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Feb 05, 2016 | Sony Music Releases Soundtrack To Animated Feature SNOWTIME! Featuring Celine Dion

Available Digitally February 12 and CD February 19, 2016

AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER

Video "Hymn" by Céline Dion Premiered Exclusively on Entertainment Tonight

Feb 5, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music announces SNOWTIME! the soundtrack to the English language re-interpretation of the beloved Québec film, La Guerre des Tuques 3D, arrives digitally on February 12 and on CD February 19.  Céline Dion sings the touching and poignant first single "Hymn." Fans who pre-order the album now will receive an instant download of the track.  The video premiered exclusively on Entertainment Tonight – view it here.

The soundtrack, a combination of original new music and score, all written and composed by Eloi Painchaud and Jorane, also features songs from Simple Plan, Walk Off The Earth, Marie-Mai and Groenland

Tracklist:

  1. I Am the Wind (Marie-Mai)
  2. Liberty (Groenland)
  3. The Heroes (Simple Plan)
  4. You're My Sweater (Walk Off the Earth)
  5. Hymn (Celine Dion)
  6. The Village
  7. The School
  8. The Minis
  9. Sophie's Gang
  10. General Luke
  11. Fort
  12. It's a Trap
  13. The Kiss
  14. Last Battle
  15. Cleo
  16. The Bugle
  17. Growing Up

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Sony Music Releases Soundtrack To Animated Feature SNOWTIME! Featuring Celine Dion

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Jan 29, 2016 | The Piano Guys Release New Music Video "Hello/Lacrimosa" - A Mashup Featuring Adele's Hit Song And Mozart's Requiem

Jan 29, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Musical Internet sensation, The Piano Guys, who have surpassed 800 million views on YouTube, release their latest music video, "Hello/Lacrimosa."  The video can be viewed here.  The audio version is also available for purchase at all digital service providers.

In classic Piano Guys style, the video features a mashup of Adele's worldwide hit "Hello" and Mozart's beautiful requiem "Lacrimosa."  A blending of over 100 acoustic and electric cello tracks, the video was filmed at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah and incorporated many giant mirrors along with diffused light and cold fog to create the mysterious effects.

Of the new video Steven Sharp Nelson explains: "Hello/Lacrimosa" (or "Chello," as it has affectionately been called in the studio) is a musical experiment bridging 18th century spiritualism and 21st century secularism. Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively. Picturing this hypothetical hangout helped to spark the creative combination of the two. Both "Hello" and "Lacrimosa" have divergent traits which presented challenges. One wallows in a wide, painstakingly minor 12/8 time and the other drives a poignant bi-polar major/minor common time. One draws its power from the fullness of a grand chorus and orchestra, the other from the isolation of a lone voice and piano. One conforms to age-old counterpart canon and musical theory, while the other is conveyed via verse/chorus pop song parlance. However, they share the same fundamental feeling -- "Lacrimosa" (meaning "weeping" or "tearful") mournfully bemoans spiritual death, while "Hello" gripes about relationship regrets. Different centuries. Different realms. Same emotion. Perhaps we aren't as far from our predecessors as we think we are."

The Piano Guys – Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which have surpassed 800 million views and garnered nearly 4.5 million subscribers on YouTube. They've made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. To date, the Utah-based classical-pop group have released five major label albums on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks: Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, a holiday album called A Family Christmas, and most recently The Piano Guys – Live! featuring live music from their sold out Red Rocks and Carnegie Hall concerts.

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

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Jan 28, 2016 | Sony Music Entertainment Sign Nigerian Musician Davido To A Worldwide Deal

Jan 27, 2016

LONDON, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment have signed accomplished musician Davido to a groundbreaking global agreement. The deal was inked at the Sony Music offices in New York and will see the American-born Nigerian recording artist release his highly anticipated sophomore album later this year.

Sony Music Entertainment Sign Nigerian Musician Davido - Pictured (L to R): Adewale Adeleke, Chairman, HKN Records; Adam Granite, President, Northern & Eastern Europe and Africa, Sony Music International; Dusko Justic, Vice President, International Marketing, Sony Music International; Kamal Ajiboye, Manager for Davido; Joel Katz, Chairman Media & Entertainment, Greenberg Traurig; Efe Ogbeni, Executive Producer / Head A&R, Regime Music Societe; Sean Watson, Managing Director, Sony Music Africa...

In Africa, Davido is a bonafide superstar. After relocating to Nigeria from the United States aged 19, Davido set up HKN records alongside his brother and independently released the first song he ever recorded entitled, 'Back When'. The track was an instant success and propelled Davido to national stardom as he followed this with the release of his second single and pan-African smash hit, 'Dami Duro'. This track became one of the biggest airplay records not just on radio in Nigeria but across the continent, catapulting him to superstar status and making him one of the most sought-after artists to collaborate with widening his huge fan base and media support.

His debut album, 'Omo Baba Olowo' was released in 2012 to critical acclaim earning him countless award nominations and accolades including two MTV Africa Music Awards and the 2014 BET Award for 'Best African Act'.  A world tour followed which saw Davido perform to sell-out venues across Africa, Paris, New York and London. Today, Davido enjoys a massive social media following with a combined number of over 6 million followers across all his platforms.

This deal represents a step forward for Sony Music Entertainment as it grows its roots in Africa. Announcing its official presence in Lagos, Nigeria verifies Sony Music Entertainment's decision to pursue new business via the introduction of on-the-ground operating entities in an expanded number of markets in the region. The timing of the decision is based on the convergence of a number of positive indicators in Africa's economy and positive signs in the music industry. Davido is a shining example of this.

Sean Watson, Managing Director, Sony Music Entertainment Africa stated, "Working with incredible talent like Davido heralds a new era for Sony Music Entertainment Africa on the continent. We couldn't be prouder of our partnership with Davido and we are extremely keen to support his vision to succeed at the highest level in our industry."

Adam Granite, President, Northern & Eastern Europe and Africa commented. "We are thrilled to welcome Davido into the Sony Music family.  We are very much looking forward to bringing one of Africa's biggest stars to the world.  We are also excited to partner with Kamal Ajiboye, Davido's manager as well as Efe Ogbeni, who will be executive producing the album on our behalf."

"Music is the universal language that unites and betters the world. It's always been my dream to take my music and culture to all corners of the world so I'm blessed to be partnering with Sony Music Entertainment on this next chapter. My number one aim is to make my fans and Africa proud" Davido commented.

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Jan 27, 2016 | Legacy Recordings Set to Release I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the Album of Music from the Forthcoming Hank Williams Film Biography Directed by Marc Abraham and Starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen

I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Available Digitally on Friday, March 25

"I Saw the Light," a Sony Picture Classics Film, Opening Nationwide Friday, April 1st

Jan 27, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) as a digital album on Friday, March 25.

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I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available for digital pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/ISTL_iTunes.

The official album of music from the highly-anticipated Hank Williams film biography--directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston ("Midnight in Paris," "The Avengers") as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Godzilla," "Martha Marcy May Marlene") as Audrey Williams--I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) premieres several newly recorded interpretations of classic Hank Williams tracks, performed for the film by Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys; these new versions of Hank Williams songs include "Hey Good Lookin'," "Move It On Over," "Jambalaya," "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It," "Why Don't You Love Me," and "Honky Tonkin'."

Rounding out the I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) playlist are a variety of popular recordings contemporaneous to Hank's life and career, including Eddy Arnold's "Anytime" (1949), The Delmore Brothers' "Field Hand Man" (1951), Jo Stafford's "The Tennessee Waltz" (1950), Jimmy Liggins' "That's What's Knockin' Me Out" (1951), Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" (1953), George Morgan's "Please Don't Let Me Love You" (1949) and Emmett Miller's "Lovesick Blues" (1925), a show tune famously covered--and made a #1 Top C&W hit--by Hank Williams in 1949.

I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is produced by Rodney Crowell, G. Marq Roswell, Carter Little and Ray Kennedy. The album is Executive Produced by Marc Abraham, director/producer of "I Saw the Light" and author of the film's screenplay, and Brett Ratner.

"I Saw the Light" is based on the book "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott, and William (Bill) MacEwen. The film is slated for release in in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville on Friday, March 25 and nationwide on Friday, April 1st.

In preparation for his role as Hank Williams in "I Saw the Light," Tom Hiddleston honed his singing and guitar skills working with country singer, executive music producer, and soundtrack album co-producer Rodney Crowell. "After nearly a month spent collaborating with this gifted artist, I'm as respectful of the man's work ethic as I'm mystified by his transformational skills," said Crowell. "Without a doubt, the filmmakers chose the right actor for the job."

The film chronicles country music singer/songwriter/performer Hank Williams' rise to fame, his personal and romantic trials, his conflicts and tribulations in a country music industry he helped define, and his sudden tragic death in the back of a limousine on his way to a gig on New Year's Day 1953.

"I Saw the Light" follows the journey of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike.

Williams emerged from the local Alabama music scene after World War II. His wife Audrey, despite an inequity in their respective talents, was desperate to sing with her husband and had fierce ambitions of her own. Hank's ability to write songs covering a wide range of emotions, using his own personal troubles as inspiration, became the essence of country music. In the end, he realized his dreams: hit records, a place on Nashville's prestigious stage and radio show the Grand Ole Opry and even guest spots on the then-new medium of TV.

Refusing to hide his longtime alcoholism and dependency on pain killers behind the wholesome facade Nashville and the Opry expects of its stars, Hank remained prolific and immensely popular until the very end of his life. Like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Hank's star burned brightly, but briefly over the six years before he died, at the age of 29.

Today, country is arguably the most popular music in America, and Hank Williams had much to do with that.  The enduring quality of his character and his music earned him inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1961), the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970) and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (1987).  Williams had 33 hit country singles during his life; 30 reached the Top Ten; eight hit Number One.  Seven more Top Tens came after his death with three of these hitting Number One. 

I Saw the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  1. Hey Good Lookin' - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  2. Move It On Over - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  3. Anytime - Eddy Arnold
  4. Field Hand Man - The Delmore Brothers
  5. Jambalaya - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  6. The Tennessee Waltz - Jo Stafford
  7. My Bucket's Got a Hole In It - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  8. That's What's Knockin' Me Out - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  9. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  10. Why Don't You Love Me - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  11. Please Don't Let Me Love You - George Morgan
  12. Honky Tonkin' - Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys
  13. Lovesick Blues - Emmett Miller

 

THE SADDLE SPRING BOYS
Richard Bennett (Guitar)
Luke Bulla (Fiddle)
Rodney Crowell (Guitar and Vocals)
Stuart Duncan (Fiddle)
Larry Franklin (Fiddle)
Wes Langlois (Guitar)
Tim Lauer (Organ)
Mickey Raphael (Harmonica)
Michael Rinne (Bass)
Chris Scruggs (Steel Guitar and Vocals)
Nathaniel Smith (Cello)
Takeio Stroud (Drums)

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Jan 15, 2016 | Sony Classical Releases The 2016 New Year's Concert With The Vienna Philharmonic & Mariss Jansons

CD Now Available Exclusively at Amazon.com and ArkivMusic

Digital Download Available Now

CD Out Nationwide January 22, 2016

DVD and Blu-Ray Released February 5, 2016

Jan 15, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world's most famous classical music events: the 2016 New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons. The live recording is available now exclusively at Amazon.com and ArkivMusic.com and as a download through all major digital service providers.  The CD will be released nationwide on January 22.  The DVD and Blu-ray will be available on February 5.   

Few other concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year's Concert from Vienna. Under the direction of some of the leading conductors of our day the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert that is broadcast from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna's Musikverein to over ninety countries around the world and watched by more than fifty million viewers. The 2016 New Year's Concert is conducted by the maestro Jansons, the third time that he has presided over this event. He made his acclaimed debut in 2006, before returning six years later for a concert that was described by the Viennese daily Der Kurier as "a red-letter day in the annals of music" and as "one of the finest concerts of recent decades," a concert worthy of being "ranked alongside the legendary New Year's Concerts under Karajan and Kleiber." Jansons made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1992, and since then he has been one of those select conductors with whom the orchestra feels a particularly close bond.

Until recently the program of the New Year's Concerts has tended to be a closely guarded secret and was often not divulged until a few days before the event, but in the case of the 2016 New Year's Concert it was revealed at an official press conference on November 30. In keeping with a long-standing tradition the program is made up of an ingenious mix of works by members of the Strauss dynasty (Johann Strauss I and II as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss) and their contemporaries. But on this occasion there are no fewer than eight works not previously heard within the framework of a New Year's Concert, namely, Robert Stolz's March of the United Nations, Carl Michael Ziehrer's waltz Weaner Mad'ln, Emil Waldteufel's waltz Espana, the Ball Scene by Josef Hellmesberger the Elder, two French polkas by Johann Strauss II (Violetta and Sangerlust), the Entr'acte Music from between Acts Two and Three of Furstin Ninetta, also by Johann Strauss II, and a polka by Eduard Strauss, Ausser Rand und Band. The New Year's Concert traditionally ends with a festive greeting and with three encores, the second and third of which have since 1958 been the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II and the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss I.

At the same time, the New Year's Concert is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. To mark the occasion, Sony Classical released a jubilee edition, The New Year's Concert: The Complete Works. This twenty-three-CD boxed set features all of the 319 works that have ever been played at a New Year's Concert, including twenty-five previously unreleased recordings from the archives of Austrian Radio, plus a bonus CD with thirteen brand-new recordings of works from the early years of the New Year's Concert when it was not yet recorded live.

The press conference was also an opportunity to announce a long-term extension of Sony Classical's partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic. This agreement provides for their continuing cooperation on the worldwide release and marketing of the New Year's Concert in all of its physical and digital formats. The partnership between the Vienna Philharmonic and Sony Classical is part of a great tradition dating back nearly thirty years – it was Sony Classical that released the legendary New Year's Concerts under Herbert von Karajan in 1987 and under Carlos Kleiber in 1989 and 1992.

For its part, the Vienna Philharmonic can trace back its roots to 1842, when Otto Nicolai conducted a Grand Concert involving "all of the orchestral players from the Imperial and Royal Court Opera." The event was initially described as a "Philharmonic Academy" and is generally seen as marking the birth of the orchestra. Since its formation, the orchestra has been run by a democratically elected committee uniquely responsible for all of its artistic, organizational and financial decisions. In the 20th century, the orchestra has worked closely with a number of eminent conductors – Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwangler and, after 1945, its two emeritus conductors, Karl Bohm and Herbert von Karajan. The Vienna Philharmonic has given some 7,000 concerts on all five continents. Since 1989, it has performed a Philharmonic Week in New York and since 1993 it has given a similar series of performances in Japan.

The tradition of the New Year's Concert dates back to 1941. The first concert to mark the New Year took place in 1939, but on that occasion it was given on December 31. Its first conductor was Clemens Krauss, who was followed in 1955 by Willi Boskovsky. Boskovsky conducted the New Year's Concert no fewer than twenty-five times between then and 1979. The list of conductors who have presided over a New Year's Concert reads like a who's who of leading maestros. Televised lived for the first time in 1959, the New Year's Concert is regarded by the Vienna Philharmonic as a musical greeting to the world that is offered in a spirit of hope, of friendship and of peace at the start of the New Year. The recordings of the New Year's Concert are among the most important releases on the classical market and Sony Classical is keen to ensure that they are available to a broad, international audience.

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

2016 New Year's Concert: List of Works
Robert Stolz: UNO-Marsch (March of the United Nations)*
Johann Strauss II: Schatz-Walzer (Treasure Waltz) op. 418
Johann Strauss II: Violetta. Polka francaise op. 404*
Johann Strauss II: Vergnugungszug (Pleasure Train). Polka (schnell) op. 281
Carl Michael Ziehrer: Weaner Mad'ln. Waltz op. 388*
Eduard Strauss: Mit Extrapost (Express Mail). Polka schnell op. 259
Johann Strauss II: Overture to Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) (Viennese version)
Eduard Strauss: Außer Rand und Band (Out of Bounds). Polka schnell op. 168*
Josef Strauss: Spharenklange (Harmony of the Spheres). Waltz op. 235
Johann Strauss II: Sangerslust (Singer's Delight). Polka francaise op.328*
Josef Strauss: Auf Ferienreisen (On Vacation). Polka schnell op. 133
Johann Strauss II: Entr'acte Music from between Acts Two and Three of Furstin Ninetta (Princess Ninetta)*
Emil Waldteufel: Espana. Waltz op. 236*
Josef Hellmesberger I: Ballszene (Ball Scene)*
Johann Strauss I: Seufzer-Galopp (Sighs Galop) op. 9
Josef Strauss: Die Libelle (The Dragonfly). Polka mazur op. 204
Johann Strauss II: Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz) op. 437
Johann Strauss II: Auf der Jagd (At the Hunt). Polka schnell op. 373
* First performance at a Vienna New Year's Concert

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