Saturday, July 30, 2016

Foreign Exchange Rates Increase Sony Pictures Q1 Loss

Home Media Magazine reports that the strong theatrical performance of The Angry Birds Movie wasn’t enough to offset foreign currency fluctuation as Sony Pictures saw a first-quarter (ended June 30) operating loss of $98 million, compared with an operating loss of $96.4 million during the previous-year period. Revenue increased to $1.69 billion, from $1.41 billion.

“The main reason for the operating results ‘improvement’ was a decrease in the Japanese-yen based operating loss amount resulting from the appreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar,” Sony Corp. CFO Kenichiro Yoshida said in a presentation.

Indeed, Sony revised downward fiscal-year forecasts for sales and operating income due to the appreciation of the yen against the U.S. dollar.  Meanwhile, Sony Pictures said revenue from media networks, which includes television and digital networks worldwide, increased primarily due to higher advertising in India and Latin America.

Angry Birds has generated $344.4 million at the global box office, including $106.7 million domestically. The movie was released digitally July 29 and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 16.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Florida Georgia LIne Next Up With "Dig your Roots" Album

Known for their record-breaking tracks, undeniable energy and all around good vibes, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will release DIG YOUR ROOTS on August 26 on Big Machine Label Group.
The award-winning duo’s highly anticipated third studio album uncovers pieces of their lineage along with an evolved creativity.

Fans clamored to unearth the album’s throwback cover through a #DigYourRoots initiative across FGL’s social platforms to intimately reveal childhood snapshots of both BK and Tyler. 
“Our album cover says it all,” shares Brian Kelley. "Tyler and I are continuing to grow musically and personally. We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”

Tyler Hubbard adds, “we both started out playing guitar, singing in church and writing songs so we wanted to let fans see our foundation – a deeper side to us. We couldn’t have picked a more fitting title or image for DIG YOUR ROOTS.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Willie Nelson reveals "For the Good Times A Tribute to Ray Price" Album

Legacy Recordings, the catalog music division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Willie Nelson's latest album, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, on Friday, September 16.Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Willie Nelson's latest album, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, on Friday, September 16th.  On his new album, Willie has teamed up with a pair of longtime friends--producer Fred Foster and conductor/arranger Bergen White--who, like Nelson, are American country music veterans with deep connections to the legendary Ray Price. Foster and White worked together to complete Ray Price's final album, Beauty Is..., at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios, where Willie Nelson has returned to create the magic of For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price.

For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price celebrates the wide-reaching impact and influence of Ray Price on American pop and country music, from Price's hallmark lush orchestral arrangements (presaging "countrypolitan") to the patented "Ray Price Shuffle," the groundbreaking 4/4 walking bass line which transformed honky-tonk and country-western swing music in 1950s on hits like "Crazy Arms."

Providing musical backup for Willie on six of the album's tracks--"Invitation To The Blues," "Heartaches By The Numbers," "Crazy Arms," "City Lights," "I'll Be There" and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me"--Willie is joined by The Time Jumpers, the Grammy-nominated Western Swing dream team comprised of Vince Gill (electric and acoustic guitar, harmony vocals), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Kenny Sears (fiddle), Brad Albin (bass), Billy Thomas (drums), Jeff Taylor (piano and accordion), Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Willie's Family Band harmonica player Mickey Raphael.

Bruce Springsteen sets Chapter and Verse album release pre-autobiography publishing

Chapter and Verse,' the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released Sept. 23 on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes 'Born to Run.' Five of the album's 18 tracks have not been previously released.

Springsteen selected the songs on 'Chapter and Verse' to reflect the themes and sections of 'Born to Run.' The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012's 'Wrecking Ball.' The collected songs trace Springsteen's musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of "Henry Boy" and "Growin' Up" were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.'

'Chapter and Verse' will be available as a single CD and double LP. The package will include lyrics and rare photos. 'Chapter & Verse' will be available for preorder on Friday, July 29.

View filmmaker Thom Zimny's trailer for 'Chapter and Verse' below from NJ's B&T Scene & Heard AV.

'Chapter and Verse' song titles:

1. Baby I — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)

2. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)

3. He's Guilty (The Judge Song) — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)

4. Ballad of Jesse James — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)

5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)

6. Growin' Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on 'Tracks')

7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, 'The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle')

8. Born to Run (1975, 'Born to Run')

9. Badlands (1977, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town')

10. The River (1980, 'The River')

11. My Father's House (1982, 'Nebraska')

12. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, 'Born in the U.S.A.')

13. Brilliant Disguise (1987, 'Tunnel of Love')

14. Living Proof (1992, 'Lucky Town')

15. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, 'The Ghost of Tom Joad')

16. The Rising (2002, 'The Rising')

17. Long Time Comin' (2005, 'Devils & Dust')

18. Wrecking Ball (2012, 'Wrecking Ball')

All songs written and performed by Bruce Springsteen except as noted.

Check out Mac Miller's new DANG! - Listen

After releasing his critically acclaimed GO:OD AM only 10 months ago, Mac Miller is back today to share the first taste of his forthcoming album The Divine Feminine. The album, which is set for release on September 16th via Warner Bros. Records, is being led out by the Anderson .Paak-assisted single "DANG!". Listen  here (Parental advisory)

To coincide with the new single and forthcoming album, Mac is also announcing a headlining North American tour that will launch following a hometown Pittsburgh show, headlining performance at this year's Los Angeles Fool's Gold Day Off and appearance at the inaugural Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York. See below for more details about The Divine Feminine and Mac's upcoming tour dates. Stay tuned for more Mac Miller news soon.

Mac Miller
The Divine Feminine
(Warner Bros. Records)
September 16, 2016

Tour Dates:
9/18 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
9/25 Los Angeles, CA - Fool's Gold Day Off
10/02 New York, NY - The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
10/15 Orlando, FL - Carnage Festival
10/17 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10/18 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10/19 Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
10/21 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10/22 Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
10/23 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10/25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10/26 Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
10/27 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
10/29 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
10/31 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Ampitheater
11/01 Magna, UT - The Great Saltair
11/02 Boise, ID - Revolution Center
11/04 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
11/06 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11/07 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11/09 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11/15 Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
11/16 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
11/19 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
11/20 Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
11/21 Austin, TX - Emo's
11/28 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
11/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
12/01 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Ballroom
12/02 Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
12/03 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/05 Columbus, OH - Express Live Indoor Pavilion
12/06 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
12/08 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
12/11 Boston, MA - House of Blues
12/13 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
12/16 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
12/17 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
12/18 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage

Norman Lear:Just Another Version of You to DVD/BD on October 25

Largely responsible for bold American television in the 1970s, Norman Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom. From his childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude) and social activism, Lear proved social change was possible through an unlikely prism–laughter–and created some of the greatest moments in television history.

Prebook Date: September 27
Street Date: October 25
PBS National Broadcast Dates: Tuesday, October 25
 DVD: $24.99, Approx. 90 min
Item# (AMM62907), UPC (841887029353), ISBN (9781627897976)
Blu-ray: $29.99, Approx. 90 min
Item# (AM62907B), UPC (841887029360), ISBN (9781627897983)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BBC's The Tunnel announced for August 9 release

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing the critically acclaimed British crime drama “THE TUNNEL” on DVD and Blu-ray. “THE TUNNEL” from the makers of the Broadchurch series is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck, played by Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Elise Wassermann, played by Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts I and II) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.

“THE TUNNEL” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray August 9, 2016. The run time of this program is approximately 450 minutes on 3 discs. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. The DVD and Blu-ray also includes 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, and more. The program will also be available for digital download.

“THE TUNNEL” is based on the original hit Swedish series from Filmlance International “The Bridge,” created by Hans Rosenfeldt, Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, “THE TUNNEL” is a Sky Atlantic HD UK and CANAL+ France co-production from Kudos and Shine France Films in association with Filmlance and distributed by Endemol Shine International. Executive producers include Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin, Karen Wilson and Ben Richards alongside Nora Melhli, Director of Drama at Shine France Films and Lars Blomgren, Managing Director of Filmlance. The series is produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.

Randy Newman Songbook box set to arrive September 23 on vinyl

Nonesuch Records announced release plans for a four-LP, vinyl-only, limited-edition The Randy Newman Songbook box set on September 23, 2016. Nonesuch's Randy Newman Songbook series—comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Randy Newman's five-decade career—previously included two volumes, released on CD in 2003 and 2011; the box set marks their first release on vinyl. Sixteen additional songs from a newly released third volume, along with five bonus tracks ("Feels Like Home," "A Wedding in Cherokee County," "Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman," "I'm Dreaming," and "Wandering Boy"), join those first two volumes in a new, thematic sequencing, to create this new complete Songbook box set. Mitchell Froom produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 and was joined on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Newman's lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker. Pre-orders for The Randy Newman Songbook box set are available now. (The Randy Newman Songbook box set will be released on CD and digital formats in late 2016.)

The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3 also is available on September 23 as a stand-alone CD and digital album. Pre-orders for Vol. 3 are available now

Gucci Mane's back with "Everybody's Looking"

Atlantic recording artist Gucci Mane has announced today’s release of his hugely anticipated new album. “EVERYBODY LOOKING” – the iconic rapper’s first studio album in half a decade – is available now.

“EVERYBODY LOOKING” was recorded in Atlanta over six days immediately following Gucci’s early release from prison last May. Due to an overwhelming response from his fans on the release of “1st Day Out Tha Feds,” Gucci decided to surprise supporters with a brand new album he recorded while on home confinement. The album is produced by Mike WiLL Made-It (Future, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign) and Zaytoven (Usher, Nicki Minaj), with additional production from Murda Beatz (Migos, Young Thug), Marz & Swae Lee (Rae Sremmurd, Beyoncé), Pluss (Beyoncé, Rae Sremmurd), Will A Fool (Future, Drake), and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Christopher “Drumma Boy” Gholson (see attached tracklisting).

Among the countless highlights of “EVERYBODY LOOKING” is the new track, “Guwop Home (Feat. Young Thug),” available now. The track is joined by a colorful companion video, streaming now at Gucci’s official YouTube channel.

“Guwop Home (Feat. Young Thug)” received a slew of attention upon its release earlier this month, including notice from Pitchfork, MTV News, and Rolling Stone, which praised the track’s video for “(boasting) an overload of bikinis, producer Mike WiLL Made-It jamming out on his MPC poolside, stacks of cash and a scantily clad night soccer game, all to commemorate the release of the Trap God.”

In support of Gucci Mane’s highly anticipated release, Spotify and the legendary rapper have joined forces to build a one-of-a-kind multi-platform marketing campaign around the launch. Spotify and Gucci are giving hip-hop fans unprecedented access to exclusive video content that gives them an inside look into his life and the making of "EVERYBODY LOOKING." 

“I’ve had the concept for this album in my mind for years,” Gucci states. “The reception from my fans has been so overwhelming, that I knew I had to do something different for this release. I did not want to roll out this project the traditional way. I wanted to partner with Spotify to do something innovative and groundbreaking.”

Additionally, Spotify will speak directly with Gucci fans through social media takeovers, custom playlists and more. This partnership lets Gucci engage with his rabid fan base and reach millions of new fans around the world.

 Gucci celebrated the arrival of “EVERYBODY LOOKING” with “Gucci Mane & Friends,” his first full-scale live performance since his release, last Friday nite in Atlanta, GA’s world renowned Fox Theatre. The star-studded concert extravaganza – had see the Trap God joined by an array of surprise special guests – was live streamed exclusively online through Revolt TV

“EVERYBODY LOOKING” was preceded by a number of hugely popular track releases, including “Back On Road (Gucci Mane & Drake),” the Drumma Boy-produced “All My Children,” “No Sleep (Intro),” and “1st Day Out Tha Feds. The latter track proved a true pop phenomenon, earning close to 1 million SoundCloud plays within the first 12 hours of its May 27th release. 

Widely ranked among the most gifted rappers of his generation, Gucci has been incredibly productive since his long incarceration; this highlighted in a major profile piece in the New York Times to run in this upcoming Sunday’s paper. Some of Gucci’s major moves since release include performing at a sold out “Welcome Home Party” at Atlanta’s Mansion Elan, appearing in a recent promo video for SUPREME, and contributing to the blockbuster new single, “Champions,” performed by Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner; and announcing his new Delantic clothing line, with complete details to be revealed soon. As if that weren’t enough, Gucci was further greeted upon release with news of three new RIAA gold sales certifications for his classic 2009 album, “THE STATE VS. RADRIC DAVIS’ and its two hit singles, “Wasted” and “Spotlight (Feat. Usher).”

EQUALS , out on DVD/BD this september 6

Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star as star-crossed lovers in the intensely moving Equals, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 6 from Lionsgate. Equals reveals the risks one couple takes for love in a world where feelings are considered a “disease.” The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival and was theatrically released by A24. Also starring Jacki Weaver and Guy Pearce, Equals will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively. Story by Drake Doremus. Screenplay by Nathan Parker and directed by Drake Doremus.

In this gripping and emotional sci-fi romance from acclaimed director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play Nia and Silas, two people who work together in a futuristic society known as “The Collective.” A seemingly utopian world, “The Collective” has ended crime and violence by genetically eliminating all human emotions. Despite this, Nia and Silas can’t help noticing a growing attraction between them, leading them to a forbidden relationship — at first tentative, but then exploding into a passionate romance. As suspicion begins to mount among their superiors, the couple will be forced to choose between going back to the safety of the lives they have always known, or risking it all to try and pull off a daring escape.

Listten- Head and the Heart's new single- "Library Magic"

Today, The Head and the Heart reveal the second single from their forthcoming album Signs Of Light. "Library Magic" was released recently. "Library Magic" is the follow up to the previously released single, "All We Ever Knew,"  which debuted last month and is already in the top 5 at AAA, and #18 this week on the #Alternative chart. Signs of Light will be released on September 9th  via Warner Bros. Records.
"Library Magic," which was written by band member Charity Thielen, could almost be seen as a letter to the other five members, acknowledging the ups-and-downs of life in a successful band while celebrating the unique and constantly evolving bond between them. "I wrote that song after having our first real time off as a band," she says. "It touches on the storied relationships between band members trying to survive living in a van off of accelerated time and gas station crafts for years straight, but it also applies to any of life's relationships."

Very excited to share our song, Library Magic, with you! It is very special to us and touches on the important reminder for the quotidien, "there will always be better days." 

Hope it finds a special resonance in your life too. 
Charity Rose and the band

"Now You See Me 2" Appears on DVD/BD on September 6

The Four Horsemen are back for a second act to pull off their most impossible heist yet as they try to clear their names in Now You See Me 2, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 6 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. The star-studded follow-up to the multimillion-dollar box-office hit features Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games franchise), Dave Franco (Nerve), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter franchise), Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Jay Chou (The Green Hornet), Sanaa Lathan (Repentance) with Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) and Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption).

The Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Franco, Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nina Simone Documentary to get September dvd, bd, cd release!

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best #Documentary at the 2016 Oscars, Best Music Film at the 2016 Grammy Awards, and winning Best Documentary at the American Film Institute Awards in 2016, documentary film What Happened, Miss Simone? connected with critics and fans alike with its deep examination of the legendary Nina Simone. On September 2, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present this film as a DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD with additional bonus interviews not included in the main film. [MSRP $26.98 Blu-ray+CD, $21.98 DVD+CD]

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career. Through archive interview and extensive performance footage, alongside new interviews with family, friends and colleagues, the film paints a fascinating portrait of this complex and challenging artist.

Nina Simone was many things: pianist, singer, songwriter, performer, civil rights campaigner, wife and mother, victim of abuse, and black icon. Growing up in the segregated American South, she began to learn piano at age 4, attended the Juilliard School Of Music in New York and aspired to a career as a concert pianist. Thwarted in this, allegedly because of her color, she began to play in nightclubs to earn money and her career as a jazz and blues performer was born. The film follows Nina Simone through the sixties and her intense involvement in the civil rights movement, her decision to relocate to first Africa and then Europe in the early seventies, her emotional difficulties in the eighties, and her later years in France in the nineties.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Take a stand against gun violence, with the new organization, Artists for Safe Kids

Hundreds of creators of visual, literary and performing arts for children are taking a stand against gun violence, joining a new organization, Artists for Safe Kids ( ASK joins a growing number of organizations calling for stronger gun laws and safety measures. Many ASK members will join with Concert Across America To End Gun Violence on September 25th, a Congress-designated National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
The idea for Artists for Safe Kids (ASK) began shortly after the Sandy Hook school massacre in December 2012. Over GRAMMY weekend in Los Angeles in February 2013, GRAMMY winner and author Bill Harley delivered an address, “How Shall We Speak”, to a children’s music industry audience, which he later posted online. Now director of ASK, Harley explains, “As artists, writers and performers who work with and for children, we have witnessed with growing concern and despair the tragic effect of gun violence on children. Some of us are gun owners, some of us have never touched a gun. What unites us is our recognition that our nation needs a saner, more rational gun policy, nationally and in our local states and communities.”

Among the supporters are Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter Paul and Mary), and GRAMMY winners Cathy & Marcy, Dan Zanes and The Okee Dokee Brothers, plus authors Norton Juster (Phantom Tollbooth), Lemony Snicket, Mo Willems, Sharon Creech and Jane Yolen. More artists are adding their support daily. (List available online at

Donna Dees, founder and organizer of the Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000 –  still the largest protest against gun violence in U.S. history – is an early supporter. Dees is also involved in producing the Concert Across America To End Gun Violence on September 25th.  Dees says, “I'm impressed with the variety and the quality of the artists involved in ASK. This new organization will spark awareness and action toward a saner gun policy. It’s so important for artists to take a stand on this issue, and to engage their fans in this ongoing effort.

ASK joins with a growing chorus of voices calling for comprehensive universal background checks for gun purchasers, better screening for mental health problems, better gun safety regulations for gun owners to keep children safe from accidental firings, and a limit on semi-automatic weapons and large magazines. Artists who wish to show their support for a safer world for kids may join the organization and receive tips for organizing a concert on September 25 by sending an email to ASK at

Sunday, July 24, 2016

THE INFILTRATOR - Original Motion Picture Score Out on CD July 22, 2016

Lakeshore Records will release THE INFILTRATOR - Original Motion Picture Score on CD July 22, 2016. The album features the original score by Chris Hajian (LADDIE, FIRST POSITION, THE TAKE).
“I wanted to create a very captivating score, and one that puts an emotional depth into the film in a powerful yet nuanced way,” Mr Hajian recently said. “This combination of 80s synths, modern ambient textures and string melodies is one that I believe captures the time and emotion of the story and draws you into the world of Bob Musella.”
Based on a true story, federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur  (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), a rookie agent posing as his fiancé, Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of more than 100 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.
“For me, Chris puts tremendous heart and emotion into the score,” says director Brad Furman.  “Every time we have made a movie, the end result is a deeper, richer, fuller experience with clarity of characters.”

Deep Purple's "Live at the NEC" out on DVD in September

On September 14, 2002, hard rock pioneers Deep Purple took the stage for a landmark concert at the NEC in Birmingham, England to bid farewell to founding member and keyboard legend Jon Lord.
On August 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will deliver this very concert with the release of Live At The NEC on DVD and Digital formats [MSRP $14.99]. Previously only available as part of the Around The World Live boxed set, this film is being made available for the first time as a standalone DVD.
One of the most emotional concerts in Deep Purple’s long career, Live At The NEC is a unique experience in that it features both their keyboard players on stage – Jon Lord and Don Airey. Lord had announced his retirement earlier that year, and Airey was subsequently brought on board. Airey serves as the principal keyboardist throughout the show, culminating in a solo before the lights drop, and Jon Lord appears for a storming version of “Perfect Strangers.” The two share keyboard duties for the rest of the night, in a fitting passing-of-the-torch moment.

At 109 minutes total, Deep Purple (Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice, Lord and Airey) kick out all the classics: “Smoke On The Water,” “Woman From Tokyo,” “Space Truckin’,” “Highway Star,” “Speed King,” “Lazy,” “Hush,” and more. In addition to this fantastic set, Live At The NEC includes bonus interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

OST from Woody Allen's Cafe Society Out Now

Sony Classical released the original soundtrack for Woody Allen’s CAFÉ SOCIETY on CD on July 8, 2016. The soundtrack includes a great compliation of the music from the 1930’s, largely from the Rodgers and Hart, chosen by Allen and featured prominently in the film. The album includes original performances by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks as well as the on-screen performance of “Mountain Greenery” with Sony Music Masterworks recording artist Kat Edmonson.

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance CAFÉ SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age. With CAFÉ SOCIETY, Woody Allen conjures up a 1930s world that has passed to tell a deeply romantic tale of dreams that never die.

The film opened the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and is scheduled for wide release July 15. Allen becomes the first and only director to have three opening night films selected for the Cannes Film Festival (HOLLYWOOD ENDING opened in Cannes in 2002 and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS in 2011).

“The soundtrack consists of music from the 1930s, since that’s when the picture takes place,” Allen stated. “Most of the material is Rodgers and Hart, who are very dominant in those years, and have that bittersweet romantic quality that defines the spirit of the movie itself.”

The success of CAFÉ SOCIETY wouldn’t be complete without the partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. Rodgers and Hart were an American songwriting duo that worked together on 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs. From 1936 to 1943, the duo wrote a series of Broadway musical comedies, each of which seemed to top the one before in terms of innovation and box office success. ON YOUR TOES (1936), BABES IN ARMS (1937), I'D RATHER BE RIGHT (1937), I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1938), THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (1938), TOO MANY GIRLS (1939), HIGHER AND HIGHER (1940), PAL JOEY (1940), and BY JUPITER (1942) dazzled Broadway in spectacular succession, and collectively offered such classic songs as "There's A Small Hotel," "I Wish I Were In Love Again," "My Funny Valentine," "Where Or When," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Spring Is Here," "Falling In Love With Love," "Sing For Your Supper," "This Can't Be Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Bewitched," "I Could Write A Book," "Nobody's Heart," and "Wait Till You See Her."

Vince Giordano’s passion for music from the 1920’s & 30’s, and the people that made it, began at age 5. He has amassed an amazing collection of over 60,000 band arrangements, 1920’s and 30’s films, 78 recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Giordano’s passion, commitment to authenticity, and knowledge led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks. For over 40 years, Vince Giordano has single-handedly kept alive a wonderful genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks can be heard on the soundtracks of films including The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, and on TV on HBOs Boardwalk Empire.

Texas native Kat Edmonson grew up listening to the Great American Songbook. She has performed alongside Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Austin City Limits” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” To date, Edmonson has released three albums to critical acclaim, Take To the Sky, Way Down Low and The Big Picture. She is currently working on a new album that is scheduled for release in 2017.


1. The Lady Is A Tramp - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*      
2. Jeepers Creepers - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks           
3. Mountain Greenery - Kat Edmonson / Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*       
4. Have You Met Miss Jones - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*      
5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra*
 6. Taxi War Dance - Count Basie & His Orchestra                 
7. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks          
8. Manhattan -Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*          
9. My Romance - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*      
10. Pick Yourself Up - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks                
11. I Only Have Eyes For You - Ben Selvin               
12. The Peanut Vendor - YeraSon      
13. There's A Small Hotel - Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks*       
14. Out of Nowhere - Conal Fowkes [piano] / Brian Nalepka [string bass] / John Gill [guitar]               
15. This Can't Be Love - Conal Fowkes*
*Composed by Rodgers & Hart 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Campy and Delightfully Decadent Comedy-horror THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE Arrives on DVD in September

THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE,  an uproariously funny, deliciously campy and delightfully decadent comedy-horror film from Austrian writer/director David Ruehm arrives on DVD in September from Music Box.

THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE spins the creepily comic tale of Count von Kozsnom (Tobias Moretti), a vampire in 1930s Vienna who, trapped in an eternally long marriage to the Countess Elsa von Kozsnom (Jeanette Hain), has lost his thirst for life. After seeking out marriage counseling from the legendary Dr. Sigmund Freud (Karl Fischer), The Count, in an effort to appease his vain wife’s desire to see her own reflection, commissions a portrait of her by his assistant Viktor (Dominic Oley), an aspiring painter. But it’s Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan) who most intrigues The Count, convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his one true love. It doesn’t take too long for a wave of mistaken identities and misplaced affections to envelop the hapless group.

A cleverly crafted undead outing as well as a romantic mix-up comedy, THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE truly pierces the jugular as it pays homage to the glorious history of vampire films, while taking relentless stabs at psycho-therapy, relationships and the very notion of the vow “Till Death Do Us Part.”

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ghostbuster (2016) Original Score CD Out Now!

Sony Classical has announced the release of Ghostbusters 2016 (Original Motion Picture Score) to accompany Sony Pictures’ feature film Ghostbusters, now in theaters. Featuring a score by multi-award winning composer Theodore Shapiro, the album is available now on CD, as of July 15.

Theodore Shapiro saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 as a nine-year old boy, and afterwards was certain of two things: one - he wanted to be an archaeologist, and two - he couldn’t stop thinking about the music. His plans to be an archaeologist eventually faded, but his interest in film composition did not. He went on to study music, write a musical about a cryogenically frozen head, and play in a neo-disco band called God at Brown University, and then received a Master’s degree in composition from The Juilliard School. Following Juilliard he began both scoring films and writing commissions for the concert hall, including works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mudcrutch Releases New Sean Penn Directed Video for "I Forgive It All"

Check out the new Mudcrutch video for "I Forgive It All" directed by  Sean Penn and Samuel Bayer and starring Anthony Hopkins.

The song was written and sung by Mudcrutch bassist Tom Petty.  Mudcrutch is Mike Campbell (guitar/vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar/vocals),  Randall Marsh (drums/vocals), Tom Petty (bass/vocals) and Benmont Tench (keyboards/vocals), and their recent "2" CD is out now!

KT Tunstall Readies KIN Release for September 9

KT Tunstall returns with an explosive 11 track collection of songs on her fifth studio album KIN to be released September 9th on Caroline Records.  Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music: "As an artist I feel  like I died," she says. "I stopped. I gave up. I didn't want to do it anymore."  She put her stuff in storage and bought a little house in Venice Beach, California
and enrolled in the Sundance Institute's elite Film Composers Lab. It was a turning point in her life.

Two years later KIN was born. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, Air, M83 and more), and written and recorded by KT in LA, it exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. "The truth is, I've finally made peace with being a pop songwriter," KT says.  "This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write positive songs that have muscle, but also show their vulnerability."

It has been over ten years since KT released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope, and in KIN, KT sees its full bodied and blooded follow up. The album's new focused sound is exemplified by the teaser track 'Evil Eye'; a stripped back, primal rock 'n' roll track that seeded the whole record. The album's lead single  'Maybe It's A Good Thing' shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody.  The diverse collection also includes a duet with KT fan James Bay, the raucous rebellion of 'It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am', 'Run On Home', the call to armsof 'Hard Girls', and the beautiful album closer 'Love Is An Ocean'.

David Crosby Announces "Lighthouse" Album' s October Release

Today, David Crosby announces his new album Lighthouse, out on October 21st on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. The record is an intimate, stripped-down set that highlights Crosby’s instantly recognizable voice, incisive songwriting, and incomparable guitar work. The palpable joy in the 9-song collection captures the iconic artist in an unexpected burst of inspiration. “To create brand new music that I’m excited about is a pearl beyond price,” says the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Lighthouse features a rare economy of sound, filled primarily by Crosby’s voice and guitars, and Michael League of Snarky Puppy’s skillful production. There’s a sparse, unvarnished quality to the tracks that allows the songs breathing room and for the full emotional weight of the lyrics to emerge, unencumbered by extraneous instrumentation.

On album opener, “Things We Do For Love,” written for his wife of nearly 40-years Jan, Crosby’s vocals reflect a poetic tenderness. On “Paint You A Picture,” a cinematic tale of romantic regret co-written with Marc Cohn (“Walking In Memphis”), they are filled with remorseful resignation. The longtime social activist lands his political punches as he bitingly condemns the craven politicians who send other people’s children to war on “Somebody Other Than You,” and compassionately reminds us that we are all the same on “Look In Their Eyes,” a poignant tale about immigration inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis.

Listen to “Things We Do For Love” below, from Baker & Taylor.

Vid Distrbutor Alchemy Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Troubled independent DVD/Blu-ray distributor Alchemy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the USA bankruptcy court in Delaware. The move was no surprise and had been expected since late June when reports emerged that the company was taking steps to liquidate its assets.

In the filing, the company said it has $50 million to $100 million in liabilities and $10 million to $50 million in assets. The petition also said Alchemy has between 200 and 999 creditors.

Recently, the company recently launched a series of cuts in its work force, leaving Alchemy with about 25 employees. It was their second series of staff reductions this year. Alchemy co-president Kelly Summers left the Los Angeles-based company recently. 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas Out September 2 on DVD/BD

Internationally renowned multi-million selling rock band Styx will be on full display this summer, when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas via DVD [MSRP 14.98] and Blu-ray [MSRP 19.98] on September 2.

Filmed in high definition, Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena captures the band in performance back in July 2014, showering the crowd with a set list of hits and fan favorites: “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. Originally released on CD in June 2015, this incredible live concert will now be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

"Damn, we had a good time on that tour!” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “Night after night following Don Felder's legendary set, we couldn't wait to hit the stage for our turn at bat.  Unforgettable."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Toto: Live At Montreux 1991 Set for September DVD, CD & Blu-ray Release

At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective of the members of Toto," states guitarist Steve Lukather, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.

On September 16, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present this very special concert film from Toto’s storied history. Toto: Live At Montreux 1991 -- the last tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro, alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich -- will be available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD [MSRP TBA].

In 1991, Toto was in the midst of a run of headline dates and European summer festivals, while finishing their new album Kingdom Of Desire. It was a time of rebirth for the band, and the Montreux stage proved the perfect opportunity to test drive the new songs. Fans could feel the electricity in the air as Lukather, Paich, and the late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro took the stage.

Olive Films Announces Their New Olive Signature Line with "High Noon" and "Johnny Guitar"

Olive Films has recently announced Olive Signature, a new series of DVD & Blu-ray releases offering deluxe editions of time-honored classics, fan favorites, and under-appreciated gems from the Olive catalog. Baker & Taylor is proud to work with Olive and this line of films..Olive Signature titles feature pristine audio and video presentation and an abundance of bonus material that will delight fans, collectors, and cinephiles. They will introduce the series with two distinct, but equally celebrated, westerns on September 20.
  • High Noon (1952) - DVD/BD
  • Johnny Guitar(1954) - DVD/BD

Monday, July 11, 2016

Shawn Mendes to Release "Illuminate" on September 23

Singer-songwriter and multi-platinum recording artist Shawn Mendes’ highly-anticipated sophomore album, Illuminate, will be released September 23rd via Island Records. The album, featuring current hit single “Treat You Better,” will be available for pre-order soon.

To promote, Shawn will give fans an exclusive preview of the new album for the first time with the Illuminate Live Concert & Album Event, a special headlining show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 10th. In addition to a full live concert, fans will be treated to an immersive one-time-only Illuminate experience. Watch the trailer for Shawn’s Illuminate Live Concert & Album Event below .

“Treat You Better” debuted at #1 immediately upon release via iTunes in 26 countries. It is already Top 20 at pop radio as it enters Top 10 on the Spotify Global 50 chart and Top 20 on the Shazam Global chart. The New York Times praised the single as a “song that highlights [Shawn’s] maturity” and Billboard declared it a “perfect-for-summer track.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Out on July 22

Varèse Sarabande will release the ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (OST) featuring the film’s original score by Academy Award-nominated composer John Debney (THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST). The CD will be released globally on July 22, 2016.

“When I got the call to be a part of Ice Age: Collision Course, I was thrilled,” said Debney recently. “With a spirit of fun and great collaboration, we tried to create a score that is fun, a little outer spacey, and of course: full of heart.”

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

“I’m a huge Ice Age fan and have been since the first film a few years back,” John Debney stated. “Anchored by Scrat’s crazy adventures, the Ice Age stories always seem to warm the hearts of millions around the world.”

"The Laurie Berkner Band" Returns with Superhero CD

Eight years coming, and it's almost here! The Laurie Berkner Band, authentic superstars of kids' music, have announced a September 23rd release of Superhero, the highly anticipated first full album since 2008 loaded with all-new songs by beloved children's musician Laurie Berkner.

Jam-packed with twenty one newly composed Laurie Berkner original tunes,  plus two "bonus" tracks, Superhero is indeed the album Laurie's fans have been waiting for. With music ranging from quiet, a capella finger plays to get-up-and-dance full band anthems, this is Laurie Berkner at her absolute best.

Says Laurie Berkner, "I wrote Superhero thinking about many things that I found fun as a kid, and I'm so thrilled to have such wonderful guests to share that fun, including superstar crown prince of reggae, Ziggy Marley, super musical yogini Kira Willey, and our own superbassman, Brady Rymer, who gets a special slot up front in addition to his regular vocal and instrumental contributions as a member of The Laurie Berkner Band.

Superhero covers a spectrum of musical styles, including '60s pop, rootsy rock, lullabies, reggae, Latin, and more. As fans have come to expect, all of Laurie Berkner's songs on Superhero speak to kids without talking down to them, through imaginative lyrics that both enchant and empower.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jungle Book Comes to Life on DVD, Blu-ray August 30.

And venture deep into the jungle with in-depth bonus features.

Audiences were mesmerized by Disney's live-action epic adventure "The Jungle Book," which has earned more than $911 million at the global box office to date. Critically acclaimed, Jon Favreau's stunning live-action reimagining of Walt Disney's animated classic, will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD on August 30.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PBS Readies Olympian "THE BOYS OF ' 36" DVD Release

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE BOYS OF ‘36” on DVD. Inspired by Daniel James Brown’s critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The thrilling true story of the American rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany, The Boys in the Boat is published by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 95 weeks. 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE BOYS OF ‘36” will be available on DVD August 16, 2016. The run time of the DVD is approximately 60 minutes and its SRP is $24.99.

“The Boys of ’36” is the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and the nation by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships — psychological, physical and economic — to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Their unexpected victory, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Music of DC Comics: Vol 2 Announced

WaterTower Music has announced a today the July 15, 2016 release of The Music of DC Comics: Volume 2 on CD with a Double Vinyl release coming soon. A follow-up companion piece to 2010’s critically acclaimed The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection, Volume 2 of the series continues to celebrate the rich musical history of DC Comics.

A must-have for fans, this compilation features recordings from 1940 to 2016 from a variety of DC Comics movies, television shows, animated series, videogames, and radio shows. Containing over 60 minutes of music, the album features John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Junkie XL, Sun Ra, Shirley Walker, and Mark Hamill, among others. It includes 11 never-before-released recordings from the DC Archive, such as the themes and narration from 1949’s Columbia Pictures serial Batman and Robin, 1958’s The Adventures of Superpup, 1978’s Challenge of the Superfriends and ‘The Ballad of Batman’ from 2002’s Batman The Brave And The Bold. Additional unreleased music includes themes from 2015’s “Supergirl” and 2016’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, both of which were produced by composer Blake Neely specifically for this album. The full 3 minute version of “Get Your Cape On” from 2015’s DC Superhero Girls is included along with “Penguin Makes Moves”, the first commercial musical release from 2015’s Gotham. This album also features 3 tracks from Sun Ra & The Blues Project that have been out of print since the 1960’s.

Justin Moore Readies "Kinda Don't Care" for August CD Release

Justin Moore has recently announced the release of his fourth studio album, his first record in almost three years, will be called Kinda Don’t Care., and out on Valory Records.  “It’s hard to believe that we just recorded our fourth album. The process has changed, drastically, since our first time in the studio so many years ago,” the Arkansas native Moore said in a press release.

The  Southern record will include twelve new tracks, with an additional five tunes on the deluxe version. Moore co-wrote two songs featured on the project, and some of Music City’s finest writers contributed, including Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip and Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three.

Moore recruited his tourmate Brantley Gilbert for some help on Kinda Don’t Care. The two duet on a track titled “More Middle Fingers.”

The title of the album may imply a laid-back approach to the making of the record, but Moore insists it has a much different meaning.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Signs Distribution Deal with GVN

 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this week announced a multiyear worldwide home entertainment distribution agreement with GVN Releasing which has Sony distributing and marketing GVN's former’s urban/women/faith-and-family-based content on DVD & BD.

GVN Releasing recently completed a joint venture with RGM-New Breed to create RGM-New Breed Film Group. The new operation will produce and market five films theatrically over the next three years, with SPHE handling all home entertainment distribution. RGM-New Breed was founded in 2012, and is an entertainment group focused on faith and family-friendly films, Christian and Gospel music, and uplifting television programming.

GVN Releasing is currently prepping the release of A Girl Like Grace, starring Meagan Good, Raven-Symone, Garcelle Beauvais, and Romeo Miller; The Fight Within, starring John Majors and directed by Michael William Gordon and Lelia Symington; and Freeway Ricky Ross, directed by Reginald Hudlin from a script by the Clune brothers and Nick Cassavettes.

“GVN Releasing distributes quality, compelling films and we expect strong performances for these titles on both physical and digital home entertainment platforms,” Ben Means, SVP of third party strategic partnerships for SPHE, said in a statement.