago, IL

City Winery

October 16

Minneapolis, MN

Dakota Jazz

October 19

Vancouver, BC

Rio Theatre

October 20

Portland, OR

Alberta Rose Theater

October 22

San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

October 23 

Los Angeles, CA

Masonic Lodge

 

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Aramide Tinubu,
or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000, samantha.tillman@sacksco.com, aramide.tinubu@sacksco.com or carla@sacksco.com

Sony Music Masterworks contacts: Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak, 212-833-8575 / 6075, angela.barkan@sonymusic.com, larissa.slezak@sonymusic.com

SOURCE Sony Music Masterworks

Jul 31, 2014 | Sony Music Masterworks Signs One-Man A Cappella Vocalist And YouTube Star Peter Hollens For Global Distribution

Debut Album Coming October 28, 2014

New "Wicked" Medley Music Video And Single Available Now

Jul 31, 2014

NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks announces a worldwide recording agreement with YouTube star Peter Hollens. His debut album will be released on the Portrait Records imprint on October 28, 2014. 

Along with this forthcoming album, Hollens posts music videos every two weeks and just released a new one featuring fellow YouTube star Nick Pitera in which they sing a medley from the Broadway show Wicked. Check it out the video here. The single is also available now.

Peter Hollens is an American pop singer and producer best known for his work on YouTube as an a cappella artist. Hollens is a one man a cappella group – he sings ALL parts of every song and then layers and blends them together. With over 750,000 subscribers his videos have reached over 100 million views. Hollens has collaborated with some of YouTube's biggest artists, including Lindsey Stirling, George Watsky and Tyler Ward as well as Jason Mraz and Hunter Hayes.

"I'm thrilled to begin this partnership with Sony Masterworks. With the desire to inspire others through my love for music, I look forward to releasing an album that I can share with listeners all over the world, along with continuing to share videos on my YouTube channel. Now, with the support of Sony Music Masterworks, I can reach an even wider audience worldwide," says Hollens.

"Peter Hollens is an exciting new vocalist reaching a new audience through digital media. His ideas are fresh and his creative imagination is fearless. We at Masterworks are delighted to be with him on the next phase of his musical journey," says Chuck Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Sony Music Masterworks U.S.

He has released over 70 digital singles and has been involved with a cappella music since 1999 when he co-founded the University of Oregon's male a cappella group On The Rocks. In 2010 he was featured on NBC's The Sing Off Season 2 with On The Rocks. He also advises many companies including Patreon, Loudr, Tubular and is on the YouTube creator advisory board. He believes in helping and educating his peers and often consults and advises many artists.

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

For more information on Peter please visit:
www.PeterHollens.com
www.youtube.com/peterhollens
www.twitter.com/peterhollens
www.facebook.com/peterhollensmusic 

Video Link to "Wicked Medley" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MenBz8-dwpA&list=PLFF3F248AC60CF19E

www.sonymasterworks.com  

Video - http://youtu.be/MenBz8-dwpA

SOURCE Sony Music Masterworks

Jul 29, 2014 | Charlotte Jaconelli Releases Her Solo Debut Album, Solitaire

Available July 29, 2014

Jul 29, 2014

NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At just 18 years old, classical crossover sensation Charlotte Jaconelli has sold over 200K albums worldwide and debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart as part of the best-selling duo Jonathan & Charlotte.  They rose to fame when 14.5 million people watched their stunning performance of "The Prayer" from Britain's Got Talent.  Now this highly talented singer begins the next stage of her glittering career with a solo album of amazing maturity and insight. Solitaire, available July 29, is a collection of captivating ballads, beautiful arias and hits from musicals with Charlotte's own distinctive style, showcasing the remarkable strides she has made in the past year.

Along with the celebrated title track, the album highlights include outstanding renditions of "On My Own" (Les Miserables), "When Somebody Loved Me" (Toy Story), "Pie Jesu" and a show-stopping version of "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady).  Solitaire also features duets with two of London's West End stars, Kerry Ellis and Daniel Koek. Having sold hundreds of thousands of albums and filled concert halls with Jonathan, Charlotte is now embarking on the career of her dreams with Solitaire.

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.

Tracklist:

1.

Feels Like Home

7.

Lascia Ch'io Pianga

2.

Solitaire

8.

All I Ask Of You (Duet with Daniel Koek)

3.

Pie Jesu

9.

On My Own

4.

I Know Him So Well (Duet with Kerry Ellis)

10.

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls

5.

When Somebody Loved Me

11.

I Could Have Danced All Night

6.

Right Here Waiting For You



charlottejaconellimusic.com

SOURCE Sony Classical

Jul 23, 2014 | 'Memoirs Of A Madman' Audio And Video Collections Celebrate The Legacy Of Ozzy Osbourne

SINGLE CD, TWO DVD SET, 180 GM DOUBLE VINYL AND LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC VINYL

DUE OUT OCTOBER 7 ON EPIC RECORDS/LEGACY RECORDINGS

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This October, the career of rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN collections.

Ozzy Osbourne's career-spanning CD and 2-disc DVD

Due out October 7, MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of OZZY's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.  Pre-order now available at Amazon.

The MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (DVD) is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career.  Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from OZZY's distinguished solo career.  Pre-order also available at Amazon.

On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser (http://smarturl.it/ozzy_memoirs_teaser).

In addition, an exclusive AUTOGRAPHED limited edition fan bundle will be available (http://myplay.me/1abf).  This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a Creative Allies fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by OZZY (Http://creativeallies.com/contests/977-create-artwork-for-ozzy-osbourne).

OSBOURNE's ongoing solo career spans four decades--as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath--and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. OZZY's latest solo release--his tenth studio album, 2010's Scream--debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash "Let Me Hear You Scream."

From the first notes of OZZY's 1980's solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as OZZY; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers.  OZZY immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley" and "Flying High Again."  With the 1991 release No More Tears, OZZY continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles "No More Tears" and the smash hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home."

The track list is as follows:

1. Crazy Train
2. Mr. Crowley
3. Flying High Again
4. Over The Mountain
5. Bark At The Moon
6. The Ultimate Sin
7. Miracle Man
8. No More Tears (edit)
9. Mama, I'm Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don't Wanna Stop
16. Life Won't Wait
17. Let Me Hear You Scream

Details on the Memoirs of a Madman 2 DVD are as follows:

DVD One features more than two dozen of OZZY's classic and unforgettable  music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and making-of footage from the videos "Let Me Hear You Scream" and "Life Won't Wait."
DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning OZZY's solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. OZZY's union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the Memoirs Of A Madman DVD showcases that to brilliant effect.

The Memoirs Of A Madman DVD track listing is as follows:

DVD 1
THE MUSIC VIDEOS
Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don't Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won't Wait
Let It Die

BONUS
Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won't Wait

DVD 2
Rochester, NY 1981
I Don't Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train

Ozzy's Bunker

Albuquerque, NM 1982
Over The Mountain

MTV 1982

New York, NY 1982
Fairies Wear Boots (clip)

Ozzy's Bunker

Entertainment USA 1984

Kansas City, MO 1986
(Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why

Ozzy's Bunker

Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser

Ozzy's Bunker

Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man

MTV 1989

Marquee, UK 1991
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon (clip)

Studio 1992

San Diego, CA 1992
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
I Don't Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere

Japan 1992

Ozzy's Bunker

No More Tears

Studio 1992

Desire

MTV 1992 

Mama, I'm Coming Home

Studio 1992

Ozzmosis Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996
(Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) 
Perry Mason

Fame & Fortune

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Gets Me Through

Fame & Fortune

Ozzfest 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)
Not Going Away

Black Rain Photo Shoot

Las Vegas, NV 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)
I Don't Wanna Stop

Scream Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010
(Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)
Let Me Hear You Scream

BONUS
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Flying High Again

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Believer

http://www.ozzy.com/us/home
https://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne
https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne
http://instagram.com/ozzyosbourne

Ozzy Osbourne's career-spanning CD and 2-disc DVD
Legacy Recordings logo. Division of SONY Music Entertainment.

 

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SOURCE Legacy Recordings

Jul 21, 2014 | Jackie Evancho Releases New Album Awakening On September 23

Featuring Classical Crossover Favorites, Popular Hits + Originals

Release Coincides With International Tour + New PBS Special

Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho will release her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23 coinciding with an international tour. Produced by Nick Patrick, Awakening is Evancho's first album under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. In August, she will film a new PBS Special which is set to air in December.           

Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song "The Rains of Castamere" from HBO's hit series Game of Thrones.  She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2's "With or Without You." Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem "Take Me There" and "Open Fields of Grace."

"Some of these songs are more on the pop side, and have a little faster beat than the songs I usually sing - but it was really fun."         

She also tackles the ethereal ballad "Memories" by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, in addition to the popular classic "Think of Me" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera.         

"That's how it started for me," says Evancho. "When I first saw the Phantom movie I was inspired by the way the actors sang and really wanted to try to sing like that too. Their passion must have got to me!"

Awakening's classical standards include Caccini/Vavilov's "Ave Maria" and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise."

"I'd never sung Rachmaninoff's 'Vocalise' before," says Evancho. "It was fun for me because there aren't any words to learn, so I could focus on the beauty of the music."

Distinguishing Awakening from her previous albums, Evancho relays that there were "no limits" thematically or otherwise on the songs that she and Portrait placed on repertoire.

"Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces, but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own," she says. "The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me."

She credits producer Patrick for his understanding of her goals on Awakening.

"We all wanted to find a balance that would present Jackie in all that she is as an artist," says Patrick. "'Vocalise' is very challenging and 'Ave Maria' requires the singer to really take control for it to sound beautiful. She is able to do that, but also make the big transition from the classical songs to more contemporary songs like 'With or Without You' or 'Memories.'  On this album, Jackie carries the listener with her quite seamlessly, naturally, convincingly, and believably. She's a remarkable singer for someone so young, but she'd be no more remarkable if she were 30."            

As for the production of Awakening, Patrick strived to capture Evancho's "emotional intensity and technique."

"It was great to shape everything around that voice, lighting it up atmospherically without stepping on it arrangement-wise," he says. "She has such an otherworldly quality of mystery, beauty, fantasy and wonderment, and we wanted everything to complement, not overpower, her voice."

Indeed, Evancho and Patrick have succeeded in re-energizing the classical-crossover genre.

"I feel that my singing style has matured, and it's easier for me to feel comfortable on stage," says the admittedly shy Evancho, who lately has taken up painting and is also trying her hand at songwriting.

"I have a lot to write about because I have a lot for which to be thankful," she says, looking ahead now to her forthcoming tour in support of Awakening.

"I'm excited about it," she concludes. "Tours equal tour bus, and tour bus equals fun!"

Throughout the Summer Jackie is also doing a special promotion with the tween clothing stores Justice.  She recorded a brand new song called "Go Time" which is available for download exclusively for free to Justice shoppers. She will also be featured in the Summer catazine as well as in stores on the video monitors.

About Jackie Evancho:
Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10 gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including O Holy Night, Dream With Me, Heavenly Christmas and Songs From The Silver Screen. She has since acted in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte, and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil's "One Night for One Drop" benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She also starred in the Fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, and in June, she performed the classic film song "Over the Rainbow" at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Evancho has also participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama. She performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and has performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history. Her wide-ranging achievements caused Billboard to include her on its list of "music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21" in 2011 and 2012.

TRACK LISTING:  

1     Think of Me           

8     The Rains of Castamere

2     Your Love           

9     Dormi Jesu

3     Je T'aime            

10   Vocalise

4     Take Me There        

11   With or Without You

5     Open Fields of Grace    

12   Made to Dream

6     Ave Maria       


7     Memories         


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.

www.JackieEvancho.com  |  @JackieEvancho  |  Facebook.com/jackieevancho

SOURCE Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks

Jul 16, 2014 | NOW That's What I Call Music! Unveils Tracklist For NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51

New NOW Volume and NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2 Both Set For Release On August 5

Jul 16, 2014

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, is proud to announce all of the major hits selected for NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51, to be released August 5. Also released that day is NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2.  Both new titles will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

NOW That’s What I Call Music!, Vol.51 to be released August 5.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51 features 16 major current chart hits from today's hottest artists, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande (Feat. Iggy Azalea), MAGIC!, Iggy Azalea (Feat. Charli XCX), MKTO, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull (Feat. G.R.L.), Paramore, Demi Lovato (Feat. Cher Lloyd), Sia, Kongos, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rixton, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, and Luke Bryan, plus five free up-and-coming "NOW What's Next" New Music Preview tracks. 

The "NOW What's Next" bonus track program featured on each numeric NOW release continues to preview hot new artists with tomorrow's biggest hits. NOW 51 showcases up and coming tracks from Jamie Scott, A Great Big World, Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54 (Feat. Tove Lo), Jacob Latimore (Feat. T-Pain), Teyana Taylor (Feat. Pusha T & Yo Gotti).

NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2 is a new companion collection of 18 huge singles and remixes specially selected to keep your celebration rocking. NOW Party Anthems 2's amped-up jams include Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Pharrell Williams' "Happy (From Despicable Me 2)," Icona Pop (Feat. Charli XCX)'s "I Love it," DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What," Nicki Minaj's "Starships," Pitbull (Feat. Ke$ha)'s "Timber," Robin Thicke (Feat. T.I. & Pharrell)'s "Blurred Lines," Bruno Mars' "Treasure (Cash Cash Radio Mix)." Justin Timberlake's "Take Back The Night," Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)," David Guetta (Feat. Sia)'s "Titanium," Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights," Avicii's "Wake Me Up," Flo Rida's "Good Feeling," Lady Gaga's "Applause," Martin Garrix's "Animals," Zedd (Feat. Hayley Williams)'s "Stay The Night (Henry Fong Remix)," and John Legend's "All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix)."

NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 92 million in the U.S. alone. Second only to The Beatles in chart history, 18 of NOW's numbered editions have hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, including the most recent volume, NOW 50, released in May. 

All 50 volumes released to date in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and NOW Music has also enjoyed Top 10 chart success with five of its non-numbered editions, including NOW That's What I Call Christmas! (Vols. 1 and 3), NOW That's What I Call Music! #1's, and NOW That's What I Call Country! (Vols. 1 and 2).

The NOW That's What I Call Music! series is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. NOW and NOW That's What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of Universal Music Group and its affiliates.

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www.twitter.com/nowthatsmusic 
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NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 51 [CD; Digital]

1. Katy Perry                            

Birthday

2. Ariana Grande (Feat. Iggy Azalea)             

Problem

3. MAGIC!                                         

Rude

4. Iggy Azalea (Feat. Charli XCX)            

Fancy

5. MKTO                                                

Classic

6. Justin Timberlake                               

Not A Bad Thing

7. Pitbull (Feat. G.R.L.)                           

Wild Wild Love

8. Paramore                                              

Ain't It Fun

9. Demi Lovato (Feat. Cher Lloyd) 

Really Don't Care

10. Sia                                                   

Chandelier

11. Kongos                                           

Come With Me Now

12. 5 Seconds of Summer                           

She Looks So Perfect

13. Rixton                                                

Me And My Broken Heart

14. Sam Smith                                       

Stay With Me

15. Idina Menzel                                     

Let It Go (From Frozen)

16. Luke Bryan                        

Play It Again

BONUS TRACKS: "NOW What's Next" New Music Preview

17. Jamie Scott                                

Unbreakable

18. A Great Big World                           

Already Home

19. Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54 (Feat. Tove Lo)

Strangers

20. Jacob Latimore (Feat. T-Pain)                  

Heartbreak Heard Around The World

21. Teyana Taylor (Feat. Pusha T & Yo Gotti)        

Maybe

 

NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems 2 [CD; Digital]  

1. Katy Perry                

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

2. Pharrell Williams         

Happy (From Despicable Me 2)

3. Icona Pop (Feat. Charli XCX)

I Love It

4. DJ Snake & Lil Jon        

Turn Down For What

5. Nicki Minaj              

Starships 

6. Pitbull (Feat. Ke$ha)      

Timber 

7. Robin Thicke (Feat. T.I. & Pharrell)

Blurred Lines

8. Bruno Mars         

Treasure (Cash Cash Radio Mix)

9. Justin Timberlake       

Take Back The Night

10. Lana Del Rey     

Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)

11. David Guetta (Feat. Sia)

Titanium

12. Demi Lovato      

Neon Lights

13. Avicii         

Wake Me Up

14. Flo Rida    

Good Feeling

15. Lady Gaga      

Applause

16. Martin Garrix 

Animals

17. Zedd (Feat. Hayley Williams)

Stay The Night (Henry Fong Remix)

18. John Legend             

All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix)

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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!

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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 »
Jul 08, 2014 | Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited - A Special Release Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Cash's Landmark Album Available August 19

Album Features Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Bill Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Norman and Nancy Blake and others

Jul 8, 2014

NEW YORK, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Of all the dozens of albums released by Johnny Cash during his nearly half-century career, 1964's Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian was among the closest to the artist's heart. A concept album focusing on the mistreatment and marginalization of the Native American people throughout the history of the United States, its eight songs—among them "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," a #3 hit single for Cash on the Billboard country chart—spoke in frank and poetic language of the hardships and intolerance they endured.

Now, 50 years after it was recorded, a collective of top Americana artists has come together to reimagine and update these songs that meant so much to Cash, who died in 2003. Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (Sony Music Masterworks, August 19), produced by Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville), features American music giants Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Bill Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Norman and Nancy Blake, as well as up-and-comers the Milk Carton Kids and Rhiannon Giddens, interpreting the music of Bitter Tears for a new generation. As his project was for Cash, the new collection is a labor of love with a strong sense of purpose fueling its creation.

"Prior to Bitter Tears, the conversation about Native American rights had not really been had," says Henry, "and at a very significant moment in his trajectory, Johnny Cash was willing to draw a line and insist that this be considered a human rights issue, alongside the civil rights issue that was coming to fruition in 1964. But he also felt that the record had never been heard, so there's a real sense that we're being asked to carry it forward."

Bitter Tears, widely acknowledged for decades as one of Cash's greatest artistic achievements, did not realize its stature as a landmark recording easily and quickly. At the time that Cash proposed the album, he was met with a great deal of resistance from his record label.  They felt that a song cycle revolving around the Native American struggle as perpetrated by the white man took him too far afield of the country mainstream and Cash's core audience. Cash still released the album and although it did not perform as well as he had hoped, he remained extremely proud of the album throughout his life.

Ironically, at the same time that his own label was balking because it felt he would alienate the country audience with his Native American tales, Cash was finding a new set of admirers among the burgeoning folk music crowd that had recently made stars of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Cash's debut performance of "Ira Hayes" at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival had earned him rave reviews.  His appeal was undeniably expanding beyond the country audience, and for those who did connect with Bitter Tears, among them a 17-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter named Emmylou Harris, its music was revelatory and important. "The record was a seminal work for her as a teenager," says Henry. "She bought the album brand new and realized at that moment that Johnny Cash was a folk singer, not a country singer, and was involving himself politically and socially in a way that she had identified with the great folk singers at that moment."

Henry's awareness of Harris' affection for Bitter Tears led him to invite her to contribute to Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited. Following the epic, nine-minute album-opener "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow," written by Peter La Farge—a folk singer-songwriter with Native American bloodlines who Cash had befriended—and sung here by Welch and Rawlings, Harris takes the lead vocal on the Cash-penned "Apache Tears," which also features sweet, close harmonies by the Milk Carton Kids, the duo comprising Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. For Henry, carefully matching artist to song was integral to the integrity of Look Again To The Wind. For some of the tracks, that process required a great deal of consideration. But when it came to deciding who would interpret "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," Henry quickly zeroed in on Kristofferson.

Another of five songs on the original album written by La Farge, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" is based on the true story of Ira Hamilton Hayes, a Pima Indian who was one of the six Marines seen raising the flag at Iwo Jima in an iconic World War II photograph. Hayes' moment of glory was followed upon his return to civilian life with prejudice and alcoholism—Cash, moved by Hayes' story and La Farge's recounting of it, vowed to record the song.  When planning out Look Again To The Wind, Henry knew that only a few living singers could deliver the song the way he wanted to hear it. He called Kristofferson, utilizing Rawlings and Welch to sing background.

"I wanted somebody whose relationship with Johnny Cash was not only musical but personal," he says. "I'd worked with Kris on a couple of other things and I thought why not ask? Who else has a voice with that kind of power and authority?" That same sense of intuition guided Henry to choose the other participants and the material they would render. For La Farge's "Custer," the album's third song, the producer knew instinctively that Steve Earle was the right man for the job. "Steve is an upstart, and there are very few people I can imagine working right now who could deliver a song that is that pointed in that particular way and do it authentically without cowering from it or making it feel a little too arch," Henry says. "He really could embody the kind of swagger that that song insists upon." 

Similarly, Henry chose Nancy Blake (with Harris and Welch on backing vocals) for the Cash-written "The Talking Leaves," Norman Blake to sing "Drums," the Milk Carton Kids to lead "White Girl" (both of those authored by La Farge) and the powerhouse vocalist Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops for the original album's finale, "The Vanishing Race," written by Cash's good friend Johnny Horton. To bolster the album (the original, typical of mid-'60s vinyl LPs, ran just over a half hour), Henry fills out the track list of Look Again To The Wind with reprises of "Apache Tears" and "As Long As the Grass Shall Grow"—both sung by Welch and Rawlings—and ends the set with the title track, a La Farge tune that did not appear on the original Johnny Cash album but instead on the songwriter's own 1963 release As Long as the Grass Shall Grow: Peter La Farge Sings Of The Indians. Here it's sung by Bill Miller, with Sam Bush providing mandolin and Dennis Crouch upright bass, a fine and fitting coda to the collection.

From the start, Henry looked at the project as one that would require great personal commitment and responsibility on his own part. Approached as potential producer of the project by the man who first envisioned it, Sony Music Masterworks' Senior Vice President Chuck Mitchell (who'd been in conversations with Antonino D'Ambrosio, author of A Heartbeat and a Guitar, a book about the making of Bitter Tears), Henry immediately understood the importance of the assignment. "Johnny Cash was my first musical hero and I feel a profound debt to him as an artist, and as a courageous one," he says. "How could I say no to that?"

He also realized that the Bitter Tears album held a special place in Cash's canon, and that in many ways the issues it raised still resonate today—this had to be apparent in the new versions. "Mr. Cash knew that if he took this on, even if his point of view was not adopted, he had the power to be heard," Henry says.

The album was recorded in three sessions: the first two in Los Angeles and Nashville and, lastly, one at the Cash Cabin, in Cash's hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, where Bill Miller cut his contribution. Providing the instrumental backing for most of the album are Greg Leisz (steel guitar, guitars), Keefus Ciancia (keyboards), Patrick Warren (keyboards for the L.A. sessions), Jay Bellerose (drums) and Dave Piltch (bass).

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.

TRACKLIST:

  1. As Long as the Grass Shall Grow – feat. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
  2. Apache Tears – feat. Emmylou Harris w/The Milk Carton Kids
  3. Custer – feat. Steve Earle w/The Milk Carton Kids
  4. The Talking Leaves – feat. Nancy Blake w/ Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
  5. The Ballad of Ira Hayes – feat. Kris Kristofferson w/ Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
  6. Drums – feat. Norman Blake w/ Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
  7. Apache Tears (Reprise) – feat. Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
  8. White Girl – feat. The Milk Carton Kids
  9. The Vanishing Race – feat. Rhiannon Giddens
  10. As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (Reprise) – feat. Nancy Blake, Gillian WelchDave Rawlings
  11. Look Again to The Wind – feat. Bill Miller 

 

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Jun 25, 2014 | Band of Brothers, Willie Nelson's New Album for Legacy Recordings, Enters the Billboard 200 at #5, Debuts at #1 on Nation's Country Album Charts

Willie's First Batch of Newly Penned Songs In Nearly 2 Decades is His 2nd Consecutive Top 10 Album in Under a Year & First #1 Country Album Since 1986

Jun 25, 2014

NEW YORK, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Band of Brothers, the new Willie Nelson studio album, is entering the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #5, marking Willie's highest debut and highest position on America's popular albums chart since Always On My Mind peaked there for three weeks at #2 in 1982.

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Willie's latest is also debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country chart, making Band of Brothers his first #1 Country album since The Promiseland hit the top slot in 1986.

With Band of Brothers sitting high on the nation's Pop and Country charts, Natural Renegade, a Willie Nelson retrospective collection originally released in 2007, has also returned to the charts, coming in at #7 on the Top Catalog albums chart.

Willie's second Top 10 album in less than a year--its predecessor, To All The Girls..., entered the Billboard 200 at #9 (and the Country chart at #2) in October 2013--Band of Brothers premieres 14 studio tracks including nine brand-new songs composed by America's quintessential pop/country songwriter. Willie's first album of predominately newly-written original material since 1996's Spirit album, Band of Brothers is already drawing praise from music press and fans alike as a welcome return-to-form from the master tunesmith.

All 14 tracks on Band of Brothers are new recordings and none of the songs have been previously recorded by Willie Nelson.

"We have had many, many great musical performers and music acts on this stage, and this theatre has seen the best of the best," said host David Letterman recently, introducing Willie Nelson to his Late Show audience, adding, "No one better than this guy...."

It's a sentiment echoed by NPR, who devoted a section of their online music home page to a "first listen" to Band of Brothers and conducted an extensive, lively interview with Willie on "All Things Considered" on June 15, with host Arun Rath calling the artist, simply "such a great songwriter."

"The master songwriter turns in his strongest tunes in ages," wrote Rolling Stone. "A minute into Willie Nelson's new set of songs – largely self-penned for a change – it's clear the man who wrote Patsy Cline's 'Crazy' 50-some years ago has lost neither verve nor cojones."

The New York Times called Band of Brothers "...a serenely feisty autumnal statement from the singer, who formed his sage, grizzled persona decades ago. [...] his relaxed, quavery, behind-the beat vocals and his acoustic lead guitar always made him a voice of maturity. The sly versatility of his style has allowed him to cruise through many albums of collaborations, covers and tributes to vintage country music. But 'Band of Brothers'--with nine of its 14 songs written by Mr. Nelson and Buddy Cannon, the album's producer--is set in the present. At 81, Mr. Nelson has more right to be autumnal than ever. That doesn't mean he's retreating...."

"Nelson the songwriter returns in all his wonderful guises," observed Associated Press (AP). ".... each song is a perfect projection of its writer's best qualities. They're comfortable, familiar, well-worn, but also new and different."

"Of course when it comes to country nonconformists, Nelson not only wrote the book, he published it and put it on the shelves. Country's original Outlaw has spent decades proving it's possible to be an icon and an iconoclast at the same time," wrote CMT in a review of Willie Nelson & the Family's recent performance at Radio City Music Hall, testifying to Willie's on-stage power and charisma. "Watching Nelson work his magic as he did at Radio City is a thrilling experience....as if Nelson was venturing ever further on a high wire without losing his footing."

Band of Brothers is a Pick in People magazine, who praise the album as "spirited," noting that "the 81-year-old legend is ready for any challenge yet to come...."

In that spirit, Willie Nelson sat down for an adventurous interview with the ESPN Sports Center on June 16 and went online for a SportsNation chat with his fans.

Willie Nelson/Band of Brothers - tracklisting

  1. Bring It On (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  2. Guitar in the Corner (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  3. The Wall (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  4. Whenever You Come Around (Vince Gill/Pete Wasner)
  5. Wives and Girlfriends (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  6. I Thought I Left You (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  7. Send Me a Picture (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  8. Used to Her (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  9. The Git Go (Billy Joe Shaver/Gary Nicholson)
  10. Band of Brothers (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
  11. Hard to Be an Outlaw (Billy Joe Shaver)
  12. Crazy Like Me (Dennis Morgan/Shawn Camp/Billy Burnette)
  13. The Songwriters (Gordie Sampson/Bill Anderson)
  14. I've Got a Lot of Traveling to Do (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

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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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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:

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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

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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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May 27, 2014 | Cher Lloyd's Sorry I'm Late In Stores Today

CELEBRATING RELEASE WITH PERFORMANCES ON THE TODAY SHOW, LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL, VH1'S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE, & MORE

DEBUTING ALBUM TO FANS ON MTV.COM

May 27, 2014

NEW YORK, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cher Lloyd releases her brand new album, Sorry I'm Late, in stores and through all digital retailers via Epic Records.

Cher Lloyd’s Sorry I’m Late In Stores Today

Partnering with MTV Artists, the multi-platinum British singer-songwriter's revolutionary and noteworthy campaign of empowering fans to premiere each of the album songs on their own social media has palpably built up staggering momentum and anticipation for this day. This marked the very first time in history an artist allowed fans to premiere music, and excitement proved overwhelming.

As a "thank you" to her audience, she will perform songs off of the new album to an intimate group of fans, and the event will be streamed live on MTV.com all week long. Moreover, she's ringing in the album's release with a performance of the hit single "Sirens" on NBC's The Today Show this morning.

She will continue making the rounds, performing on both LIVE with Kelly & Michael and VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, while Thursday she stops by the MLB Fan Cave. Recently, she also captivated the audience at the Billboard Music Awards red carpet pre-show with "Sirens" [watch here] and served as one of the evening's presenters.

Meanwhile, her emotional music video for "Sirens" continues to resonate with listeners worldwide. In just a few short weeks, the personal, dramatic, and heartfelt clip accumulated nearly 3 million views on YouTube/VEVO as the artist opened up about this particular moment of her life for the first time.

Last month, she also finished up a successful stint supporting good friend Demi Lovato on the acclaimed Neon Lights tour and will make her return to the road very soon.

Sorry I'm Late is here at the right time for Cher Lloyd and listeners everywhere.

www.cherlloyd.com/
twitter.com/CherLloyd
facebook.com/cherlloydmusic
instagram.com/cherlloyd

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140527/91324

SOURCE Epic Records

May 07, 2014 | Michael Jackson's XSCAPE Set For Global Launch

STANDARD AND DELUXE EDITIONS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW AND AT ALL RETAILERS IN THE US ON MAY 13TH

"LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD" -- MICHAEL JACKSON'S SINGLE & DUET WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IS A WORLDWIDE SMASH

"...Xscape lives up to the legend." -- USA Today

May 7, 2014

NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch of Michael Jackson's highly anticipated May 13th album, XSCAPE, curated and produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, is off to a thrilling start with last week's world premiere of "Love Never Felt So Good." The song rocketed into the Top 5 at iTunes in the U.S, peaking at #1 in 17 countries and landing in the Top 5 position in 67 countries around the world, within 24 hours of release.  "Love Never Felt So Good" marks Jackson's 49th Hot 100 entry and makes multiple debuts on at various radio formats charts. The standard and deluxe versions of the album are available for pre-order at all digital retailers http://smarturl.it/lnfsg, http://smarturl.it/lnfsg-amazon and streaming at MusicUnlimited.com/MichaelJackson.

The track, which was released in two versions, Michael's original vocals contemporized by John McClain and a duet with Justin Timberlake. The song premiered on the iHeart Radio Music Awards on NBC, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show is giving it her signature dance moves and debuting four more songs this week.  The album will be featured on the Today Show, numerous entertainment outlets, in a campaign in conjunction with MTV and Twitter, and is on the cover of this week's Billboard magazine.

It's truly fitting that after a long history together and in anticipation of Michael Jackson's upcoming album, MTV will exclusively release two never before heard tracks. On May 8 at 10:00 am ET, fans can go to michaeljackson.mtv.com to listen to "Blue Gangsta," as well as view archival footage from interviews and iconic MTV performances including Bad, Black or White and more. Additionally, on May 9 at 10:00 am ET, the title track "Xscape" will also be available on michaeljackson.mtv.com

XSCAPE features 8 songs (see track listing below), which the world will be hearing for the very first time originally recorded between 1983 and 1999. The album showcases why Michael Jackson remains an indelible influence on contemporary artists today. XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world's most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings as they existed in his archives as well as a DVD documentary featuring the producers discussing the making of XSCAPE.  The duet version of "Love Never Felt So Good", co-produced by Justin Timberlake, is also available on the Deluxe Edition.

Epic / Sony Music's XSCAPE album campaign is backed by a first-ever 'One Sony' global collaboration, with exclusive offers from Sony Group companies leveraging their respective strengths in delivering unique entertainment experiences to a wider audience, to celebrate Michael's latest album launch. The special 'One Sony' offers include exclusive early access to five tracks from XSCAPE prior to the album launch, on the Music Unlimited streaming service, and free album download with purchase of selected new Xperia™ smartphone/tablet models (bonus track included) and audio products. (Please note that the launch schedule and availability of each service/offer may vary depending on the country/region).

Keep visiting www.michaeljackson.com for new details about the upcoming album.

XSCAPE
L.A. Reid, Album Producer/Curator
Timbaland, Executive Producer
John Branca and John McClain, Executive Producers for the Estate of Michael Jackson

STANDARD
1. LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD
Written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka
Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort and Paul Anka

2. CHICAGO
Written by Cory Rooney
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson and Cory Rooney
Produced by Timbaland and Jerome Harmon

3. LOVING YOU
Written by Michael Jackson
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson
Produced by Timbaland and Jerome Harmon

4. A PLACE WITH NO NAME
Written by Dewey Bunell, Michael Jackson and Dr. Freeze
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson and Dr. Freeze
Produced by Stargate

5. SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM
Written by L.A. Reid and Babyface
Produced by LA Reid and Babyface
Produced by Timbaland and Jerome Harmon

6. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE
Written by Michael Jackson
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson
Produced by Timbaland and Jerome Harmon

7. BLUE GANGSTA
Written by Michael Jackson and Dr. Freeze
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson and Dr. Freeze
Produced by Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, King Logan and Daniel Jones

8. XSCAPE
Written by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels and Fred Jerkins III
Vocals Produced by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins
Produced by Rodney Jerkins

DELUXE
1. Love Never Felt So Good
2. Chicago
3. Loving You
4. A Place With No Name
5. Slave To The Rhythm
6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are
7. Blue Gangsta
8. Xscape
9. Love Never Felt So Good (Original Version)
10. Chicago (Original Version)
11. Loving You (Original Version)
12. A Place With No Name (Original Version)
13. Slave To The Rhythm (Original Version)
14. Do You Know Where Your Children Are (Original Version)
15. Blue Gangsta (Original Version)
16. Xscape (Original Version)
17. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka
Produced by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "JRoc" Harmon

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 the #9 top grossing tour of all time; and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, a new 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.   

SOURCE Epic Records

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 21, 2011

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

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

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

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

http://www.weirdal.com/

http://twitter.com/alyankovic

http://www.facebook.com/weirdal

http://youtube.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
Jun 17, 2011

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

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

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

About Bravo:

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

About MTV:

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

About VEVO:

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

For updated information and news, please visit:

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

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

About Bravo:

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

About MTV:

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

About VEVO:

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

For updated information and news, please visit:

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

SOURCE Jive Records

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

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

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

PR Newswire
NEW YORK
May 2, 2011

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

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

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

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


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

    *Additional dates are scheduled to be added.

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

www.weirdal.com

twitter.com/alyankovic

SOURCE Jive Records

SOURCE: Jive Records

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

PR Newswire

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

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

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

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

Tour Dates Are As Follows:

May 19

New Brunswick, NJ

The State Theatre

May 20

Glenside, PA

Keswick Theatre

May 21

Englewood, NJ

Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 22

Pittsburgh, PA

Stage AE - Outdoor Stage

May 24

Verona, NY

Turning Stone Resort Casino

May 26

Marion, OH

Marion Palace Theatre

May 27

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Soaring Eagle Casino

May 28

Waukegan, IL

The Genesee Theatre

May 29

Cincinnati, OH

PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music

May 31

St. Charles, IL

The Arcada Theatre

Jun 1

Effingham, IL

Effingham Perf. Arts Center

Jun 2

Milwaukee, WI

Potawatomi Casino

Jun 3

St. Charles, MO

The Family Arena

Jun 5

Springfield, IL

Prairie Capital Convention Center

Jun 10

Chandler, AZ

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Jun 11

Tucson, AZ

Fox Tucson Theatre

Jun 12

Riverside, CA

Fox Perf. Arts Center

Jun 15

Del Mar, CA

San Diego County Fair

Jun 16

Santa Ynez, CA

Chumash Casino




*Additional dates are scheduled to be added.



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

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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