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Holiday Jazz Albums Available in New Vinyl Set

FOUR TIMELESS HOLIDAY JAZZ TITLES BY ELLA FITZGERALD, KENNY BURRELL, RAMSEY LEWIS AND JIMMY SMITH BOXED UP FOR NEW VINYL SET, VERVE WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS

MOST ALBUMS REPRESSED FOR FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS AVAILABLE NOW VIA VERVE/UMe

This holiday season, Verve Records/UMe is boxing up some of the most classic jazz holiday titles and wrapping them in a new vinyl box set titled Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas. This lavish collection brings together Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960), Kenny Burrell’s Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966), Ramsey Lewis’s Sound of Christmas (1961) and Jimmy Smith’s Christmas ‘64 (1964) (also known as Christmas Cookin’) for the first time. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect swinging, syncopated backdrop to get you in the Yuletide spirit and soundtrack your festivities.

Purchase Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas now: https://Verve.lnk.to/SwingingChristmas

Since the dawn of jazz, the genre’s innovators have pulled material from all corners of the Great American Songbook and beyond as springboards for improvisation — and the Christmas canon is no exception. On Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, the First Lady of Song approaches Great American Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Frosty the Snowman” with vivacity and sophistication. Sixty Christmases after its release, the album’s timeless appeal has only grown over the years. In a retrospective review, All Musicproclaimed, “this is as good as jazz Christmas albums get,” and just last year, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 1 on their “40 Essential Christmas Albums” list, calling the set “superb” and praising Fitzgerald’s “exquisite phrasing and subtlety.” In celebration of the album’s 60th anniversary, “Frosty The Snowman” has received its first-ever official video, a charming animated video by Fantoons Animation Studio that features Ella and Frosty in a winter wonderland storybook setting. Watch here: https://youtu.be/Hmw4Fu4XupE

Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas includes a variety of jazz greats’ instrumental takes on the Christmas canon via three albums that haven’t seen a vinyl reissue since the ‘60s. On Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas, guitar master Kenny Burrell serves up soulful renditions from the carol book (“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Away in a Manger”), down the church aisle (“Mary’s Little Boy Chile,” “Children Go Where I Send Thee”) and the R&B wheelhouse (“Merry Christmas, Baby”). JazzTimes declares it “was and is a landmark album” while All Music admires Burrell’s “pensive, meditative, precise playing” and calls it “a must-have.”

The box cranks the fun up a notch with Sound of Christmas by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, which features bassist Eldee Young, drummer Isaac “Red” Holt, and string arranger Riley Hampton. By swerving around any potential treacle and keeping things light at a mere 29 minutes, Lewis and his colleagues ensured Sound of Christmas was a highly accessible slice of holiday cheer. “Lewis avoids the overly reverent… in favor of songs he can tear through with the brisk gait of a sleigh ride and the delight of a full stocking,” All About Jazz mused.“[H]is sensitivity to the tastes of the public served him well here.”

Rounding out the collection is a yuletide offering from Jimmy Smith, the master of the Hammond B-3 organ. On Christmas ‘64, which was known for decades as Christmas Cookin’ after being reissued in 1966 with the alternate cover and title, Smith offers up a mix of secular Christmas songs and traditional carols backed by a big band and several trios. He makes a heel-turn from dignified orchestral overtures, like on “We Three Kings (of Orient Are),” injecting the proceedings with funky, down-home energy to get bodies moving this December. “It’s hard to believe that ‘Silent Night’ could ever swing as much as it does here,” All About Jazz noted. But all you have to do is drop the needle on these bluesy interpretations to believe Christmas could be so danceable. For the first time in more than five decades, the LP will be released with its original cover and title.

Why wait until the Christmas shopping rush to secure your vintage sounds? Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas offers four titles in their original packaging, all beamed from jazz’s past to warm up your holiday season in the present.

Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960)

Side A:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. The Christmas Song

Side B:

  1. Good Morning Blues
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  3. Winter Wonderland
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. Frosty the Snowman
  6. White Christmas

Kenny Burrell — Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966)

Side A:

  1. The Little Drummer Boy
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  3. My Favorite Things
  4. Away in a Manger
  5. Mary’s Little Boy Chile
  6. White Christmas

Side B:

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Go Where I Send Thee
  4. Silent Night
  5. Twelve Days Of Christmas
  6. Merry Christmas Baby

Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (1961)

Side A:

  1. Merry Christmas Baby
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. Christmas Blues
  5. Here Comes Santa Claus

Side B:

  1. The Sound Of Christmas
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  4. Sleigh Ride
  5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Jimmy Smith — Christmas ‘64 (a.k.a. Christmas Cookin’) (1964)

Side A:

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. Jingle Bells
  3. We Three Kings (Of Orient Are)
  4. The Christmas SongSide B:
  1. White Christmas
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Silent Night
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
DEATHBYROMY × "PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN"

DEATHBYROMY × “PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN”

Capitol Records released DeathbyRomy’s “Come and Play With Me,” a song she wrote and recorded for the Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which will be released on December 4. Listen HERE. In this Refinery29 feature, which accompanied the exclusive premiere of the song, DeathbyRomy talks about collaborating with Emerald Fennell, the film’s writer-director. Fennell also served as Executive Soundtrack Producer, teaming up with music supervisor Sue Jacobs and Capitol Records.

DeathbyRomy recalls, “Upon meeting Emerald we discovered we had a lot of similar music influences. For example, we were both big NIN fans and when I learned her favorite songs of mine were my favorite deep cuts, I knew we were gonna work together beautifully.” 

View the lyric video for “Come and Play With Me” HERE. “Come and Play With Me” is one of two cuts from the soundtrack that Variety highlighted in a recent feature about possible contenders for Best Original Song honors at the Oscars. DeathbyRomy wrote the track with Andy Rosen, who collaborated with her on Love u   to Death, her 2019 Capitol Records debut EP. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter pours both pain and euphoria into her catchy yet dark music, pitting electronic melodies and propulsive beats against hypnotic vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Her take on “It’s Raining Men” the iconic No. 1 dance anthem originally released by The Weather Girls in 1982   also appears on the soundtrack. Listen to “It’s Raining Men” HERE.

Focus Features will release the Sundance hit Promising Young Woman on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2020 in theaters domestically. View the trailer HERE. Vice observed, “[Promising Young Woman] expertly uses femme pop songs to underscore its critically acclaimed twisted tale of trauma and revenge.” Refinery 29 said, “[the] soundtrack is full of daring, empowering and straight-up fun tracks.” Vanyaland praised CYN’s “Uh Oh” as “an infectious riff-cruiser of a tune that should jump off the screen as soon as it hits.”  Noted Idolator, “The ‘Promising Young Woman’ soundtrack is a dose of girl-power. Cyn already landed a breakthrough radio hit with  ‘Drinks.’ Don’t be too surprised if she does it all over again with ‘Uh Oh.'”

Those who pre-order the 16-track collection in digital format will instantly receive “Come and Play With Me” and  “It’s Raining Men” plus CYN’s “Uh Oh” and “Drinks” and Donna Missal’s interpretation of Cigarettes After Sex’s 2012 breakthrough single, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.”

The soundtrack also features previously unreleased tracks from MUNA and BLESSUS plus Carmen DeLeon’s cover of the Gerry Goffin-Carole King penned “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss”). Charli XCX’s “Boys,” Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind,” Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” and Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” are among the previously released tracks that Fennell employs to subvert the audience’s expectations over the course of the film. Other featured artists include Maya B and Lily & Madeleine.

Jaden Smith illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Jaden – I’m Ready

MUSIC VIDEO FOR IM READY BY JADEN AVAILABLE TODAY
 
BROADCAST PREMIERE ON MTV LIVE, MTVU AND BET JAMS
 
SONG IS FEATURED ON MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK
 
The I’m Ready music video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU, BET Jams, and on the Viacom Times Square billboard today. The track is featured on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Original Video Game Soundtrack. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is developed by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation (PS5) and PlayStation (PS4) systems.
 
I’m Ready was written by Jaden, Omarr Rambert, and Josiah Bell. Jaden recently released his third studio album, CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3, which features Cabin Fever and Falling For You (with Justin Bieber).
 
About Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
 
In the latest adventure in Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man.
 
But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it.
 
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About Jaden
 
Multi-hyphenate musician, actor, entrepreneur, and activist, Jaden, has had a busy 2020. His third full-length album project, CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3, which dropped in August, is a feel-good, summertime album more rooted in pop than the hip hop/rap sounds of his first two albums. The album has since reached 100M global streams to date, featuring Jaden’s latest singles Cabin Fever and Rainbow Bap, as well as Falling For You with Justin Bieber. Since then, he has spearheaded many initiatives, which include the next phase of 501CTHREE, his award-winning water security project that provides innovative and sustainable water filtration systems for communities that lack access, partnering with New Balance on limited edition Vision Racer sneakers, launching The Solution Committee, a Snapchat miniseries spotlighting work by young activists, as well as launching multiple new MSFTS clothing collections.
 
About Marvel Entertainment
 
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.
 
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Cyn releases "Uh Oh" for Promising Young Women as announced by 360 MAGAZINE.

Cyn – “Uh Oh”

Today, Cyn released “Uh Oh,” one of two original tracks she wrote and recorded for the Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Listen to the darkly infectious song HERE. “Uh Oh” is one of two tracks from the soundtrack that Variety highlighted in a recent feature about possible contenders for Best Original Song honors at the Oscars.

Cyn talks about writing “Uh Oh” in this feature, which accompanied Refinery29’s exclusive premiere of the song earlier today. She worked closely with the film’s director and writer, Emerald Fennell, and song co-writers Matias Moraand Mia Minichiello, to create the music needed for a particular scene. Cyn, who performed “Uh Oh” at the 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café, tells Refinery29, “Working with Emerald was seamless. She sent me an email with lyric ideas and had a very clear idea of how the song should relate to the movie. The lyric ‘if it happened to you, what would you do?’ was taken directly from Emerald’s notes. Thank goodness she had such a confident idea of how the song should feel – that always helps!” Fennell served as Executive Soundtrack Producer, teaming up with music supervisor Sue Jacobs and Capitol Records.

“Drinks,” Cyn’s other contribution to the soundtrack, has amassed over 20 million global streams since its release earlier this year. Billie Eilish added it to her Apple Music radio show, “me & dad radio,” and Rolling Stone hailed it as a “Song You Need To Know.” “The Mixed Drinks Collection” features the stripped version of “Drinks”and remixes from quartet of renowned producers, all female – MNDR, NERVO, Uffie, and Ladyhawke. Cyn, who is signed to Katy Perry’s Unsub Records, has earned praise from Billboard for her “crisp, spirited pop sound carried by her timeless, all-embracing voice and literary lyrics.”

Focus Features will release the Sundance hit Promising Young Woman on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2020 in theaters domestically. IndieWire noted, “The film is filled with inspired soundtrack choices – a strings-heavy take on Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ teases before it reveals itself at the perfect moment, and an amusing use of an ‘It’s Raining Men’ cover sells Fennell’s pitch-black sense of humor early on.” Idolator said, “As for the soundtrack, there’s so much to love” while The Daily Beast hails it as “glorious.” Vice observed, “[Promising Young Woman] expertly uses femme pop songs to underscore its critically acclaimed twisted tale of trauma and revenge.” View the trailer, which features Anthony Willis’ orchestral arrangement of “Toxic,” HERE.

Those who pre-order the 16-track collection in digital format will instantly receive “Uh Oh” and “Drinks” plus DeathbyRomy’s take on The Weather Girls 1982 hit “It’s Raining Men” and Donna Missal’s interpretation ofCigarettes After Sex’s 2012 breakthrough single,  “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.”

The soundtrack also features previously unreleased tracks from MUNA and BLESSUS plus Carmen DeLeon’s cover of the Gerry Goffin-Carole King penned “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss”). Charli XCX’s “Boys,” Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind,” Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” and Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” are among the previously released tracks that Fennell employs to subvert the audience’s expectations over the course of the film. Other featured artists include Maya B and Lily & Madeleine.

Synopsis

From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.  But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night.  Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

Premiering to huge acclaim in Sundance earlier this year, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is directed and written by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) and stars Academy Award®-nominee Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham along with an ensemble cast that includes Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown.  Fennell produced along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment and Ben Browning and Ashley Fox for FilmNation Entertainment.

Tyga, Swae Lee, & Lil Mosey- Krabby Step

TYGA, SWAE LEE, LIL MOSEY TEAM UP WITH TAINY & NEON16/INTERSCOPE RECORDS FOR “KRABBY STEP,” THE NEW SINGLE FROM
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ANIMATED FILM
THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE:SPONGE ON THE RUN

Krabby Step is the second single off the official soundtrack, executive produced by the multimedia company

“KRABBY STEP” Available Here
Watch Lyric Video For “Krabby Step” Here

Three of the music industry’s most renowned rappers, Tyga, Swae Lee, and Lil Mosey have teamed up with Billboard Latin’s Producer of the Year, Tainy, to release the upcoming track and lyric video for “Krabby Step” off from the official soundtrack for the highly anticipated animated film The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon.

The record was executive produced by Tainy, Albert Hype, and NEON16 and will be featured on the soundtrack that will be released in 2021 on NEON16/Interscope Records. The song is available to stream on all digital platforms today.

The single will follow in the footsteps of the commercially successful and debut track “Agua,” featuring Tainy and global sensation J Balvin, which charted on the #1 Hot Latin Song and #1 Latin Airplay lists and garnered over 923M total streams worldwide. The second single off of the official animated film soundtrack seeks to merge the indelible flows and cadences of three highly unique and original rappers with the infectious and unforgettable beats that Tainy has become known for over his lengthy musical career.

In the “Krabby Step,” we see Tyga, Swae Lee, and Lil Mosey create a strong and captivating story with lyrics that capture the true essence and playful vibe of the film. Tainy further demonstrates and cements his boundless talent as he curates a beat that will get fans across the globe dancing and is sure to break Tik Tok records — much like “Agua” did with the viral “Agua Challenge” (that accrued over 3.2M video creates on TikTok). The lyric video also uses the same cutting-edge animation seen in the animated film.

Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon have teamed up with NEON16 to produce the upcoming official album for the long-awaited animated film, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run. The soundtrack will include surefire hit songs from artists like Weezer, MonstaX, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips, Kenny G, Cyndi Lauper and more. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run will debut digitally in the U.S via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, following the premium video on demand window. The film can be viewed globally in all other countries, except China, on Netflix now.

Promising Young Woman Soundtrack Visual

Promising Young Woman Soundtrack

On December 4, Capitol Records will release the Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack is already generating a buzz, with Variety predicting Oscar nominations for Best Original Song for three of its tracks. This album’s release precedes the exciting release of the soundtrack’s film. Following the early December release of the soundtrack, Focus Features will release Promising Young Woman on Christmas Day.

Director Emerald Fennell brings a fascinating story of revenge to the screen with Promising Young Woman. Originally premiering to huge acclaim in Sundance earlier this year, Fennell’s film stars Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham along with an ensemble cast that includes Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown. Everyone said Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, was a promising young woman until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

Fennell also served as Executive Soundtrack Producer, teaming up with music supervisor Sue Jacobs and Capitol Records to create what The Daily Beast describes as “a pop music soundtrack that could only be described as glorious.” Promising Young Woman’s soundtrack continues to receive praise from well respected sources. Specifically, Vice reported that the film “expertly uses femme pop songs to underscore its critically acclaimed twisted tale of trauma and revenge.” In another review, IndieWire noted, “The film is filled with inspired soundtrack choices – a strings-heavy take on Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ teases before it reveals itself at the perfect moment, and an amusing use of an ‘It’s Raining Men’ cover sells Fennell’s pitch-black sense of humor early on.” In general, the musical covers of popular pop songs offers one of the film’s greatest musical choices.

For a taste of the praised music and to prepare your viewing of Promising Young Woman, preorder your Promising Young Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack here.

Interscope Records Release Soundtrack for Disney+ Movie – Clouds

Today, Interscope Records releases the soundtrack for the Disney+ original movie Clouds, from Director Justin Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios.  The release of the soundtrack coincides with the premiere of the movie on Disney+ and includes renforshort’s recently released song “afterthoughts,” the title track performed by stars of the movie Sabrina Carpenter and Fin Argus, the lead single “Wild Life” by OneRepublic, along with songs from the real Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown who inspired the story for the movie. The Clouds Soundtrack is available now at all digital retail providers. See full track listing below.

Clouds Soundtrack Track Listing:

  1. Galaxies – Isabella Richardson
  2. Sexy And I Know It – Fin Argus
  3. Blueberries – Sabrina Carpenter
  4. Clouds – Fin Argus & Sabrina Carpenter
  5. afterthoughts – renforshort
  6. Fix Me Up – Fin Argus & Sabrina Carpenter
  7. My Little Dancer – Fin Argus
  8. How To Go To Confession – Sabrina Carpenter
  9. Clouds Score Suite – Brian Tyler
  10. Purple Pink – Sammy Brown
  11. Star Hopping (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  12. Ames (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  13. Sandcastles (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  14. Wild Life – OneRepublic

In addition to the release of Clouds and the soundtrack, the music video for OneRepublic’s “Wild Life” is out now. The video, directed by Christian Lamb and produced by Black Dog Films, was shot on location at Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State and includes scenes from the Disney+ original movie.

Click HERE to watch.

Inspired by an incredible true story, Clouds is a poignant and beautiful look at the heartbreaking duality of life and a testament to what can happen when you start to live as if each day might be your last. Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a seventeen-year-old, fun-loving student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world, however when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams. With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman) and his parents, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell); Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey about friendship, love and the power of music. Clouds debuts exclusively on Disney+ today.

ABOUT DISNEY+:

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

ABOUT WAYFARER STUDIOS:

Wayfarer Studios, forged by a partnership between Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz (4S Bay/Paylocity), is a purpose-driven creative and financial engine focused on radically sincere film and television content that is platform and genre agnostic. Wayfarer Studios was founded with the mission to develop and finance projects that can serve as true agents for social change, and which can eradicate the negative “isms” from our world. The studio aims “to disrupt for good” by empowering and protecting creators with fresh voices, championing content that speaks to the human spirit, challenging the status quo and embracing our diverse global community. Wayfarer Studios currently has multiple television and feature film projects in active development.

TO BUY OR STREAM THE CLOUDS SOUNDTRACK:

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Baller Blockin’ 20th Anniversary

CASH MONEY RECORDS & UMe ANNOUNCE SPECIAL 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF LEGENDARY BALLER BLOCKIN’ SOUNDTRACK OUT NOVEMBER 20th!

AVAILABLE AS A SPECIAL EDITION BOX WITH 2LP, 1CD, & 1DVD. FIRST TIME ON VINYL

Introducing a cult classic to a new generation, Cash Money Records and UMe unveil the Baller Blockin’ 20th Anniversary Edition. Soundtrack on November 20, 2020. This Special Edition Box Set includes 1CD of the original album, 1DVD with the original Baller Blockin’ film, and 2LPs, marking the first time the soundtrack is available on vinyl and the first time the film will be available for download and streaming.

Pre-order the soundtrack, HERE.

Commemorating a treasured moment of Cash Money Records lore, the label released Baller Blockin’ as its inaugural big screen foray. The action comedy/drama stars flagship artists The Hot BoysJuvenile, Lil Wayne, B.G., and Turk—as well as label Co-Founder, Co-C.E.O., and GRAMMY® Award-nominated superstar Bryan “Baby a.k.a. Birdman” Williams. It vividly depicted the daily trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the Magnolia Projects, 3rd Ward, New Orleans so often referenced on the artists’ breakout records. A rare feat in Hollywood, it was notably co-written, co-directed and co-produced by Birdman and Cash Money Records Co-Founder and Co-C.E.O. Ronald “Slim” Williams.

Birdman commented, “This one has been a long time coming. For years, everybody’s asked me, ‘When are you going to put out Baller Blockin’ again?’We wanted to meet that audience demand at the highest level possible. This is really the definitive version of one of our most unforgettable projects. I’m excited for fans to experience it like it was always meant to be experienced.

“Slim” added, Baller Blockin’ showed us this movement was bigger than music. At the time, the South wasn’t what it is now in hip-hop. We wanted to go as big as possible, and it’s really the first time of many that we did just that. It was a precursor of everything to follow, and it’s very special to all of us.”

The Original Baller Blockin’ Soundtrack quickly went gold upon release in 2000. Now, many of its tracks shine as standouts from the Cash Money Records back catalog. It boasts timeless Southern hip-hop anthems such as the Turk, Baby, and Juvenile collaboration “Baller Blockin’” [feat. E-40], Juvenile’s “Rover Truck,” UGK’s “Family Affair,”Nas & Bravehearts“What You Gonna Do,and the banger “Project B!#$H” by Big Tymers, Lil Wayne, and Juvenile.

As a sign of things to come, the album showcases Cash Money superstars Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and Birdman in the midst of the first Cash Money Records renaissance and hints at the vast potential of their lyrical prowess, towering personalities, and inimitable cultural impact fulfilled over the next two decades.

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About Cash Money Records
Since 1991, Brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams aka “Baby” and Ronald “Slim” Williams have built Cash Money Records into a legendary force in the music industry. Through tireless devotion and an unparalleled work ethic, the duo founded the legendary label in the New Orleans housing projects and elevated it into a multi-million-dollar empire and cultural tastemaker. Not only is the company revered as an iconic and enduring global street brand, it’s become the most successful independent record label in America boasting a bevy of chart-dominating, multi-platinum artists and Grammy Award winners and cumulative sales over 100 million albums worldwide, the roster includes Jacquees, Blueface, Deemic, Juvenile and more. The label also houses Lil Wayne’s imprint Young Money Entertainment (Drake and Nicki Minaj) as well as a publishing arm Cash Money Content. Cash Money Records is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.

About UMe
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working in tandem with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, opportunities in new technologies and an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives to engage all types of consumers across multiple entry points and platforms.

Queen & Slim Soundtrack Out Now

Motown Records released Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack on vinyl for the first time. The two-LP limited edition of the acclaimed soundtrack is now available at participating independent record stores in conjunction with the Record Store Day’s RSD Drops 2020 program. Visit here for further details. Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack merchandise is available HERE.

Starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film, from GRAMMYwinning director Melina Matsoukas and Emmy winning writer Lena Waithe, has won numerous awards including Best Movie at the BET Awards 20.

The music in the film serves as an additional voice and showcases the range of talent across Black artists with a compelling blend of genres. The 16-song soundtrack features new tracks by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo, Lil Baby, Vince Staples featuring 6lack X Mereba, Tiana Major 9 & EARTHGANG, Coast Contra; featuring BJ The Chicago Kidand Syd, plus classic songs byRoy Ayers, Bilal, Mike Jones and others. Blood Orange composed the film’s score and is featured on the soundtrack. See below for track listing.

Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack has received numerous award nominations, including an NAACP Image Awards nod for Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation. Collide by Tiana Major9 and EARTHGANG took Outstanding Original Song honors at the Black Reel Awards earlier this year and was named one of the best R&B songs of 2019 by VIBE.

Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, Waithe and Matsoukas served as executive soundtrack producers. AP said, “Together they’re like the perfect aux-cord DJs. They hit play, and they don’t miss.” The Atlantic noted, “The Best Part of Queen & Slim is the Soundtrack Music is woven throughout with an impressive ear for black American artists’complex relationships to the country they inhabit, and to other black people.”

TIME hailed the soundtrack as “an astounding collage of sound an ode to the past, present and future of black music.” NYLON predicted that Ride or Die from Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo “will be bumping in the club for months.” Pitchfork praised Vince Staples’ “Yo Love” feat. 6lack & Mereba as “a charming swerve from Staples that’s only further proof of the rapper’s chameleonic talents.” Rolling Stone said, “Guarding the Gates is an immersive and sprawling ballad as [Ms. Lauryn] Hill delivers a mesmerizing vocal performance.”

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Waithe wrote the screenplay forQueen & Slim from a story by herself and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The film is produced by Frey, Waithe, Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy. The executive producers are Pamela Hirsch, Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth. Universal Pictures and Makeready present Queen & Slim in association with 3BlackDot and Bron Creative, a Makeready/De La Revoluci, Films/Hillman Grad/3BlackDot production.

Track Listing Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack

LP1 / SIDE

  1. Megan Thee Stallion feat. VickeeLo, Ride Or Die
  2. Bilal feat. Raphael Saadiq, Soul Sista (Remix)
  3. Vince Staples Feat. 6lack & Mereba, Yo Love
  4. Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG, Collide

LP1 / SIDE B

  1. Syd, Getting Late
  2. Mike Jones feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall, Still Tippin’
  3. Coast Contra feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Queen x Slim
  4. Choker, Frame

LP2 / SIDE A

  1. Lil Baby, Catch The Sun
  2. Roy Ayers, Searching
  3. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Guarding The Gates
  4. Burna Boy, My Money, My Baby

LP2 / SIDE B

  1. Cedes Benz, The-Dream
  2. Little Freddie King, Standin’ At Yo Door (Live)
  3. Blood Orange feat. Ian Isiah & Jason Arce, Runnin’ Away
  4. Moses Sumney, Doomed

Brian Eno’s “Film Music 1976-2020” to Release in Nov.

Brian Eno releases Film Music 1976 – 2020 – his first-ever collection of music from his film and television soundtrack oeuvre digitally on November 13, 2020, and on 2LP and 1CD on January 22, 2021. Spanning five decades, this release features classic Eno compositions and includes some lesser-known gems and seven previously unreleased tracks.

Eno’s long-standing affair with film goes all the way back to 1970 with his soundtrack to Malcolm Le Grice’s short experimental film Berlin Horse. In 1976 he followed this with Sebastiane and a long-forgotten Greek b-horror film, Land Of The Minotaur AKA The Devil’s Men. This led to an unstoppable momentum largely initiated by the release of Music For Films. Early classic Eno film moments include “Prophecy Theme” from David Lynch’s Dune, “From The Beginning” from Dario Argento’s Opera, “Force Marker” and “Late Evening In Jersey” from Michael Mann’s Heat, “Under” from Ralph Bakshi’s Cool Worldand his moving cover of William Bell’s soul classic, “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” in Jonathan Demme’s Married to The Mob.

His 1978 studio album, Music For Films was a loose compilation of material recorded between 1975 ~ 1978. It was intended as a conceptual soundtrack for imaginary films, and only the last track, “Final Sunset” was written for an actual film. It proved to be a fruitful project with nearly every piece on the album going on to be used in future films, including several of Derek Jarman’s, the remake of Jean-Luc Goddard’s Breathless, John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and Todd Hayes’ Safe. 

Eno again explored this approach with U2 as Passengers on their collaboration album, Original Soundtracks 1. Four of the tracks from the album were used in films prior to release: “Beach Sequence” and “Your Blue Room” in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Beyond the Clouds, “Miss Sarajevo” in an eponymous documentary about a beauty pageant held in the midst of besieged ‘93 Sarajevo, and “One Minute Warning” in Mamoru Oshii’s Japanese animation classic, Ghost in the Shell. Another track, “Always Forever Now” later appeared in Heat.

In the mid-seventies, Eno began a rich and rewarding collaboration with British filmmaker Derek Jarman, who initially commissioned Eno to record ”Final Sunset” for the closing scene to his first feature film, Sebastiane. The collaboration continued all the way through until Jarman’s untimely death in 1994. Including the several tracks in Sebastiane, this collaboration resulted in Eno’s music in four of Jarman’s films, including “Still Water” and “Dover Beach” in Jubilee, “Blue” and the entire score of the autobiographical Glitterbug – his final film. 

“An Ending (Ascent)” and “Deep Blue Day” are taken from Apollo: Atmosphere & Soundtracks, Eno’s collaboration with his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. The music was originally written for Al Reinert’s landmark documentary of the Apollo moon landing, For All Mankind, although since then, “”An Ending (Ascent)” has taken on a life of its own and is now remembered just as much from Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner. It even made an appearance in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. And then there’s “Deep Blue Day,” which will forever be identified with Ewan McGregor’s legendary toilet dive in Trainspotting.

Aside from Glitterbug and For All Mankind, Eno has also provided complete scores for a number of other films including Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, and more recently, Henrique Goldman’s atmospheric Brazilian serial killer biopic, O Nome da Morte AKA A Man Called Death, Slavoj Žižek’s mind-boggling documentary, The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema, Gary Hustwit’s spotlight on pioneering industrial designer Dieters Rams, Rams, and most recently a documentary film on close long-time friend and associate, Stewart Brand, We Are As Gods, which will have its public premiere in early 2021.

Eno has also scored extensively for television, including all three series of award-winning UK crime drama Top Boy, for which he received a BAFTA Award.  Danny Boyle’s Mr. Wroe’s Virgins, which also earned Eno and his brother Roger a BAFTA nomination for “Best Original Television Music.” Other television credits include his scores to BBC Natural World’s Hammerhead, Francis Bacon’s Arena, Neil Gaiman’s futuristic urban series, Neverwhere, and Stewart Brand’s BBC mini-series ‘How Buildings Learn’.

Eno has had hundreds of pieces of his music used in films, documentaries, and television programs, including more than 20 complete scores for some of the best-known directors in the world. Film Music 1976 ~ 2020 is a long-awaited album that finally brings together seventeen of his most recognizable film and television compositions, a perfect introduction to this enormous body of work.

Film Music 1976 ~ 2020 Track-list:

  1. “Top Boy (Theme)” from Top Boy – Series 1, directed by Yann Demange, 2011 
  2. “Ship In A Bottle” from The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, 2009 
  3. “Blood Red” from Francis Bacon’s Arena, directed by Adam Low, 2005 
  4. “Under” from Cool World, directed by Ralph Bakshi, 1992
  5. “Decline And Fall” from O Nome da Morte, directed by Henrique Goldman, 2017 
  6. “Prophecy Theme” from Dune, directed by David Lynch, 1984
  7. “Reasonable Question” from We Are As Gods, directed by David Alvarado / Jason Sussberg, 2020 
  8. “Late Evening In Jersey” from Heat, directed by Michael Mann, 1995
  9. “Beach Sequence” from Beyond The Clouds, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1995
  10. “You Don’t Miss Your Water” from Married to the Mob, directed by Jonathan Demme, 1988
  11. “Deep Blue Day” from Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle, 1996
  12. “The Sombre” from Top Boy – Series 2, directed by Jonathan van Tulleken, 2013 
  13. “Dover Beach” from Jubilee, directed by Derek Jarman, 1978
  14. “Design as Reduction” from Rams, directed by Gary Hustwit, 2018 
  15. “Undersea Steps” from Hammerhead, directed by George Chan, 2004 
  16. “Final Sunset” from Sebastiane, directed by Derek Jarman, 1976
  17. “An Ending (Ascent)” from For All Mankind, directed by Al Reinert, 1989