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  • Thriller 40 – A Double CD Set of Michael’s Original Masterpiece Thriller & Bonus Disc – To Be Released on November 18
  • May 16

40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE KING OF POP’S ‘THRILLER’,
THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME!

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson today announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the biggest selling album of all time, with the November 18 release of Michael Jackson Thriller 40, a double CD set comprised of Michael’s original masterpiece Thriller and an exciting second disc full of surprises for fans including never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for the Thriller album. To date, the album has amassed in excess of 100 million in sales worldwide.

In the US, Walmart will have an exclusive version of the original Thriller album with an alternate 40th anniversary cover, while Target will have an exclusive version of the original album with a commemorative Thriller 40 vinyl slip mat. Both of these will also be available outside the US from various retailers.

Mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity will also make available the original Thriller album as a One-Step 180g 33RPM LP, pressed at RTI and strictly limited to 40,000 numbered copies as well as a hybrid SACD. (An UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Thriller will be released at a future date.)

Go HERE for information and to Pre-Order.

Several activations are planned between now and the end of the year to honor Michael’s epic creation which won a record setting 8 Grammys, smashed musical barriers and changed the frontiers of pop music and videos forever.  Michael Jackson’s Thriller has spent more than 500 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 100 million albums since its release on November 30, 1982. The first such activation is the first drop of new merchandise featuring the special Thriller 40 logo which is now available exclusively through the MichaelJackson.com webstore.

MORE ABOUT THRILLER:

Thriller holds a modern-day record of 37 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the nearly four decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984) and became the first title ever to be certified more than RIAA 30X multi-Platinum in 2015 and since has been certified at 34x Multi-Platinum.  

Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa and remains the biggest selling album of all time with sales in excess of 100 million.  Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller,” went No. 1. 

The music on Thriller was so singular for the time it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. “Beat It” was a new kind of pop-rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On “The Girl Is Mine,” two men, one white and one Black, banter about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted “Wanna Be Startin‘ Somethin'” and the rhythm and blues-based “Billie Jean.”   

Michael set out to revolutionize how to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale through film but faced roadblocks. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of “Billie Jean,” a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré.

Next, came the unforgettable short film for “Beat It,” which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was “Thriller.” Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that 40 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Music from Thriller and Michael’s other hit albums is featured in the hit Las Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater in Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino and in the acclaimed Broadway musical MJ The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York, which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards last week. Michael has sold more than 1 billion records and remains one of the top streaming artists in the world.

MICHAEL JACKSON:
Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

SOURCE Sony Music Entertainment

Thriller 40 – A Double CD Set of Michael’s Original Masterpiece Thriller & Bonus Disc – To Be Released on November 18

For further information: CONTACTS: The Estate of Michael Jackson: Diana Baron, d.baron media relations inc., [email protected]; Maria C. Malta, Media Relations, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment, [email protected]

  • Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn! The Queen of Country Music Turns 90
  • Apr 14

Sony Music Entertainment Dedicates Loretta Lynn Magnolia Tree at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

Loretta Donating Select Items from Personal Archives to Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

April 14, 2022-New York, NY-Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, a division of SME, are celebrating the 90th birthday of American country music legend Loretta Lynn (born April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky).

A number of Loretta’s fellow and sister musicians, friends and artists inspired and influenced by her music (including Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brandi Carlile, Carole King, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Ashley McBryde and others) have lensed a special birthday greetings video.  The video is being hosted on the artist’s website (Loretta Lynn) where fans can sign a birthday card for Loretta, and will be viewable on Loretta’s Facebook and Instagram.

To mark the occasion, SME is dedicating a blossoming magnolia tree to Loretta. Located outside the Frist Learning Center on the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, the tree bears a bronze tribute plaque with the inscription: “Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) / Coal Miner’s Daughter / Music Icon / Celebrating Her 90th Birthday.” Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate, an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture nurture the spirit and serve as inspiration for a diverse and broad audience.

“For generations of fans, Loretta Lynn is the heart and soul of American country music, the woman who showed us the untapped possibilities of the genre through the genius and direct perspectives of her songs and the integrity of her performances,” said Richard Story, President, Commercial Music Group, SME. “Please join me and everyone in the Sony family in wishing Loretta the happiest of birthdays along with a deep appreciation for all the magic, truth and beauty she’s shown us through her music over the years.”

Loretta is donating effects from her personal archives to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Among the artifacts are: a 1960s yellow gingham dress sewn by Lynn and a photograph of Loretta wearing the dress while signing autographs; the red gown designed by Loretta’s longtime dressmaker Tim Cobb and worn by Loretta as an honoree at the 26th Kennedy Center Honors in 2003; Loretta’s original handwritten lyrics to “Fist City,” her controversial 1968 Billboard #1 Hot Country Single; first edition copies of her autobiographies–“Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1976) and “Still Woman Enough” (2002)–and more.

“As a little girl, I could never have imagined that I’d write books and wear dresses that would wind up in the Smithsonian. These are the kinds of things that make me realize what an amazing life I’ve been given and grateful for what I’m able to share with the world,” said Loretta.

The artist is celebrating her birthday with friends and family and sends heartfelt greetings to her fans “I am getting so many big birthday wishes!” Loretta exclaimed. “Thank you, friends, for thinking of me. I’m so happy I get to spend a little more time with you all. My family and I are planning a big dinner and, of course, cake! I love you!”

  • Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” Makes History
  • Dec 03

Artist’s Perennial Masterpiece Earns RIAA Diamond Award and

Returns to Billboard Hot 100 while Securing #1 Spot on

Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs

“Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues” Premiering Globally Today on Apple TV+

New York, NY – December 3, 2021 – Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues to make pop music history this year as the artist’s perennial yuletide standard (cowritten and coproduced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff in 1994) keeps breaking new records while lighting up the 2021 holiday season.

This December, “All I Want for Christmas is You” became the first and only holiday single to take home the RIAA’s coveted Diamond Award (in recognition of ten million sales and streaming units in the United States).

Listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” here.

“The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions,” said Mariah. “It blows my mind that ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has endured different eras of the music industry. The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I’m so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you.”

“Mariah is the Queen of Christmas,” said President of the Commercial Music Group at Sony Music Entertainment, Richard Story. “Her Sony Music family congratulates her on breaking yet another record, and continuing to make history as the first and only artist to achieve this incredible milestone.”

“Mariah Carey is one of the top Gold & Platinum awarded artists of all time, and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ becoming the only holiday song to achieve Diamond is a remarkable milestone forever etched in music history.  Congratulations and happy holidays to Mariah and her amazing Sony team,” said Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.

Carey also spotlights the global fan-favorite “All I Want for Christmas is You” in the Apple TV+ smash-hit, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, with a show-stopping performance of the record-breaking song, along with her twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.  On the heels of this exciting news, Carey debuts her all-new holiday extravaganza Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, premiering globally today and available now on Apple TV+.

On Tuesday, December 7, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will make two Mariah Carey films, Live at the Tokyo Dome and First Vision, available for digital purchase and rental for the first time in the United States. Showcasing more than 80 minutes of music, including a stunning live version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey: Live at the Tokyo Dome captures the artist’s historic first concert in Japan, lensed during her 1996 Daydream World Tour. Mariah Carey: First Vision gives viewers an inside look at Mariah on the cusp of her meteoric rise to superstardom; this 1991 film contains early music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, an interview and songs from her very first live performance at New York’s intimate Tatou Club in 1990. Currently available in the US only, four additional Mariah Carey films–Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden, Here is Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey Around the World and Mariah Carey: MTV Unplugged +3–will be released worldwide via SPE on December 7.

Billboard recently named Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” as the #1 record on their Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs list. The song first cracked the Top 10 of the Hot 100 in December 2017 and, in December 2019, 25 years after its original release, became the second holiday single ever to hit #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for longest span from release date to #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 again in 2020, giving it a five week total in the top slot, a new milestone for a holiday recording.

Recorded in August 1994 at The Hit Factory in New York, “All I Want for Christmas is You” was originally released in October 1994 as the first single from Mariah’s Merry Christmas album, a showcase for Mariah’s interpretations of familiar holiday songs alongside the new material she’d composed with co-writer Walter Walter Afanasieff. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” went on to become one of the best-selling singles (of any genre) of all time and the best-selling holiday ringtone in the United States for several years running.

When “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 2019, it was Mariah’s 19th claim on the top spot, a record for a solo recording artist; when her holiday single hit #1 the following year, Mariah became the first artist to have a Hot 100 # 1 in four separate decades (the 1990s, the 2000s, the 2010s and the 2020s).

Having charted every holiday season since its original release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”–which The New Yorker called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon”–has become an essential seasonal standard that continues to bring the spirit of Christmas to the hearts of music lovers the world over. 

“All I Want for Christmas is You” is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in twenty-six countries including Australia, Canada, France and Germany. In 2020, the holiday classic topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in the UK Top 40 before reaching #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the all-time best-selling Christmas single by a female artist and one of the top-selling physical singles in music history. It’s the first holiday ringtone to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” Makes History
  • HBCU Marching Bands & Historic Speeches By Martin Luther King & Barack Obama Featured on Powerful Music Video for "Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK" Remix
  • Jun 17

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce the release today of the powerful music video featuring footage of HBCU marching bands together with images of noted black leaders set to an edited version of the recently released “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix which features a roaring drum line and excerpts of speeches by the late Martin Luther King and Barack Obama’s first inauguration speech.

Watch The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix music video here.

Also dropping today is a “Can You Feel It” Remix EP featuring a brand new remix by GRAMMY® award-winning musician Robert Glasper. The EP will also include the edited version of “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK,” the soundtrack to the music video out today, and an edited version of the Kirk Franklin Remix featuring Tamela Mann, the soundtrack to the music video for that track released simultanteously with the Triumph reissue last month.

Listen to the “Can You Feel It” Remix EP here.

The third single from the Triumph album, “Can You Feel It” hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts following its release in March 1981. Written and arranged by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, the track was produced by The Jacksons and features lead vocals by Michael and Randy Jackson accompanied by gospel choirs.

The new “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix music video and the “Can You Feel It” remix EP follow the recent re-release of the entire Jacksons catalog. The Triumph re-release debuted three new remixes of The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”: The Jacksons X MLK, Kirk Franklin Remix featuring Tamela Mann and The Island Remix featuring David Sanborn.

The Jacksons’ definitive album project:

The expanded digital releases of Triumph, Victory and 2300 Jackson Street are now available alongside The Jacksons (1976), Goin’ Places (1977) and Destiny (1978), released February 12. The six studio albums recorded by The Jacksons for Epic Records trace the group’s spectacular transformation from their Jackson 5 boy band roots to their role as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution (1976-1989). Each title includes the original album in its entirety, bundled with additional bonus tracks and may be ordered here:

https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TheJacksonsPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/GoinPlacesPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/DestinyPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TriumphPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/2300JacksonStPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/VictoryPR

A 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of The Jacksons Live! (recorded during their 1981 North American Triumph Tour) was released on Friday, March 26.

American writer and music journalist Alan Light penned a new Jacksons essay featured on Medium here.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

  • HBCU Marching Bands & Historic Speeches By Martin Luther King & Barack Obama Featured on Powerful Music Video for "Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK" Remix
  • Jun 17

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce the release today of the powerful music video featuring footage of HBCU marching bands together with images of noted black leaders set to an edited version of the recently released “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix which features a roaring drum line and excerpts of speeches by the late Martin Luther King and Barack Obama’s first inauguration speech.

Watch The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix music video here.

Also dropping today is a “Can You Feel It” Remix EP featuring a brand new remix by GRAMMY® award-winning musician Robert Glasper. The EP will also include the edited version of “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK,” the soundtrack to the music video out today, and an edited version of the Kirk Franklin Remix featuring Tamela Mann, the soundtrack to the music video for that track released simultanteously with the Triumph reissue last month.

Listen to the “Can You Feel It” Remix EP here.

The third single from the Triumph album, “Can You Feel It” hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts following its release in March 1981. Written and arranged by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, the track was produced by The Jacksons and features lead vocals by Michael and Randy Jackson accompanied by gospel choirs.

The new “Can You Feel It – The Jacksons X MLK” remix music video and the “Can You Feel It” remix EP follow the recent re-release of the entire Jacksons catalog. The Triumph re-release debuted three new remixes of The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”: The Jacksons X MLK, Kirk Franklin Remix featuring Tamela Mann and The Island Remix featuring David Sanborn.

The Jacksons’ definitive album project:

The expanded digital releases of Triumph, Victory and 2300 Jackson Street are now available alongside The Jacksons (1976), Goin’ Places (1977) and Destiny (1978), released February 12. The six studio albums recorded by The Jacksons for Epic Records trace the group’s spectacular transformation from their Jackson 5 boy band roots to their role as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution (1976-1989). Each title includes the original album in its entirety, bundled with additional bonus tracks and may be ordered here:

https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TheJacksonsPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/GoinPlacesPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/DestinyPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TriumphPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/2300JacksonStPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/VictoryPR

A 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of The Jacksons Live! (recorded during their 1981 North American Triumph Tour) was released on Friday, March 26.

American writer and music journalist Alan Light penned a new Jacksons essay featured on Medium here.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

  • Sony Music Entertainment's Certified Launches Black Music Month '96 Again Campaign
  • Jun 03

NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Certified and Sony Music Entertainment’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog division invite fans to experience Black Music Month ’96 Again, a 25th anniversary celebration of 1996, a game-changing year in hip-hop history.

Throughout June 2021, the Black Music Month ’96 Again celebration will revisit the artists, albums and tracks that defined that iconic era with an immersive campaign featuring newly-curated playlists, video content, contests and rarities from 1996 available for the first time on all DSPs.

’96 Again Sizzle here: https://Certified.lnk.to/96AgainPR

Individual explainer videos of three definitive hip-hop albums will be featured throughout Black Music Month ’96 Again. Each of the videos is a two-minute mini-documentary exploring the history of the album.

The video coming June 10 delves into ATLiens, Outkast’s second studio album, the American hip-hop duo’s outer space-inspired musical lens on contemporary Atlanta from street hustlers to extra-terrestrials. June 17’s mini-doc tells the story behind Ironman, the debut solo album from American rapper/Wu-Tang Clan cofounder Ghostface Killah. On June 24, a new Certified short video explores the history of It Was Written, the 1996 tour de force that catapulted Nas from the New York hip-hop underground into the American cultural mainstream with iconic tracks like “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” (featuring Lauryn Hill) driving the album into the #1 slot on the Billboard 200.

Every Friday during June 2021, Certified will rediscover treasures from The ’96 Vault, inviting fans inside to experience deep cuts and rare gems from their favorite artists, albums, sessions and shows from the era. Available on all platforms, The ’96 Vault presents ultra-rare remixes, iconic radio edits, instrumental jams, previously unreleased and out-of-print recordings and surprise content.

Available Friday, June 4:
Kris Kross – “Live and Die for Hip-hop” (from Young, Rich & Dangerous)
Xzibit – “Paparazzi” (from At the Speed of Life)
Mobb Deep – “Front Lines (Hell On Earth)” (from Hell On Earth)
Celly Cel – “Killa Kali” (from Killa Kali)

Available Friday, June 11:
Xzibit – “The Foundation” (from At the Speed of Life)
Keith Murray – “The Rhyme” (from Enigma)
Sadat X – “Hang ‘Em High” (from Wild Cowboys)

Available Friday, June 18:
UGK – “One Day” (from Ridin’ Dirty)
M.O.P. – “Dead & Gone” / “Stick To Ya Gunz” (from Firing Squad)
Too $hort – “Gettin’ It” EP (from Gettin’ It (Album Number Ten))

Available Friday, June 25:
Nine – “Lyin King” (from Cloud 9)
Smoothe Da Hustler – “Hustler’s Theme” (from Once Upon a Time in America)
Cella Dwellas – “We Got It Hemmed” (from Realms ‘n Reality)

Certified is dedicated to the history and influence of R&B and Hip-Hop, music that continues to shape the culture. With exclusive access to Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) archives, Certified provides access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic SME labels like Jive, Loud, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbia—all to help tell the stories of undisputed classics of Hip-Hop and R&B.

Sign up for Certified Here

@thisiscertified

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

For further information: For more information, please contact: Gabby Gibb, [email protected]

  • Sony Music Entertainment's Certified Launches Black Music Month '96 Again Campaign
  • Jun 03

NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Certified and Sony Music Entertainment’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog division invite fans to experience Black Music Month ’96 Again, a 25th anniversary celebration of 1996, a game-changing year in hip-hop history.

Throughout June 2021, the Black Music Month ’96 Again celebration will revisit the artists, albums and tracks that defined that iconic era with an immersive campaign featuring newly-curated playlists, video content, contests and rarities from 1996 available for the first time on all DSPs.

’96 Again Sizzle here: https://Certified.lnk.to/96AgainPR

Individual explainer videos of three definitive hip-hop albums will be featured throughout Black Music Month ’96 Again. Each of the videos is a two-minute mini-documentary exploring the history of the album.

The video coming June 10 delves into ATLiens, Outkast’s second studio album, the American hip-hop duo’s outer space-inspired musical lens on contemporary Atlanta from street hustlers to extra-terrestrials. June 17’s mini-doc tells the story behind Ironman, the debut solo album from American rapper/Wu-Tang Clan cofounder Ghostface Killah. On June 24, a new Certified short video explores the history of It Was Written, the 1996 tour de force that catapulted Nas from the New York hip-hop underground into the American cultural mainstream with iconic tracks like “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” (featuring Lauryn Hill) driving the album into the #1 slot on the Billboard 200.

Every Friday during June 2021, Certified will rediscover treasures from The ’96 Vault, inviting fans inside to experience deep cuts and rare gems from their favorite artists, albums, sessions and shows from the era. Available on all platforms, The ’96 Vault presents ultra-rare remixes, iconic radio edits, instrumental jams, previously unreleased and out-of-print recordings and surprise content.

Available Friday, June 4:
Kris Kross – “Live and Die for Hip-hop” (from Young, Rich & Dangerous)
Xzibit – “Paparazzi” (from At the Speed of Life)
Mobb Deep – “Front Lines (Hell On Earth)” (from Hell On Earth)
Celly Cel – “Killa Kali” (from Killa Kali)

Available Friday, June 11:
Xzibit – “The Foundation” (from At the Speed of Life)
Keith Murray – “The Rhyme” (from Enigma)
Sadat X – “Hang ‘Em High” (from Wild Cowboys)

Available Friday, June 18:
UGK – “One Day” (from Ridin’ Dirty)
M.O.P. – “Dead & Gone” / “Stick To Ya Gunz” (from Firing Squad)
Too $hort – “Gettin’ It” EP (from Gettin’ It (Album Number Ten))

Available Friday, June 25:
Nine – “Lyin King” (from Cloud 9)
Smoothe Da Hustler – “Hustler’s Theme” (from Once Upon a Time in America)
Cella Dwellas – “We Got It Hemmed” (from Realms ‘n Reality)

Certified is dedicated to the history and influence of R&B and Hip-Hop, music that continues to shape the culture. With exclusive access to Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) archives, Certified provides access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic SME labels like Jive, Loud, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbia—all to help tell the stories of undisputed classics of Hip-Hop and R&B.

Sign up for Certified Here

@thisiscertified

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

For further information: For more information, please contact: Gabby Gibb, [email protected]

  • Epic/Legacy Recordings Releases Two New Remixes of The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" Out Today: The Island Remix, Featuring David Sandborn & The Kirk Franklin Remix + An Inspirational Soul-Gospel Video For the Track
  • Apr 30

NEW YORK, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, today will release the second wave of expanded digital editions of essential titles in The Jacksons catalog: Triumph (1980), Victory (1984), and 2300 Jackson Street (1989).  In addition to The Jacksons X MLK remix released on March 19, the Triumph re-release includes two additional new remixes of The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”:  The Kirk Franklin Remix and The Island Remix featuring David Sanborn.

“These albums were released at a defining time in our career, and we thank Sony Music for recognizing the legacy of this music and our historic relationship with the label,” said Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson.

The third single from the Triumph album, “Can You Feel It” hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts (and #77 on the Hot 100) following its release in March 1981. Written and arranged by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, the track was produced by The Jacksons and features lead vocals by Michael and Randy Jackson accompanied by gospel choirs.

On Kirk Franklin’s remix of the classic Jacksons recording, the Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel artist reminds everyone that “the winds of change are blowing your way” while channeling a Sunday church service with gospel musicians and choir, the soulful vocals of the legendary Tamela Mann and Franklin’s own call-and-response with Michael Jackson.  This remix also serves as the electrifying soundtrack to a new music video set in a church and celebrating the inspirational soul-gospel vibe and message of the song.

Watch The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”: The Kirk Franklin Remix music video here.

Produced by Greg Curtis, “Can You Feel It” (The Island Remix) showcases six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist/jazz legend David Sanborn lending his signature sound to the laidback groove propelling this new mix.

The new “Can You Feel It” music video and remixes are the latest installments in this year’s celebration of the groundbreaking series of albums The Jacksons recorded for Epic Records from 1976-1989.

The Jacksons’ definitive album project:
The expanded digital releases of Triumph, Victory and 2300 Jackson Street are now available alongside The Jacksons (1976), Goin’ Places (1977) and Destiny (1978), released February 12. The six studio albums recorded by The Jacksons for Epic Records trace the group’s spectacular transformation from their Jackson 5 boy band roots to their role as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution (1976-1989). Each title includes the original album in its entirety, bundled with additional bonus tracks and may be ordered here:

https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TriumphPR|
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/2300JacksonStPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/VictoryPR

A 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of The Jacksons Live! (recorded during their 1981 North American Triumph Tour) was released on Friday, March 26.

American writer and music journalist Alan Light has penned a new Jacksons essay featured on Medium here.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

For further information: For more information, please contact: Gabby Gibb, [email protected], 212.833.4597; Contact for the Estate of Michael Jackson: [email protected], 310.315.5444

  • Epic/Legacy Recordings Releases Two New Remixes of The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" Out Today: The Island Remix, Featuring David Sandborn & The Kirk Franklin Remix + An Inspirational Soul-Gospel Video For the Track
  • Apr 30

NEW YORK, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, today will release the second wave of expanded digital editions of essential titles in The Jacksons catalog: Triumph (1980), Victory (1984), and 2300 Jackson Street (1989).  In addition to The Jacksons X MLK remix released on March 19, the Triumph re-release includes two additional new remixes of The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”:  The Kirk Franklin Remix and The Island Remix featuring David Sanborn.

“These albums were released at a defining time in our career, and we thank Sony Music for recognizing the legacy of this music and our historic relationship with the label,” said Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson.

The third single from the Triumph album, “Can You Feel It” hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts (and #77 on the Hot 100) following its release in March 1981. Written and arranged by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, the track was produced by The Jacksons and features lead vocals by Michael and Randy Jackson accompanied by gospel choirs.

On Kirk Franklin’s remix of the classic Jacksons recording, the Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel artist reminds everyone that “the winds of change are blowing your way” while channeling a Sunday church service with gospel musicians and choir, the soulful vocals of the legendary Tamela Mann and Franklin’s own call-and-response with Michael Jackson.  This remix also serves as the electrifying soundtrack to a new music video set in a church and celebrating the inspirational soul-gospel vibe and message of the song.

Watch The Jacksons’ “Can You Feel It”: The Kirk Franklin Remix music video here.

Produced by Greg Curtis, “Can You Feel It” (The Island Remix) showcases six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist/jazz legend David Sanborn lending his signature sound to the laidback groove propelling this new mix.

The new “Can You Feel It” music video and remixes are the latest installments in this year’s celebration of the groundbreaking series of albums The Jacksons recorded for Epic Records from 1976-1989.

The Jacksons’ definitive album project:
The expanded digital releases of Triumph, Victory and 2300 Jackson Street are now available alongside The Jacksons (1976), Goin’ Places (1977) and Destiny (1978), released February 12. The six studio albums recorded by The Jacksons for Epic Records trace the group’s spectacular transformation from their Jackson 5 boy band roots to their role as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution (1976-1989). Each title includes the original album in its entirety, bundled with additional bonus tracks and may be ordered here:

https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/TriumphPR|
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/2300JacksonStPR
https://TheJacksons.lnk.to/VictoryPR

A 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of The Jacksons Live! (recorded during their 1981 North American Triumph Tour) was released on Friday, March 26.

American writer and music journalist Alan Light has penned a new Jacksons essay featured on Medium here.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

For further information: For more information, please contact: Gabby Gibb, [email protected], 212.833.4597; Contact for the Estate of Michael Jackson: [email protected], 310.315.5444

  • Legendary Music Label Philadelphia International Records Celebrates 50th Anniversary In 2021
  • Jan 25

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, are thrilled to announce today the launch of the yearlong campaign in 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of music’s most historic record labels, Philadelphia International Records.  The anniversary campaign will highlight the extraordinary musical output of this storied label and spotlight milestone musical moments, artists and songs from the remarkable Philadelphia International Records family that have defined the landmark label and its incredible impact over the past 50 years.  Throughout the year, Legacy Recordings, Warner Chappell Music and Philadelphia International Records will collaborate on an exciting series of exclusive partnerships, product and content releases, artist initiatives and much more. 

The groundbreaking label, founded in 1971 by innovative and prolific songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the sophisticated Philly Soul sound also known as “The Sound of Philadelphia.”  The duo amassed an extraordinary array of producers, songwriters, musicians and engineers including Thom Bell, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB, Joe Tarsia and more to help craft some of the most memorable lyrics and melodies of the past five decades.  The legendary roster of music stars who helped bring these chart-topping disco, R&B, soul and funk sounds to life included The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, McFadden & Whitehead, The Three Degrees, Phyllis Hyman, The Intruders, the ultimate “house band” MFSB, and many others.  You can watch a highlights reel spanning 50 years of Philadelphia International Records: https://PIR.lnk.to/PIR101Ep1PR

“It’s a blessing to celebrate all of the writers, musicians, engineers, disc jockeys, and all the people that were on our team,” said Philadelphia International Records co-founder Kenny Gamble.  “When I listen to this music now, I can close my eyes and the music brings us all back together again.  Hearing this music reminds me of all the hard work and dedication our team went through to make such a long lasting catalog, that has been embraced by the world and I’m thankful.”  Philadelphia International Records co-founder Leon Huff shares the sentiment saying, “Long live the music of Gamble and Huff!”

To get the anniversary party started, Legacy Recordings teamed up with renowned producer/DJ/musician Eric Kupper and executive producer Brad LeBeau to release inspiring new remixes of one of the label’s most iconic hits which has been adopted as an anthem for a new generation, the McFadden & Whitehead staple “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” The remixes are now available to stream or download here: https://McFaddenWhitehead.lnk.to/ANSUNRemixesPR

Additional partners who are coming on board the Philadelphia International Records “Love Train” in 2021 to help celebrate the label’s rich musical history include:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, leading sound experience company Sonos will premiere a new station on Sonos Radio HD, the ad-free, CD-quality audio tier of Sonos Radio, the popular streaming service available to all Sonos customers globally.  The new station, titled the Sound of Philadelphia, will be hosted and hand-curated by Kenny Gamble himself.  In partnership with Warner Chappell Music, The Sound of Philadelphia will explore the label’s greatest hits from artists including The Jacksons, Patti LaBelle, the O’Jays, and more. The Sound of Philadelphia will take listeners behind-the-scenes with Gamble, who will share stories from his time writing, producing and working on 120 internationally-beloved albums and over 40 gold and platinum records. The station will feature special guests, as well unique programming for Black History Month, Women’s History Month and more. The Sound of Philadelphia will be available February 24 on Sonos Radio HD.

VMP (Vinyl Me, Please) in conjunction with Legacy Recordings will partner on VMP Anthology: The Story of Philadelphia International, an exclusive vinyl box set celebrating the renowned Philly Soul label coming in 2021. The Story of Philadelphia International reinvents the box set experience to take listeners on a sequential journey told across eight albums remastered from their original tapes and paired with liner notes and an exclusive podcast interview series in celebration of the label’s 50th anniversary.

Snapper Music-United Souls in conjunction with Legacy Recordings will release a volume series of limited edition 8-CD sets throughout the year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of PIR.  Each set will contain a unique giant poster, exclusive 12″ single, endorsed numbered certificate, a lavish 48-page hardcover book with a comprehensive archive of rare photographs compiled and curated in association with artists, engineers, and producers relevant to the label’s story. All discs will be mastered from original tapes bringing together the entire PIR studio album collection for the very first time.

In 2014, Sony Music Entertainment announced their historic deal with Philadelphia International Records, securing global ownership of all recordings made for PIR. The landmark deal added all post-1975 PIR recordings to the PIR titles already owned by Sony Music Entertainment, reuniting the entirety of the Philadelphia International Recordings catalog under a single global licensing and reissue entity.

For nearly 30 years, Warner Chappell Music has had the privilege of representing Gamble and Huff and their legendary music catalog, spanning approximately 3,000 songs. 

For updates on more anniversary news and releases throughout the year, fans can visit www.SoundOfPhiladelphia.com and on Facebook or Instagram @soundofphiladelphia

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

For further information: DKC, Aliza Rabinoff, [email protected]; Savannah Demande, [email protected]; Legacy Recordings, Maria C. Malta, [email protected], Gabby Gibb, [email protected], WCM, Kristal McKanders, [email protected]

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