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MUSIC INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS A SLAVE COMING NOV.5

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MUSIC INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS A SLAVE COMING NOV.5

 

Music Inspired by 12 years a slave

Music Inspired by 12 years a slave

16 TRACK ALBUM OF ORIGINAL RECORDINGS, CURATED BY GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER JOHN LEGEND, FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY ALABAMA SHAKES, CODY CHESNUTT, GARY CLARK JR., ALICIA KEYS, LAURA MVULA, CHRIS CORNELL FEATURING JOY WILLIAMS, JOHN LEGEND, PLUS ORIGINAL SCORE AND GOSPEL PERFORMANCES FROM THE FILM

STREAM JOHN LEGEND’S “ROLL JORDAN ROLL” NOW

Columbia Records will release the soundtrack to the year’s most anticipated new film, 12 Years A Slave. The soundtrack, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS A SLAVE, will be released digitally on November 5th, 2013 with the physical release set for November 19th, 2013. The MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS A SLAVE soundtrack was curated by 9 time GRAMMY®  Award winner John Legend and features a score by legendary film composer Hans Zimmer.

The 16 tracks featured on the soundtrack are songs of freedom, each recorded specifically for the film and inspired by the true story of Solomon Northup. John Legend was tasked with creating an audio companion to the compelling film, and with the help of his Get Lifted partners, co-executive album producers, Mike Jackson and Thais Stiklorius, John enlisted a stellar line-up, of musicians, including Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Cornell featuring  Joy Williams, Laura Mvula, Cody Chesnutt and Alabama Shakes.

Standout tracks include John Legend’s soulful version of “Roll Jordan Roll,” Alicia Key’s stunning original track “Queen Of The Field (Patsey’s Song,)” the Alabama Shakes heartfelt performance of “Driva Man,” Gary Clark Jr’s “Freight Train” and the beautiful duet “Misery Chain” from Chris Cornell featuring Joy Williams of the Civil Wars. The soundtrack also includes a rare performance of “Roll Jordan Roll” featuring the full cast, including lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Take a listen to John Legend’s “Roll Jordan Roll” here:

 

“12 Years A Slave is a stunningly powerful film. I was so moved when I saw it. I felt every minute of it and was so inspired to contribute to the music of the soundtrack. This album brings together some incredible artists from different places and different genres who have all been touched by the film. When artists are inspired by great art, it makes us want to create. This album is the result of that inspiration.”  — John Legend

“We chose a song called “Driva’ Man.” It is a sparse, brooding, slow-swinging jazz number.  There is no lightness in the music of “Driva’ Man” because there is no mention of freedom in this song. The focus of the track is about an enslaved person reaching “quittin’ time” while also trying to please the overseer to avoid getting beaten. After we watched 12 Years A Slave in our hometown of Athens, Alabama, we stumbled across this song a week later. It is a very simple song which is why we chose it to contribute to the soundtrack.  The two works, for a moment, take the audience into another time and place where you can imagine being denied your freedom: After which, one’s own freedom can be better appreciated. 12 Years is one of the most important films we have ever seen and it is important to us to give back some of what the movie has given to us.”  -Brittany Howard Alabama Shakes

“I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had.  I was inspired to write a hundred different songs, but finally landed on one based on what I believe is an extremely important message I took from this man’s journey. Compassion, basic human rights and love must be our priorities above race, religion or commerce. Every generation needs a reminder of that simple idea.”- Chris Cornell

12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom.  In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.  In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.  12 Years A Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2013. The film was released on October 18, 2013.

A RIVER ROAD, PLAN B and NEW REGENCY Production, 12 Years A Slave is directed by Steve McQueen (HUNGER) and written by John Ridley (RED TAILS).  Producers are Brad Pitt (MONEYBALL), Dede Gardner (EAT, PRAY, LOVE), Jeremy Kleiner (WORLD WAR Z), Bill Pohlad (TREE OF LIFE), Steve McQueen (SHAME), Arnon Milchan (BROKEN CITY) and Anthony Katagas (KILLING THEM SOFTLY); executive producers are Tessa Ross (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and John Ridley.  The filmmaking team includes Director of Photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (HUNGER, SHAME); production designer Adam Stockhausen (MOONRISE KINGDOM); editor Joe Walker (HUNGER, SHAME); Academy Award® nominated costume designer Patricia Norris (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD) and Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer (INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).

MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY 12 YEARS OF SLAVE TRACKLIST:

1 Tim Fain — Devil’s Dream
2 John Legend — Roll Jordan Roll
3 Gary Clark Jr. — Freight Train
4 Tim Fain and Caitlin Sullivan — Yarney’s Waltz
5 Alabama Shakes — Driva Man
6 David Hughey and Roosevelt Credit — My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)
7 John Legend feat. Fink — Move
8 Hans Zimmer — Washington
9 Gary Clark Jr. — (In The Evening) When The Sun Goes Down
10 Alicia Keys — Queen Of The Field (Patsey’s Song)
11 Hans Zimmer — Solomon
12 Laura Mvula — Little Girl Blue
13 Chris Cornell feat. Joy Williams — Misery Chain
14 Topsy Chapman feat. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cast — Roll Jordan Roll
15 Tim Fain — Money Musk
16 Cody Chesnutt — What Does Freedom Mean (To A Free Man)

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong partners up with Norah Jones

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong partners up with Norah Jones

Billie Joe and Norah Jones

Green Day front man and Grammy® Award-winning artist Billie Joe Armstrong and Grammy® Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones have teamed up to record Foreverly, an unforgettable 12-song collection inspired by Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded, and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958. Recorded in nine days, Foreverly, captures the beauty of the Everly’s stunning close harmonies to create a moving powerful testament to these rootsy ballads. Reprise Records will release album on November 25th.

Listen to “Long Time Gone”

Jones and Armstrong reinterpret several traditional songs, including “Roving Gambler,” “Down In The Willow Garden,” “Long Time Gone,” “Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?,” and “Barbara Allen,” as well as country tunes like “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” (written by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long) and Karl Davis’ “Kentucky.”

“I’ve been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy,” Armstrong says. “A couple of years ago, I discovered Songs Our Daddy Taught Us for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer. I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing. I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns. When we were done with the album, Norah looked at me and said, ‘I bet you didn’t think you were going to make a country record, huh?’”

Jones, a long-time Everly Brothers fan herself, who used to cover “Bird Dog” in a previous band, describes herself as “a sucker for harmonies and country music.”  Also, she says, “Billie Joe’s enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key, open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn’t set in his ideas, which made it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us, musically.”

Armstrong and his engineer, Chris Dugan, traveled to New York to record with Jones at The Magic Shop in Manhattan with two of Jones’ favorite musicians, bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band. “It was super fun and experimental,” Jones says. “I loved that the original was completely stripped down and a little more obscure.  There was a lot of room to interpret the songs in our own way.”

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BRITNEY SPEARS REVEALS ALBUM COVER AND LETTER TO FANS

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BRITNEY SPEARS REVEALS ALBUM COVER AND LETTER TO FANS

I am Britney Jean…

BRITNEY SPEARS LETTER

Dear Fans,

I haven’t sat down to write you guys in such a long time. Way overdue! We’re all used to getting our thoughts in 140 characters, but sometimes it’s nice to take time to sit down and write something a little longer and personal. I’m putting the finishing touches on my new album Britney Jean over the next few days and I’m so excited for you to hear it. I poured my heart and soul into this album and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve learned a lot about myself and as I’m finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on this journey and for allowing me to do what I love to do. I can’t believe this is my 8th studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but it’s true and I’m really proud of that.

I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think you can relate to. Working with people like Sia, William Orbit and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life. There are a lot of really fun, upbeat dance songs, but it was important to me that I show my strength and my attitude and my vulnerability. Of course I have some surprises for you guys.

I want to show you the different sides of who I am. I am a performer. I am a mom. I am funny. I am your friend.  I am Britney Jean.

Hope you love my labor of love.

Love Always,

Britney

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BRITNEY SPEARS REVEALS ALBUM COVER AND LETTER TO FANS


Mat Zo Announces Support for Damage Control Bus Tour

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Mat Zo announces tour support line-up for North American Damage Control Bus tour: Norin & Rad, Treasure Fingers, Nom De Strip and Matt Lange 

Mat Zo

Highly acclaimed British DJ/producer Mat Zo begins his extensive North American headlining tour October 31st. He will be accompanied by an all-star support line-up including: Anjunabeats label-mates Norin & Rad, Fool’s Gold’s disco-house hero Treasure Fingers, electro-house star Nom De Strip and the genre-blurring innovator Matt Lange.

Hand-picked by Mat himself, each of these artists are recognized for bringing their own unique style to the table. As Mat points out, “Each of the acts that will be joining me is known for individuality and doing things on their own terms rather than just following the status quo.” Get your tickets before they’re sold-out!

His hugely anticipated debut artist album Damage Control will be out November 5th via Astralwerks in the U.S. and Anjunabeats in the U.K.. The 14-track LP will include smashes such as “Easy” feat. Porter Robinson, “Pyramid Scheme” feat Chuck D. of Public Enemy and forthcoming single “Lucid Dreams” (Out October 29th).

ABOUT MAT ZO

While so many follow the status quo, Mat Zo has always danced to the beat of his own drum. From his days topping both the drum & bass and trance charts simultaneously (releasing on Hospital Records as MRSA), to his current status as a big room innovator, collaborating with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and dropping genre-blurring 70-track contributions to BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, the precocious talent is destined to play by his own rules.

Supported by DJs as diverse as Skrillex, Madeon, Pete Tong, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki and A-Trak, the British-born, now LA-based producer stands above the crowd. In a world of EDM sound-alikes, this is electronic dance music with integrity and ambition. Zo is currently signed to Astralwerks in the US and Anjunabeats in the UK. His bi-monthly radio show The Mat Zo Mix can be heard on Sirius XM’s Electric Area Channel every other Saturday with repeat episodes airing the following Tuesday.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

October 31    BETA – Denver, CO (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 01   The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 02   LIGHT – Las Vegas, NV
November 05   Rise Nightclub – Reno, NV (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 06   Assembly – Sacramento, CA (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 07   Ruby Skye – San Francisco, CA (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 08   Bassmnt – San Diego, CA (w/ Nom De Strip)
November 09   Create – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Nom De Strip)
November 10   Sutra – Newport Beach, CA (w/ Nom De Strip)
November 14   Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (w/ Matt Lange)
November 15   Plum – El Paso, TX  (w/ Matt Lange)
November 16   Stereo LIVE – Houston, TX  (w/ Matt Lange)
November 17   Haven – Austin, TX  (w/ Matt Lange)
November 18   Heaven – Lubbock, TX (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 19   SiSu – Dallas, TX (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 21   LIV – Miami, FL (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 22   Simons – Gainsville, FL (w/ Norin & Rad)
November 23   Amphitheater – Tampa, FL (w/ Norin & Rad)
December 12    Royale – Boston, MA (w/ Treasure Fingers)
December 13    LIT – Philadelphia, PA  (w/ Treasure Fingers)
December 14   Guvernment –  Toronto, ON (w/ Treasure Fingers)
December 19    Ultra Bar – Washington, DC (w/ Treasure Fingers)
December 20    Pacha – New York, NY (w/ Treasure Fingers)
December 21    Roxy — Orlando, FL (w/ Treasure Fingers)

Get tickets for his Toronto show here.
Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

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Dido to release Greatest Hits

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Dido to release Greatest Hits

Dido greatest Hits

Out November 25th on RCA
Standard CD includes new track ‘NYC’
Deluxe Edition features rare remixes

 

Dido, one of the biggest selling UK artists ever, releases a stunning greatest hits collection on two formats November 25th on RCA.

The standard CD features brand new track ‘NYC’ produced by Greg Kurstin plus 17 hits including ‘Thank You’, ‘White Flag’, ‘Life For Rent’, Eminem’s ‘Stan’, Faithless’ ‘One Step Too Far‘ and the Oscar-nominated ‘If I Rise’ written with A.R. Rahman for the film 127 Hours.

The deluxe edition includes 13 must have remixes including ‘White Flag’ by Timbaland, ‘Go Dreaming’ by Mantronix, ‘End of Night’ by Cedric Gervais, and MJ Coles ‘Hunter’.

Earlier this year, Dido released ‘Girl Who Got Away’, her fourth studio album. Dido’s first two albums ‘No Angel’ and ‘Life For Rent’ remain two of the UK’s biggest sellers of all-time. They were followed by the critically acclaimed ‘Safe Trip Home’. Her total album sales now surpass the 30 million mark.

Standard Hits CD
1.       ‘Here With Me’
2.       ‘Thank You’
3.       ‘Hunter’
4.       ‘White Flag’
5.       ‘Life For Rent’
6.       ‘Don’t Leave Home’
7.       ‘Sand In My Shoes’
8.       ‘Don’t Believe In Love’
9.       ‘Quiet Times’
10.       ‘Grafton Street’
11.       ‘Everything To Lose’
12.       ‘Let Us Move On Feat. Kendrick Lamar’
13.       ‘No Freedom’
14.       ‘End Of Night’
15.        ‘One Step Too Far’- Faithless Featuring Dido
16.       ’Stan’ Eminem Featuring Dido
17.       ‘If I Rise’ Dido and A. R. Rahman
18.     ‘NYC’

Deluxe Remix Bonus Disc
1.      ‘Here With Me’ (Chillin’ With The Family Mix)
2.      ‘Thank You’ (Deep Dish Radio Edit)
3.      ‘Hunter’ (MJ Cole Remix)
4.      ‘White Flag’ (Timbaland Remix)
5.      ‘Life For Rent (Skinny 4 Rent Mix)
6.      ‘Sand In My Shoes’ (Above & Beyond Radio Edit)
7.      ‘Don’t Leave Home’ (Gabriel & Dresden Radio Mix)
8.      ‘Don’t Believe In Love’ (Dennis Ferrer’s Objektivity Radio Mix)
9.      ‘No Freedom’ (DJ Cobra Mix)
10.    ‘End Of Night (Cedric Gervais Remix)
11.    ‘Go Dreaming’ (Mantronix Remix)
12.    ‘Blackbird’ (Moguai Remix)
13.    ‘Northern Skies’ (Rollo Remix)

For More Info: click here

 

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