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It turns out that Urban Outfitters’ claim of being the world’s largest vinyl retailer isn’t true, according toBillboard. According to the industry publication, it’s actually Amazon, who hold roughly 12% of the U.S. market compared to Urban Outfitter’s 8%.

The end result: Urban Outfitters is like Avis, and has to try harder. A Billboard analysis shows that Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl in the U.S., with about 12.3% market share, followed by Urban Outfitters with 8.1% market share. Rounding out the top five retail accounts selling vinyl, the next-largest is Hastings Entertainment with 2.8% of the market; Hot Topic with 2.4%; and Trans World Entertainment with 2.2%. Accounts like Audiophile, Acoustic Sounds and Newbury Comics each have market shares between 1.5% and 2%.

Entertainment One (eOne) and Hammer have entered into an exclusive multi-year first-look film agreement, which includes production, financing and distribution.

Founded in November 1934, Hammer is one of the oldest film companies in the world. Creating a robust multi-genre portfolio, Hammer has truly built a brand for itself by producing well-known genre fare, including recent critically acclaimed Let Me In and The Quiet Ones, as well as the worldwide box office smash The Woman in Black and its upcoming sequel Woman in Black: Angel of Death, coproduced with eOne.

“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Simon Oakes, Marc Schipper and the innovative Hammer team,” said Xavier Marchand, eOne’s President, Film Production. “As we continue to expand our production business, it’s rewarding to build on our shared success with Woman in Black and attach one of the industry’s most sought-after independent producers to our global network in order to access great projects in new ways. It’s very exciting for our teams around the world to add crowd-pleasers to the lineup in our territories and add them to our international sales slate for our partners around the globe.”

eOne will distribute the Hammer films in Canada, the UK, Benelux, Spain and Australia/New Zealand. The company’s international sales arm, eOne Films International under Harold van Lier, will handle the rest of the international territories.

“We’re delighted to have eOne as our distribution, financing and production partner, which provides us with wide global reach while maintaining the creative and commercial flexibility of an independent. This deal, which we view as a rare opportunity for an independent producer, will allow Hammer to significantly increase its production output,” said Oakes and Schipper.

London-based Marchand will oversee the deal for eOne.

Canada’s hottest, award-winning country music duo High Valley is ready to rev things up with the release of their brand new album, County Line on Tuesday, October 14th via Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada. Available now for pre-order on iTunes, County Line is the band’s third full-length studio album and follows the release of their highly successful sophomore album Love Is a Long Road.

Currently sitting at #2 on the Canadian Top Country Singles chart, “County Line”, the smash hit and title track of the new album, shot up the charts to the Top 15 in less than a month. A track that will no doubt become an anthem for country music fans, the first single delivers a new High Valley sound, highlighting the strong contrast between the Rempel brother’s voices. Making it’s debut appearance on CMT’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown earlier this month, the “County Line” video can also been viewed on CMT.ca and YouTube.

Produced by Billboard Producer of the Year, Seth MosleyCounty Line was recorded at Full Circle Studio in Franklin, TN and features 10 brand new tracks co-written by Brad RempelBen Stennis(Jason Aldean, Chase Rice, Tim Hicks), Fred Wilhelm (Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town) and award-winning Canadian country music songwriter Deric Ruttan, among many others. Incorporating their love of bluegrass and classic country with Mosley’s pop influences, the duo was able to blend multiple genres together to create a truly unique sound. Resulting in tracks like “She’s With Me” and “Come On Down”, the new album showcases the duo’s ability to deliver fresh new music while staying true to their traditional songwriting roots.

Recording roughly 50 demo tracks for the new album, High Valley gave their fans the opportunity to weigh in and vote for which tracks (10) would come together to create the album. With songs such as “Rescue You” and “Make You Mine”, featuring their role model and musical hero Ricky Scaggs, High Valley explored new depths with County Line, challenging fans to celebrate the changes the group has overcome since the release of its last record.

In less than a decade the 2013 CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year Award winners have proven to be one of the most impressive Canadian country music duos to date. Earning 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards and garnering multiple CCMA Award and JUNO Award nominations, it is clear to see that High Valley is unstoppable. The group has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Brad Paisley, Carrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanLittle Big Town, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire. 2014 saw them open for the legendary Shania Twain at the Calgary Stampede, in addition to performing at three festivals in Ontario, including the esteemed Boots and Hearts.This fall High Valley will embark on a headlining tour across Canada, making stops in 26 cities. The County Line tour kicks off in Lindsay, Ontario on Friday, October 31st, tickets are available now via the band’s website at highvalleymusic.com. A full list of 2014 fall tour dates can be found below.County Line Track Listing:
1.     County Line
2.     Make You Mine
3.     Be You
4.     Fathers and Sons
5.     Farm Girl
6.     Why God Made a River
7.     She’s With Me
8.     Come on Down
9.     While The Getting’s Good

10.   Rescue You
Confirmed 2014 County Line Tour Dates:
October 31st, 2014              Academy Theatre                                            Lindsay, ON
November 1st, 2014            Centennial Theatre                                          Sherbrooke, QC
November 2nd, 2014           Stirling Festival Theatre                                   Stirling, ON
November 4th, 2014            Orpheum Theatre                                            Vancouver, BC
November 5th, 2014            Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment     Stouffville, ON
November 6th, 2014            Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment     Stouffville, ON
November 7th, 2014            London Music Hall                                           London, ON
November 8th, 2014            Capitol Theatre                                                Chatham, ON
November 10th, 2014          Imperial Theatre                                              Sarnia, ON
November 12th, 2014          Studio at Hamilton Place                                 Hamilton, ON
November 13th, 2014          Dallas Nightclub                                              Kitchener, ON
November 14th, 2014          Neat Coffe Shop                                              Burnstown, ON
November 15th, 2014          Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre                Meaford, ON
November 18th, 2014          Grand Theatre                                                 Kingston, ON
November 20th, 2014          Geraldton Composite High School                  Geraldton, ON
November 21st, 2014          Steinbach E-Free Church                                Steinbach, MB
November 22nd, 2014         Winkler MB Church                                         Winkler, MB
November 23rd, 2014          Watson Arts Centre                                         Dauphin, MB
November 24th, 2014          Centennial Auditorium                                     Brandon, MB

November 25th, 2014          The Dekker Centre                                          North Battleford, SK
November 26th, 2014          Living Sky Casino                                            Swift Current, SK
November 28th, 2014          Festival Place                                                  Sherwood Park, AB
November 30th, 2014          The Den, University of Calgary                        Calgary, AB
December 2nd, 2014           Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre                              Drayton Valley, AB
December 3rd, 2014            Slave Lave Inn                                                 Slave Lake, AB
December 4th, 2014            Keyano College                                                Fort McMurray, AB
December 6th, 2014            Valemount Community Theatre                       Valemount, BC

From NME:

Over 100,000 people have downloaded the free BitTorrent bundle Thom Yorke gave away for free on Friday. The total now stands at 636,000.

A spokesperson for BitTorrent confirmed to NME that 116,000 people downloaded the free portion of the bundle, which includes the single ‘A Brain In A Bottle’ and the video, in the first 24 hours that it was available. BitTorrent users then had the option to pay £3.68 to access the full version of ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, Yorke’s first solo album since ‘The Eraser’ in 2006.

From Sky News:

A would-be holidaymaker has spoken of her shock after an online travel agency almost charged her a whopping £23.7bn for two return flights to Portugal.

Marion Sessions, who owns and runs two holiday cottages in Derbyshire with her husband, was about to click ‘proceed’ on the eDreams website for flights from Birmingham to Faro for them when she noticed the return baggage check-in cost.

She told friends on Facebook: “How’s this for a great price?

“I have just tried to book cheap flights… for a weekend trip to stay with some good friends.

“I Googled ‘cheap flights to Faro’, found eDreams (‘Great Trips at Great Prices’ is their slogan) were offering the best, with Ryanair and Monarch Airlines, at a cost for the two of us of £164.07.

“I duly booked and fortunately was alert enough to realise – before clicking ‘confirm’ that the final cost was the truly – as advertised – great price of £23,659,382,125.95!!!”

She added: “Don’t think our current account would have run to it this month…”

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will embark on his highly anticipated NEIL DIAMOND TOUR 2015, kicking off in Allentown, Pa. on Feb. 27, 2015 and ending in Denver, Colo. on May 31, 2015.Produced exclusively by Live Nation in North America, the 2015 tour will include 29 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada plus one stop in Mexico City, which marks Diamond’s first time ever visiting or performing there.“Neil is one of the greatest live performers touring today and we are honored to be working with him on his 2015 world tour,” said Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer, Live Nation Entertainment. “The depth and power of the Neil Diamond songbook, from his early hits, right through to his soon to be released Melody Road album, will be a treat for fans everywhere.”

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent original studio release, 2008’s Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

The 2015 tour will feature songs from his newest studio album Melody Road, as well as many classic favorites. Tickets go on sale beginning Oct. 13 in the U.S. and Oct. 20 in Canada at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Neil Diamond’s new album, Melody Road, will be released on Oct. 21 via Capitol Records. This album marks his first since signing with Capitol Records.

NEIL DIAMOND TOUR 2015 ROUTING

Date City Venue
2/27/2015 Allentown, PA PPL Center
3/4/2015 London, ON Budweiser Gardens*
3/7/2015 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre*
3/10/2015 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
3/13/2015 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
3/15/2015 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
3/18/2015 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
3/20/2015 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/23/2015 Boston, MA TD Garden
3/26/2015 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
4/2/2015 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre*
4/4/2015 Washington DC Verizon Center
4/7/2015 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
4/9/2015 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/12/2015 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
4/14/2015 Chicago, IL United Center
4/17/2015 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/19/2015 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
4/23/2015 Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace
4/30/2015 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre*
5/2/2015 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome*
5/5/2015 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place*
5/7/2015 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
5/10/2015 Seattle, WA KeyArena
5/12/2015 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
5/15/2015 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
5/19/2015 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
5/26/2015 Houston, TX Toyota Center
5/28/2015 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
5/31/2015 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

Mark your calendars! The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2015 JUNO Awards will open on Wednesday, October 1. Apply online at www.junosubmissions.ca. JUNO Week will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, March 9-15, 2015.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • October 24, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Early-bird deadline to receive discounted submission rates
  • November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for all categories
  • January 6, 2015, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada)

Eligibility:
Eligibility for the 2015 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September 1, 2013 and November 13, 2014. For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria go to www.junoawards.ca/submissions. Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS member. Join today at www.junoawards.ca/membership.

Along with the announcement of submission dates and deadlines, CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:

Fully Digital Submission Process
For the sixth consecutive year, the JUNO Awards will use YANGAROO to streamline the submissions process, however, 2015 marks the first year of a fully digital submission process. This means that submitters will now upload MP3 versions of their music to the submission site instead of mailing physical copies to the CARAS office. YANGAROO’s patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) enables judges to listen to submissions online and allows candidates to add high-resolution photographs, digital booklets and more artist information for judges to preview in the artist’s biography page.

Artist/Group/Breakthrough Artist/Breakthrough Group of the Year
The nominees for Artist, Group, Breakthrough Artist, and Breakthrough Group of the Year will now be determined by an equal weight of sales, CARAS Member vote and Next Big Sound data. Next Big Sound measures the growth and popularity of artists/bands across social networks, and streaming services.  Previously, these categories were determined only by sales and CARAS Member vote.

Jazz Categories
The Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year and Traditional Jazz Album of the Year categories will now be Jazz Album of the Year: Solo and Jazz Album of the Year: Group.  The Solo category will include all artists who have a solo project but play with a group of hired musicians. The Group category will include all duos, trios, quartets, ensembles, orchestras etc.  Please note that the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category will remain the same.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2015 JUNO Awards.

Sponsors of the 2015 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” Radio Starmaker Fund, Province of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation, the City of Hamilton, and TD Bank Group.

Web Links:

JUNO Awards Submission website: www.junosubmissions.ca
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CARAS Membership website: www.junoawards.ca/membership
CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca

On November 17th, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release ‘Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984,’ a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered (five for the first time ever on CD) and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.

The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen’s first decade as a recording artist.

Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.

Albums included:

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)*
The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)*
Born To Run (1975)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
The River (1980)*
Nebraska (1982)*
Born In The U.S.A. (1984)*

*denotes first time remastered on CD

‘Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984′ is available for pre-order at Amazon (CD box set http://smarturl.it/BS_V1_amznCD and Vinyl box set http://smarturl.it/BS_V1_amznLP) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/BS_V1_itunes)

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has announced the first leg of U.S. tour dates in continued support of his newest LP, Space Invader. In addition, a double gatefold 180 gram LP version of Space Invader will be released on October 28th.

11/13 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
11/14 – Sugar Loaf, NY – Sugar Loaf PAC
11/15 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
11/17 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
11/18 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head
11/20 – Huntington, NY – Paramount
11/21 – Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den
11/22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box @ Borgata
11/24 – New York, NY – BB King’s
11/25 – New York, NY – BB King’s
11/26 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre

Just last week, the spaceman announced who will be joining him on stage and even offered a few surprises. Richie Scarlet will perform rhythm guitar and vocal duties. Ritchie played rhythm guitar on Ace’s Trouble Walking album and also toured with Ace in the mid 80s and early 90s.

Chris Wyse, on bass and vocals, has played bass in The Cult since 2006. He also previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and can be heard on select tracks on Space Invader. Scott Coogan will play drums in the touring lineup, and is a Frehley touring band veteran who was also a member of Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction recording and touring band in 2004. “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup,” says Frehley. “Let there be rock!”

Ace Frehley made history with Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. The LP scored the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever, and marks Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.

Space Invader, Frehley’s first studio album in five years, has also received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, “Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear Kiss’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise,” while Associated Press hailed, “the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.” Paste Magazine also confirmed, “Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record.”

Almost 30 years since the debut of one of the most iconic albums in music history, Reckless, Universal Music Enterprises is set to re-release Bryan Adams’ game-changing record on November 24, 2014 in North America. The re-release features a lavish four-disc super-deluxe edition of Reckless housed in a DVD case-sized hardback book that will include the 2014 re-mastered audio and seven bonus tracks, the BBC in Concert Hammersmith Odeon live concert performance recorded in April of 1985, and a DVD of Reckless – The Movie, which was a first at the time, as it was an accompanying release alongside the Reckless album and was shot by the legendary Director, Steve Barron (Dire Straits, Aha, Michael Jackson). The movie features videos from Reckless interspersed with scenes linking the tracks. The fourth disc in the super-deluxe edition is a Blu-Ray Pure Audio™ recording of the original album and a stereo mix re-mastered this year. The celebratory collection will be available at retailers nationwide.

The packaging of Reckless includes never before seen historical photos from the studio, photos of Bryan and writing partner Jim Vallance as well as a fascinating conversation between the two of them, remembering the writing and recording of the album cut by cut. There is an exclusive interview with Adams and a technical interview with legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig as well as lyrics, work sheets, paperwork, notes and much much more, remarkably kept intact from 1984 – truly an amazing and comprehensive collection of music and memorabilia.

A&M Records released Reckless three decades ago on November 5th, 1984 – on Adams’ 25th birthday – the 10-track record, spawned six ground-breaking hit singles, “Run To You,” “Somebody,” “Heaven,” “Summer of 69,” “One Night Love Affair” and “It’s Only Love” – the duet with the iconic Tina Turner. Reckless is the album that catapulted Adams’ career onto the international stage, becoming a multi-million selling disc in the U.K., Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.S., Germany and of course his home country of Canada. From the opening act to headliner, Top 20 to #1, the album was the tipping point in Adams’ career.

The original 10-track recording of RECKLESS stretched on for months: sessions began in March 1984, but the album wasn’t finished until September. “By the time I’d finished the album,” noted Adams, “I was completely exhausted. I’d pushed everybody, including myself, very hard. It was almost like I didn’t care about any other relationship any more with anybody. I was just going to make the best record I possibly could.”

History proves he did just that. “Reckless was just the right record at the right time,” says Adams. “It was just unstoppable.