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CROWBAR SIGN WITH EOne MUSIC NEW ALBUM SLATED FOR FALL 2010
By Entertainment One November 19th 2009
Sludge Metal legends CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with EONe Music. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this fall. "CROWBAR is very excited to have landed this deal with EONe Music! We have always been very proud of what we do and the new record will not disappoint and of our die hard fans." says front man and guitar player Kirk Windstein.
The forth coming album will be the follow up to the band's last album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden" which was released out in 2005. Windstein continues. "Big thanks to Jamey Jasta, Steve Ross and the legal team at EONe Music. Get ready, with a real label behind us we will crush!"
EONe Music Vice President of Metal Scott Givens adds, "CROWBAR have influenced a generation of great bands and E1 is fully committed to making this the band's biggest selling record of its long and storied career."
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band's sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
For more information on E1 Metal please visit http://www.e1metal.com/ or follow @E1MetalATTACK
THE BAD PLUS MARKS A DECADE AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC
By Entertainment One July 16th 2009
Entertainment One Music is excited to announce the release of The Bad Plus's new album, NEVER STOP, on September 14, 2010. It is the band's first album of all originals, and it's eighth release overall. Recorded in Minnesota, NEVER STOP does just what the title says. It's a rapid-fire succession of engaging performances by three musical explorers operating as highly skilled individuals -- bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King -- and as a seamless unit at the same time. NEVER STOP is a strictly instrumental affair and, as a result, is a 180 degree departure from the group's previous release, For All I Care, which featured alt-rock vocalist Wendy Lewis on covers of rock classics, along with re-imaginings of 20th Century classical compositions by Stravinsky, Ligeti and Babbitt.
"We approached the recording of this album more like a jazz record from the '50s or '60s," says King. "To eliminate studio separation as much as possible, I set up in the same room as Ethan, with Reid in plain sight. It created a really free atmosphere, as if we were playing a show."
For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. Rolling Stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde "about as badass as highbrow gets," while The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends.
While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, resulting in ever-larger audiences.
The threesome has been exchanging musical ideas since their teenage years. In the late '80s, Anderson and King were two Minnesota high schoolers playing in fledgling rock bands and digging records by Coltrane and The Police. Anderson met Iverson in 1989. All three played together on one occasion a year later before going their separate ways for ten years.
They reconvened for a gig in Minneapolis in 2000. Sparks flew, studio sessions for an indie release ensued, and suddenly The New York Times called their maiden voyage one of the best releases of 2001. The band signed with Columbia, where they released These Are the Vistas in 2003, followed quickly by Give and then Suspicious Activity? In 2007 they released Prog, an album which balanced originals with spellbinding covers of Bowie, Bacharach, Tears for Fears and Rush. For All I Care, with its intriguing juxtaposition of rock and classical sensibilities, followed in 2009.
Ten years ago, not one of these musicians could have predicted where The Bad Plus was going, how long it would last, or what it might become along the way. What they were sure of, though, was a fierce sense of commitment that has blossomed into artistic success.
"We've always believed in our ideas," says Anderson. "We've always believed in making music that sounds like us, and we always thought there would be an audience for it."
NEVER STOP showcases the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, from swing to '80s techno, NEVER STOP is the result of a group sound that embraces diversity as strength.
KID-HOP ARTIST SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
By Entertainment One July 16th 2009
Entertainment One Music/Happiness Records is proud to release Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's sophomore album Underground Playground, on August 31st, 2010. The proclaimed king of kid-hop returns this summer, and continues to redefine the meaning and limits of family music.
"Hip-hop and kids might not seem to go well together, but 23 Skidoo, a rapper and recent dad, who incorporates bluegrass and reggae into his sound, is turning that notion on its head. With positive, relatable "kid-hop" songs...he has fast become a favorite of kindie radio hosts and venue bookers around the U.S." - Time Magazine: Featured as a STAR of Kindie Rock, May 2010
Hip hop began as a force of positivity and a means of uplifting the community, and it still has every bit of that power. Stories are a great way to teach, and dancing just feels good. There's nothing better than a steady rocking dance party that the whole family can get down with, and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo strives to keep it interesting for every member of your tribe.
With the release of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's debut album Easy, Skidoo reached #1 on XMKids satellite radio, and continues to receive heavy radio airplay on kids/family radio.
This is real hip hop, from the drum sounds and loops to the wordplay and delivery, but with roots planted deep in the realm of childhood. These songs help kids believe in themselves, get through hard times, and learn to love life, plus just entertain with wild stories, complex music and bumping beats.
Entertainment and education strike a perfect balance in this story-filled party album and kids of all ages have been spotted nodding their heads to its sophisticated musicality.
"We have had a lot of CDs come through trying to do hip-hop, but this one is hands down the best. The lyrics are empowering without being too overt." - USA TODAY
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will be featured throughout the summer in the U.S. Library System's national radio commercial for the Collaborative Summer Library program (CSLP). CSLP is a national collaborative of 49 states that work together to create materials for each state's public library summer reading program. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been chosen as the Official Spokesman for the New York State Summer Reading Program!
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will be on tour this summer through the Fall at various family friendly festivals and venues, including the Fillmore at Irving Plaza and World Cafe Live (Peanut Butter and Jams). He has also completed free concerts at local parks in three of the boroughs in the NYC area which will are a part of the City Parks Foundation.
Entertainment One SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH CULT FILM LABEL BLUE UNDERGROUND
By Entertainment One July 9th 2009
Entertainment One has entered a new deal with acclaimed home video label Blue Underground. Under this new multi-year arrangement, Entertainment One will distribute over 200 Blue Underground catalog titles as well as its new home video releases in the United States both physically and digitally, as well as via VOD. Entertainment One U.S. President Michael Rosenberg states, "As E1 continues to expand the depth of our U.S. film library, we recognized Blue Underground, long a favorite of film buffs, as one of the leading providers of horror, sci-fi and cult movies. We are pleased to enter into this deal with Bill Lustig, Greg Chick, and the entire Blue Underground team." Blue Underground's Bill Lustig adds, "We are happy to be working with E1 and its distribution team to bring our new releases and established catalog titles to film fans across the county." Blue Underground's goal is to bring unique movies to fans all over the world in beautiful, restored special editions. The company releases definitive discs of some remarkable films, all fully restored, remastered and packed with the most mind-blowing extras in the business. Blue Underground specializes in fun movies and undiscovered films. Upcoming releases included "The Prowler" (on Blu-ray, 7/27/10), "Machine Gun McCain" (Blu-ray and DVD, 8/24/10), "Vigilante" (Blu-ray, 9/21/10), "Salon Kitty" (Blu-ray, 11/23/10) and a 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD release of "Maniac," just in time for Halloween, on 10/26/10.
Blue Underground's extensive catalog includes: 1980's sci-fi classic "The Final Countdown," the animated fantasy "Fire and Ice," (1983), cult favorite "Vampyres" (1974); Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" (1979), thriller "Dead and Buried" (1981), George Romero's "The Crazies" (1973); Dario Argento's masterpiece, "Suspiria" (1977); martial arts fantasy "Circle of Iron" (1978); Tinto Brass' "Salon Kitty" (1976); and 1966's Spaghetti Western classic, "Django." For more information, please visit www.blue-underground.com.
DJ KHALED GOES GOLD WITH SMASH SINGLE "ALL I DO IS WIN"
By Entertainment One June 16th 2009
Miami hip hop star DJ KHALED goes Gold once again, as his smash single and sports anthem "All I Do Is Win" is certified Gold by the RIIA, with over 500,000 copies sold. The single is featured on DJ Khaled's latest album, VICTORY, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart upon release. Additionally, DJ Khaled will perform at this year's BET Awards, which air live on Sunday, June 27th on BET.
"All I Do Is Win" features T-Pain, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, has reached top 5 on the Urban Radio chart and continues to explode. The video for "All I Do Is Win" is currently airing on MTV, B.E.T., MTV2, MTV Jams, MTVU, and MTV Hits.
DJ Khaled says, "I'm excited that my record is Gold. I'm more excited that it will be platinum soon! Expect more hits from me! Shout out to everyone that's supported this great win! WE THE BEST MUSIC!"
The official remix for "All I Do Is Win" has just been released and is available exclusively for purchase on iTunes. Click here for more: http://bit.ly/aqKgZ0. The remix features Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain.
To watch the video for "All I Do Is Win" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGXzlRoNtHU
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