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Jul 26, 2016 | Legacy Recordings Set to Release New Willie Nelson Studio Album, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, on Friday, September 16

American Music Legend Honors His Friend and Fellow Country Icon With Fresh Interpretation of 12 Classic Songs Ray Price Made Famous

Jul 26, 2016

NEW YORK, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Willie Nelson's latest album, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, on Friday, September 16.

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On his new album, Willie has teamed up with a pair of longtime friends--producer Fred Foster and conductor/arranger Bergen White--who, like Nelson, are American country music veterans with deep connections to the legendary Ray Price.  Foster and White worked together to complete Ray Price's final album, Beauty Is..., at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios, where Willie Nelson has returned to create the magic of For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price.

For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price celebrates the wide-reaching impact and influence of Ray Price on American pop and country music, from Price's hallmark lush orchestral arrangements (presaging "countrypolitan") to the patented "Ray Price Shuffle," the groundbreaking 4/4 walking bass line which transformed honky-tonk and country-western swing music in 1950s on hits like "Crazy Arms."

Providing musical backup for Willie on six of the album's tracks--"Invitation To The Blues," "Heartaches By The Numbers," "Crazy Arms," "City Lights," "I'll Be There" and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me"--Willie is joined by The Time Jumpers, the Grammy-nominated Western Swing dream team comprised of Vince Gill (electric and acoustic guitar, harmony vocals), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Kenny Sears (fiddle), Brad Albin (bass), Billy Thomas (drums), Jeff Taylor (piano and accordion), Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Willie's Family Band harmonica player Mickey Raphael.

For the orchestral tracks on For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, the Nashville String Machine, a full ensemble featuring violins, violas, cellos, string basses, sax, flute and oboe, accompanies Willie.

A seminal figure in post-WWII American country music, singer/songwriter/guitarist Ray Price began his career singing on the local Abilene, Texas radio program "Hillbilly Circus" in 1948 before joining the "Big D Jamboree" in Dallas a year later.  When CBS picked up the show, Price began garnering his first national exposure.  Moving to Nashville in the early 1950s, Price became friends with country music avatar Hank Williams, going on to manage the Drifting Cowboys after Hank's death in 1953.  That same year, Ray Price formed his own band, the Cherokee Cowboys, a country music ensemble that would employ Willie Nelson as bassist in 1961. 

Friends from their first meeting until Ray Price's passing in 2013, Willie and Ray shared a profound musical bond, exemplified in Price's hit recordings of Willie-penned songs like the career-defining "Night Life" and "It Always Will Be."

A visionary and iconoclastic artist, Ray Price defined and shifted the course of American country music over the course of his career.  In the 1950s and 1960s, he kept grassroots country sounds alive through the infusion of rock 'n' roll and pop music elements, going so far as to utilize drums at a time when the Grand Ole Opry had banned them from its stage.  By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Price became one of the godfathers of "countrypolitan," combining lush orchestral arrangements with smooth-as-silk crooning.  Ray Price's music connected honky-tonk to big band to rock 'n' roll to country swing to pop.  America's musical landscape would look and sound very different without the contributions of Ray Price.

The profound musical relationship between Willie Nelson and Ray Price goes back to 1960, when Nelson, an aspiring singer-songwriter, moved to Nashville to further his career.  Willie's composition, "Night Life," became Ray Price's theme music, the song he'd use to open his shows.  As Willie's star rose in the country music firmament, he continued to collaborate with Price, releasing the albums San Antonio Rose (1980), Run That by Me One More Time (2003) and Last of the Breed (2007), a trio album with Merle Haggard. Ray Price made an appearance, singing "Cold War with You," on Willie's 2012 Legacy album Heroes.

For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price debuts Willie's new interpretations of 12 songs Price made famous, including "Heartaches by the Number," "Crazy Arms," "Night Life," "Faded Love" and "For the Good Times."

Willie Nelson
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price
(Legacy Recordings)

1. Heartaches By The Number (featuring The Time Jumpers)
2. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring The Time Jumpers)
3. Faded Love
4. It Always Will Be
5. City Lights (featuring The Time Jumpers)
6. Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me (featuring The Time Jumpers)
7. Make The World Go Away
8. I'm Still Not Over You
9. Night Life
10. Crazy Arms (featuring The Time Jumpers)
11. Invitation To The Blues (featuring The Time Jumpers)
12. For The Good Times

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Jul 22, 2016 | The Magic Of New York City Inspires Lang Lang On New Album New York Rhapsody Available September 16, 2016

Featuring Special Guests Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones

Lang Lang Named New York City's First Ever NYC Cultural Tourism Ambassador

PBS Special Live From Lincoln Center Coming In November

Jul 22, 2016

NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  The ineffable magic of New York City fires the imagination of superstar pianist Lang Lang on his new album New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical) available September 16, 2016. He is joined by a wide array of special guests including Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones. From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, New York Rhapsody rediscovers the dazzle and the soul of America's most symbolic city. Following the release of the album, a star-studded concert special Live From Lincoln Center will air on PBS on November 25, 2016 as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.  The video for "Empire State of Mind" with Lang Lang and singer Andra Day premiered on Town & Country – view it here.

The Magic of NYC Inspires Lang Lang on His New Album New York Rhapsody Available September 16 (Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft)

"I made this album because I wanted to pay homage to the city that I love," says Lang Lang of New York Rhapsody.  "This city has changed the course of music more than any other in the last hundred years. It has inspired and enriched me beyond words and has become my home away from home."

New York City feels similarly about Lang Lang. They just named Lang Lang the city's first ever NYC Cultural Tourism ambassador.  This is in partnership with NYC and Company in celebration of this year's official "China-U.S. Tourism Year" as designated by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama.

For New York Rhapsody, Lang Lang joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein to create an album that embraces the musical spirit of New York in ways both surprising and traditional. Inspired by E.B. White's celebrated essay "Here Is New York," Klein assembled musical ideas and energies that both reflect New York's past and evoke its dynamic present.

The centerpiece of the album is a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue featuring Lang Lang and multiple Grammy-winning jazz legend, Herbie Hancock in a two-piano version conducted by John Axelrod with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Surrounding it on New York Rhapsody are creative collaborations that reimagine songs reflecting the varying moods and experiences New York offers.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell gives a fresh edge to Elbow's evocative "New York Morning" and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Andra Day adds a new dimension to the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' hit "Empire State of Mind." Kandace Springs gives a new treatment to Don Henley's moody "New York Minute." Singer Madeleine Peyroux recaptures the alone-in-the-city wistfulness of "Moon River," the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer classic from the essential New York movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In one of the album's boldest choices, co-arrangers Klein and Grammy-winner Billy Childs marry the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song "Somewhere" from West Side Story with Lou Reed's "Dirty Blvd" from his classic album New York. Lisa Fischer's vocal in the yearning "Somewhere" is a powerful contrast to actor Jeffrey Wright's interpretation of Lou Reed's indelible words in "Dirty Blvd."

Next, Lang Lang is joined by violinist Lindsey Stirling on a spinning version of Danny Elfman's theme for Spider-Man; and then by trumpeter Sean Jones on the West Side Story classic "Tonight" by Leonard Bernstein.  

Bookending New York Rhapsody are perhaps surprising choices – quiet, contemplative pieces by New York's greatest musical poet, Aaron Copland. To open, Lang Lang and Klein chose "The Story of Our Town," from Copland's 1940 Our Town film score, to evoke the dozens of small "towns" within the big city. To close, one of Copland's last works, the rarely heard "In Evening Air," reminds us says Klein, "there are always pockets of peace and quiet beauty" in New York.

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Tracklisting

  1. Story of Our Town  
  2. New York Morning – feat. Jason Isbell   
  3. Empire State Of Mind – feat. Andra Day  
  4. Rhapsody in Blue – feat. Herbie Hancock  
  5. New York Minute – feat. Kandace Springs
  6. Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) – feat. Lisa Fischer / Jeffrey Wright      
  7. Spider-Man Theme – feat. Lindsey Stirling   
  8. Tonight – feat. Sean Jones      
  9. Moon River – feat. Madeleine Peyroux      
  10. In Evening Air   

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Jul 19, 2016 | NOW That's What I Call Music! Presents Today's Biggest Hits on NOW That's What I Call Music! 59 and 18 Classic Party Tracks on NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems! - Vol. 3

NOW 59 Includes New "What's Next" Bonus Tracks from the Stars of Tomorrow

Two New NOW! Collections-NOW 59 and NOW Party Anthems 3- Coming Friday, August 5, 2016

Jul 19, 2016

NEW YORK, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce all the major hits chosen for NOW That's What I Call Music! 59 and the simultaneous release of NOW That's What I Call Party Anthems! - Vol.3, the NOW brand's third collection of classic chart-topping non-stop party anthems.

NOW 59

NOW 59 and NOW Party Anthems 3, the ultimate playlist collections for Summer 2016 and beyond, will be available on Friday, August 5.

NOW That's What I Call Music! 59 features 16 major current hits from today's hottest artists including Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers w/Daya, Sia w/Sean Paul, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony w/Ty Dolla $ign, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas w/Tove Lo, Desiigner, Kent Jones, Mike Posner, Grace w/G-Eazy, Selena Gomez, Zara Larsson w/MNEK, P!nk, Maren Morris and Lukas Graham.

Tracks on NOW 59 have achieved more than 2 billion accumulated streams, with more than 150 million plays in the first week of July alone. NOW 59 features six of the current streaming Top 10 tracks, five chart-topping #1 hits and Shazam's #1, #2 and #3 tracks.

NOW 59 also includes a new installment of NOW's enormously-popular "What's Next" developing artist initiative, debuting six new music preview bonus tracks from up-and-coming stars of tomorrow including Alx Veliz, Sigala (w/John Newman & Nile Rodgers), AlunaGeorge w/Popcaan, Daniel Skye, Kaya Stewart and Trap Beckham.

First launched as an added bonus feature on NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 32, "NOW Presents What's Next" has introduced major developing artists to the enthusiastic and receptive NOW music audience. Previous "What's Next" successes have included Walk The Moon, Hot Chelle Rae, Hunter Hayes, Capitol Cities, A Great Big World, Shawn Mendes and others.

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 98 million in the U.S. alone. All 58 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. NOW and NOW That's What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of Universal Music Group and its affiliates.

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NOW That's What I Call Music! 59    
1. Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling           
2. The Chainsmokers w/Daya - Don't Let Me Down           
3. Sia w/Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills            
4. Meghan Trainor - No               
5. Fifth Harmony w/Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home         
6. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman          
7. Nick Jonas w/Tove Lo - Close         
8. Desiigner - Panda            
9. Kent Jones - Don't Mind                
10. Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)            
11. Grace w/G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me                
12. Selena Gomez - Kill Em With Kindness              
13. Zara Larsson w/MNEK - Never Forget You            
14. P!nk - Just Like Fire           
15. Maren Morris - My Church         
16. Lukas Graham - 7 Years

"NOW presents WHAT'S NEXT!"    
17. Alx Veliz - Dancing Kizomba    
18. Sigala (w/John Newman & Nile Rodgers) - Give Me Your Love   
19. AlunaGeorge w/Popcaan - I'm In Control         
20. Daniel Skye - Smile         
21. Kaya Stewart - Sleepover              
22. Trap Beckham - Birthday Chick

NOW Party Anthems 3!    
1. Flo Rida - My House         
2. Mark Ronson w/Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk           
3. Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin'          
4. Calvin Harris - Summer            
5. Deorro w/Chris Brown - Five More Hours                
6. Pitbull w/Ne Yo - Time Of Our Lives (DJ Noodles Remix Edit)               
7. will.i.am w/Britney Spears - Scream and Shout            
8. Justin Bieber /Nicki Minaj - Beauty and a Beat           
9. Fifth Harmony w/Kid Ink - Worth It           
10. ILoveMemphis - Hit The Quan          
11. Silento - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)            
12. Major Lazer w/DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On              
13. Ghost Town DJs - My Boo                
14. Walk The Moon - Shut Up and Dance (Jason Nevins Remix Edit)         
15. Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Mike D. Remix)          
16. Sam Hunt - House Party            
17. Avicii - Hey Brother           
18. American Authors - Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix)

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Jul 18, 2016 | Jeff Buckley: The Record Collection, An Extraordinary New Online Music Site, Launching Monday, July 18

Jul 18, 2016

NEW YORK, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the launch of Jeff Buckley: The Record Collection on Monday, July 18. A new online music destination site offering fans access to the music Jeff loved most, the Jeff Buckley Record Collection project has been overseen by the artist's mother, Mary Guibert.

Jeff Buckley Record Collection

A groundbreaking and intimate online experience, Jeff Buckley's Record Collection provides a comprehensive overview of the influences and inspirations that Jeff incorporated into his own music, including You and I, the recently-released collection of his first studio recordings from 1993, now available for streaming and purchase on the site.

Like spending the day with Jeff in his apartment listening to music, the site allows fans to play and share any song from any album in Jeff's personal collection via 30 second previews or access to Spotify for full song playback. On the site, fans can navigate through Jeff Buckley's record collection by using arrows and the alphabet. Hovering over album spines reveal album information and the ability to stream music.

Bringing the vinyl and CD experience into the online digital realm, Jeff Buckley's Record Collection offers fresh insight into the creative process that fueled Jeff's work while introducing music fans to the incredibly wide range of artists (from Bob Dylan and Miles Davis to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nina Simone and Robert Johnson) and genres (blues, jazz, heavy metal, world music and much more) that informed his genius.

Watch the site tutorial here: https://youtu.be/EbHvyU4XqHU 

About Jeff Buckley
After working more than a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Jeff Buckley moved to New York City in the early 1990s, gathering a rabid following playing tiny venues, notably Sin-é in the East Village. His repertoire incorporated folk, rock, R&B, blues and jazz. He signed to Columbia Records, home of many of his musical heroes, in October 1992. In February 1993, he went into the studio to create the newly uncovered tracks on You and I. Jeff Buckley only completed one studio album, 1994's Grace, before his life and career ended with his tragic drowning in Memphis on May 29, 1997.

Though scant, the discography of Jeff Buckley has received universal critical accolades and continues to create new fans and followers drawn to the music of a singular visionary artist whose voice, guitar work, songwriting and interpretative skills transcended all categories.

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Jul 15, 2016 | GHOSTBUSTERS Original Motion Picture Score Available Now Digitally and On CD July 15

Music by Multi-Award Winning Composer Theodore Shapiro

Jul 15, 2016

NEW YORK, July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Score) to accompany Sony Pictures' highly anticipated feature film Ghostbusters, in theaters July 15. Featuring a score by multi-award winning composer Theodore Shapiro, the album is available now digitally and on CD July 15.

Theodore Shapiro saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 as a nine-year old boy, and afterwards was certain of two things: one - he wanted to be an archaeologist, and two - he couldn't stop thinking about the music. His plans to be an archaeologist eventually faded, but his interest in film composition did not. He went on to study music, write a musical about a cryogenically frozen head, and play in a neo-disco band called God at Brown University, and then received a Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School. Following Juilliard he began both scoring films and writing commissions for the concert hall, including works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After scoring some notable independent films in New York, including Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, and David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Shapiro was hired to score the hit comedy Old School for director Todd Phillips. He has since become one of Hollywood's most sought after composers.

His recent film work includes Spy, directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy; Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren; The Intern, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway; The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (for which he won an International Film Music Critics Award); Ted Melfi's directorial debut, St Vincent, starring Bill Murray; and Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana.  He was nominated for an Emmy for his score to the HBO film, Game Change. Other notable work includes the Ben Stiller-directed action-comedy Tropic Thunder; Marley and Me, directed by David Frankel and based on the best-selling novel; The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway; John Hamburg's bromance, I Love You, Man; and the Oscar-nominated animated film, The Pirates!  Band of Misfits.

Next up for Shapiro is Why Him? starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco.

ABOUT GHOSTBUSTERS
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!

Directed by Paul Feig, the film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters," an Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. For updates, please visit http://www.ghostbusters.com/ghostbusters-2016/.

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

Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Score) track list:

1.

The Aldridge Mansion

11.

Ley Lines

2.

The Garrett Attack

12.

Pester The Living

3.

Never Invited

13.

I Will Lead Them All

4.

Distinct Human Form

14.

The Power of Patty Compels You

5.

The Universe Shall Bend

15.

The Fourth Cataclysm

6.

Subway Ghost Attack

16.

Balloon Parade

7.

Ghost Girl

17.

Battle of Times Square

8.

Mannequins

18.

Entering The Mercado

9.

Ghost In A Box

19.

Behemoth

10.

Dr. Heiss

20.

Into The Portal



21.

NY Heart GB

 

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