Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its Emmy Award-winning Playhouse Disney series, “Imagination Movers,” starring New Orleans’ favorite alternative rock band for preschoolers. Production on the third season of music-filled episodes will resume in New Orleans in June 2010. The season will also include the first-ever Imagination Movers concert special. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, senior vice president, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.
The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians. The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films – from “The Little Mermaid” to “Jungle Book” – recorded by such esteemed artists as Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu. The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.
“The genius of Disney songs is that they are timeless and adaptable to every musical genre,” said executive producer Brian Malouf. “Reggae is so joyous and spirited, we knew these songs would lend themselves perfectly. I’m happy to say the artists, many of them true legends of reggae, all jumped at the chance to participate.”
First the show inspired the attraction, then the attraction spawned a contestant and now Disney is invading the stage this week as Miley Cyrus will not only mentor the Billboard #1 hits themed show this week, but she will also perform her song When I Look of You from her upcoming film The Last Song. Also joining Miley on stage during the results show on Wednesday night will be Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato performing their new joint Make a Wave which will be featured in Disneynature’s upcoming release OCEANS.
Radio Disney will launch a new multi-platform daily programming feature, ”N.B.T.: Making It Big,” chronicling the rise of Allstar Weekend, the inaugural year “N.B.T.” (“Next Big Thing”) finalists now signed to Hollywood Records. Premiering on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, “N.B.T.: Making It Big” provides audiences on-air, online and via mobile devices an inside look at what it takes to make it big in the music industry. “N.B.T.: Making It Big” will take Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences behind the scenes of Allstar Weekend’s journey leading up to the June 22 release of their debut album on Hollywood Records. Featuring details on how they first formed their band and became “N.B.T.” artists to what they love most about recording sessions, photo shoots, and making music videos, “N.B.T.: Making It Big” will give audiences a first-hand perspective into the lives of these rising stars.
For the first time in the 13-year history of ABC’s Emmy® award-winning talk and entertainment program, “The View,” a featured musical guest will make two consecutive appearances this March, Bill Geddie, executive producer, announced today.
Canadian Pop/R&B sensation Justin Bieber is familiar with screaming girls and mayhem. Bieber is one of the hottest young stars on the music scene today and is set to make history on “The View” as the first artist to make back-to-back appearances/performances on the show, live, MONDAY, MARCH 22 and TUESDAY, MARCH 23 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). He will perform an acoustic version of “Never Let You Go” and then, with his band, perform his new single, “Baby,” off his forthcoming second album, “My World 2.0″ (set to drop of March 23). Bieber will also be interviewed by the show’s five hosts.
The Walt Disney World resort has provided us with the (almost) full line-up of the annual Sounds Like Summer concert series at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre. Admission to the concert series which features established cover bands is free with paid admission to the park. This year’s series runs from June 12 through July 31 and includes the following acts:
- June 12 – June 19: Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
- June 20 – June 26: Hotel California (Eagles)
- June 27 – July 3: Karin Lawson (Janet Jackson)
- July 4 – July 10: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)
Thanks to our good friends at Walt Disney Records, we are pleased to offer our biggest giveaway to date! Not just one, but BOTH soundtracks to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (ARV: $37.98) with not just one but TEN sets to give away in all and not just one but THREE ways to enter. Here’s how!
IMPORTANT: You will be able to enter once per method, but can win only once regardless of the methods chosen.
Hollywood Records has just posted the video for White Rabbitby Grace Potter and the Nocturnals from the Almost Alice soundtrack of mostly original songs inspired by the Walt Disney Studios film Alice in Wonderland. The song should easily be recognized as a cover of the infamous 1967 tune by Jefferson Airplane.
The special Hot Topic exclusive edition of Almost Alice, music inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is now available for pre-order at a special price. Available March 2, the Hot Topic edition includes exclusive bonus tracks from Never Shout Never and Family Force Five.
Walt Disney Studios held a special Alice in Wonderland event last night in association with Hot Topic at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. The event was streamed live on the internet where tens of thousands watched Kerli, 3OH!3, Metro Station and Never Shout Never perform their respective tracks off of the Almost Alice soundtrack. In addition, the enthusiastic crowd was greeted by cast members Mia Wasikowski, Helana Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen and Johnny Depp as well as Tim Burton himself.
We are pleased to share with you several photos from the event, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, as well as interviews with the cast that took place backstage.