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First Track “Thank You For The Music” Available Now
18 AUGUST 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – Today, legendary Swedish composer and ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson announces a brand-new album of solo piano music. The album titled simply Piano will be released on September 29, 2017 through iconic classical music label Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Piano is available for pre-order here.
Piano takes listeners on a 21-track journey through his acclaimed and celebrated career as songs from ABBA, his musicals and other solo-compositions are re-interpreted as you have never heard them before, performed unaccompanied by just Benny himself, on his trusted grand piano. The album was recorded with Linn Fijal, engineer and studio manager at his own RMV Studios, on the island of Skeppsholmen, in the heart of his hometown Stockholm. The first track to be released from the album, a new version of ABBA classic “Thank You For The Music” is available immediately to download and via streaming services.
Piano Tracklisting:
  1. I Let The Music Speak
  2. You And I
  3. Aldrig
  4. Thank You For The Music
  5. Stockholm By Night
  6. Chess
  7. The Day Before You Came
  8. Someone Else’s Story
  9. Midnattsdans
  10. Målarskolan
  11. I Wonder (Departure)
  12. Embassy Lament
  13. Anthem
  14. My Love, My Life
  15. Mountain Duet
  16. Flickornas Rum
  17. Efter Regnet
  18. Tröstevisa
  19. En Skrift I Snöen
  20. Happy New Year
  21. I Gott Bevar
These are tender, touching and emotional arrangements, highlighting the theatrical, as well as classical-like qualities, both in writing and performance of music that has touched millions around the world since ABBA first came together in 1972.  The music on this album reinforces Benny’s profound gift for melody, a gift shared with many great classical composer-pianists throughout history, that have also inspired him throughout his life and career.
Speaking on the genesis of the album, Benny Andersson said: “In the process of recording this album, I have come to realise that the pieces I have chosen to play are an integral part of me. In endeavouring to reach for some core within them, I have found that the more I strip away the clothing, the closer I feel to the music, regardless of whether it was created last year or 40 years ago. In a strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs.”
“It was very different to how I’ve made records in the past, and that was part of the joyfulness of it all,” he adds, “Even without the bass, drums, guitars, strings and vocals on these songs, I think there is still substance in all of them. That was very pleasing to realise.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group said: “This new collection of solo piano recordings will reinforce Benny’s legacy as one of the finest contemporary composers of our time.”
Frank Briegmann, President & CEO, Universal Music Group Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon said: “Benny‘s songs have revolutionised pop music. He is an innovator and one of the greatest and most creative minds of his field. With this album, he presents as clear and unobstructed a view of his musical universe as never seen before in his long career. Apart from that, Benny also reveals himself to be an amazing pianist and these new interpretations offer a whole new perspective on his work. Benny has wowed and inspired his fans many times and in many different ways. And now he is doing it again. Together with everyone at Deutsche Grammophon, I am really looking forward to this album and I want to congratulate Benny on this wonderful release.”

Basketcase
18 AUGUST 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Bastille have released a cover Green Day’s iconic track, “Basket Case” which is to be used as the title music for Amazon Prime’s brand-new Television show The Tick. The track follow’s the band’s highly acclaimed, number 1 selling album Wild World. Listen to the cover of “Basket Case” HERE.
Lead singer, Dan Smith and the band have given epic 90s anthem “Basket Case” a Bastille overhaul, mining a rocketing orchestral seam in a song that’s neurotic to the bone! Give it a spin here
Smith explains, “We’re massive Green Day fans and so tried to make a version of “Basket Case” that was totally different to the original whilst still honouring what an awesome tune it is. We had a lot of fun reinterpreting it with loads of strings and brass, inspired by countless film scores and “Eleanor Rigby”. To be able to work on something that combines superheroes, orchestras and Green Day was an absolute pleasure.”
The Tick sees UK actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun Of The Dead, Guardians Of The Galaxy) starring as the titular superhero alongside Griffin Newman as his sidekick Arthur Everest. The show also stars Jackie Earle Haley as villain The Terror, Valorie Curry as Arthur’s sister Dot, Scott Speiser as “hyper-violent” vigilante Overkill and Yara Martinez as Miss Lint. The show first airs on August 25. 
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18 AUGUST 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – Announced today, the soundtrack to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s film, The Vietnam War, is to be released on September 15 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The two-part soundtrack consists of The Vietman War – Original Score by Trent Rezor and Atticus Ross, and The Vietnam War – The Soundtrack featuring music from some of the industry’s greatest musicians.
The Vietnam War – Original Score features over 90 minutes of new, original music on 2CD and 3LP formats, written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. In addition, The Vietnam War – The Soundtrack includes many of the iconic songs representing the era, with 37 of the tracks on 2CD chosen from the 120 tunes featured in the film. The soundtrack features music from: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Phil Ochs, The Temptations, Barry McGuire, The Byrds, Otis Redding, The Animals, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, The Temptations, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Pete Seeger and more.
“The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded. We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack. We were equally fortunate to have had the tremendous honor to work with Trent and Atticus. Their original score beautifully compliments the music from the time. And we are absolutely thrilled that our audiences will now have the chance have own the original score along with some of the best music from the film,” said Ken Burns and Lynn Novick in a joint statement.
“We are indebted to a great number of musicians, their families, agents, lawyers, technicians and others, all of whom came together to make it possible for our film to include these extraordinary songs,” says Sarah Botstein, the senior producer on the film. “We can all agree that the music from this time was unprecedented in its originality and impact.  We could not have told this story without access to these iconic tunes. Much of this music remains popular among people of all ages, and it was a true privilege to put the music in its historical context and understand why it continues to resonate today.”
“We are honored to work with Ken, Lynn, Sarah, Trent, Atticus and all of the artists who contributed music to the film and the soundtrack. Each piece of music was chosen after careful deliberation as each song transports you to a specific time, sets the tone, and connects you to that moment,” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, UMe.
In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, from the many Americans who fought in the war and those who opposed it, to the Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
Ten years in the making, The Vietnam War viscerally brings to life, the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, the series captures rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.
Over the course of several years, Burns, Novick and producer Sarah Botstein, shared raw interview footage and scenes from rough cuts of the film with Reznor and Ross, suggesting a range of feelings they hoped the music would evoke — rage, courage, sadness, fear, chaos, loss, love, sacrifice, aggression, loneliness, anxiety. They also provided a collection of sound effects from the era for the composers to work with.
“We are incredibly honored to be a part of this project. With The Vietnam War, Ken, Lynn and Sarah have created something of vital importance. To bear witness to their process was immensely inspiring. The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels,” said Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross in a joint statement.
A companion book written by Geoffrey C. Ward, with an introduction by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will also accompany the series, published by Burns’ longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.
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Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (Credit: John Crawford)
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THE VIETNAM WAR – ORIGINAL SCORE (BY TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS)
Disc 1
  1. Less Likely
  2. Four Enclosed Walls
  3. The Forever Rain
  4. Remnants
  5. Other Ways To Get To The Same Place
  6. Torn Polaroid
  7. Before Dawn
  8. What Comes Back
  9. Justified Response
  10. Counting Ticks
Disc 2
  1. A World Away
  2. The Right Things
  3. Passing The Point
  4. Strangers In Lockstep
  5. Before And After Faith
  6. The Same Dream
  7. Haunted 
THE VIETNAM WAR – THE SOUNDTRACK
 Disc 1
  1. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
  2. Hello Vietnam – Johnnie Wright
  3. It’s My Life – The Animals
  4. Eve Of Destruction – Barry Mcguire
  5. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) – The Byrds
  6. Masters Of War – The Staple Singers
  7. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  8. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
  9. Backlash Blues – Nina Simone
  10. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  11. One Too Many Mornings – Bob Dylan
  12. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
  13. Are You Experienced? – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  14. I’m A Man – The Spencer Davis Group
  15. Green Onions – Booker T And The Mg’s
  16. Strange Brew – Cream
  17. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy (Live) – Pete Seeger
  18. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
  19. The Lord Is In This Place – Fairport Convention
  20. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
Disc 2
  1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
  2. Piece Of My Heart – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  3. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  4. The Letter – The Box Tops
  5. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  6. Soul Sacrifice – Santana
  7. Tell The Truth – Otis Redding
  8. Okie From Muskogee – Merle Haggard
  9. The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
  10. Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations
  11. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  12. Get Together – The Youngbloods
  13. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
  14. Tail Dragger – Link Wray
  15. America The Beautiful – Ray Charles
  16. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  18. Let It Be – The Beatles

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