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


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 / Nants’ Ingonyama,” 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.

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.

Track Listing

1. Ne-Yo – Friend Like Me 
2. Jessie J – Part Of Your World  
3. Jason Derulo – Can You Feel The Love Tonight 
4. Gwen Stefani – The Rainbow Connection  
5. Ariana Grande – Zero To Hero  
6. Jhené Aiko – In A World Of My Own – Very Good Advice 
7. Fall Out Boy – I Wan’na Be Like You  
8. Tori Kelly – Colors Of The Wind 
9. Kacey Musgraves – A Spoonful Of Sugar  
10. Charles Perry – Everybody Wants To Be A Cat 
11. Jessie Ware – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes  
12. Rascal Flatts, Lucy Hale – Let It Go 
13. We Love Disney Artists – It’s A Small World  
14. Brenna Whitaker – Bein’ Green  
15. Yuna – A Whole New World

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Sony Classical to Release Ultimate Editions of Original Star Wars Soundtracks On January 8, 2016


The sweeping, dazzling music that fueled Star Wars will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new, definitive editions — Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition, and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection. All composed by John Williams, these unique collector’s sets will be released worldwide January 8, 2016.

– Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection includes each of the six film soundtracks in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork.
– Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition includes the original six soundtracks in mini-album jackets, plus a bonus CD featuring audio interviews with Harrison Ford and John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one-hour special highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectible stickers.
– Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection features a bundle of the six original soundtracks available for the first time as high-definition downloads.

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Inside Bill Hader & Fred Armisen’s Soft-Rock Supergroup, Blue Jean Commitee


They sold out arenas thanks to era-defining ditties like “Freeway,” “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Mama You’re a Dancer.” The grainy, faded footage of them in concert in L.A. circa 1974 testifies that no one worked a country-tinged, AM-radio groove better. Cameron Crowe, Daryl Hall and the ladies of Haim are all diehard fans. “Every song was a single, and every single was great,” claims Chuck Klosterman, in reference to the chart-topping album Catalina Breeze. “I was completely blown away by that record,” says Kenny Loggins. “We all tried to capture that thing, but they really got it. That was the quintessential California record.” They were called the Blue Jeans Committee, the kings of the early Seventies soft-rock scene and the most influential band of their day. And, also, they are not real.

If you’ve been watching Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s brilliant TV show on IFC that sends up nonfiction filmmaking, you’ve seen the duo affectionately skewer everything from Vice’s gonzo-hipster journalism to the Maysles brothers’ classic Grey Gardens. But with “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” a two-part episode that takes on both music docs and the Me Decade’s peaceful, easy feelings, they’ve come up with a fake band assembled, Frankenstein-style, from the spare parts of Steely Dan, America and the Eagles — a loving parody that looks and sounds so authentic that you’d swear you grew up hearing these songs on long road trips and in dentists’ waiting rooms.


Armisen and musician Jon Spurney quickly came up with 10 songs that mimic the tinkling keyboard parts, feather-light drums and the Malibu-meets-Memphis country twang of the era’s soft-rock hits. (Should you feel the urge to spin such BJC classics as “Mr. Fix-It” or “Hibiscus” on your hi-fi, you can purchase the Blue Jean Committee’s actual fake-band album in its entirety, courtesy of Drag City.

Read more HERE.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO To Release First Album of All New ELO Music In Over A Decade


Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO is set to deliver a new album which will be the first new ELO music in 15 years. Entitled Alone In The Universe, the album is set for global release November 13 on Columbia Records. The album is available globally for pre-order Friday, September 25, 2015 and the first single “When I Was a Boy” is also available Friday. Fans who preorder the album will receive “When I Was A Boy” instantly.

As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. In September 2014, for the first time in 30 years, Jeff Lynne’s ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In A Day” in London’s famous Hyde Park to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 fans in attendance and nearly a million people tuned in to watch.

Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades. At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of new material.

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Ryan Adams 1989


On 1989, Ryan Adams offers a track-by-track reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s chart-topping 2014 album. The result is as intimate as it is disarming. Adams presents Swift’s explosive pop hooks with an air of graceful melancholy, using acoustic guitars and reverb-soaked vocals to add heartbroken emotion to familiar hits like “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood,” and “Blank Space.” Still, the most satisfying moments on Adams’ version of 1989 are the deep cuts from Swift’s original release, including the dusky glow of “Out of the Woods” and chiming guitars of “Wildest Dreams.”


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Marvel Music Presents Cosmic Mix Vol. 1, Out On October 16, 2015


Marvel have announced that Cosmic Mix Vol. 1, will be released on CD and digital formats on October 16, 2015.  Included is a collection of music from the animated Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’ series features classic hits from the ’70s!

Tracks from the soundtrack include hits such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and Thin Lizzy’s “Boys Are Back in Town.”

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the new animated, action-packed epic space adventure following a ragtag band of disparate misfits, debuts with a special one-hour premiere featuring back-to-back episodes, Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 PM ET on DisneyXD.

Track List:

1. “Hooked On a Feeling” – Blue Swede
2. “Funk No. 49” – The James Gang
3. “Drift Away” – Dobie Gray
4. “Walk Away” – The James Gang
5. “Boys Are Back in Town” – Thin Lizzy
6. “Shake Your Groove Thing” – Peaches and Herb
7. “Funk Funk” – Cameo
8. “Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night
9. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
10. “Rocky Mountain Way” – Joe Walsh
11. “So You Are a Star” – Hudson Brothers
12. “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen

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Beatles 1+ Deluxe Edition Celebrates The Sight & Sound of The Beatles In 50 Films & Videos


After The Beatles stopped touring, and because travelling around the globe to promote new releases was impossible, the band increasingly made what could be described as “mini movies”.

These pioneering promotional films and videos helped to define the way we have come to watch music, not least because The Beatles approached filming with the same ease and innovative spirit they brought to the recording studio, exploring new creative possibilities with infectious delight.

Showcasing the band’s filmed work to accompany their 27 No.1, U.K. and U.S. singles, The Beatles 1 is newly restored and expanded in multiple configurations for global release on November 6, 2015 by Apple Corps Ltd/UMG. The 27-track CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray pairs beautifully restored videos for each song, with new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD surround audio mixes. The brand new Beatles 1+ celebrates their career in over 200 minutes through 50 promotional films and videos. This includes the 27 No.1s, with the restored videos, along with a second disc of 23 videos, including alternate versions, as well as rarely seen and newly restored films and videos; all include new audio mixes in deluxe CD/2-DVD and CD/2-Blu-ray packages. The 27-track audio CD is also being made available with new stereo mixes. A 2 LP, 180-gram vinyl package will follow.


The new editions of The Beatles 1 have been made possible following extensive research, and restoration of the original promo films, classic television appearances and other carefully selected videos spanning the band’s history. Apple Corps dug deep into The Beatles’ vaults to select a broad range of films and videos for their rarity, historical significance and quality of performance.

An 18-person team of film and video technicians and restoration artists was assembled by Apple Corps to undertake painstaking frame-by-frame cleaning, colour-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, ‘round-the-clock work to accomplish.

The result is a visual run down of The Beatles’ number one records, as well as the additional tracks on the bonus disc of Beatles 1+ that show the band in previously unseen standards of clarity and quality; many of the films and videos have never before been commercially released, in whole or in part.


Beatles 1 and Beatles 1+ offers the restored films, including 35mm negatives scanned in 4K and digitally restored with new stereo and 5.1 surround audio remixes, produced from the original analogue tapes by the GRAMMY winning team of Giles Martin with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.

For four of the videos, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions, respectively. The 1+ Deluxe Edition, presented in an expanded 124-page illustrated hardcover book includes ‘an appreciation’ of The Beatles’ ground-breaking films and videos by music journalist and author Mark Ellen and extensive, detailed track/video annotation by music historian and author Richard Havers.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Signs With Columbia Records


Known as one of the most iconic forces in history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has signed a global deal with Columbia Records and is set to deliver a new album which will be the first new ELO music in 15 years.  As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. In September 2014, for the first time in 30 years, Jeff Lynne’s ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In A Day” in London’s famous Hyde Park to a sold- out crowd of 50,000 fans in attendance and nearly a million people tuned in to watch.

Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades.  At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs.  A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of new material.

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Indulge Your Ears With the Best Headphones


Although the focus for a lot of DJs is on their controller, that’s just one part of the gear lineup. Another important task is choosing the best headphones for an optimal DJ experience. There are a lot of facets that should be considered when making this choice in DJ gear, so let’s take a look at the key considerations.


Why is comfort at the top of the list? Well, you likely will be wearing your headphones for many hours at a time, so you need a model that protects your hearing while also offering excellent padding and other comfort features. Look at headphones that include:

– Earpads: They should cover your entire ear and not press on them. You might even find models that have memory foam with cushy covers. Look for an option that allows you add replacement earpads.
– Weight: Try to find the lightest set you can that still offers all the features you want. Again, be thinking about long-term wear.
– Headband: You want one that is thick enough to be durable but not so thick it hurts your neck if you wear the headphones on your neck for long periods.


Yes, this is of key importance as well. DJ headphones are meant to transmit a wide range of frequencies, which makes them different from regular consumer earphones, which focus on fidelity. Think about:

– Speakers: Generally, the larger the speaker portion, the better transmission of the deepest bass.
– Input rating: The higher the input allowed, the less distortion you will hear at high volumes.
– Frequency range: Bigger isn’t always better, as human ears have a limited range.
– Insulation: You want a model that has a closed-back design so you won’t get a lot of external noise interfering with your ability to hear the tracks.

No matter where you are DJing, you likely will be taking off and putting on your headphones many times during the gig. You need a set that has swivel earpads so you can wear one off your ear to hear your track cues. Also be sure your get an adjustable headband and one that holds tightly enough to your head that one earpad won’t slip off when you move the other.


It may not be your biggest concern, but you’ll also want headphones that look good. Slim designs and cool color options may be things that appeal to you. Make sure you get a set that will fit nicely in your gear bag or that comes with a slim carrying case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Lightweight metals make for a better wearing experience, but they might not be as durable as you need them to be.


Many DJs prefer to use headphones that have coiled cables as they may be less likely to snag on other equipment. Be sure you have cords that are long enough to allow you free movement around your equipment without getting in the way. There are cordless models available as well.

The headphones you have in your DJ gear bag are a highly personal choice, but these key factors should help you decide on the best option for you.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Jimi Hendrix Print On September 10, 2015

Dark Hall Mansion is proud to release Gabz’s fantastical vision of a peaceful yet creatively unbound Jimi Hendrix. With nod to one of Jimi’s most extraordinary songs, ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return),’ a gorgeous and ferocious showcasing of Jimi’s unequaled talents, Gabz perfectly captured Jimi’s perpetually dual nature, of here and of another place, through two masterful prints that harken to the best of vintage Polish rock poster art of the late ’60s and early ’70s. We explained DHM’s admiration for this period and style to Gabz and he was instantly familiar and drawn to its aesthetic having deep personal experience and background as a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.

Artist Gabz on Jimi and his approach:

“When DHM got in touch with me, I was excited for the opportunity to work on a print for a music artist for a change, especially as great as Jimi, who well deserves his spot in the pantheon of music. DHM had a specific vision for this piece and I couldn’t be happier when they proposed it should be influenced by Polish Poster School, which I’m clearly a fan off. I tried to implement some of the Polish Poster School ideas into my work before, (those who follow my work should be able to spot at least two posters I hope), but it was the first time I have been asked specifically to deliver something in that mood and manner, so to speak. Waldemar Świerzy is amongst my favourite poster artists of all time, so I studied his Jimi Hendrix portraits among his other posters and they inspired me greatly. I wanted something similar in terms of simplification and use of colour. I went with only very little lines, almost no details and very iconic and vibrant look of Jimi. My main idea was to make him the way as if he is becoming the music he’s playing…”

Gabz’s vision for his Jimi print, a bold evocative rock portrait with rich lines, vibrant colors and delicate line work, at once evocative of classic Polish poster art and the best of black light posters that so dominated the walls and bedrooms of countless rock fans everywhere. Gabz’s Standard edition captures Jimi’s ethereal nature, seemingly endless creative waves emanate from his mind, hearing sounds only he could hear, guitar strap hinting at his ready axe. Gabz’s Variant an electrified beauty, distills Jimi to his essence and underscores Gabz’s striking line work, a simple strike of Jimi’s signature completing a piece that begs for black light showcasing.

You can order the prints HERE.


Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child Standard Edition of 280 $65


Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child Variant Edition of 50 (with metallic ink highlights)  $100

Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child Foil Edition of 10 (based on the Standard edition colorway) $150
Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child Foil Edition of 10 (based on the Variant edition colorway)  $150

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