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Mar 19, 2015 | Sony Music to purchase remaining interest in The Orchard, the world’s leading independent digital distributor
NEW YORK—March 19, 2015—Sony Music Entertainment today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Dimensional Associates, LLC to acquire the remaining interest in The Orchard, the global independent music, video and film distribution company. The Orchard will continue to operate separately from Sony Music and will be led by its existing executive team. […]Read More »
Jan 23, 2014 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Global Music Sensation Pitbull Featuring International Superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazil’s Own Claudia Leitte as FIFA World Cup 2014™ Official Song
“We Are One (Ole Ola)” will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte on June 12, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – January 23, 2014 – FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that “We Are One (Ole Ola),” by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar […]Read More »
May 09, 2013 | Sony Music Entertainment Completes Purchase Of EMI’s European Stake In “Now That’s What I Call Music!” From Universal Music Group
LONDON/ NEW YORK –  Thursday, May 9th, 2013.  Sony Music Entertainment today announced that it has completed its purchase of EMI Recorded Music’s European rights in NOW That’s What I Call Music! from Universal Music Group (UMG). The purchase, which was originally announced on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, was subject to regulatory approval, which has […]Read More »
Jun 04, 2012 | Kenny Chesney Extends Worldwide Recording Agreement with Sony Music Nashville
Chesney’s Future Recordings To Release on Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville Historic Columbia Nashville Now Home to BNA Records Artists and Employees NASHVILLE, TN, June 4, 2012 — Sony Music Nashville announces the extension of its exclusive worldwide recording agreement with superstar Kenny Chesney. During his tenure with the label group, Chesney has sold more than 30 […]Read More »
Feb 02, 2012 | Sony Music Comments on the Passing of Whitney Houston
New York – February 12, 2012 – Sony Music Entertainment today issued the following statement regarding Whitney Houston:   “Whitney Houston was an icon and a once-in-a-lifetime talent who inspired a generation of singers and brought joy to millions of fans around the world. She had a voice of unmatched beauty and power that changed […]Read More »
Aug 09, 2011 | Edgar Berger Named President & CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment
New York, NY, August 9, 2011 – Edgar Berger has been named President & CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Berger will be responsible for Sony Music’s operations and regional offices outside the U.S. He will be based in London and […]Read More »
Aug 08, 2011 | Peter Edge Named Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group
Tom Corson Named President & Chief Operating Officer, RCA Music Group New York, NY, August 8, 2011 – Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Edge will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of […]Read More »
Jul 18, 2011 | Sony Music Entertainment Names Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid Chairman & CEO, Epic Records
New York, NY, July 18, 2011 – Renowned record executive and Grammy Award-winning producer Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has been named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Reid will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the New York-based label. Morris stated, “L.A. […]Read More »
May 19, 2011 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Select “Happiness” by Alexis Jordan as FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ Official Song
NEW YORK, May 19, 2011 — FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that “Happiness” (Dave Aude Remix) by 19-year-old singing sensation Alexis Jordan (Star Roc/Roc Nation/Columbia), has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany 2011™. Alexis Jordan will perform the song on July 17 at the closing […]Read More »
May 10, 2011 | Library of Congress Launches, With Sony Music Content, The “National Jukebox,” An Online Destination For Historical Sound Recordings
Largest Collection Of Historical Recordings Ever Made Publicly Available Online   The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment today unveiled a new website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally. The site is called the “National Jukebox” (www.loc.gov/jukebox/). Developed by the Library of Congress, with […]Read More »
May 02, 2011 | Sony Names Doug Morris New Head Of Sony Music Entertainment
(New York, NY – March 2, 2011) — Doug Morris, one of the most respected and influential executives in the global music industry, will join Sony Music Entertainment as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2011.  The announcement was made today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Sony Corporation. Mr. Morris, […]Read More »
Jan 20, 2011 | Sony Music Entertainment To Develop Dynamic Artist Apps Using Innovative Mobile Roadie Platform
New York, NY — January 20, 2011 — Sony Music Entertainment today announced plans to develop interactive mobile entertainment applications across its network of artists and labels using technology from Mobile Roadie, the premier self service platform for creating and managing mobile apps. Under the initiative, Sony Music will create highly customized, immersive apps for its […]Read More »
Dec 21, 2010 | Remix Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Online Using the Original 4-Track Vocal, Guitar, Bass and Drum Recordings
“The Remix Project,” From Sony make.believe, Allows Fans to Re-imagine Dylan Classic Fan Contest, Also Featuring Collaborations from The Ting Tings, 2AM Club and Others, Will Award a Grand Prize Trip to South by Southwest Music Festival New York, NY – December 21, 2010 – For music fans who have imagined what it would be […]Read More »
Dec 20, 2010 | Ariama.com Celebrates The Season!
An Ariama Christmas, Volume I ** Over Three Hours of Holiday Choral Music for $2.99 ** Free Shipping on all Titles and 20% off Holiday Titles NEW YORK, NY – December 20, 2010  – To welcome the holiday season, Ariama.com, the groundbreaking new online classical music store from Sony Music Entertainment is teaming with Naxos to present a […]Read More »
Dec 14, 2010 | Ariama.com Announces Partnership Agreements with Key Classical Institutions
Carnegie Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, WQXR, and WFMT Join Current Site Partners Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine NEW YORK, NY – December 14, 2010 – Ariama.com, the groundbreaking new online classical music store from Sony Music Entertainment, today announces that it is joining forces with a number of leading names in classical […]Read More »
Oct 05, 2010 | Sony Music Entertainment Launches Public Beta For Groundbreaking Classical Music Store Ariama.com
One-stop shopping solution for classical CDs and digital downloads from more than 50 major and independent labels  Enhanced search tools make buying music easier and more enjoyable New York, NY—October 5th, 2010—Sony Music Entertainment today launches the public beta for Ariama.com, a new online store dedicated to classical music that revolutionizes how fans can discover […]Read More »
May 19, 2010 | Myxer Announces Agreement With Sony Music Entertainment
Content From Sony Music Artists Available To Myxer’s 35 Million Member Community Miami, FL (May 19, 2010) – Myxer, a leader in mobile entertainment, today announced an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to make Sony Music’s catalog of full-length tracks, music videos, images, and ringtones available to Myxer’s community of more than 35 million music fans. The […]Read More »
Apr 26, 2010 | FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment select “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira featuring Freshlyground as FIFA World Cup 2010™ Official Song
The song will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Final by Shakira and South African artist Freshlyground on July 11, 2010. NEW YORK, NY – April 26, 2010 – FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira, has been chosen as the […]Read More »
Apr 10, 2010 | SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING AND SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE GROUND-BREAKING AGREEMENT FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTS IN ASIAN MARKET
April 11, 2008 — Sony/ATV Music Publishing and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that they have reached an agreement covering digital royalty collection for the music publisher across Asia. The agreement encompasses China, Hong Kong, India (extending to include a mechanical rate for physical goods there), Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, […]Read More »
Apr 08, 2010 | UNLIMITED MUSIC DOWNLOAD SERVICE REDEFINES CHINA’S MOBILE DIGITAL MUSIC LANDSCAPE
NOKIA’S GLOBAL MOBILE MUSIC LEADERSHIP UNDERLINED WITH LAUNCH OF DRM-FREE COMES WITH MUSIC SERVICE FOR MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS IN CHINA Beijing, China & Espoo, Finland, April 8, 2010: Nokia today further increases its global footprint in the mobile music space with the launch of its ground breaking service, ‘Comes With Music’, in China. This announcement […]Read More »
Sep 04, 2015 | Soprano Olga Peretyatko Releases New Album - Rossini! Available Now On Sony Classical

FALL DATES:

- Gilda in Rigoletto at The Metropolitan Opera: October/November

- Kennedy Center Debut with National Symphony Orchestra: October 1-3

"Olga Peretyatko sings dazzlingly." (The New York Times, "Lucio Silla")

Sep 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The remarkable young soprano Olga Peretyatko returns with the release of her third album Rossini! (Sony Classical).  Available now, the recording is entirely dedicated to arias by the composer.

On October 1 – 3, she makes her Kennedy Center debut in Washington, D.C., performing Strauss' Four Last Songs with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Donald Runnicles, who also makes his NSO debut at these concerts. Ms. Peretyatko returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the leading role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, October 20 – November 19.  Pablo Heras-Casado will lead the orchestra in Michael Mayer's electrifying production of the opera, which is set in a 1960's Las Vegas casino.

One of the world's most sought-after sopranos, Ms. Peretyatko's incredible last two seasons featured her in praised debuts at Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Verona Arena, Berlin State Opera and La Scala in Milan, followed by her acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in I Puritani last April. 2015 included her role debut as Violetta in La traviata in Lausanne and Baden-Baden Festival, her return to the Vienna State Opera (I Puritani), along with a second appearance at La Scala (Otello). The upcoming season also features several other milestones, including her debuts at La Monnaie in Brussels (L'Elisir d'amore) in September 2015 and at the Madrid Teatro Real in late fall and Paris Opera Bastille in early 2016 (Rigoletto).

The Latest CD - Olga Peretyatko: Rossini!
The arias that Ms. Peretyatko has chosen for this recording clearly display her gifts as a bel canto specialist: flexible coloratura passage-work, brilliant high notes placed with pinpoint accuracy, and expressive legato phrasing. The works also reflect the soprano's versatility in both comic operas such as Il barbiere di Siviglia and a serious work like Tancredi. She begins the CD with two different roles from Il viaggio a Reims, the opera she performed at her Rossini Opera Festival debut at the request of legendary Rossini conductor Alberto Zedda. It was Olga Peretyatko's wish for him to record this album with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and he accepted especially for her. Next is the rarely-heard aria "Ami alfine?" from Matilde di Shabran, the work that brought her back to Pesaro in 2012. She continues with Amenaide's dramatic dungeon scene from Tancredi, a role she performed in a concert version of the work in Moscow, followed by "Bel raggio lusinghier" from Semiramide, one of Rossini's most important opera seria. Peretyatko reveals her lighter side with arguably the most famous work on the album, Rosina's "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbiere di Siviglia, and comes to a glorious close with an aria from Il turco in Italia, the opera that has brought her repeated success in Amsterdam, Munich, at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and that she will perform at the Rossini Opera Festival in summer 2016.  

Of special note, upon completion of Rossini!, Ms. Peretyatko gave a free, multi-media concert in the composer's adopted city of Bologna—accompanied by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Maestro Zedda—to show her appreciation for the central role Rossini has played in her career.  The event featured video, interviews, and all works on the new CD. 

Ms. Peretyatko's two previous Sony Classical CDs are La bellezza del canto featuring arias by Donizetti, Verdi, Offenbach, Massenet, and others (2011); and Arabesque, a collection of mostly 19th century showpieces (2014).

Rossini! Track List

  1. Il viaggio a Reims: Partir, oh ciel!
  2. Il viaggio a Reims: All'ombra amena
  3. Matilde di Shabran: Ami alfine
  4. Tancredi: Non che il morir
  5. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
  6. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa
  7. Il turco in Italia: I vostri cenci vi mando

Catalogue number : 88875057412

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Soprano Olga Peretyatko's 2015 season has already been marked by a number of notable achievements.  She debuted to rave reviews as Violetta in La traviata at the Opéra Lausanne, followed by a new production of the opera at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. In addition to her October appearance at the Met in Rigoletto, upcoming highlights are a return to the Vienna State Opera (I Puritani) and La Scala (Otello), as well as debuts at Copenhagen's Tivoli (I Puritani), at La Monnaie in Brussels (L'Elisir d'amore), and the Teatro Real (Rigoletto).

Ms. Peretyatko was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started her musical career at the age of 15, singing in the children's choir of the Mariinsky Theatre, and later studied singing at the Berlin's Hanns Eisler-Hochschule für Musik. From 2005 to 2007 Olga Peretyatko was a member of the Hamburg State Opera studio, and went on to perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin and Munich State Operas, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, La Fenice in Venice, and at the Festival La Folle journée de Nantes.  Her 2006 arrival at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro brought a global awareness to her special skills with the composer's works.

Olga Peretyatko gained international attention as Stravinsky's Rossignol in Robert Lepage's acclaimed 2009 Toronto production, subsequently presented at the 2010 Aix Festival, the Opéra Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Netherlands Opera.  In 2011, she debuted as Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) in Lyon and Paris, and in Amsterdam as Fiorilla (ll Turco in Italia). She also received outstanding notices as Matilde di Shabran at the 2012 Rossini Opera Festival, a production released on DVD by Decca.

In 2013 and 2014, Olga Peretyatko's leading role performances included debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (I Puritani), Vienna State Opera and Zurich Opera House (Rigoletto), the Berlin State Opera and La Scala (Die Zarenbraut); as well as engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (L'elisir d'amore) and the Hamburg State Opera (L'elisir d'amore and Ariadne auf Naxos), She also returned to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, toured China with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and performed for more than 600,000 people at Le Concert de Paris 2014 Bastille Day celebrations at the Eiffel Tower

Olga Peretyatko performs regularly in recitals and concerts throughout the world and has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Her numerous awards include a prize in Plácido Domingo's international Operalia competition and Italy's National Association of Music Critics Franco Abbiati Prize as best female singer for her 2014 performance of Marfa in The Tsar's Bride at La Scala.

For more information on Olga Peretyatko, please click on www.olgaperetyatko.com.

Press downloads for Rossini! are available upon request.

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[email protected]

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Aug 31, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series--Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder--and The Classic Christmas '80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy's 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Aug 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles--The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas '80s Album--available Friday, October 2, 2015.

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The Classic Christmas '80s Album, one of this year's additions to Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80's artists on The Classic Christmas '80s Album include: The Waitresses ("Christmas Wrapping"), Wham! ("Last Christmas"), The Bangles ("Hazy Shade of Winter"), Run-D.M.C. ("Christmas in Hollis"), Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Jingle Bell Rock"), Whitney Houston ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), Billy Squier ("Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds ("Run Rudolph Run"), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue ("Zat You Santa Claus"), The Pointer Sisters ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Christmas Time Is Here"), Bob & Doug McKenzie ("Twelve Days Of Christmas" [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block ("This One's for the Children"), Fishbone ("Slick Nick, You Devil You") and The Hooters ("Silent Night").

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire includes 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group's multi-decade career.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, bringing together beloved carols ("Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This?," "Away in a Manger," "The First Noël"), holiday perennials ("Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bell Rock"), a traditional Japanese winter song ("Snow") and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: "Happy Seasons" (based on "Happy Feelin'), "Every Day Is Like Christmas" and "December" (based on EWF's iconic "September").

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include "Gather Round" (from 2005); "Get Your Hump On This Christmas" (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television's "A Cleveland Brown Christmas," airdate: December 13, 2009); "I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)" (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); "Open Your Heard to Love" and "One World" (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks "Wintersong" (2006); "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (2006); "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" (2006); "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (2006); "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children's Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); "Prayer of St. Francis" (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (2006); "Space On the Couch for Two" (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); "Find Your Voice" (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); "River" (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); "Silent Night" (2006); "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (2006); "The First Noel"/"Mary Mary" (medley, 2006); "Song for a Winter's Night" (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); "In a Bleak Mid Winter" (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and "Christmas Time is Here" (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder's signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder's PBS performance has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing "Carol of the Bells," "Gaudete," "Mary Did You Know?," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," "Gabriel's Message," "Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride/Here Comes Santa Claus/The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Away in a Manger," "Comfort Ye," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," "Oh Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Fairytale Of New York."

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Aug 26, 2015 | NOW That's What I Call Music! Presents NOW Halloween!, the Spooktacular First-Ever Halloween Entry in the World's Top-Selling Multi-Artist Album Series

NOW Halloween!, A Ghoulicious 18 Track Anthology, Coming Friday, September 11, 2015

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand's spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV ("True Blood") and movie themes ("Halloween," "The Exorcist," "Beetlejuice") to novelty smashes ("Monster Mash," "Werewolves of London") to radio perennials ("Season of the Witch," "Don't Fear the Reaper," "I Put a Spell on You").

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter's Theme from "Halloween," Rob Zombie's "Dragula," Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus' "O Fortuna," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"/Theme from "The Exorcist," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," INXS's "Devil Inside," Jace Everett's "Bad Things"/Theme from "True Blood," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," The Specials' "Ghost Town," Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party," Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers' "Monster Mash," The Citizens of Halloween's "This is Halloween," Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Nina Simone's "I Put A Spell On You," Danny Elfman's "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title," Run-D.M.C.'s "Ghostbusters," DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare On My Street" and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me."

The premium content--by the original artists--selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.

NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 96 million in the U.S. alone. All 55 previous releases in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached No. 1.

NOW That's What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

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NOW Halloween!

1.         John Carpenter -  Halloween Theme
2.         Rob Zombie -  Dragula
3.         Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus -  O Fortuna
4.         Mike Oldfield  - Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist) 
5.         Blue Oyster Cult -  (Don't Fear) The Reaper
6.         INXS  - Devil Inside
7.         Jace Everett -  Bad Things (Theme from True Blood) 
8.         Warren Zevon -  Werewolves of London
9.         The Specials  - Ghost Town
10.       Oingo Boingo -  Dead Man's Party 
11.       Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers -  Monster Mash 
12.       The Citizens of Halloween  - This is Halloween
13.       Donovan -  Season Of The Witch 
14.       Nina Simone -  I Put A Spell On You 
15.       Danny Elfman -  Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title 
16.       RUN-D.M.C.  - Ghostbusters 
17.       DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -  A Nightmare On My Street 
18.       Rockwell  - Somebody's Watching Me

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Aug 26, 2015 | Portrait Records Signs Holiday Supergroup Band Of Merrymakers

A Donation Will Be Made To MusiCares For Every Album/Track Sold

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup – Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album "Welcome To Our Christmas Party" on October 23, 2015.  A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold.

Led by hit songwriters/producers Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction, The Fray, Pentatonix) and Kevin Griffin (Taylor Swift, Sugarland, James Blunt, Howie Day...also of Better Than Ezra), the band features special guests: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), Bebe Rexha, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Christina Perri, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), David Hodges (Evanescence), David Ryan Harris, Firekid, Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums), Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Hexum (311), Owl City, Sinclair, Smallpools, Streetcorner Symphony, The Grand Southern, The Mowglis and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees)

Last year the band released the single "Must Be Christmas" along with a Santa flash-mob video. The new album will feature a mix of new holiday songs plus some old favorites.

Of the new album Hollander says: "Legend has it that Irving Berlin wrote 'White Christmas' at a La Quinta hotel in the California desert. Kevin and I attempted to channel his inspiration as we wrote and recorded our record in the blazing Hollywood summer heat. The process essentially consisted of us calling up our friends, family & colleagues and inviting them to pack up their acoustic guitars and join us by the campfire as we recorded in the sweltering sun, all with the spirit of the winter and festivity deep in our bones. We hope the joy is self-evident!!"

David Simone and Winston Simone at DSW Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the album.

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

Media Contacts:
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Aug 25, 2015 | Sony Music Entertainment to Acquire Global Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Leader Century Group
  New York, NY – August 25, 2015 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced it has acquired the Century group of labels, one of the world’s largest independents. A global leader in rock, prog rock, heavy metal, alternative, post punk and hardcore, Century, led by founder Robert Kampf, is home to artists such as Lacuna […]Read More »
Aug 25, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Acquires Catalog of Music Legend Van Morrison, Spanning More than 50 Years of Music

Most Complete Van Morrison Archive Ever Assembled Encompasses 50 Albums, Videos and Compilations, including Van's Solo Recordings from 1971-Present and Early Work with Seminal '60s Rock Band Them

Planned New Releases include Compilations, Deluxe Legacy Editions and a Full Catalog Digital Rollout

33 Van Morrison Album Titles to Be Available Digitally & Through All Streaming Services Beginning, Friday, August 28

"Essential Van Morrison" Collection Available as Digital and 2 CD Physical Releases on Friday, August 28

Aug 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.

Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

The Van Morrison musical acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to the present. The new Legacy Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison's solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the groundbreaking rock band Them from 1964 through 1966.

33 Van Morrison album titles will be made available as digital releases and through all streaming services beginning Friday, August 28.

That same day, Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

Later this year, Van Morrison's early recordings as the singer, frontman and principal songwriter for the seminal band Them will be available on Legacy Recordings.

In the upcoming months, Legacy will launch the label's ongoing Van Morrison library release project with new compilations, deluxe Legacy Editions of classic album titles and a digital rollout of the full Van Morrison catalog.

Most of the Van Morrison catalog has never been available for streaming and many titles have long been unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs. Much of the catalog has been out-of-print in any format, with some titles being unavailable for as long as 15 years.

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of classic Van Morrison solo albums: Saint Dominic's Preview, It's Too Late to Stop Now, Hard Nose the Highway and Enlightenment.

A half century's worth of recordings, endlessly innovative and unique in the annals of rock and pop music, Van Morrison's discography incorporates elements of blues, jazz, folk, gospel, skiffle, pop, soul and R&B to create a sound and sensibility immediately identifiable as Van the Man's. One of the most fascinating and uncompromising artists of the rock and roll era, Van Morrison brought Northern Irish soul to the world as one of the most transcendent singers, writers and performers to ever grace a stage or recording studio.

"Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music," said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world."

Inspired at an early age by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke, the Belfast-born Morrison was just 18 when he joined the R&B combo Them in 1964. Known for spontaneous, energetic performances, Them represented the Northern Irish element of the 1960s British Invasion, breaking into the pantheon with the indelible "Gloria," presaging punk with an anthem subsequently covered by The Doors, Patti Smith and many others.

Van began his solo career with a Top 10 pop smash, the radio perennial "Brown Eyed Girl," but soon moved in compelling new directions. He boldly crossed numerous musical genres in the decades that followed, investigating country music (Pay The Devil, 2006), jazz (What's Wrong with This Picture?, 2003), New Orleans R&B (Into The Music, 1979), traditional Celtic folk (Irish Heartbeat, with The Chieftains, 1988) and straight-ahead rock (Days Like This, 1995), among many others.

Morrison's first recording for RCA Records, 2015's Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue featured collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Michael Buble and others on new versions of hidden gems from his multi-faceted discography.

Tracks from Van Morrison's discography have been consistently licensed for film and television with notable examples including"Into The Mystic" in the film Patch Adams, "Days Like This" in As Good As It Gets and Them's "Gloria" in The Outsiders.

Legacy Recording's new Van Morrison deal covers studio and live recordings released from 1971 to the present, as well as all his recordings with Them. Combined with Morrison's solo debut Blowin' Your Mind, which features "Brown Eyed Girl," Legacy's holdings encompass the largest Van Morrison musical archive ever assembled.

Van Morrison has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Winner of a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (1994), Van Morrison holds six Grammy Awards (1996-2007) and an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement (1995).

Morrison has been named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (2004, #42), 100 Greatest Singers of All Time (2008, #24) and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015, #22). Van the Man has two albums on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and four songs--including "Brown Eyed Girl" (#109) and "Gloria" (with Them) (#208)--on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

An internationally successful artist with chart-topping hits on both sides of the Atlantic, Van Morrison has six gold and three platinum/multiplatinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America.  In the UK alone, Van has charted with more than 20 Top 20 albums, including an astounding 13 titles placed in the Top 10.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during her annual Birthday Honours celebration. Newly-titled Sir George Ivan Morrison, the artist received the United Kingdom's highest individual honor for his "services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland."

"Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honor to now have that body of work recognized in this way," said Van Morrison in a statement given in response to the news, reported the BBC.

On June 18, Morrison received the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City.

Van Morrison will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31, 2015 with "Van Morrison: Live on Cyprus Avenue," two concert performances serving as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.

Van Morrison Material included under Legacy Recordings Auspices

Them
The Angry Young Them / Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997)

Van Morrison
Available Digitally and Streaming on Friday, August 28

St. Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (Live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (w/the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (Live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (2CD outtakes compilation, 1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (Live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What's Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep it Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Live) (2009)

All albums credited to Exile Productions, Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment.

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Aug 21, 2015 | Music Legend Tony Bennett and Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap Record The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Bennett's New Album for RPM/Columbia Records Available Everywhere on Friday, September 25, 2015

Aug 21, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RPM/Columbia Records is proud to announce the release of The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, a new album from American musical legend Tony Bennett and acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap, arriving Friday, September 25, 2015. The album is available for pre-order beginning today at Amazon.com at http://smarturl.it/silverlining_amazon and iTunes at http://smarturl.it/silverlining_itunes.

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Following the enormous success of his #1, Grammy-Award winning album with Lady Gaga, Cheek To Cheek, this new release continues the classic series of Tony Bennett album releases celebrating the essentials of the Great American Songbook. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is an appreciation of the genius of Jerome David Kern (1885-1945), one of the 20th century's most important American composers of musical theater and popular music.

Tony Bennett is the only artist to successfully bridge the worlds of pop music and jazz on an international scale for over 60 years. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern become parts of a timeless legacy of recordings that Bennett has done throughout his career that have embraced both genres, in particular the revered piano jazz albums that he recorded with the late Bill Evans in 1975 and 1977. Tony has become synonymous with the pop/jazz connection and in recent years has been a mentor to contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse in encouraging them to embrace jazz music. With his 90th birthday less than a year away, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern defines what makes Tony Bennett unique in the pantheon of great singers and is a testament to the legacy that he continues to create as a recording artist and influence in the music industry.

Over the course of his career, Kern composed more than 700 songs, creating musical elements used in more than 100 stage works, collaborating with the greatest lyricists and librettists of the era including P.G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg and many others on a seemingly limitless repertoire of classic songs including "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Long Ago and Far Away" and many more.

New York native Jerome Kern was a major force on Broadway and in Hollywood musicals in a career that spanned more than four decades. He expanded on earlier musical theater traditions, from vaudeville to operetta, to embrace new dance rhythms, syncopation and jazz progressions and helped invent the modern musical template. While many of his Broadway musicals and Hollywood musical films were contemporary smash hits, Kern is perhaps best remembered today through revivals of "Show Boat," one of his signature achievements.

In his liner notes for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, music historian Will Friedwald describes Kern as "...the key link between the great music of historical and contemporary classics, a direct connection between Brahms and Charlie Parker....a key architect of a uniquely American art form that would eventually take shape as musical theater....one of the founding fathers of a term that Tony Bennett later coined himself, 'the Great American Songbook.'" Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal, worked with Tony Bennett on Tony's "The Good Life" memoir, and is author of eight books including the award-winning "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers," "Sinatra! The Song Is You," "Stardust Melodies," and "Jazz Singing."

"The idea of a Kern Songbook project was Tony's," writes Will Friedwald, "thereby placing Kern on the very short list of canonical composers (Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, and Cy Coleman) who have been the beneficiaries of an entire album by Bennett. It was also Bennett's idea to create the album in collaboration with the remarkable Bill Charlap....who can also take a great song we all know by heart and make us feel like we've never heard it before."

Playing alongside Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap on The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern are pianist Renee Rosnes (on the piano duet pieces), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums). Unrelated, though sharing the same last name, Peter and Kenny have been performing with Bill Charlap for nearly two decades and pianist Renee Rosnes has been Charlap's life partner for close to 10 years.

With more than 700 Jerome Kern compositions to choose from, the set list for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is a distillation of essential highlights from a boundless catalog. With these interpretations of some of Jerome Kern's finest songs, Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap offer a definitive introduction to Kern's music while providing a deep understanding of the abiding and universal qualities of these songs.

TONY BENNETT & BILL CHARLAP

THE SILVER LINING: THE SONGS OF JEROME KERN

Musicians:
Vocals: Tony Bennett
Pianos: Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
Bass: Peter Washington
Drums: Kenny Washington

Arranged by Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap

Tracks in Alphabetical Order (14 total)

ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (single piano)

DEARLY BELOVED (trio)

I WON'T DANCE (trio)

I'M OLD FASHIONED (trio)

LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING (piano duet)

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY (piano duet)

MAKE BELIEVE (single piano)

NOBODY ELSE BUT ME (trio)

PICK YOURSELF UP (trio)

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (piano duet)

THE SONG IS YOU (piano duet)

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT (single piano)

THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME (trio)

YESTERDAYS (trio)

*Single piano is Bill Charlap

*Piano duet is Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes

 

ABOUT TONY BENNETT:
Tony Bennett is an artist who moves the hearts and touches the souls of audiences. He's not just the singer's singer but also an international treasure honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments.

The son of a grocer and Italian-born immigrant, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he nurtured his dual passions, singing and painting. His boyhood idols Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole were big influences on Bennett's easy, natural singing style. Tony sang while waiting tables as a teenager then performed with military bands throughout his overseas Army duty during World War II. After the war, the GI Bill enabled him to study vocal technique at the American Theatre Wing School.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, Tony has received eighteen Grammy Awards including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The MTV generation took to Tony Bennett during his appearance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the 1993 MTV Video Awards. He appeared on MTV Unplugged and the recording of the same name earned him the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. "Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap," observed The New York Times, "he has demolished it. He has connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises."

His initial fame came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as "Because of You," "Rags To Riches" and a cover of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." He has placed two-dozen songs in the Top 40, including "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" and his signature hit, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." One of only a few artists to have albums chart in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and the new millennium, he's introduced multitudes of songs into the Great American Songbook that have become pop music standards. Upon the release of his boxed set collection, TONY BENNETT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, the New York Times commented, "we aren't likely to see a recording career like this again." Bennett made music history when he became the oldest artist at the age of 86 to achieve a #1 record on the Billboard charts with his DUETS II CD. He broke that record at the age of 88 when his collaborative album with Lady Gaga, CHEEK TO CHEEK, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts. The album went on to win a Grammy Award and fostered a sold-out and critically acclaim world-wide concert tour. Tony Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master, and a 18-time Grammy Winner. Tony has authored four books, his official biography, two books devoted to his artwork, and the latest New York Times Bestseller, Life Is A Gift.

Tony is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint daily, even while touring. He has exhibited work around the world, and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. He's raised millions for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. His original paintings each year grace the cover of the American Cancer Society's holiday greeting card. He received Martin Luther King Center's  "Salute to Greatness Award" for his efforts to fight discrimination, having marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1965. The United Nations presented him with their 2007 Humanitarian Award.

In honor of his great friend and staunchest supporter, Tony established the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, which opened as a New York City public high school, offering an extensive arts curriculum, in September of 2001. In 2009, a permanent site for the school opened in Bennett's hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, they founded Exploring the Arts, which supports the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and provides support to arts education in public schools.

ABOUT BILL CHARLAP:
One of the world's premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington.

The Bill Charlap Trio was formed in 1997 with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, and is now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. The trio has received two Grammy Award nominations: for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, and for The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard, both on the Blue Note label. Mr. Charlap now records for the Impulse! record label, and his new trio recording, Notes From New York, will be released in March of 2016.  The Bill Charlap Trio tours all over the world, and their New York engagements include regular appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Village Vanguard.

This summer Bill Charlap celebrated his 11th year as Artistic Director of 92nd Street Y's Jazz in July summer festival. He has also produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

Mr. Charlap has been newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, in Wayne, New Jersey. Founded in 1973, the program is one of the longest running and most respected jazz programs in the country, and Mr. Charlap will be the fifth director of the program, following distinguished musicians Thad Jones, Rufus Reid, James Williams and Mulgrew Miller.

Born in New York City, Mr. Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who toured with Benny Goodman, appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy Award nomination for her recording of "My Coloring Book."

Mr. Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, The couple released their highly acclaimed two-piano album Double Portrait on Blue Note in 2010. Mr. Charlap's website is billcharlap.com

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Aug 05, 2015 | New Elvis Presley Album If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To Be Released October 30 On Sony Music's Legacy Recordings

"This would be a dream come true for Elvis." - Priscilla Presley

"This is a highlight of my career." - Michael Buble

New album features powerful Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment

Aug 5, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, worldwide on October 30, 2015.  The remarkable new album features classic Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, along with a duet with Michael Buble, and appearances by Il Volo and Duane Eddy.

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An exciting revisit of Elvis' work, If I Can Dream focuses on the iconic artist's unmistakable voice, emphasizing the pure power of The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the 14-track album features Elvis' most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  "This would be a dream come true for Elvis," Priscilla Presley says of the project. "He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done."  Don Reedman also commented, "Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets."

The album features a scintillating duet with best-selling jazz-pop singer Michael Buble on "Fever." The album also includes additional contributions by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy adding his signature sound to "An American Trilogy" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo lending their outstanding vocals to "It's Now or Never."  As arranger Nick Patrick said, "This is the record he would have loved to make."  If I Can Dream also highlights Elvis Presley's diverse musical tastes and appreciation for great vocalists spanning a variety of genres from standards to opera.

If I Can Dream is part of the ongoing ELVIS 80th Birthday Celebration in 2015, which has been commemorated with a newly-redesigned website, www.ElvisTheMusic.com, the release of The Complete '60s Albums Collection Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 on iTunes (August 7), and the launch of "Direct From Graceland: Elvis at the O2," the largest Elvis retrospective ever mounted in Europe.

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra may be pre-ordered now on CD and 2LP.

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Track listing

  1. Burning Love 
  2. It's Now Or Never 
  3. Love Me Tender 
  4. Fever (feat. Michael Buble)
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water 
  6. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind 
  7. You've Lost That Loving Feeling 
  8. There's Always Me
  9. Can't Help Falling In Love 
  10. In The Ghetto 
  11.  How Great Thou Art 
  12. Steamroller Blues 
  13. An American Trilogy 
  14. If I Can Dream 
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Aug 03, 2015 | Jimi Hendrix Experience Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 2CD/2LP Out August 28

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church Documentary To Premiere On SHOWTIME® On September 4

Documenting the Historic July 4, 1970 Performance In Front Of His Largest Ever U.S. Audience

Aug 3, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970, "Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of this career." Despite the overwhelming attendance (estimated to be 300,000-400,000), the festival and Hendrix's performance in particular, has not received its due in terms of historic importance and impact until now.

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE FREEDOM: ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL 2CD/2LP OUT AUGUST 28

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a new documentary film about the music legend's Atlanta Pop set and the circumstances surrounding it, will debut on SHOWTIME on Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray version on Oct. 30, which will feature bonus content not included in the broadcast version. The film documents the massive festival hailed then as the 'Southern Woodstock' and recognized now as the last great US Rock Festival. The film presents the story of how rock music's burgeoning festival culture descended en masse to the tiny rural village of Byron, Georgia and witnessed Hendrix's unforgettable performance.

The film details the efforts by Atlanta promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival.  Cooley secured such talent as Bob Seger, BB King and the Allman Brothers, but Hendrix was the critical component he needed to elevate the three day festival to a major cultural event. Electric Church features interviews with Hendrix's Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others. The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix's Independence Day appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing.  Standout performances include such Hendrix classics as "Hey Joe," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Purple Haze," as well as confident, compelling versions of songs such as "Room Full Of Mirrors," "Freedom," and "Straight Ahead" that had not yet been issued by Jimi on an Experience album, but were intended to be part of the album he was working on that summer. "The Star Spangled Banner," played against a backdrop of exploding fireworks, is another highlight, which Cooley recalls as having "knocked peoples' socks off."

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The audio release Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, which Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings will put out on Aug. 28, includes six performances not seen in the Showtime documentary. This will be available as a 2CD set and also as a 200-gram 2LP vinyl set. The first 5,000 vinyl units will be individually numbered.

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By the beginning of the 1970s, Jimi Hendrix was unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, having captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. In Electric Church, Paul McCartney freely admits to worshipping him, adding, "We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us."

Jimi Hendrix put the rock festival concept on the map with his blistering performance at California's Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, headlining 1968's inaugural Miami Pop Festival, and providing the soundtrack for the counterculture with a dazzling set at Woodstock in 1969.

His performance at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival was not only significant on a musical level, but also in terms of socio-political dynamics. The organizers were keen to push back against the cultural divide that was very much in evidence in the Deep South. It was assumed that rural audiences would not take kindly to "long-hair" bands, and that black and white artists could not comfortably exist on the same bill; Atlanta Pop set out to challenge those beliefs. Hendrix's music and message of universal love made him the ideal artist to represent that pushback, and, appropriately, was the first act booked for the festival.

In the sweltering Georgia heat, amongst intimidating bikers who were hired as security, hundreds of thousands of mostly young music fans descended upon the festival grounds, eventually knocking over fences and leaving the organizers with no choice but to declare it a free event. Law enforcement, not equipped to handle such crowds, adopted a hands-off policy with regards to crowd control, drug use and nudity. Against incredible odds, the event proved to be largely peaceful. By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage on the evening of July 4, the audience swelled to more than 300,000.

Massive, anarchic music fests in the U.S., unencumbered by high ticket prices and corporate sponsors were soon to be extinct, and the Atlanta Pop Festival was the last of this dying breed. Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) says, "This was, certainly in retrospect, sort of the end of an era, and a great end to an era. It was a powerful moment."

The Atlanta festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing such Hollywood films as The Buddy Holly Story and Can't Buy Me Love. Rash intended for the footage he and his team were filming to be used for a documentary in the vein of Woodstock. When a deal couldn't be secured, virtually all of the film lay undeveloped inside Rash's barn for over three decades. The full-color film stock held up remarkably well, and makes for a transcendent viewing experience.

Bill Mankin, who worked on the construction and stage crews for the festival, provides liner notes for the Freedom package, describing his first-hand account. He explains, "At the center of the vortex was the master magician on guitar: the personification of a life lived fully and wildly, with no boundaries, no limitations, and aiming for the stars at light speed."

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 2CD/2LP VINYL (release date: August 28)

Disc 1
1) Fire
2) Lover Man
3) Spanish Castle Magic
4) Red House
5) Room Full Of Mirrors
6) Hear My Train A Comin'
7) Message To Love

Disc 2
1) All Along The Watchtower
2) Freedom
3) Foxey Lady
4) Purple Haze
5) Hey Joe
6) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
7) Stone Free
8) Star Spangled Banner
9) Straight Ahead

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church DVD/Blu-ray (release date: October 30)
Contains performances of three additional songs not included in the broadcast version of the film, and other never before released Hendrix bonus content.

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, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

About Experience Hendrix L.L.C.:
Founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.

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Jul 31, 2015 | FANTASTIC FOUR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Digitally on July 31 and on CD on August 14 Featuring Original Score by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass

Jul 31, 2015

NEW YORK, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music announces the release of THE FANTASTIC FOUR (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring the music of Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass. The soundtrack will be released digitally on July 31 and on CD on August 14.  

About FANTASTIC FOUR:
From acclaimed director Josh Trank ("Chronicle"), and screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: First Class," X-Men; Days of Future Past", "Sherlock Holmes"), FANTASTIC FOUR is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's first, and longest-running superhero team. Based on the Marvel comic written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film follows four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The film stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

About the composers:

Marco Beltrami
Beltrami is best known for finding a unique approach to scoring in each of his films. For the film "Scream", he threw away conventional horror music cliches and instead called upon his concert music roots to explore a new sonic landscape. For "The Homesman" Beltrami constructed his own instruments that would meld the archaic and new. The creations were as tiny as a refitted lap steel guitar to giant, cross-ranch cables that could pick up wind and translate it into a haunting glow. Subsequently, his resume has expanded to include films ranging from epic drama to dark comedy. Beltrami has been nominated twice for Academy Awards for Best Score ("3:10 to Yuma" (2007) and "The Hurt Locker" (2008)).

Philip Glass
In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty eight operas, ten symphonies, as well as concertos for piano, violin, cello, timpani, saxophone quartet and orchestra, and a growing body of work for solo piano and organ and numerous soundtracks to films. By simultaneously winning a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music, Glass has had an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Three of Glass's previous film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards: "Kundun" (1997), "The Hours" (2002) and "Notes On A Scandal" (2006). In 1999, he won the Golden Globe for his soundtrack to "The Truman Show".

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

The FANTASTIC FOUR (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) track list is as follows:

  1. Fantastic Four Prelude
  2. The Garage
  3. The Unveiling
  4. Baxter
  5. "All My Faith"
  6. The Lab
  7. Meeting of the Minds
  8. It Begins
  9. Building the Future
  10. Launch One
  11. Neil Armstrong
  12. Maiden Voyage
  13. Footprints
  14. "Run"
  15. Ben's Drop
  16. Real World Applications
  17. Under Pressure
  18. The Search
  19. "You're Going to Like This One"
  20. Father and Son
  21. Return
  22. He's Awake
  23. Pursuit
  24. Strength in Numbers
  25. End titles

 

Album Preorder links
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ost-fantastic4 
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ost-fantastic4-spfy 
Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/ost-fantastic4-CD

 

Media Contacts:
Beth Krakower | Krakower Poling PR | [email protected] 
Angela Barkan | Larissa Slezak | Sony Music Masterworks
212.833.8575 / 6075 / [email protected] / [email protected]

SOURCE Sony Classical

Jul 31, 2015 | Long Awaited New Darlene Love Album 'Introducing Darlene Love' Available For Pre-Order Today

NEW ALBUM ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY E STREET BAND LEGEND STEVIE VAN ZANDT DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 18

'INTRODUCING DARLENE LOVE' FEATURES SONGS WRITTEN BY ELVIS COSTELLO, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, LINDA PERRY, JIMMY WEBB, DESMOND CHILD, JOAN JETT, BARRY MANN & CYNTHIA WEIL AND OTHERS, INCLUDING ELVIS COSTELLO-PENNED SINGLE 'FORBIDDEN NIGHTS' MADE AVAILABLE VIA PRE-ORDER AS INSTANT GRAT TRACK

Jul 31, 2015

NEW YORK, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records – The first new album in decades from legendary vocalist Darlene Love, Introducing Darlene Love, is available for pre-order today at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.   Produced and arranged by artist/producer/E Street Band great Stevie Van Zandt, the album is comprised of all new recordings and features never-before-heard and classic songs from a superstar cast of songwriters eager to showcase one of the most seminal voices in music history.  Fans who pre-order the album will receive the Elvis Costello-penned first single "Forbidden Nights" as an instant grat track.

Long Awaited New Darlene Love Album 'Introducing Darlene Love' Available September 18

Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen contribute two tracks each to the 14-song album (released on Van Zandt's Wicked Cool label in partnership with Columbia Records - see full tracklist below) with Stevie Van Zandt penning three songs.  Other writers include Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Joan Jett, longtime songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Michael Des Barres, and more. 

The captivating Love brings her iconic vocal delivery to each song, including "Night Closing In" (Bruce Springsteen,) "Still To Soon To Know" (Elvis Costello),"Love Kept Us Foolin' Around" (Linda Perry), "Who Under Heaven" (Jimmy Webb), "River Deep, Mountain High" (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich), and "Sweet Freedom" (Barry Man/Cynthia Weil), among others.  Inducted in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, the New York Times has called the singer "a thunderbolt voice embedded in the history of rock n' roll…" and Rolling Stone praised her trademark vocal style as "a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound.'" 

Love's five-decade career spans some of the greatest signature moments in music, with the Los Angeles native nurturing her talent early as a member of the Blossoms, a local trio who began their career providing backup vocals for artists such as Sam Cooke and Bobbie Day.  The Blossoms also were featured as part of the house band for the popular '60s music show Shindig, backing up many of the performers who appeared on the series.  Love would go on to become one of the most sought-after singers in music history, recording with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, Tom Jones, and dozens of other vocal giants throughout her career.  Her early work with pioneering producer Phil Spector on songs such as the trailblazing "He's A Rebel," "He's Sure The Boy I Love," and "Why Do Lover's Break Each Other's Hearts," would garner her legend status. She is featured in the 2013 Academy Award and Grammy winning documentary '20 Feet From Stardom,' chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers.   Darlene's annual holiday performance of her classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on Late Night With David Letterman became a holiday viewing staple.    

The prolific Van Zandt creates a compelling production aesthetic on Introducing Darlene Love, echoing the classic recording style of many early '60s pop standards on the forthcoming Columbia Records/Wicked Cool release, available everywhere on September 18.

Tracklist:
1. Among The Believers (Stevie Van Zandt)
2. Forbidden Nights (Elvis Costello)
3. Love Kept Us Foolin' Around (Linda Perry)
4. Little Liar (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
5. Still Too Soon To Know (Elvis Costello)
6. Who Under Heaven (Jimmy Webb)
7. Night Closing In (Bruce Springsteen)
8. Painkiller (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
9. Just Another Lonely Mile (Bruce Springsteen)
10. Last Time (Stevie Van Zandt)
11. River Deep, Mountain High (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
12. Sweet Freedom (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
13. Marvelous (Walter Hawkins)
14. Jesus Is The Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin) (Stevie Van Zandt)

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150731/252447

 

SOURCE Columbia Records

Jul 24, 2015 | Tenor Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis Releases Days Of FreeMan, A Tribute To His Hip-Hop Roots -- Album Available Now

"I didn't grow up a hip-hop head, but where I grew up in Buffalo, New York, on Freeman Street, the sound of 1990s hip-hop was ubiquitous," James Brandon Lewis says. "I decided to go back and explore that time through music."

Jul 24, 2015

NEW YORK, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis's bravest, yet most palpable artistic feat, Days Of FreeMan, opens with a poignant and profound introductory monologue from a maternal sage. She says: "The best thing of living is living who you are. You can't be somebody else; you gotta be what God gave you to be and who you are. You look in the mirror and see yourself and say 'I'm James Brandon Lewis."' Next, bass and drums congeal around the sapphire melodic motif of "Brother 1976," recalling one of those jazzy jewel-like hooks from a 1990s Native Tongue hip-hop jam. The effect is like 1990s hip-hop's fascination with jazz being spit back by a prodigious jazz innovator. Welcome to Days Of FreeMan (OKeh) available July 24, 2015.

For his third album, James uses ideas from 1990s hip-hop to masterfully weave together threads of cultural identity, cross-generational identity, and personal reflection.

Days Of FreeMan is imaginatively organized in chapters with classic hip-hop style breaks and interludes functioning as chapter breathers. Like the cross cultural and generational mosaic on Freeman Street proper, the album invites the listener into many dialogues. It is a nod to 1990s hip-hop, and explores rhyme-scapes and the musical conventions of that golden age of hip-hop in a revolutionary way. The album also explores hip-hop as a culture through taking inspiration from the original four pillars of hip-hop: dance, rapping, graffiti, and DJ-ing.

The album also loosely functions as a memoir with an underlay of nostalgia for the carefree boyhood days of fly nicknames, basketball, and those first encounters with the transformative power of music. Adding to the power and emotionality of this thread on growing up, are pontifications on love, identity, and God peppered throughout the album, culled from informal conversations James recorded with his grandmother, Pearl Lewis.

James's immersive creative process to realize his vision for Days Of FreeMan include pouring over hip-hop documentaries for up to eight hours a day, and dissecting albums by KRS-One, Digable Planets, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, Medeski, Martin & Wood, along with fearless jazz trumpeter Don Cherry's 1985 album Home Boy and Lauryn Hill's 1998 masterpiece the Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

How all of this preparation plays out musically is stunning. For years instrumentalists held fast to the lofty notion of "singing through the instrument," but on Days Of FreeMan, James aspires to MC through his tenor. The album's title track perfectly captures the clipped cadence of a master MC with speech-like phrases and a long flowing solo that conjures up a blazing freestyle battle rap session. "Black Ark" traces the legacy of hip-hop from the balmy and pioneering dub explorations of Lee "Scratch" Perry in Jamaica ("Black Ark" is the name of his famed studio) to the burgeoning sounds of hip-hop blaring out in the Bronx.  On "Lament for JLew," in five vigorous minutes James ties together the dual lineages of classical music to hip-hop and classical music to rock using original classical-flavored motifs to illustrate the overlaps.

The second to last track of Days Of FreeMan is the political and timely "Unarmed With A Mic" and is a reminder of hip-hop's power as a form of protest music. On this track, James plays with seething sentimentality. The album concludes with "Epilogue," a reprise of the infectious melody of the opening track "Brother 1976."

On the album, James is accompanied by drummer Rudy Royston. Both took the weighty undertaking of album deeply, researching 1990s hip-hop jams for inspiration and vision. Their attention to the vocabulary of the era James sought to explore, and their panoramic musicality and sympathetic musical skills, match James's artistic ideal to authentically and thoroughly fuse genres and cultures without pandering to trends in jazz-groove records. The record also features a guest spot from the gifted freestyle rapper Supernatural on the track "Days Of FreeMan."

Days of FreeMan is one of James Brandon Lewis's most ambitious works and his most accessible. Reflecting on this intriguing duality he says: "The artist is charged with taking creative risks, but the universe lined up this time and I was able to connect with my audience conversationally."

About James Brandon Lewis
James Brandon Lewis is one of the modern titans of the tenor sax. Hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch," James has shared stages with such icons as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Grammy® Award-winning singer Dorinda Clark Cole, and the late "Queen of Gospel Music," Albertina Walker. In bold contrast, James has also worked with such intrepid artists as Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Gayle, Ed Shuller, Kirk Knuffke, Jason Hwang, Marilyn Crispell, Ken Filiano, Cooper Moore, Darius Jones, Eri Yamamoto, Federico Ughi, Kenny Wessel, Marvin "Bugalu" Smith, and Sabir Mateen. In addition, he has collaborated with the dance company CircuitDebris under the direction of Mersiha Mesihovic. James attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Currently, James resides in New York City where he actively gigs as a sideman and leads his own ensembles. In NYC, he is a co-founder of "Heroes Are Gang Leaders" with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis—a collective of poets and musicians—and he is a member of the collective "Dark Matter," a conceptual musical collaboration exploring that which is invisible but is detected by it's gravitational effects. Outside NYC, James is an active national and international touring artist. Some career highlights are playing such esteemed festivals as Winter Jazz Festival/OKeh Records showcase with William Parker and Gerald Cleaver; The Eric Dolphy Festival with an ensemble featuring Grachan Moncur III, Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Angelica Sanchez, Ted Daniel, and Alfred Patterson; and Princeton University as part of Fred Ho's "Journey to the West," an interdisciplinary dance and music project.

Tracklisting:



1. Foreword

8. Break II

15. Break IV

2. Brother 1976

9. Wilson

16. Able Souls Dig Planets

3. Of Dark Matter

10. Lament for JLew

17. Speaking from Jupiter

4. Black Ark

11. Break III

18. Unarmed with a Mic

5. Break I

12. Bamako Love

19. Epilogue (Brother 1976)

6. Days of FreeMan

13. Boom Bap Bop


7. Bird of Folk Cries

14. Steelo


 

Website: http://www.jblewis.com 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jblewis1983
Facebook: facebook.com/JamesBrandonLewis

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

SOURCE OKeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Jul 16, 2015 | David Gilmour To Release New Album, "Rattle That Lock" Friday, September 18, 2015

FIRST NORTH AMERICAN DATES IN 10 YEARS ANNOUNCED

Jul 16, 2015

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --  David Gilmour has announced that his new solo album Rattle That Lock will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015 on Columbia Records.  The album will be available for preorder and the first single, also titled "Rattle That Lock" will be released on Friday, July 17, 2016.

DAVID GILMOUR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM,

Additionally David Gilmour's first North American dates in ten years were announced today.  The "David Gilmour Live 2016" concert  appearances will take place in March & April with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a Rattle That Lock CD.

The "Live 2016" appearances will be David Gilmour's first live concert dates since the "On An Island" tour in 2006, and will follow his UK and European tour this September/October. All tickets for the North American Tour dates go on sale Friday, July 17, 2015 (exact times listed below).

March 24, 2016 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – on sale 12pm (PST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004EE9EA7F4F7C

March, 31 2016 – Air Canada Center, Toronto – on sale 10am (EST)
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004EEADDA29010

April 8, 2016 – United Center, Chicago – on sale 12pm (CST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/04004EEAA319243C

April 11, 2016Madison Square Garden, New York – on sale 10am (EST)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B004EEA22A81FCF

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone.

Rattle That Lock is David Gilmour's fourth solo album and follows his 2006 #1 in the UK record On An Island. The primary lyricist for the new album is Gilmour's long-term writing partner, Polly Samson, and it is co-produced by David Gilmour and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera.  Rattle That Lock's striking cover has been art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

RATTLE THAT LOCK tracklisting:

  1. 5 A.M. (Gilmour)
  2. Rattle That Lock (Gilmour/Samson/Boumendil)
  3. Faces Of Stones (Gilmour)
  4. A Boat Lies Waiting (Gilmour/Samson)
  5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me (Gilmour)
  6. In Any Tongue (Gilmour/Samson)
  7. Beauty (Gilmour)
  8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Gilmour/Samson)
  9. Today (Gilmour/Samson)
  10. And Then.....(Gilmour)

The title track, "Rattle That Lock", will be heard for the first time on BBC Radio 2 in the UK on Friday, July 17 and will be available immediately to download and stream worldwide. The song begins with the four notes, created by Michael Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which Gilmour recorded on his iPhone at Aix-en-Prevence station.  Samson's lyrics are inspired by Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which is also featured in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness.  The single also features The Liberty Choir and singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

www.davidgilmour.com

David Gilmour Official Store
http://smarturl.it/DGintntl

iTunes
Standard Album - http://smarturl.it/RattleThatLock 
Deluxe Album - http://smarturl.it/RattleThatLockDLX 

Amazon
Standard CD - http://smarturl.it/RattleThatLockAmz 
Deluxe CD + Blu-Ray - http://smarturl.it/RattleThatLockAmzDLX 
Vinyl LP - http://smarturl.it/RattleThatLockAmzV 

"Rattle That Lock" – Song Interview: http://smarturl.it/RTLInterview 

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150716/237581

SOURCE Columbia Records

Jul 08, 2015 | RANDY GOODMAN NAMED CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE
  Nashville, TN – July 8, 2015 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced that Randy Goodman has been appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Nashville, effective immediately. In this role, Goodman will be responsible for overseeing all of Sony Music Nashville operations, including Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville, as well as […]Read More »
Jul 01, 2015 | Sony Classical Releases MAX Original Motion Picture Soundtrack -- Album Available Now

Composed By Trevor Rabin

Jul 1, 2015

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical announces release of the soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures' and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film MAX. With music composed by one of Hollywood's most in-demand film composers, Trevor Rabin, the soundtrack is available now digitally and on CD

MAX, a family action adventure from co-writer/director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Now You See Me), is a coming-of-age story about a young teen from a family dealing with loss, who finds friendship, comfort and adventure with the heroic military dog of his fallen brother, a United States Marine who served his country on the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan.

Composer Trevor Rabin (Armageddon, Deep Blue Sea, The Great Raid, National Treasure and Snakes On A Plane) created an equally adventurous and uplifting soundtrack. By combining suspenseful sequences and heroic highlights with both classical and contemporary tone colors, Rabin managed to arrange a score that is inspiring and entertaining.

Rabin, a South African born guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, producer and recording engineer, has earned a worldwide reputation for his innovative work as a musician and composer, scoring over three dozen films. He has received numerous awards including eleven BMI Film and TV Awards, a Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award (Los Angeles Music Awards), a Career Achievement Award (Temecula International Film Festival), and Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music Award (Park City Film Festival). His theme music also backs the American baseball and basketball games and his Remember The Titans score reverberates behind the Olympic Games telecasts. Trevor has created music that crosses barriers and genres that have made him one of the premier composers of contemporary music.

About MAX

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes "Max," a family action adventure from writer/director Boaz Yakin ("Remember the Titans," "Fresh").

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott.  But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle's teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle's family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father's expectations, and he isn't interested in taking responsibility for his brother's troubled dog.  However, Max may be Justin's only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of Carmen, a tough-talking young teen who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion.

Justin's growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for.  But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.

"Max" stars Josh Wiggins ("Hellion") as Justin Wincott, Lauren Graham (TV's "Parenthood") as his mom, Pamela, and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") as his dad, Ray. 

Yakin directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Sheldon Lettich ("Rambo III," "Double Impact").  Karen Rosenfelt ("Marley & Me," the "Twilight" series) and Ken Blancato ("The Book Thief") produced the film, with Ben Ormand and Yakin serving as executive producers.

Yakin's behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Stefan Czapsky ("Safe"), production designer Kalina Ivanov ("The Vow," "Little Miss Sunshine"), editor Bill Pankow ("The Untouchables," "Let's Be Cops") and costume designer Ellen Lutter ("Grown Ups," "50 First Dates).  The music is by Trevor Rabin ("Grudge Match," "Remember the Titans").

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present, a Sunswept Entertainment production, a Boaz Yakin movie, "Max."  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and MGM.  It has been rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements.
www.max­-themovie.com 

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

Tracklisting

1     Max's First Cache 
2     Max Rushes Coffin
3     Carmen Teaches Justin   
4     Bike Toss 
5     Bike Ride
6     Fireworks Display 
7     Tracking Emilio
8     Keep Him In Line
9     Realist or Hero
10     Max's Training DVD
11     Max Escapes 
12     Let's Do This
13     Mom's Law 
14     You're Not A Marine 
15     Round Two
16     Epilogue 
17     Max's Suite  

Album Purchase Links
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ost-max
Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/ost-max-cd
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ost-max-spfy

Media Contacts:
Beth Krakower | Krakower Poling PR | [email protected]
Angela Barkan | Larissa Slezak | Sony Music Masterworks
212.833.8575 / 6075 / [email protected] / [email protected]

SOURCE Sony Classical

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

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

Jun 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Columbia Records

Jun 11, 2015 | “New Music Fridays” Are Coming: Global Release Day Launches July 10
  – An aligned single global release day for music takes effect on July 10 – Tracks and albums to be released at 12:01 AM on Fridays each week in over 45 countries  – Music fans will no longer have to wait for days to enjoy new releases   For music fans across the world, […]Read More »
Mar 10, 2015 | Entertainment Icon Snoop Dogg Releases First Single "Peaches N Cream" From Upcoming New Album BUSH Produced By Pharrell Williams

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

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

Mar 10, 2015

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

Entertainment Icon Snoop Dogg Releases First Single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOURCE Columbia Records

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

CAPS OFF NEW YORK DUO'S PHENOMENAL JOURNEY

Dec 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Epic Records

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

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

Dec 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Epic Records

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