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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: BEST NEW ARTIST
Eight is enough. (10/22a)
RIRI PASSES ON SUPER BOWL LIII HALFTIME
Solidarity in action (10/19a)
BORN AGAIN, AGAIN
Can it hold off "Star" power? (10/22a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS BORN UNDER A BRAD SIGN
Gaga and Cooper on repeat (10/17a)
THE LAST HURDLE (UPDATE)
The final call will go down in Brussels. (10/22a)
GRAMMY CONTENDERS
We chat with big stars, rising stars and next big things.
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Critics' Choice
SONY LEGACY REVEALS ITS LOVE
FOR JOAN JETT'S ROCK & ROLL
9/7/18

Among Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records catalog has lagged behind others in making a full digital transition, a condition that Sony Legacy has remedied just prior to the release of the Jett documentary, Bad Reputation.

Jett and producer-manager-label co-co-owner Kenny Laguna were long wary of iTunes—they even discuss it in the doc—and with the new deal Legacy, has released today six vintage albums, three compilations and deluxe editions of I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary and Joan Jett - The First Sessions

Legacy/Blackheart will also release the Bad Reputation soundtrack album on 9/28, which contains a new Joan Jett and the Blackhearts track, "Fresh Start," and "Androgynous" performed by Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane Grace and Jett.

The new SME/Legacy/Blackheart pact covers the worldwide rights to Jett's recorded music catalog, videos and concert films. The Thread Shop, Sony Music’s in-house merchandising company, will administer Jett’s exclusive merchandising rights, retail licensing and e-commerce.

"The music of Joan Jett—raw, real and uncompromising—has been an essential part of the pop culture landscape across four decades," said Richard Story, President, SME Commercial Music Group. "Sony Music and Legacy Recordings are both honored and thrilled to be part of the Joan Jett saga and look forward to bringing her music and attitude to future rockers."

The titles now available for downloads and streaming are Bad ReputationI Love Rock 'N' RollGlorious Results of a Misspent YouthSinnerPure and Simple, and Unvarnished plus the compilations FlashbackFetish, and Greatest Hits.

Bad Reputation will play theaters across the country on 9/26 and have full theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles beginning 9/28, the day it launches on iTunes, Amazon and on demand.

Among the other recordings covered under the SME/Blackheart deal are albums by Evil Stig (featuring Jett), Cherie Curie, FEA, Jackknife Stiletto, Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Vacancies, The Cute Lepers, and The Eyeliners.

UME: WHITE + BROWN = SOUL
9/7/18

UMe is going on a soul kick in October, releasing a nine-album collection from Barry White and an expanded version of a 1968 concert by James Brown.

White’s nine 20th Century Records albums have been remastered from their analog master tapes for new nine-CD and nine-LP box sets, Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979). Mercury/UMe wll release the set on 10/26.

In addition, the remastered albums will be released in individual 180-gram LP packages with faithfully replicated original sleeve and label artwork. The collection includes his first solo album, I’ve Got So Much To Give and the blockbuster Can’t Get Enough.

Republic/UMe will release Brown’s Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68 on 10/12. First released on CD in 1998, the album is making its vinyl debut as an expanded two-LP 50th Anniversary Edition.

The concert was staged two weeks after Brown released “Say It Loud—I’m Black And I’m Proud,” and the album features the first-ever live rendition of his civil rights anthem. The new vinyl edition includes two previously unreleased recordings, “That’s Life” and “The Popcorn.”

 

 

SINATRA SINGS IN STEREO
9/6/18

While the rock reissue world is embracing the return to mono, the Frank Sinatra camp takes us back to the early days of stereo with a new mix of his 1958 classic, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely.

Capitol/UMe will release an expanded 60th Anniversary Edition on 10/19 that includes a new stereo mix from Larry Walsh. The album will be released in a Deluxe 2CD package that includes the original mono and the new stereo mixes, plus a two-LP set and a single CD configuration with the stereo mix. The set includes four bonus tracks.

Only The Lonely’ was recorded as both a mono and stereo presentation,” Walsh writes in his notes for the 60th Anniversary Edition. “The mono was the focus as that was the chief format of the day. The stereo was recorded with two microphones suspended high over the studio orchestra.

"Frank Sinatra’s voice was recorded onto a third track. With the stereo recording being mid-side decoded, the depth of the studio is revealed.”

Sinatra recorded Only The Lonely in evening sessions at Capitol Studios in May and June 1958, joined by an orchestra and conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle. Among the album’s better known cuts are “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” “Angel Eyes,”’ and “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry.”

After extensive negotiations, Bruce Resnikoff scotched plans to bundle the album with bottles of Glenlivet 18.

Preorders start today.