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Gavin Rossdale Signs Exclusive Publishing Deal With Roc Nation

Gavin Rossdale Signs Exclusive Publishing Deal With Roc Nation

Gavin Rossdale - Photo by Josh Telles

Gavin Rossdale – Photo by Josh Telles

Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment company, has signed multi-platinum-selling artist Gavin Rossdale to an exclusive publishing deal.

“We’re excited to welcome Gavin Rossdale to Roc Nation; a phenomenal artist, writer and individual.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the company and consistently pushes boundaries, stated Tamara Coniff, EVP of of Publishing Business Affairs for Roc Nation.  “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Gavin in the Roc Nation family.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Roc Nation for the next chapter of my career,” says Rossdale. “This is a creative company with a forward-thinking team and a passion for music.I’m excited for what lies ahead.”

Rossdale, who was recently announced as one of the new coaches on the hit television series, “The Voice UK,” is the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter behind multi-platinum rock band BUSH, Gavin Rossdale has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. Together with BUSH, he’s compiled an amazing string of 18 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, including 11 that hit the Top 5.  Six of these became No. 1 hits: “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us” and “The Sound of Winter.” As a solo artist, he hit No. 1 on iTunes with “Love Remains The Same,” which sold close to 2 million copies alone.

In 2011, BUSH returned with The Sea of Memories, their first release in 10 years. That album saw them return to the top of the charts in grand style, with lead single “The Sound of Winter” making rock radio history as the first self-released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Rock Radio (where it stayed for six consecutive weeks). The band is currently working on a follow-up to 2014’s Man on the Run.

About Roc Nation
Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label.  It is home to a diverse roster of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more.  Roc Nation also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero and Philymack.

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Kylie Minogue Turns Up The Heat With Launch of “Sexercize” and Sexercize.tv

Kylie Minogue Turns Up The Heat With Launch of “Sexercize” and Sexercize.tv

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Pop Icon Kylie Minogue certainly knows how to turn up the heat! In what can only be described as the hottest workout video ever, Kylie introduces her fans to the hot and steamy world of “Sexercize.”

Director Will Davidson, who also shot the viral video for “Skirt,” takes the viewer on a voyeuristic journey working out, sweating it up in the steam room and scenes that will no doubt see gym memberships soar.

If one video isn’t enough to satisfy your cravings for the world’s raunchiest workout, let your fingers do the walking to Sexercize.tv where you will be treated to more exciting, fun and intriguing visual interpretations of the saucy song created by the likes of:

Will Davidson

Roman Coppola x Maserati

Mat Maitland x Jean Paul Gaultier



Gregoire Alexandre x LeSpecs

Reilly x Dolce & Gabbana

Hattie Stewart

…as well as Kylie’s own personal content.

Sexercize.tv is the creation of Chandelier Creative, a New York City based creative agency City founded by Richard Christiansen.

Feel the burn while listening to “Sexercize” on Kylie’s latest album, Kiss Me Once – out now!

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Kylie Minogue To Release ‘Kiss me Once’ On March 18th

Kylie Minogue To Release ‘Kiss me Once’ On March 18th

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning global superstar Kylie Minogue will release a brand new album, entitled Kiss Me Once, on Warner Bros. Records / Parlophone on March 18th. This is the Australian pop icon’s first studio album since 2010’s Aphrodite, and her first since signing to Roc Nation Management.

Kiss Me Once, a return to the dance floor after 2012’s orchestral compilation The Abbey Road Sessions, was executive produced by Kylie and Sia, who co-wrote the title track. Kylie also teams up with Pharrell Williams, who wrote and produced “I Was Gonna Cancel,” Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM), MNEK (Bastille), and Greg Kurstin (P!nk).

“Making this album was quite a journey but I loved it,” Kylie says. “It was through a time in my life where there were a lot of changes and new beginnings. I’m thrilled with the response to ‘Into The Blue,’ and I can’t wait for you hear the rest of the record!”

The first single, “Into The Blue” will be released today, Tuesday, January 28th, and has already been hailed by critics as “the best pop single you’ll hear all year,” as The Huffington Post put it, going on to praise it as “a bona-fide, smack you between the eyes, instant pop classic” that “manages the rare feat of getting better with every listen.” Idolator raved: “‘Into the Blue’ truly takes off at the seismic hook, where Minogue’s crystalline voice soars over an arena-ready dance breakdown. She sounds optimistic, if not in total bliss.” “Into The Blue” will feature remixes by Vanilla Ace, Roger Sanchez and Patrick Hagenaar. Watch the lyric video here.

 Kylie exploded onto the music scene in 1987 and has not only become a chart topping, multiple Grammy, BRIT, and ARIA award-winning artist over the past two decades, but also a fashion icon, designer, entrepreneur, actress, and philanthropist. She has remained a force to be reckoned with and a constant musical influence throughout the years, having released eleven studio albums, two live CDs, eight live concert DVDs, plus her Greatest Hits and the Ultimate Kylie double album and multiple video packages. She has released 50 singles internationally, all of which have been hits, and sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.

Kylie broke through in the U.S. with her 2001 smash single “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” which reached No.1 in over 40 countries. Her myriad achievements also include performing during the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, ranking among VH1’s “Great Women in Music” and Greatest Women of the Video Era,” and inspiring millions around the world as not only a gay icon, but also a breast cancer survivor.

Most recently, Kylie made a triumphant debut as a coach on The Voice UK, with The Guardian exclaiming that she “single-handedly revived the show” as it pulled in record viewing figures. She is also coaching on The Voice Australia, which began filming this year.

Kiss Me Once will be available for pre-order in standard and deluxe editions beginning today, Tuesday, January 28th. The track-listing is as follows:

Into The Blue

Million Miles

I Was Gonna Cancel

Sexy Love


Feels So Good

If Only

Les Sex

Kiss Me Once



 The deluxe edition will include the following bonus tracks along with exclusive video footage:

Mr President
Sleeping With The Enemy

Click here to pre-order Kiss Me Once on iTunes.


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Will Smith and Jay-Z Join Forces For Re-imagination of ‘Annie’

Will Smith and Jay-Z Join Forces For Re-imagination of ‘Annie’


Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have formed a joint venture with Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter to develop and produce major motion pictures.  One of the projects being discussed is the re-imagination of the classic Broadway musical ANNIE as a vehicle for Willow Smith to star. The film will be developed with Sony Pictures Entertainment and produced by Overbrook Entertainment and Mr. Carter.

The partnership began over dinner with Jada, Will, James Lassiter and JAY-Z, where they decided to co-invest in the now successful beauty products line Carol’s Daughter. They continued this partnership as co-producers of the successful Broadway production Fela!, which earned a total of eleven Tony Award nominations in 2010.

Additionally, Willow Smith, managed by OE Executive Miguel Melendez, signed onto JAY-Z’s record label, Roc Nation which produced her first single titled “Whip My Hair,” which has been certified Platinum.  JAY-Z previously sampled the classic Annie song“It’s the Hard Knock Life” in his chart-busting single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).”

“The time is right to bring back ANNIE to the big screen. Of course, we’re true believers in Willow’s talent and believe she will be perfect in this role,” said Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad. “Combining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined Karate Kid and the spectacular JAY-Z makes this a dream project.  A decade ago, JAY-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation with Hard-Knock Life. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with our friends at Overbrook as they launch this new venture.”

“We are excited to partner together to develop and produce a wide variety of films with our longtime friend JAY-Z, with whom we share a common global vision, both commercially and philosophically, and look forward to collaborating once again with the incredibly talented executives at Sony,” said Overbrook Co-Founder James Lassiter.

Stated Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, “The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision.  We’ve already produced a Tony Award winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow.  This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.”

Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter and Will Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and televisionand has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales.  Some of Overbrook’s most successful films include ALI, HITCH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, SECRET LIVES OF BEES, and most recently THE KARATE KID.

Roc Nation is a groundbreaking, multi-tiered, multi-genre music and entertainment company. Founded in 2008 by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter in collaboration with Live Nation, Roc Nation encompasses artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; new business ventures; and a music label.

The Broadway musical “Annie” is based upon the popular comic strip and features songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan.  The show originally penned on April 21, 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie.

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Jay-Z To Release ‘The Greatest Hits Collection, Volume One’ On November 22nd

Jay-Z To Release ‘The Greatest Hits Collection, Volume One’ On November 22nd

Encompassing more than a dozen years of hit singles and signature album tracks, JAY-Z: THE HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, the first compilation of its kind ever issued in the U.S. on the 10-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop megastar, will arrive in stores November 22nd on Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group.

HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE will be available in three separate packages:
The Standard Edition, with the essential 14 tracks and a 12-page booklet in a digipak;
The Deluxe Edition slim-line jewel-box, with the essential 14 track CD plus a second disc of five impossible-to-find rarities, and an expanded 36-page booklet, with a debossed white linen cover;

The special Collector’s Edition Box Set, with both CDs, along with a limited edition large format 100-page hard-cover cloth-bound coffee table book, featuring never before seen intimate photography documenting JAY-Z’s career, all housed in a beautiful debossed white linen presentation box.

The essential 14 tracks on HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, each cut personally chosen by JAY-Z, are as follows:

“Public Service Announcement” (Interlude)
“Run This Town” featuring Rihanna & Kanye West (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” featuring Beyonce Knowles (from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse, 2002)
“Encore” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, 2000)
“Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (from The Blueprint, 2001)
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“99 Problems” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“Empire State Of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” (from Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, 1998)
“Show Me What You Got” (from Kingdom Come, 2006)
“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…” (from American Gangster, 2007)
“Big Pimpin'” (from Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, 1999)

The five rarities contained on the HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE Deluxe Edition second CD and Collector’s Edition Box Set second CD comprise “Young Gifted and Black,” “Pump It Up (Freestyle),” “My President Is Black (Remix),” “Go Hard Remix” by JAY-Z, Kanye West & T-Pain, and “This Life Forever” (from the Black Gangster movie soundtrack, 1999).
JAY-Z’s career began in 1996 with the classic “Reasonable Doubt.” In 1997, he joined forces with Def Jam Recordings and began an unprecedented era of success propelling him to the position of trendsetter, entrepreneur and innovator that he is today. In 2009, JAY-Z released “The Blueprint 3” on Roc Nation and surpassed Elvis for the most # 1 albums for a solo artist. JAY-Z has effectively cemented his place in not only hip-hop, but as a spokesperson for innovation and originality; emphasizing the importance of expanding the boundaries of the culture.

JAY-Z has transcended being pigeon holed; opening doors for artists of every genre, introducing his music to venues and audiences never before thought to be traditional hip-hop outlets. His career has sparked conversation and debate on topics ranging from hip-hop purity to various socio-political issues. With the release of HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, JAY-Z celebrates what he has already accomplished, while looking forward to the “first time ever” moments he has yet to create.

For more information go to www.jayzhitscollection.com.

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