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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 »
Dec 17, 2014 | Legacy Recordings Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Montgomery-Selma Civil Rights Marches with Release of The Staple Singers' Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church, A Newly Expanded Edition of Legendary Concert Recorded

Historic Soul/Gospel Concert Masterpiece Available on CD, Online and 2LP Configurations on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dec 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church (http://smarturl.it/Amazon_SSFHC), a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year's historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama.

Freedom Highway Complete will be available as a single CD, as a digital release online, and in a special 2LP configuration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Freedom Highway Complete will be available as a single CD, as a digital release online, and in a special 2LP configuration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. 

Legacy's Freedom Highway Complete is a state-of-the-art sonic verite capturing that transcendent Chicago gospel service from 50 years ago.  Featuring previously unreleased performances, the spiritually uplifting service, "Pops" Staples' Intro and Outro and more, Freedom Highway Complete puts the listener right in the church, with the Staple Singers, the choir, the band, and the congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime event.

An essential musical, cultural and historic document, Freedom Highway Complete presents the full concert and service in natural ambient sound, remixed and remastered from the original analog multi-track tapes.

First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965, the original Freedom Highway album, constrained by the time limits of 12" vinyl, edited the New Nazareth Church concert and service down to key performance tracks.  Newly expanded to include 30+ additional minutes of the original church service, Freedom Highway Complete edition marks the first-ever release of the full concert and service.

In March 1965, the American Civil Rights Movement galvanized around three historic voter's rights marches along the 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital, public acts of protest which served as catalysts to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The first march (March 7, 1965) was dubbed "Bloody Sunday" after 600 marchers faced the billy clubs and tear gas of local and state police forces; the second (March 9) reached a standoff between police and protestors, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; on the third march (March 21), protestors were protected by 2,000 US Army troops, 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard and numerous FBI agents and federal marshals.  The route taken by the 1965 Civil Rights marchers has been named the "Selma To Montgomery Voting Rights Trail" and is a US National Historic Trail.

Among those inspired by the message and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marchers were Chicago preacher/singer/guitarist Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his children, Pervis, Cleotha, Yvonne and Mavis.  As The Staple Singers, the family group had been recording folk-infused gospel since the 1950s, and, by 1965, had been signed to Epic Records by Billy Sherrill (the songwriter/producer who would bring George Jones and Tammy Wynette to the label).

On April 9, 1965, The Staple Singers returned to their local parish, New Nazareth Church in Chicago, to participate in a service inspired by the Alabama marches.  In a spirit-filled set that runs from Civil Rights anthems ("We Shall Overcome") to traditional gospel ("When The Saints Go Marching In"), The Staple Singers introduced their own original material, including the just-composed "Freedom Highway," inspired by the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Throughout the set, "Pops" Staples showcases the six-string guitar skills that transformed, and united the worlds of gospel, R&B, soul, rock and blues music.  An archetypal electric guitar master, his influence can be heard in the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Michael Bloomfield and many others.

A pivotal event for the Staple Singers, the Freedom Highway Complete performance is described, by Mavis Staples, in Greg Kot's acclaimed 2014 book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom's Highway (Scribner's) as one of the most important moments of her career.

In the Staple Singers Essential Discography included in I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom's Highway, author Greg Kot singles out the original 1965 release of Freedom Highway, writing, "The Staples mix gospel fervor with fierce protest music on their home turf, a concert at New Nazareth Church on Chicago's South Side.  One of the best live albums ever made (though sadly out of print)."

On page 106 of his book, Kot writes, "In the New Nazareth Church concert, Pops connects the themes of gospel music and the civil rights movement more explicitly than ever before. It presents him not just as a musical innovator, but as a philosopher, preacher, and visionary, a melding of black church music and black popular music for a common cause. Church music was no longer just about making it through this world to get to the next one; it was also about living right now in the streets all African Americans shared."

Five decades after Selma-Montgomery Freedom Marches and this jubilant celebratory concert, Freedom Highway Complete takes on a new social and cultural relevance and urgency in light of current events.  Produced by Nedra Olds-Neal and Steve Berkowitz, this newly expanded edition features additional material cut from the original release, all newly mixed by Steve Addabbo and mastered by Mark Wilder. The new Freedom Highway Complete is a crucial document of this remarkable and important time in American history.

About The Staple Singers

The Staple Singers story begins in Winona, Mississippi, with the birth of Roebuck "Pops" Staples on December 28, 1914.  A contemporary and protege of mythic rural blues guitarist Charley Patton, "Pops" Staples developed his own repertoire of six string skills, playing at local dances, picnics and church services.  In 1931, he became a member of the Golden Trumpets, singing and playing guitar with the Mississippi gospel jubilee quartet.  Part of the great migration of black Americans who moved north for better paying factory jobs, Pops relocated to Chicago in 1936, playing gospel music with the Windy City's Trumpet Jubilees.  In the mid 1950s, he presented his daughters, Cleotha and Mavis, and his son, Pervis, to a church audience.  From that time on, The Staple Singers have been a powerful force in American gospel, soul and popular music.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, The Staple Singers won the 1992 Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award and took home a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

The Staple Singers
Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church
Original Recordings Produced by Billy Sherrill
Album Produced by Steve Berkowitz & Nedra Olds-Neal

1. Intro by Pops Staples

2. When The Saints Go Marching In

3. The Funeral

4. Build On That Shore

5. We Shall Overcome

6.  Freedom Highway

7. What You Gonna Do?

8. Precious Lord, Take My Hand (unreleased)

9. When I'm Gone

10. Help Me Jesus

11. Rev. Hopkins/Offering

12. Jesus Is All (unreleased)

13. Samson and Delilah

14. View The Holy City

15. Tell Heaven

16. He's All Right

17. Pops Outro/Benediction


Live Concert at New Nazareth Church, Chicago, IL

Recorded April 9, 1965

Musicians:  Roebuck "Pops" Staples, guitar, vocals

Al Duncan, drums

Phil Upchurch, bass

The Staple Singers:  Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Mavis Staples,

Yvonne Staples, Pervis Staples

 

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SOURCE Legacy Recordings

Dec 11, 2014 | AC/DC Tops Charts Around The Globe

'Rock or Bust' Reaches #1 In 10 Countries So Far

Dec 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records -- AC/DC are back to topping charts around the globe with their 15th studio album 'Rock or Bust.'  Released globally last week, 'Rock or Bust,' debuts at #1 on sales charts in 10 Countries so far including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Germany, where it's the fastest selling international album in nearly ten years and sold more in its first week than all other international albums on the chart combined. In addition 'Rock or Bust' debuted in the top five in a total of 25 countries including the U.S., UK, Spain, Poland, New Zealand, Japan, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, and Hungary.  In the U.S. the band debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart selling over 174,000 albums in its first week.

AC/DC

'Rock or Bust,' produced by Brendan O'Brien and mixed by Mike Fraser, features 11 new tracks and has critics declaring the album a highpoint of their 41-year history with Rolling Stone noting "AC/DC remain hard rock's  masters."  Entertainment Weekly calls the new album a "high-octane, party-hard collection of monster jams" while Boston Globe says it is the "most head-bangingly, fist-pumpingly enjoyable hard rock ever." And NY Newsday says it "still sounds like rock and roll heaven."

Press Contact:

Kimberly Harris
Columbia Records Publicity
Kimberly.Harris@sonymusic.com

Benny Tarantini
BT PR
Benny@bennytarantini.com 

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SOURCE Columbia Records

Dec 10, 2014 | Sony Music Masterworks Earns 6 Nominations For The 2015 GRAMMY Awards In Multiple Genres

Dec 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks receives 6 GRAMMY nominations for the 2015 GRAMMY Awards in multiple genres including Jazz, American Roots, World and Classical.

"Congratulations go out to all of the Sony Music Masterworks artists who were nominated this year," says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Music Masterworks. "We work with such an exciting and diverse group of musicians - it is a proud moment when their craft is recognized."

Sony Music Masterworks and its imprints Masterworks, OKeh and Sony Classical earned nominations in the following categories:

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro 
Billy Childs & Various Artists (Masterworks)

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
"And When I Die" 
Billy Childs Featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Masterworks)

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Magic 
Sergio Mendes (OKeh)

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
"The Book Thief" 
John Williams, composer - The Book Thief Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony Classical, Fox Music; Publisher: Fox Film Music Corp.)

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA
"Moon River" 
Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson) - A Summer Place (Sony Classical)

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS
"New York Tendaberry" 
Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma) - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Masterworks)

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

For more information please contact:                                                        

Sony Music Masterworks, Angela Barkan - (212) 833-8575, Angela.Barkan@sonymusic.com
Larissa Slezak – (212) 833-6075, Larissa.Slezak@sonymusic.com

SOURCE Sony Music Masterworks

Dec 10, 2014 | Remastered/Expanded Version Of Judas Priest's Classic 'Defenders Of The Faith' Album Announced

Dec 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980's 'British Steel' and 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance'), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to 'deliver the goods,' to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, 'Defenders of the Faith,' which spawned such headbanging classics as 'Freewheel Burning,' 'Jawbreaker,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,' and 'Love Bites.' 

On March 10th, a newly expanded three-CD version of 'Defenders of the Faith' will be released via Columbia/Legacy.

And on March 10th, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the 'Defenders' tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984. 

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group's ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as 'Metal Gods,' 'Breaking the Law,' 'Sinner,' 'Electric Eye,' 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),' 'Victim of Changes,' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming,' among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, "It's 30 years since we released 'Defenders of the Faith' - we're very proud to say it has become a classic that's beloved by Priest fans throughout the world."

Judas Priest continues to 'defend the faith' to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, 'Redeemer of Souls,' which sees the band's popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group's current tour, quite a few classics from 'Defenders' are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue.

CD1 'Defenders of the Faith' Re-Mastered 

  1. Freewheel Burning
  2. Jawbreaker
  3. Rock Hard Ride Free
  4. The Sentinel
  5. Love Bites
  6. Eat Me Alive
  7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  8. Night Comes Down
  9. Heavy Duty
  10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

  1. Love Bites
  2. Jawbreaker
  3. Grinder
  4. Metal Gods
  5. Breaking the Law
  6. Sinner
  7. Desert Plains
  8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  9. The Sentinel 
  10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

  1. Night Comes Down
  2. The Hellion
  3. Electric Eye
  4. Heavy Duty
  5. Defenders of the Faith
  6. Freewheel Burning 
  7. Victim of Changes
  8. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
  9. Living After Midnight
  10. Hell Bent For Leather
  11. You've Got Another Thing Coming

judaspriest.com

Judas Priest

 

Judas Priest

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Dec 09, 2014 | 2CELLOS Create A New Dimension With Celloverse Album Available January 27, 2015

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "SHAPE OF MY HEART" AND ALBUM PREORDER NOW LIVE

BAND KICKS OFF 2015 WITH WORLD TOUR

JOIN THE #CELLOVERSE

Dec 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks) on January 27, 2015.  Available now for preorder, Celloverse is supported by a world tour kicking off in Australia and landing stateside Feb. 19 with a sold out concert in Minneapolis (U.S. tour schedule below). 2CELLOS latest music video from Celloverse, "Shape of My Heart," is their take on Sting's beautiful song - check it out here.

Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" went viral with 20 million-plus YouTube views, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third album, Celloverse.

Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS' unique ability to reinvent current and classic rock/pop songs, starting with "The Trooper Overture," a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden's hit and Rossini's "William Tell Overture." The album includes their take on AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" (the video has 30 million views), "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons and Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us." Rounding out Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic "Live and Let Die," with special guest Lang Lang and the title track, an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS.

"In terms of arrangements and production, as well as playing and sound, this is our most advanced album," says Sulic, "and we're so excited to share it with our fans around the world!"  

A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album.  The deluxe edition of Celloverse features seven of their most popular videos including two live performances from sold out arena shows in their native Croatia.   

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out.

They have sold out shows around the globe and also performed with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

2CELLOS are the first instrumentalists to be featured on Glee.  They have also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, and The Bachelor Live Wedding Special.  Their self-titled debut album and IN2ITION are available on Sony Music Masterworks.

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


Celloverse Tracklist:

1

The Trooper (Overture)   

2

I Will Wait   

3

Thunderstruck (Intro)   

4

Thunderstruck   

5

Hysteria   

6

Shape of My Heart   

7

Mombasa   

8

Time   

9

Wake Me Up   

10

They Don't Care About Us   

11

Live and Let Die (feat. Lang Lang)   

12

Street Spirit (Fade Out)   

13

Celloverse   

Deluxe edition includes the videos:

1

The Trooper (Overture)   

2

Thunderstruck   

3

Highway to Hell   

4

With or Without You


(Live from Arena Pula)

5

Smells Like Teen Spirit


(Live at Arena Zagreb)

6

Welcome To The Jungle   

7

Smooth Criminal   

Website: http://www.2cellos.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/2Cellos
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/2Cellos 
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/2CELLOSlive 
Hashtag: #CELLOVERSE

Album Preorder Links:
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/celloverse-amz 
Amazon Deluxe: http://smarturl.it/cellovamzdlx 
iTunes Standard: http://smarturl.it/celloverse 
iTunes Deluxe: http://smarturl.it/celloversedlxdig

TOUR DATES:




Feb 19     

Minneapolis, MN     

Fitzgerald Theater              

SOLD OUT!

Feb 20      

Madison, WI         

Wisconsin Union Theatre                     

SOLD OUT!

Feb 21      

Chicago, IL       

Chicago Theater                   

TICKETS

Feb 22      

East Lansing, MI   

Wharfton Center                           

TICKETS

Feb 24    

Akron, OH       

University of Akron                    

TICKETS

Feb 26         

Dallas, TX         

AT&T PAC - Winspear Opera House       

TICKETS

Feb 27      

Midland, TX         

Wagner Noel PAC          

TICKETS

Feb 28         

Austin, TX           

Long Center             

TICKETS

Mar 1           

San Antonio, TX   

Majestic Theatre                   

TICKETS

Mar 4        

Las Curces, NM     

University of New Mexico            


Mar 6        

Palm Desert, CA       

McCallum Theater              

TICKETS

Mar 7        

Las Vegas, NV     

UNLV                             

TICKETS

Mar 8         

Flagstaff, AZ         

Ardrey Auditorium                     

TICKETS

Mar 9          

Mesa, AZ     

Mesa Arts Center               

TICKETS

Mar 10       

Escondido, CA       

CA Center for the Arts            

TICKETS

Mar 11         

Malibu, CA        

Pepperdine University           

TICKETS

Mar 13     

Anchorage, AK     

Atwood Hall                        

TICKETS

Mar 14        

Seattle, WA         

Moore Theatre                      

TICKETS

Mar 15

Portland, OR

Aladdin Theater

TICKETS

Mar 19     

Modesto, CA        

Gallo Center              

TICKETS

Mar 20         

Santa Rosa, CA      

Wells Fargo Center                         

TICKETS

Mar 21        

San Luis Obispo, CA 

Cal Poly Arts                   

TICKETS

Mar 22      

Los Angeles, CA     

Club Nokia                           

TICKETS

Mar 23      

Santa Clarita          

Santa Clarita PAC             

TICKETS

Apr 21      

Buffalo, NY        

University of Buffalo             

TICKETS

Apr 22         

New York, NY     

Best Buy Theater                        

TICKETS

Apr 23       

Frederick, MD           

Weinberg Center           

TICKETS

Apr 24      

Washington, DC    

Warner Theater                    

TICKETS

Apr 25          

Philadelphia, PA    

Keswick Theatre           

TICKETS

Apr 26      

Redbank, NJ        

Count Basie Theater             

TICKETS

Apr 28           

Toronto, ONT     

Massey Hall              

TICKETS

Apr 29         

Hershey, PA         

Hershey Theater               

TICKETS

Apr 30      

Morristown, NJ    

Mayo Center                  

TICKETS

May 1      

Boston, MA        

Berklee PAC                   

TICKETS

May 2         

Storrs, CT              

Jorgensen Center                

TICKETS

May 5          

Roanoke, VA        

Jefferson Center           

TICKETS

May 6         

Durham, NC        

DPAC                 

TICKETS

May 8          

Atlanta, GA      

Symphony Hall       

TICKETS

May 9     

Tampa, FL         

Ferguson Hall      

TICKETS

May 9         

Tampa, FL      

Ferguson Hall (Matinee Show)   

TICKETS

May 10       

Fort Lauderdale, FL  

Parker Playhouse      

TICKETS

For more information please contact:
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak
angela.barkan@sonymusic.com, Larissa.slezak@sonymusic.com 
212-833-8575 / 6075

SOURCE Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks

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

CAPS OFF NEW YORK DUO'S PHENOMENAL JOURNEY

Dec 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Great Big World:
www.agreatbigworld.com/ 
www.facebook.com/agreatbigworld 
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Dec 09, 2014 | New Bob Dylan Studio Album Shadows In The Night Set For CD, Vinyl And Digital Release February 3, 2015

Album Showcases Dylan's Singular Interpretive Artistry And Marks His First Collection Of New Music In Three Years

Dec 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan's new studio album, Shadows In The Night, will be released on February 3, 2015. Featuring ten tracks, the Jack Frost-produced album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012's worldwide hit Tempest.

Upon Columbia's announcement of the album's forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, "It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."

As Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer explains, "There are no strings, obvious horns, background vocals or other such devices often found on albums that feature standard ballads.  Instead, Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance. It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world very soon."

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

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

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

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

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

SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT TRACK LISTING:

1.  I'm A Fool To Want You  
2.  The Night We Called It A Day  
3.  Stay With Me  
4.  Autumn Leaves  
5.  Why Try to Change Me Now  
6.  Some Enchanted Evening  
7.  Full Moon And Empty Arms  
8.  Where Are You?   
9.  What'll I Do  
10.  That Lucky Old Sun  

Pre-order now at www.BobDylan.com

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

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

Dec 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 03, 2014 | New Short Film From The Village to The Basement Introduces Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 through a Time-lapse Road Trip narrated by Jeff Bridges

Available on Facebook and BobDylan.com

Dec 3, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the release of Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11, with the online arrival of From The Village to The Basementhttp://smarturl.it/BobDylan_premiere), a new short film narrated by Jeff Bridges.

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Available exclusively on Bob Dylan's Official Facebook Page and BobDylan.com, From The Village to The Basement compresses more than 12,000+ photographs into an extended time-lapse tracking shot, opening on the sidewalk in front of the Washington Square Hotel in Greenwich Village, moving northward through upstate New York, and finally pulling into the driveway of Big Pink, where The Basement Tapes were famously recorded in 1967.

Following the route traveled by Dylan and The Band from Manhattan to the West Saugerties on their way to Big Pink, From The Village to The Basement is a virtual road trip with narrator Jeff Bridges serving as tour guide, recounting the history and mystery of The Basement Tapes, their influence on American music and the bootleg culture these recordings launched. 

On November 4, 2014, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings released Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a meticulous restoration of the original master tapes of Dylan's 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band. The set debuts 118 previously unreleased recordings including 31 recently unearthed tracks.

For fans looking for the best of these recordings, The Bootleg Series, Vol.11: The Basement Tapes Raw is also available, presenting 38 of the boxed set's most essential tracks in a special 2CD collection.

Whether you're a longtime collector or coming to these sessions for the very first time, From The Village to The Basement provides the perfect cinematic introduction to The Basement Tapes.

The New Yorker observed that "The Basement Tapes Complete is proof that, after the accident, Dylan didn't so much change his set list as his language, and the language of the American songbook."

The Basement Tapes Complete received 5 Star reviews in Rolling Stone, who called it "The greatest album Bob Dylan never intended to make" and Mojo who said, "....we're reminded that artists must break the rules of commerce to create work that lasts...."

"Five stars aren't enough, of course, to sum up this music," stated American Songwriter.  "The mystery, the profound, luscious mystery, captivates us, cracks us up, breaks our hearts, and, most importantly, endures."

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Nov 24, 2014 | AC/DC Rock Or Bust Now Streaming Exclusively On iTunes

NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED FOR SINGLE "ROCK OR BUST"

ROCK OR BUST AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2ND

Nov 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A week before its December 2nd release, AC/DC are giving fans an early chance to enjoy their latest album Rock or Bust which is streaming now exclusively as an iTunes Radio "First Play," http://www.iTunesRadio.com/ACDC.  This marks the first opportunity for fans to listen at will to all 11 tracks on Rock or Bust.  The songs "Play Ball" and "Rock or Bust" were made available early to fans who pre-order the album here: iTunesRadio.com/ACDC.

Earlier today, AC/DC released the official video for the title track "Rock or Bust." Shot in London in early October, the video was directed by longtime collaborator David Mallet and features die hard fans from around the globe surrounding their heroes performing the song in an intimate club environment. USA Today recently chose "Rock or Bust" as their Song Of The Week and praised the track's energy saying "AC/DC still has the ability, as Johnson sings, to 'rock you to your knees.'"  While Rolling Stone proclaimed the song a "reverent tribute to rock & roll itself."

Anticipation and excitement among fans is building ahead of the December 2nd release of Rock or Bust.  Listening events were held last week across the globe, which brought the excitement to a new high.  Fans at the New York City listening event at Webster Hall on December 18th were treated to a special surprise visit by lead singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young

Rock or Bust was produced by Brendan O'Brien, with Mike Fraser mixing. The album's cover art uses a developed 3-D lenticular technology, which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the album is moved. Rock or Bust is the band's first album of new material in six years, following their immensely successful Black Ice, which entered charts at #1 in 31 countries and has sold nearly 8 million copies worldwide.

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Nov 21, 2014 | Sony Classical to Release Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Director Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

Available Digitally on December 9 and on CD December 16

Composed by Multiple Academy Award® Nominee Alberto Iglesias

Nov 21, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the upcoming epic action-adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) has recruited three-time Academy Award nominee Alberto Iglesias to compose the film score.  The soundtrack will be from Sony Classical digitally on December 9 and on CD on December 16. 20th Century Fox releases Exodus: Gods and Kings in theaters everywhere on December 12.

When it came to the music for his visually stunning movie, Ridley Scott has opted as much for delicate arrangements as orchestral bombast – a noteworthy decision considering the truly monumental production. Strings, choir, featured soloists and soulful vocals complement Iglesias' trademark composing style in this breathtaking score. Iglesias provides the biblical material a historic yet modern feel. Given the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in such a large project, the highly versatile Iglesias skillfully masters the gap between subtle emotion and martial brutality.

The recording of Exodus: Gods and Kings took place at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where John Williams recorded the "Star Wars" saga and Howard Shore his epic The Lord of the Rings.

While primarily known for his European scores for the past 20 years and for his work with arthouse favorite Pedro Almodovar, Iglesias has received Academy Award nominations for his scores for Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener and The Kite Runner. Iglesias also received BAFTA nominations for all three scores and a Golden Globe nomination for The Kite Runner. Among his many works with Almodovar, Iglesias won Best Score at the European Film Awards and the World Soundtrack Award for Composer of the Year for Volver. With The Skin I Live In, Iglesias became the all-time leading Goya recipient in the history of Spanish Cinema and was honored with Composer of the Year Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.

Iglesias has proven his unique skill for creating smart, authentic and cleverly designed thriller scores on many occasions. His music is sophisticated, richly detailed and emotionally compelling all at once. He is also a master at adding elements of world music into a more traditional musical context. Iglesias manages to seamlessly bring dramatic ideas together to an overwhelmingly emotional whole and is extremely gifted at composing music that is both complex and emotional in effect.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire.  Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

For more information, please visit www.exodusgodsandkings.com.

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

For more information, please contact:
Beth Krakower / CineMedia Promotions / beth@cinemediapromotions.com
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak / Sony Music Masterworks
212.833.8575 / 6075 / Angela.Barkan@sonymusic.com / Larissa.Slezak@sonymusic.com

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Nov 20, 2014 | Sony Music Store To Offer New Value Program to AARP Members

Members Can Save Now on a Variety of New Music Titles and Legacy Recordings Catalog Releases

Nov 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment and its catalog division, Legacy Recordings, have formed a new relationship with AARP which will offer the 37 million members of AARP special music packages, deals and discounts.

Legacy Recordings logo. Division of SONY Music Entertainment.

In addition to receiving savings on new Sony Music releases, AARP members will also be offered discounts from new and catalog titles from Legacy Recordings.

"Helping people save money has been a priority for AARP for more than 50 years," said Angela Jones, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Lifestyle, AARP Services, Inc. "We're pleased to enter into a relationship with Sony Music that will help our members' dollars stretch further while enjoying the music they love – from contemporary or legacy artists."

Sony Music Entertainment will provide AARP members special access to an unparalleled library of music, including many meticulously restored and remastered archival titles, from virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, rap, hip-hop, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, world music, classical, comedy and more.

In addition, each month Sony Music will bring AARP members exclusive savings on select box sets, classic catalog titles and new releases -- such as Willie Nelson's forthcoming December Days and Leonard Cohen's Live In Dublin -- from the label's current roster.

As a limited time bonus, www.musicdeals.com is offering AARP members free shipping on all orders from now through December 31, 2014.

"Music has and will always be an important part of the lives and identity of the Boomer generation," said Adam Block, President of Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.  "AARP is connecting with many millions of us daily and we're pleased to be partnering with this renowned organization to make it easier and more affordable than ever for their members to access their favorite artists and albums."

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 American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. 

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

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

About AARP Services, Inc.
AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP's millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services and legal services. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.

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Nov 20, 2014 | Cassandra Wilson, Grammy-Winning Vocalist Signs With Legacy Recordings

100Th Anniversary Homage To Billie Holiday, Coming Forth By Day, Set For Spring Release

World Tour Kicks Off In February 2015

Nov 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has signed Grammy-winning American vocalist Cassandra Wilson to the label, it was announced today by Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. 

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Wilson's first album for Legacy, Coming Forth By Day, is slated for release in spring 2015.

A musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915) on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth, Coming Forth By Day is Cassandra Wilson's moody, soulful showcase for contemporary yet timeless interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day. Coming Forth By Day was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave's producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits.

"Cassandra Wilson is one of the world's most elegant and tasteful artists. Her decision to channel the spirit of Billie Holiday on her new album is a perfect complement to Legacy's plans for celebrating Lady Day's centennial," said Adam Block. "It's an absolute treat to work with Cassandra in the realization of this unexpected and sublimely beautiful music."

Wilson recorded Coming Forth By Day in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios with an A list musical team including producer Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey). 

 "A dream of mine is happening," said Cassandra Wilson, "I've been in love with Billie Holiday's voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career."  

Cassandra Wilson will embark on a highly-anticipated world tour in February 2015 and is slated to make her headlining debut at Harlem's fabled Apollo Theater on Friday, April 10, 2015. The artist will close out 2014 with performances in Norway, Germany, Slovakia and Italy in November and December.

About Cassandra Wilson:

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, American jazz musician/vocalist/songwriter/producer Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material.

After moving to New York City in the early 80's, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the groundbreaking M-Base Collective, pioneering proponents of a structured improvisation aesthetic that continues to influence the direction of jazz, fusion and jam-based rock. 

At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled Blue Light 'Til Dawn which paved the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.  Wilson continues to interpret vintage blues, country and folk music in her repertoire.

Among her many awards and honors, Cassandra Wilson has earned two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly); been named Down Beat's Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year (1994-1996); received the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Prize (1999); named "America's Best Singer" in Time magazine (2001); received honorary doctorate in the Arts from Millsaps College (2003); added to the Mississippi Blues Trail (2010); and taken home the BET Soul Train Award (2011, Best Traditional Jazz Album for Silver Pony).

Cassandra Wilson performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields", the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

 Legacy Recordings: 

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info on Meghan Trainor, please visit:

www.meghan-trainor.com

www.facebook.com/meghantrainorsongs

www.twitter.com/meghan_trainor

www.instagram.com/meghan_trainor

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

 

TOUR DATES:

Clear Channel Jingle Ball Dates

11/30   Grand Prairie, TX         

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/05   Los Angeles, CA          

KIIS Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/08   Minneapolis, MN           

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/10   Philadelphia, PA            

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/12   New York, NY                

Z100 Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/14   Boston, MA                

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/15   Washington, DC          

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/18   Chicago, IL                 

Clear Channel Jingle Ball

12/21   Ft. Lauderdale, FL         

Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

12/22   Tampa, FL                     

Clear Channel Jingle Ball [Jingle Ball Village]

 

THAT BASS TOUR Dates

2/11     Vancouver, BC           

Vogue Theatre

2/13     Portland, OR               

Wonder Ballroom

2/14     Seattle, WA                 

Neptune Theatre

2/16     San Francisco, CA        

The Fillmore

2/18     San Diego, CA               

House of Blues

2/21     Los Angeles, CA             

 El Rey

2/25     Houston, TX          

 House of Blues

2/27     Dallas, TX              

 Granada Theater

3/01     Louisville, KY          

 Mercury Ballroom

3/02     Detroit, MI               

 St. Andrew's Hall

3/04     Chicago, IL               

 House of Blues

3/06     Toronto, ON, CA        

 The Phoenix

3/08     Washington DC          

 The Fillmore Silver Spring

3/11     Philadelphia, PA          

 Theatre of Living Arts

3/13     New York, NY             

 Irving Plaza

3/17     Boston, MA                  

 Paradise Rock Club

3/20     Nashville, TN                 

 The Cannery

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Nov 17, 2014 | AC/DC Release New Single "Rock or Bust," Title Track To New Album Available December 2

"ROCK OR BUST" AND "PLAY BALL" AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY ON ALBUM PRE-ORDERS

Nov 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AC/DC release "Rock or Bust," the new single (and title track) from their new album out December 2.  The anthemic track ships to Rock radio today and is available immediately on all album pre-orders along with previously made available track "Play Ball."    

This week die hard AC/DC fans in select markets around the globe will attend special 'ROCK OR BUST' listening parties and be the first to hear the album in its entirety ahead of release.  'Rock or Bust' is the band's first studio album in six years and features 11 new tracks.  'Rock or Bust' follows the immensely successful 'Black Ice' album, which debuted at #1 in 31 countries upon its release in 2008 and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide.  'Rock or Bust' was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and finds AC/DC once again working with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.

SOURCE Columbia Records

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

NEW ALBUM BIG FAT LIE SET FOR 2015 RELEASE

Nov 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Epic Records

Nov 13, 2014 | The Piano Guys Release New Music Video

"ANTS MARCHING/ODE TO JOY"

A MASH-UP OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND AND BEETHOVEN

Nov 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Musical YouTube sensation, The Piano Guys, have released a brand new music video from their newest studio album, Wonders; an instrumental mash-up of Dave Matthews Band's "Ants Marching" and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." The video can be seen here.

Following in the huge success of "What Makes You Beautiful" (over 35 million views) and "Angels We Have Heard on High" (over 9 million views), this is the third video in which all four of them perform together. In this video, Steven, Jon, Al and Paul treat viewers to a moonlit performance on a water-surrounded stage at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in their home state of Utah. Enhanced with fire and fog, this video is captured in only one take. An octocopter with camera in tow takes flight to capture different levels of the performance, a very detailed and difficult process to perfect.

The Piano Guys - Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – are an American musical group who became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos (they recently hit over 500 million views). They've made over 50 music videos since early 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. To date, the Utah-based classical-pop group have released four major label albums on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks: Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, and a holiday album called A Family Christmas

Wonders features successful single/video releases from the past year such as, "Let It Go," "Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends," "Don't You Worry Child," and "Story of my Life." It also includes new songs with strong familiarity – "Batman Evolution" (The Piano Guys' take on various Batman themes over the years) and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" – as well as some original compositions by The Piano Guys.

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

For more information on The Piano Guys and tour dates visit:
Website: www.thepianoguys.com 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoGuys/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pianoguys 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PianoGuys

Press Contacts:
The Door: Ronde Coletta
Pianoguyspr@thedooronline.com / 646.340.1772

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

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SOURCE Portrait / Sony Music Masterworks

Nov 12, 2014 | AC/DC Release "Play Ball," The First Video From Their Forthcoming Album 'Rock or Bust'

"Play Ball," First Track Available Immediately On Album Pre-Orders

'Rock or Bust' available December 2

Nov 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AC/DC premiere new video "Play Ball," the first visual from the band's forthcoming studio album 'Rock or Bust,' click here to check it out. Shot in London in October 2014, the clip was directed by the band's longtime collaborator David Mallet.  "Play Ball" is currently Top 5 at Active Rock and #1 at Classic Rock radio.  In a recent review of "Play Ball," RollingStone.com raved that the track is "Classic AC/DC through and through" and "proves that nothing can stop hard rock's most reliable band."  'Rock or Bust' is available for pre-order now via ACDC.com and all digital retailers. Fans who pre-order 'Rock or Bust' ahead of its December 2nd release date will receive an immediate download of the track "Play Ball."

'Rock or Bust' features 11 new tracks and was produced by Brendan O'Brien, with Mike Fraser mixing.  The album's cover art uses a developed 3-D lenticular cover, which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the album is moved in different directions. "Rock or Bust" is the band's first album of new material in six years, following their immensely successful "Black Ice," which entered charts at #1 in 31 countries and has sold nearly 8 million copies worldwide.

"Rock or Bust" Track list is as follows:

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

SOURCE Columbia Records

Nov 11, 2014 | Epic Records Caps Banner Year With The Release Of First Holiday EP Curated By L.A. Reid I'll Be Home For Christmas November 24

FEATURING THE NEW SINGLES "I'LL BE HOME" FROM MEGHAN TRAINOR AND FIFTH HARMONY'S RENDITION OF "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU"

CLASSICS RECORDED BY SARA BAREILLES, A GREAT BIG WORLD, FIONA APPLE AND TAMAR BRAXTON

Nov 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Records will unwrap its first-ever holiday EP, I'll Be Home For Christmas, on November 24, 2014 via Walmart, iTunes, and all digital outlets.  

Epic Records Caps Banner Year With The Release Of First Holiday EP Curated By L.A. Reid I'll Be Home For Christmas November 24

Serving as the collections executive producer, L.A. Reid personally curated the tracklisting, creating a cohesive vision. Getting into the spirit of the season, he tapped numerous marquee artists from the roster to participate in this very special and unique seven-song compilation. As a result, I'll Be Home For Christmas is an Epic addition for your holiday collection.

The EP caps off a banner year for Epic Records. The label has provided a launch pad for new superstars, turning young acts into household names over the course of 2014.

Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" went quadruple-platinum in less than four months, while seizing #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks—the longest run at the top for Epic since Michael Jackson. A Great Big World's "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera sold over four million copies and established the group as a ubiquitous pop presence. Fifth Harmony's "BO$$" reached Gold status, and the fivesome garnered the "Artist To Watch" award at the  MTV VMA's and "Best U.S. Act" at the MTV EMA's. These achievements also paved the way for their debut full-length Reflection, out January 27. Sara Bareilles's The Blessed Unrest received two 2014 Grammy Award nominations including "Album of the Year", while "Brave" is now double-platinum. This all sets the stage for an even bigger 2015.

Trainor actually wrote and produced the new heartwarming original, "I'll Be Home", herself. Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony make the Mariah Carey classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You", totally mistletoe-ready. Both tracks begin impacting radio on November 25. 

Meanwhile, Fiona Apple breathes new life into "Frosty The Snowman," and Tamar Braxton adds a little soul and R&B flavor to an energetic "Sleigh Ride."  Sara Bareilles Ingrid Michaelson team up for the blissful and beautiful gem, "Winter Song." Fifth Harmony also provide their own take on the Latin staple "Noche de Paz," while A Great Big World send Santa Claus an important message with "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.I'll Be Home For Christmas will undoubtedly warm up any holiday party or night relaxing by the fire. Christmas arrives a month early on November 24.

The holidays finally have the perfect 21st century soundtrack, becoming #Epic in the process!

Tracklisting:

Fifth Harmony – "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Meghan Trainor – "I'll Be Home"

Fiona Apple – "Frosty The Snowman"

Tamar Braxton – "Sleigh Ride"

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – "Winter Song"

Fifth Harmony – "Noche De Paz"

A Great Big World – "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas"

 

For more information on Epic Records, please visit:

http://www.epicrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/epicrecords

http://twitter.com/epic_records

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SOURCE Epic Records

Nov 07, 2014 | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Of The Imitation Game Available Digitally On November 10 And On CD November 24

MUSIC BY SIX-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE, GRAMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER ALEXANDRE DESPLAT

Nov 7, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about the English code-breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Composed by Alexandre Desplat, the score soundtrack will be available digitally on November 10 and on CD November 24.

The opening track of Desplat's score for The Imitation Game introduces a descending, rippling keyboard theme that reappears in variations in later tracks – first as a string accompaniment that sets the mood for a tragic, dramatic story. The second track skillfully interprets its title, "Enigma" (a reference to both the man Alan Turing and to the code-breaking project that made him famous), with fascinating sounds that evoke the ping of a sonar location and the underwater world, thus playing on the main theme of the story. While "U-Boats" features military sounds, other tracks such as "Carrots and Peas" provide contrasting quietness and emotion, and the musical complexity of "Crossword" relates to the workings of Turing's brilliant mind. Throughout the score, the full range of Desplat's big orchestral sounds come into play, and the composer once again displays his ability to enhance dramatic film scenes with fine music that is worthy to be heard in its own right.

French composer Alexandre Desplat made his breakthrough on the Hollywood scene in 2003 by composing a highly regarded score for The Girl With the Pearl Earring. He has contributed to over 100 films in France and Hollywood, received six Oscar nominations, and won a Golden Globe in 2006 for The Painted Veil and a Grammy for The King's Speech in 2011, both in the category Best Original Score. Desplat has also composed for the theatre, including the Comedie Francaise. He has conducted performances of his own music by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as giving master classes at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal College of Music in London. He has scored music for a wide range of films from Twilight Saga: New Moon to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (parts 1 and 2). Desplat has received six Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Queen, The King's Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Argo and Philomena

About the movie
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

Tracklisting
1. The Imitation Game
2. Enigma
3. Alan
4. U-boats
5. Carrots and peas
6. Mission   
7. Crosswords   
8. Night research
9. Joan
10. Alone with numbers
11. The Machine Christopher
12. Running   
13. The Headmaster
14. Decrypting
15. A different equation
16. Becoming a spy
17. The Apple
18. Farewell to Christopher
19. End of war
20. Because of you
21. Alan Turing's legacy

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

For more information, please contact:
Beth Krakower / CineMedia Promotions / beth@cinemediapromotions.com
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak / Sony Music Masterworks
212.833.8575 / 6075 / Angela.Barkan@sonymusic.com / Larissa.Slezak@sonymusic.com

SOURCE Sony Classical

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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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