Voices at Large
01 JUL 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Concord Music Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new multi-year, worldwide strategic partnership with Tom Whalley and his Loma Vista Recordings label. Under the terms of the agreement, Concord will provide funding for new talent relationships and artist development, as well as comprehensive label services for Loma Vista’s remarkable current and future artist roster.
Formed in 2012 by Tom Whalley’s Seven Four Ent. in partnership with Republic Records, Loma Vista Recordings has released albums by prestigious artists including St. Vincent, Little Dragon, Rhye, Birds of Tokyo, Cut Copy, Ghost BC, Manchester Orchestra, Soundgarden, Papa, and the GRAMMY™-nominated Django Unchained Soundtrack. Spoon, the latest addition to the Loma Vista Recordings family, will release their new album, They Want My Soul on August 5th, 2014.
“Over the course of two years, we have built a roster full of my favorite artists making music today. Concord is an ideal partner because they share our sense of independence and core values in how you create and expose music to fans around the world,” said Tom Whalley. “And in expanding our relationship with Universal Music Group, our artists continue to be supported by the best distribution, marketing and promotion people in the business.”
Scott Pascucci, Managing Director of Concord Music Group said, “Tom is one of the truly exceptional executives in the music industry, and we are honored to have an opportunity to work with him and the entire Loma Vista team. Together we’ll look to build on the great foundation that Tom has created and foster a nurturing environment for all Loma Vista artists, while producing long-term value for our employees and investors.”
Glen Barros, Concord’s President & CEO stated, “Tom Whalley, along with his experienced team and dynamic artist roster, bring an exciting new dimension to Concord that aligns perfectly with our vision for the company. We welcome complementary opportunities such as this and believe that this partnership will yield great results for all involved.”
Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group said, “Loma Vista and Concord are ideal partners, both creatively and culturally, and we’re thrilled that as a partner ourselves to both of them, UMG can renew and extend our relationship with Tom and build upon our collaboration with Scott, Glen and the great team at Concord."
About Concord Music Group:
Concord Music Group, based in Beverly Hills, CA is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world. A small sampling of the company’s active roster includes Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Valerie June, Ben Harper, Chick Corea, Steve Martin, Esperanza Spalding and Seether. Concord’s catalog includes legends such as John Coltrane, John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Thelonious Monk, Isaac Hayes, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, among many others. The company’s celebrated family of labels includes Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Hear Music, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Prestige and Rounder Records.
Concord Music Group’s releases are distributed throughout the world by Universal Music Group and are regularly licensed for use in major motion pictures, television and advertising. In March of 2013, Wood Creek Capital Management, LLC acquired Concord Music Group in partnership with an individual investor group that includes members of Concord's senior management. As an investment manager at the forefront of intellectual property investing, the confidence in Concord underscores Wood Creek’s belief in the lasting and appreciating value of great music content around the globe.
About Tom Whalley:
Best known for his extensive A&R and artist development experience and proven track record of discovering hit artists, Tom Whalley began his career in the Warner Bros. Records mailroom before working his way into the label's A&R department. At Warner Bros., Whalley had early success with '80's superstars Modern English and The Cure. He later joined Capitol Records as Head of A&R, where he worked with many of the label's most important acts including Bonnie Raitt, Poison, Crowded House, the Beastie Boys, and MC Hammer. After Capitol, Mr. Whalley helped launch Interscope Records, eventually serving as President of the label. During his tenure at Interscope, Mr. Whalley signed such seminal artists as Tupac Shakur, Nine Inch Nails, Wallflowers, Limp Bizkit, Four Non Blondes, Helmet, Primus, and Smash Mouth. In 2001, he returned to Warner Bros. Records as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, where he signed a slew of chart-topping artists including Michael Buble, The White Stripes, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, Big & Rich, Jason Derulo and Damien Rice, among many others. Mr. Whalley's innovative integration of technology into marketing and promotion ignited the careers of Josh Groban and Linkin Park around the world and bolstered the careers of Madonna, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, and Tom Petty. His commitment to artist development ensured massive worldwide success for international stars Metallica, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Seal, Linkin Park, Josh Groban, Enya, and Faith Hill.
05 MAY 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Recent Concord Music Group news, artist activity, and upcoming highlights.
New "Green River" Lyric Video
"Green River," the title track of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 American masterpiece has been given a new lyric video that can be viewed via UltimateClassicRock.com here. Enjoy the laid-back scenery while revisiting one of CCR's most iconic creations.
Sir Paul and Johnny Reunite
Paul McCartney recently unvieled his latest music video for the track "Early Days," from 2013's critically acclaimed album New. You can check it out via Rolling Stone here. The video features Johnny Depp, who is a familiar face to Paul McCartney productions. Previously, Depp appeared in McCartney's video for the moving ballad "My Valentine."
Raffi, Love Bug
Love Bug, Raffi's first album of children's songs in twelve years, marks a welcomed return for the artist. The effortlessly engaging 16-song collection, with a release date of July 15 on Rounder, embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. You can check out the trailer for Love Bug here.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Collections
This week, Fantasy Records released a new Greatest Hitscollection, culling some of the legendary band's best. For more information, click here. Fantasy also recently made available a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl disc titled The 1969 Singles [Record Store Day Exclusive]. Featured on this collection are eight chart-topping hits: “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” “Green River,” “Commotion” (the B-side of “Green River”), “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son.” For more information, click here.
Rise Above Fest 2014
On May 10, 2014 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME, Wind-up’s multi-platinum rock band Seether will perform and host the second annual Rise Above Fest, raising money for the charitable organization SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). Seether will be supported by an impressive hard rock array—headliner Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead, Hellyeah, and Trivium are among the talent. Ticket information for the event can be found here.
Nils Lofgren Receives Comprehensive Retrospective with Face the Music
The stellar work of singer-songwriter-guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nils Lofgren receives a comprehensive retrospective in Face the Music, a definitively annotated nine-CD/one-DVD boxed set that takes in Lofgren’s 45-year solo career, due from Fantasy Records on May 27, 2014. You can check out a video for the set here.
Gregg Allman's Legacy Honored with All My Friends...
On January 10, 2014, a multi-generational assortment of musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country joined together at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance to pay tribute to the life and music of the legendary singer/musician/songwriter Gregg Allman. That live musical event can now be experienced via the new multimedia package All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman, set for release by Rounder Records on May 6, 2014. Pre-order 'All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman' now from Hittin' the Note Magazine!
Meiko Announces New Album with PledgeMusic Campaign
Singer/songwriter Meiko announced the upcoming release of her next album (currently untitled) via PledgeMusic today. The new album is now available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/MeikoPledge. Additionally, a portion of all proceeds earned through Meiko's PledgeMusic campaign will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. By pre-ordering through PledgeMusic, fans can be a part of the recording process and will have access to exclusive content, including signed memorabilia, burned demo CDs, a name in liner notes and even a cover song package.
elbow Take Off with New Album, Available Now
elbow have officially released their sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything. The new album has generated rave reviews. Q Magazine’s April cover story included a glowing 5 STAR album review that stated: “The Take Off and Landing of Everything is the perfect expression yet of everything that is elbow. As their best album to date, it will lift your heart and fill your soul…This is the sound of a band throwing their arms around the world.” MOJO’s 4 STAR review similarly asserted: “Theirs is the graceful ability to elevate the everyday.” MP3 and CD, and Vinyl LP available for pre-order. For a complete list of tour dates and more details go to: www.elbow.co.uk.
12 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
You'll find Willie Nelson and Family, along with Alison Krauss & Union Station, on the road again this spring and summer, as they embark on a co-headlined tour beginning May 1 in Murray, Kentucky. Shows will feature renowned multi-instrumentalist Jerry Douglas and special guests The Devil Makes Three, Kacey Musgraves, and Jason Isbell. Willie Nelson remains one of the most prolific, iconic artists of all time, while Alison Krauss continues to impress with her sensational, award-winning music.
27 JAN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Concord Music Group artists took home 6 GRAMMY Awards at the 56th annual ceremony held in downtown Los Angeles earlier this evening. This year the group’s recording artists were nominated for 19 awards in all. One of the world’s leading independent music companies, Concord Music Group’s renowned family of labels include Concord Records, Fantasy, Hear Music, Rounder, Stax, Telarc and Concord Jazz, to name a few.
“To all our GRAMMY winning artists and nominees, I'm so glad that GRAMMY Love Has Come For You. It's time to Get Up! Spread your Wings and celebrate! Congratulations to all,” stated Concord Music Group President and CEO, Glen Barros. “It's a great honor to work with such amazing talent.”
Below is the complete list of Concord Music Group GRAMMY Award winners:
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue
Terri Lyne Carrington
Best American Roots Song:
“Love Has Come For You”
Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
Track from: Love Has Come For You
[Rounder; Publishers: LA Films Music/Brick Elephant Music]
Best Blues Album:
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
On Green Dolphin Street
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: NA
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney and Wings)
Best Album Notes:
Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded)
Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
[Pablo/Concord Music Group]
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