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Verve Records & Walt Disney Records Announce Tracklisting For Compilation Album We Love Disney, Due October 30, 2015

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Verve Records and Walt Disney Records have announced the 12 artists who are included on the upcoming compilation album We Love Disney, which will be released on October 30th. The album features the hottest artists from across the pop, rock, R&B, and country worlds delivering their own unique interpretations of classic Disney songs. We Love Disney was produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.

The album features singer-songwriter NE-YO on the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Friend Like Me,” from 1992’s Aladdin; British pop singer and songwriter Jessie J on “Part of Your World,” from 1989’s The Little Mermaid; multi-platinum pop/R&B singer/songwriter Jason Derulo on the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from 1994’s The Lion King; multi-platinum solo artist and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani on the Oscar-nominated song “The Rainbow Connection,” from 1979’s The Muppet Movie; multi-platinum pop singer Ariana Grande on “Zero To Hero,” from 1997’s Hercules; singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko on “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” from 1961’s Alice in Wonderland; rock band Fall Out Boy on “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from 1967’s The Jungle Book; singer-songwriter and Capitol Records artist Tori Kelly on “Colors of the Wind,” the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning theme song from 1995’s Pocahontas; critically acclaimed country artist Kacey Musgraves on “A Spoonful of Sugar” from 1964’s Mary Poppins; soul/R&B singer and Verve Recording artist Charles Perry on “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat,” from 1970’s The Aristocats; British soul singer Jessie Ware on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” which appears in both the 1950 animated film Cinderella as well as this year’s enchanting adaptation of the classic film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James; and best-selling country group Rascal Flatts, accompanied by Hollywood Records’ artist-actress Lucy Hale duet on “Let It Go,” the top-selling, Oscar and Grammy-winning song from the 2013 film Frozen. The album also features a rendition of “It’s a Small World” performed by all of the artists.

“In choosing the artists to appear on We Love Disney, we tried to cover the whole spectrum,” David Foster says. “I wanted great singers. That’s always been my mandate. We set the bar high and everyone who came in absolutely killed it. The vocals on this album are spectacular.”

We Love Disney will be released in several configurations, including as a digital album, a standard CD, a Deluxe CD, on Deluxe Vinyl, and as a picture-disc set. The Deluxe versions feature two bonus tracks from Verve Records’ artists Brenna Whitaker (“It’s Not Easy Being Green” from The Muppet Show) and Yuna (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin). We Love Disney will also be available as a Collector’s Edition Box Set, which includes the digital deluxe album, limited-edition double vinyl, standard-edition double vinyl, limited-edition CD, standard-edition CD, limited-edition double-picture disc, four numbered lithographs, a DVD of “The Magic Behind We Love Disney,” a limited-edition T-shirt featuring a one-time only design, an exclusive tote bag, and a Certificate of Authenticity.

The album and box set can all be pre-ordered now at https://www.welovedisneymusic.com/. Those who pre-order the digital album via participating retailers will receive an instant download of NE-YO’s “Friend Like Me.”

The tracklisting for We Love Disney is as follows:

NE-YO “Friend Like Me” (Aladdin)
Jessie J “Part of Your World “(The Little Mermaid)
Jason Derulo “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King)
Gwen Stefani “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie)
Ariana Grande “Zero To Hero” (Hercules)
Jhené Aiko “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” (Alice in Wonderland)
Fall Out Boy “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” (The Jungle Book)
Tori Kelly “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas)
Kacey Musgraves “A Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins)
Charles Perry “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” (The Aristocats)
Jessie Ware “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella)
Lucy Hale & Rascal Flatts “Let It Go” (Frozen)
Various Artists “It’s a Small World”

Bonus tracks on Deluxe CD, Vinyl, and Picture Disc:

Brenna Whitaker “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (The Muppet Show)
Yuna “A Whole New World” (Aladdin)

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All New Peanuts Greatest Hits by Vince Guaraldi Trio Available On July 31, 2015

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All new for 2015! Peanuts Greatest Hits features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Peanuts Greatest Hits includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable ‘Linus and Lucy,’ the ‘Charlie Brown Theme’ from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the festive ‘Christmas Is Coming’ from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the humorous ‘Little Birdie,’ which features vocals by Vince Guaraldi himself!

Peanuts Greatest Hits includes new liner notes by Derrick Bang, Peanuts historian and author of 2012’s Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, who proclaims that, ‘Guaraldi’s themes and the animated Peanuts gang remain a genius blend of music and image.’

Available on July 31, 2015.

Track Listing:

1. Linus and Lucy
2. Charlie Brown Theme
3. Baseball Theme
4. Oh, Good Grief
5. Happiness Is
6. Little Birdie
7. Great Pumpkin Waltz
8. Thanksgiving Theme
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
11. Skating
12. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

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Dr. Dre’s First Album In 16 Years Will Be Released On August 7, 2015

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Dr. Dre announced the release of his first album since 1999’s 2001 on his The Pharmacy show on Apple Music. The album is titled Compton: The Soundtrack and will hit stores on August 7, 2015. He confirmed the album is completely different than the infamous Detox project and that it was inspired by the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton (8/14).

The LP will feature vocals from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Jill Scott, Jon Connor, Marsha Amrosius, Snoop and many more.

Tracklist:

1) Intro
2) Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus)
3) Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
4) It’s All On Me (feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
5) All In a Day’s Work (feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
6) Darkside/Gone (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
7) Loose Cannons (feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
8) Issues (feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
9) Deep Water (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10) Jon Connor – One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop Dogg)
11) The Game – Just Another Day (feat. Asia Bryant)
12) For the Love of Money (feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13) Satisfaction (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14) Animals (feat. Anderson Paak)
15) Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
16) Talking To My Diary

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MONDO Announces 2015 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives

Best known for its popular limited-edition posters, MONDO the boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain has exclusive artwork available for attendees at San Diego Comic Con (July 8-12). Yet its booth in the San Diego Convention Center will also have new action figures, vinyl records and other merch for the geek crowd.

The exclusives include:

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Ant-Man poster ($85). Mondo has a variety of pieces for sale as well as some licensing announcements in store, but one of the items of note to superhero fans will be a holofoil screen print (limited to 175) inspired by the new Ant-Man film (in theaters July 17). Artist Kevin Tong said he wanted the design “to show Ant-Man’s scale, the intensity of his transformation, and really just trying to make a poster as fun and dynamic as the movie.”

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Ninja Turtles figures (price TBD).

After Mondo dipped its toes in the toy business beginning last Comic-Con, this summer brings the first in a new series of toys based on the original TMNT comics of the 1980s. First up is Leonardo, who stands 11 inches tall and comes with a bunch of accessories including weapons, a blue mask to match the cartoons and a red mask from the comics. Also on display will be the upcoming figures of Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael.

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First Hellboy statue ($200). Before he became a comic-book hero and a movie star played by Ron Perlman, Hellboy was a black and white sketch done in 1991 by creator and artist Mike Mignola. Mondo’s created a polystone statue of this first pass at the horned hero — with the name “Hellboy” emblazoned on his belt — plus a variant color version done by original Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart. You can see him in San Diego but can’t take him home yet — interested parties can preorder Hellboy now at Mondo’s website. (Monster fiends will also want to stop by the booth to check out an upcoming Godzilla sculpture as well.)

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Superman vinyl ($25). Those with record players and a place in their heart for Shirley Walker’s theme composed for Superman: The Animated Series will want to pick up a die-cut single. Artwork for the cover is by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, and the record is cut in the shape of Superman’s iconic “S” shield — folks can choose between red vinyl or Kryptonite green.

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Aliens soundtrack ($35). This one’s special for fans of the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner, who died last week in a plane crash: A vinyl soundtrack of his score for James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi flick Aliens. The deluxe edition features more than a dozen musical cues new to vinyl plus five bonus tracks, and a cover design by artist Killian Eng. “I wanted the alien to play a big role,” he said, “but at the same time incorporate its shape into the materials of the space station, almost like it becomes the station itself, keeping the marines in a steady merciless grip.”

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MONDO To Release Superman: The Animated Series Mondo Vinyl At San Diego Comic Con

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Break out those turntables because MONDO is back with another amazing piece of vinyl. Following last year’s must-have series of Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, the MONDO team has turned their attention to Superman: The Animated Series, and DC All Access is pleased to give you your first look! Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con this year, this gorgeous Superman 7-inch features music from Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman/Superman Adventures.

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Learn more at http://mondotees.com

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Aquabats Print By Dave Perillo Available At San Diego Comic Con

This 18×24 print of The Aquabats by Dave Perillo will be available at San Diego Comic Con. Look for it at the toddland booth # 4537. The print will have a limited run of only 60, broken out into a run of 10 per day of the convention, as well as 10 available at the Aquabats! show.

The Aquabats! will also be doing signings on both Friday and Saturday this year at the toddland booth, due to demand. Exact signing times are still TBA.

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Apple Announces Apple Music

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Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming music service, a pioneering worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.

Pricing & Availability

Starting on June 30, music fans around the world are invited to a 3-month free membership, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99/month.

Requires initial sign up. At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings. Family plan requires iCloud Family Sharing. See www.apple.com/icloud/family-sharing for more information.

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Brian Methe To Release Avett Bothers & Eddie Vedder Prints

Today Brian Methe is releasing a few new prints on his site. This is his first poster for the Avett Brothers. June 5, 2015 in Peoria, Ill.  AP run of show version (50) is signed and numbered.  Brian also has a foil version limited to 15. 18X24

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Second, is Methe’s next print in a series of the members of Pearl Jam. Following up on his “McMelty” print is a print of Eddie Vedder entitled “The Voice”.  The artist run is limited to 50, 13X18, signed and numbered.  There will be a foil variant run available soon.

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You can purchase the prints HERE.

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How To Create Your Own Recording Studio

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Many individuals choose to cut down on recording costs by creating their own recording studios. With the right attitude, skills and equipment, individuals can make quality music in a personal studio. There are five simple steps for creating your own recording studio.

Have a Quality Computer

If you do not already have a fast computer you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, you just need to make sure that your computer possesses data at the appropriate processing speeds to handle the program that you will be running while you record.

Choose Your Recording Software

Selecting the right recording software is critical to your sound.  In this case, you get what you pay for. There are lower budget and even free software options available, however they will not create a high quality sound that professional software would. If you are just getting started, free or cheaper software is a good way to get your feet wet and get started, and you can upgrade as you gain more experience.

Install an Audio Interface

The audio interface is essential to the recording process, seeing as it connects the computer to all the recording parts. Depending on whether you use a MAC or a PC, you may need a specific type of interface. You also want to make sure that it has at least two input and two output jacks.

Purchase an Audio Mixer

The audio mixer is the piece of equipment that will manage all of the inputs, allowing you to adjust their outputs as necessary and to record. You will want to make sure that each channel on your audio mixer has adjustments for these essential parts:

– Panning

– Volume

– 3-band equalization

Select Your Microphone, Headphones and Studio Monitors

For each of these pieces there are a number of options available. However, there are a few things to consider that can help in your selection:

– Microphone: dynamic mics are better for recording voices, while condenser mics are better for capturing the sounds of different instruments

– Headphones: some headphones help to cancel out sound but provide less sound quality, while other headphones provide less sound isolation and a better sound quality

– Studio Monitors: monitors are of different quality, but you want to get monitors that provide a flat frequency so that you can hear the music as is, for the best mixing possible

While recording quality music is an intricate process, setting up your personal studio can be quite simple. By following the aforementioned steps you can create your studio and be on your way to composing your next big hit.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Beatles Inspired Print, “The Record Store” By Dave Perillo On May 22, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion  is most pleased to reveal its latest officially licensed Beatles limited edition print release: “The Record Store” by contemporary artist, Dave Perillo, on sale this Friday, May 22nd, 2015!

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Dave Perillo’s unique take on a very special moment at a most everyday record store. An unusual and quietly meditative piece that catches the Beatles pausing before a record store window, a reflection on all accomplished and all that’s yet to come, it’s as much a meditation on artistry and artistic achievement as it is on fame and identity. Are the Beatles pausing in some “Hard Day’s Night”-like run from their oncoming swarm of fans, or were they already there, quietly taking in the moment, alone and contemplative as only they knew this singular experience? The print is a special one, having required select clearances so Dave might be able to include actual Beatles record covers, tour posters, television performance imagery and related, all in creating his piece. What we see is at once so very public and yet so intimate and private, only the public visage of the Beatles gazes back at the viewer, while Dave’s rendering of nuances such as slight head tilts and telling body language allow us to also stand quietly with the Beatles, sharing this moment with them. A charming piece no doubt, but a poignant one as well.

DHM’s officially licensed Beatles Dave Perillo “The Record Store” limited edition Standard print measures 20″ x 28,” is a 6-color screen print, hand numbered and limited to a worldwide run of only 280 pieces at $65. The Variant edition is a 20″ x 28″ 6-color screen print, 3 colors being metallic ink highlights, hand numbered and limited to only 50 pieces worldwide at $100. The select Foil edition (based on Std colorway) measures 20″ x 28,” a 6-color screen print, on foil, hand numbered and limited to only 10 editions worldwide at $150. The select Foil edition (based on Variant colorway) measures 20″ x 28,” is a 6-color (3 being metallic ink highlights) screen print, on foil, hand numbered and limited to only 10 editions worldwide at $150.

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“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Standard paper edition of 280: $65

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“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Variant paper edition of 50 (with metallic ink highlights): $100

“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Foil edition of 10 (based on Standard colorway): $150

“The Record Store” 20″ x 28″ Foil edition of 10 (based on Variant colorway/with metallic ink highlights): $150

All editions go on sale this Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at Dark Hall Mansion. They’ll go on sale on our dedicated Store page at 9:30 AM PST here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

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