ACROSS THE STARS SET FOR RELEASE ON 30 AUGUST 2019



14 JUNE 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Legendary film composer John Williams conducts a brand-new album of many of his beloved movie themes in stunning new adaptations written especially for his superstar violinist friend and collaborator Anne-Sophie Mutter. Recorded in Hollywood, Across the Stars will be released on August 30 on Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada and includes familiar themes from blockbuster films including Star Wars and Harry Potter, as never heard before.

“There is only one John Williams,” says Anne-Sophie Mutter. “What he writes is just extraordinary. Every time I go to one of his films and there is a violin or cello, I think, I would like to play that! And now I have his wonderful translations of all these iconic themes.”

John Williams adds: “Working with Anne-Sophie on this recording has been a pure inspiration. She has brought vibrant life to these familiar themes in new and unexpected ways, which has been a great joy for me as a composer.”

Alongside Mutter as soloist, Williams assembled an extraordinary group of musicians with whom he has worked over the years to form the 70-piece Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles. They recorded over five days in April at the historic Sony Pictures Scoring Stage, where many great film soundtracks of the past were recorded, including The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Singin’ In The Rain, Lawrence of Arabia, E.T. and many more.

John Williams – who has won five Oscars, four Golden Globes, five Emmys and 24 Grammys – explains that for this project he’s revisited themes from many of his existing scores and completely transformed them: “Presented on the violin, they become a different emotional experience.” One example is his newly arranged version of “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films, which he and Mutter describe as “Harry Potter meets Paginini” and “a Carmen Fantasy for the 21st century”.

The music ranges from Star Wars motifs such as “Yoda’s Theme” from The Empire Strikes Back, “Luke and Leia” from Return of the Jedi and the title track “Across the Stars” from Attack of the Clones, to more recent pieces such as “The Duel” from The Adventures of Tintin and “Sayuri’s Theme” from Memoirs of a Geisha.

In addition to the haunting violin melodies from Williams’ Oscar-winning Schindler’s List score, the album features new versions of themes from Cinderella Liberty and Dracula (originally written in the 1970s and rarely performed since then) along with the Irish-flavoured ‘Donnybrook Fair’ from Far and Away and the romantic theme from Sabrina.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, a four-time Grammy winner and widely acclaimed as one of the finest violinists of our time, says it was “a tremendous honour” to work so closely with John Williams – and that the recording conditions for this album were the finest since she collaborated with Herbert von Karajan.

The admiration is mutual as Williams calls Mutter “the greatest violinist that Germany has produced in a hundred years”. Discussing their collaboration on Across the Stars, he notes that her decision to perform “some melodies of mine is very flattering, and a great honour”.

John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter were introduced by their mutual friend André Previn nearly a decade ago. It was Previn who encouraged Williams to write for her. Their first musical partnership was Markings (for solo violin, strings and harp), which Mutter premiered in 2017 at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the United States. A year later, she premiered Williams’ new arrangement of “Across the Stars” during Deutsche Grammophon’s 120-year anniversary gala concert in Berlin with Manfred Honeck conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin.

Mutter will perform much of this newly created repertoire in concerts later this year. She will appear with the Boston Pops Orchestra on 7 July at Tanglewood, with John Williams and David Newman sharing conducting duties. Newman and Mutter will reunite on 14 September for another all-Williams concert, this time with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Munich’s Königsplatz, in what will be her first ever open-air concert appearance.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams both consider Across the Stars to be a milestone recording. Mutter recalls growing up in Germany’s Black Forest and falling in love with the music of Star Wars as a teenager. “These are melodies which touch us so deeply, they just stay with you,” says Mutter. “That’s the wonderful thing about John’s music – even without the film it has a life of its own.”

Across the Stars – track list:
  1. Rey’s Theme - from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
  2. Yoda’s Theme - from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
  3. Hedwig’s Theme - from HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
  4. Across the Stars (Love Theme) - from STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
  5. Donnybrook Fair - from FAR AND AWAY
  6. Sayuri’s Theme - from MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
  7. Night Journeys - from DRACULA
  8. Theme - from SABRINA
  9. The Duel - from THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
  10. Luke and Leia - from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
  11. Nice to Be Around - from CINDERELLA LIBERTY
  12. Theme - from SCHINDLER’S LIST
14 JUNE 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, Madonna released her highly-anticipated 14th studio album  Madame X  from Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. Madame X  is now available across Apple, Spotify, Amazon and all DSPs.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture coupled with other global influences. On the album, Madonna brings this to life as she sings in Portuguese, Spanish and English across various tracks. Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others. 

Madonna is getting ready to embark on a series of rare and intimate concert performances to take place exclusively in theatres, giving fans an opportunity to see her perform in an environment like they never have before. The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. The Madame X Tour will continue in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris. Madonna is the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time and has the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist with her Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) at $408 million. Tickets and further information is available at https://www.madonna.com/tour.

Madame X comes in a standard and deluxe version of the album and exclusive album bundles with limited edition merchandise are now available direct from Madonna.com.
"(I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN” WAS WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR ROCKETMAN BY ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN AND

PERFORMED BY ELTON AND TARON EGERTON

CO-PRODUCED BY GILES MARTIN AND GREG KURSTIN

 
SONG TAKEN FROM ROCKETMAN, IN THEATRES NOW

13 JUNE (TORONTO, ON) - The video for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”, a brand-new song written especially for ROCKETMAN by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Elton and Taron Egerton, has today been unveiled. The glorious visuals give a vivid snapshot into Elton’s career, taking shots of Taron in the epic musical fantasy ROCKETMAN, intercut with archive live footage, 70’s psychedelic animation, iconic album artwork and gig posters to transport you back to his hedonistic heyday. Directed by contemporary graphic designer Kii Arens, the video is a perfect accompaniment to the gloriously uptempo, soulful stomper of a track, which plays over the movie’s credits. The video premiered today on MTVU and MTV Live and can be seen throughout the day.

The song is taken from Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture (out now on Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada), which sees celebrated producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits, tailoring the music specifically to support the narrative of the major motion picture, with a truly show stopping vocal performance from ROCKETMAN lead actor Taron Egerton. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” is co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin.

Tasked with taking Elton’s unparalleled back catalogue and reimagining it to fit the film’s narrative, ‘Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture’ producer Giles Martin worked closely with the filmmakers, supervising all of the music for the production and pulling a vocal masterclass from Taron in the studio. From transforming ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ into an epic ensemble piece, to morphing ‘I Want Love’ into a heart-breaking moment of conflict around little Reggie’s family meal, each track has been sculpted to form a unique part of the narrative of this most incredible of stories. The album is produced by Giles Martin (except “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin) and was recorded between 2017 and 2019 at Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios in London. Executive Album Producers are Elton John, David Furnish, Matthew Vaughn and Dexter Fletcher.

Paramount Pictures presents, in association with New Republic Pictures, A Marv Films/Rocket Pictures production ROCKETMAN, an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. In cinemas now, the film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story - set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton - tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s then manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother. ROCKETMAN was directed by Dexter Fletcher, written by Lee Hall and produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling and David Reid.


Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture - tracklist:
  1. The Bitch Is Back (Introduction)
  2. I Want Love
  3. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
  4. Thank You For All Your Loving
  5. Border Song
  6. Rock & Roll Madonna - Interlude
  7. Your Song
  8. Amoreena
  9. Crocodile Rock
  10. Tiny Dancer
  11. Take Me To The Pilot
  12. Hercules
  13. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  14. Honky Cat
  15. Pinball Wizard – Interlude
  16. Rocket Man
  17. Bennie and the Jets
  18. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down – Interlude
  19. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  20. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  21. I’m Still Standing
  22. (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again
07 JUNE 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Madonna today released “Dark Ballet”, the fifth and final song to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Produced by Mirwais Ahmadzai, the accompanying music video to the sonically innovative track was directed by Emmanuel Adjei and stars Mykki Blanco. 


“Dark Ballet” was inspired by the story of Joan of Arc. “She fought the English and she won, still the French were not happy,” Madonna says. “Still they judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing. I admire that.”

The powerful and moving video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei, stars the innovative hip-hop queer pioneer, Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc and tells the story of the kind of dance we’re all dancing in the world right now, this dark ballet. The video closes with an important message of inspiration from Mykki, “I have walked this earth, Black, Queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.”

“Dark Ballet” follows the release of the critically-acclaimed “Medellín,” the empowering “I Rise,” the infectious pop gem “Crave,” and the electronic reggae-tinged “Future.” Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

Billboard says “Future” has a, “dreamy reggae vibe.” Rolling Stone says, “’Crave’ is a sultry pop number about hungering for another person,” and MTV declares about “Crave” that, “It's nearly impossible to listen to this without a smile sneaking to the corners of your face.” Of “I Rise,” NME says the song, “is politics and positivity combined.” NPR says, “Medellín is a carefully dosed combination of…coolly narcotic dance-pop…and energetic reggaetón,” while Entertainment Weekly declares the song is, “A breezy, summer-ready anthem…” The Guardian says, “Medellín is a potent reminder of Madonna’s deft history of meshing genres.” 

Madonna will embark on her highly-anticipated Madame X Tour, a series of rare and intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters in select cities, starting September 12 in New York. Tickets and further information is available at madonna.livenation.com.

Madame X from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album and is now available for pre-order.

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