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ANDREW LLOYD: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

In celebration of his 70th birthday, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION was recently released through UMe / Polydor.

 

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6  billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says: “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 
“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” airs TODAY –  Wednesday, March 28 on NBC


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT – airs Sunday, April 1 on NBC


Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, was released by HarperCollins on March 6th.

 

Leslie Odom Jr.

TONY & GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LESLIE ODOM JR. PERFORMS THE FIRST NOEL WITH PS 22 CHORUS

VIDEO HAS OVER 1.9 MILLION VIEWS!

Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom Jr. performed a stunning sing along with the PS 22 Chorus of Public School 22 in New York last week. The performance of The First Noel is gaining a lot of attention and has garnered over 1.9 Million views to date! You can view the sing along HERE. The track is featured on the deluxe edition of Odom Jr.ߣs critically acclaimed album Simply Christmas, which is available now. The PS 22 chorus has performed with a multitude of musical acts and has had celebrated appearances on numerous national and international broadcasts throughout the years after its videos gained worldwide attention. To date, the chorus’s videos have been watched more than 75,000,000 times.

Simply Christmas, the stunning album of reinterpreted holiday classics, debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and Billboard Jazz charts last year, and the deluxe edition features four new songs including, Please Come Home For Christmas, Edelweiss, which was arranged by GRAMMY nominee Michael McElroy, and features Odom Jr. wife of 5 years, an accomplished performer in her own right, Nicolette Robinson, and The Christmas Waltz featuring a brand new arrangement by Emmy-winning and GRAMMY nominated arranger Rob Mathes.The album showcases Odom Jr.’s soulful jazz versions of Christmas classics and follows his successful self-titled jazz debut.

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About Leslie Odom Jr.

Odom Jr.’s self-titled debut jazz album on S-Curve Records won over critics and fans upon release last year, and debuted at #1 on Soundscan Current and Traditional Jazz Charts.&#a0;He completed his run as the original&#a0;Aaron Burr&#a0;in the smash hit Hamilton, a role that won him a Tony & Grammy Award.&#a0;&#a0;On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.”&#a0;He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.”&#a0;On the big screen, he starred in the 2012 film, “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo. Odom Jr. is currently starring in Murder On The Orient Express, alongside Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, and more.

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LESLIE ODOM JR. PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO

TONY & GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LESLIE ODOM JR.
PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR

“PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS”

TODAY VIA PEOPLE!

Award-winning vocalist Leslie Odom Jr. premieres the live music video for his reimagining of The Eagles’ “Please Come Home for Christmas” TODAY via People. Click HERE to view! The song is one of the four new additions on the deluxe edition, which is available now, of Odom Jr.’s critically acclaimed album Simply Christmas. Odom Jr.’s impeccable vocals are featured in the stripped down video as he and a full band perform the jazzy holiday track.

The stunning album of reinterpreted holiday classics debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and Billboard Jazz charts last year, and the deluxe edition features additional new songs ” “Edelweiss,” which was arranged by GRAMMY nominee Michael McElroy, and features Odom Jr.’s wife of 5 years, an accomplished performer in her own right, Nicolette Robinson, and “The Christmas Waltz,” featuring a brand new arrangement by Emmy-winning and GRAMMY nominated arranger Rob Mathes. Simply Christmas showcases Odom Jr.’s soulful jazz versions of Christmas classics and follows his successful self-titled jazz debut.

Buy/Stream Simply Christmas:

iTunes

Apple Music

Spotify

Amazon

About Leslie Odom Jr.

Odom Jr.’s self-titled debut jazz album on S-Curve Records won over critics and fans upon release last year, and debuted at #1 on Soundscan Current and Traditional Jazz Charts. He completed his run as the original Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton last summer, a role that won him a Tony & Grammy Award. On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen, he starred in the 2012 film, “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo. Odom Jr. is currently starring in Murder On The Orient Express alongside Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, and more.

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Sam Smith × Official Video

Premieres The Video For “Too Good At Goodbyes” Today



 Sam Smith premieres the official video for his new single “Too Good At Goodbyes” today. The video was directed by Luke Monaghan, watch it HERE.

 

“Too Good At Goodbyes” is the first new music from Smith since the release of his Oscar and Golden Globe-winning “Writing’s On The Wall,” the James Bond theme song for Spectre. Written with longstanding collaborator Jimmy Napes, as well as Stargate, “Too Good At Goodbyes” once again demonstrates Smith’s undeniably unique vocal range and emotive songwriting talents.

 

Released in June 2014, Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour was the biggest selling UK male debut in the Soundscan era and has gone on to sell 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. In February 2015, Smith set a GRAMMY record, winning a total of four awards – the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. Smith was named Best New Artist, In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single “Stay With Me” won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. On In The Lonely Hour, Smith also earned three Billboard Music Awards, three Brit Awards and six MOBO Awards, among others. 

 

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