On Thanksgiving night, November 26, the ABC Network will air back-to-back hours from two of the world’s biggest music stars, Beyoncé and Paul McCartney. Both specials will incorporate rarely seen footage of Beyoncé and Paul McCartney, revealing interviews from the artists and their unique musical performances.
As previously announced, Jennifer Hudson, the multitalented actress-singer whose accolades include an Academy Award for the movie “Dreamgirls” and a Grammy for “Best R&B Album,” heads back to her hometown of Chicago to share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her phenomenal success in her first television special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for The Princess and the Frog, available digitally and in stores on November 23, 2009. The Princess and the Frog marks the return to traditional hand-drawn 2D animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman. The Walt Disney Pictures film takes place in New Orleans, whose sounds of jazz, Zydeco, blues and Gospel present the perfect musical setting for the film. Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo contributes “Never Knew I Needed,” the featured end credit song of the film. The soundtrack features performances by Dr. John, the film’s Anika Noni Rose, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Michael Leon-Wooley, and Jenifer Lewis, with performances on trumpet by Terence Blanchard.
BURBANK, Calif. — On October 13, 2009 Walt Disney Records releases a two-disc retrospective collection of music by award-winning songwriting team, Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman. Hired by Walt Disney himself as his first and only staff songwriters, the Sherman Brothers music has been an important part of motion pictures, theme park attractions, television productions, records, compact discs, and Broadway shows – entertaining millions of people all over the world.
The two-disc set includes 59 songs highlighting the Sherman Brothers’ incredibly prolific Disney years – from Annette’s 1959 hit “Tall Paul” to their work from The Tigger Movie in 2000. Newly restored with the latest digital technology, this collection features not only their landmark hits from Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, and “it’s a small world,” but a number of their other classics – many available for the first time on CD.
BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7 — Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records has reason to celebrate this week, as they hold 3 titles in the top 15 of Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart with debuts by multi-platinum selling Breaking Benjamin (Dear Agony) at # 4, Selena Gomez & The Scene (Kiss & Tell) at # 9 and the multi-platinum selling Miley Cyrus (The Time of Our Lives) at # 11. This is the third time in 2 years for Hollywood Records to hold 3 titles in the top 15.
Radio Disney marks the highly anticipated Hollywood Records release of “Kiss and Tell,” the debut album from Selena Gomez & the Scene, with three weeks of special programming and promotions designed to connect listeners directly to one of their favorite artists. On the album release date, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Radio Disney will announce the name of one lucky listener who will win the “Ultimate Rock Star Flyaway” sweepstakes prize — a chance to travel via private jet to Los Angeles where the winner and seven guests will go via limousine to an exclusive concert by Selena Gomez & the Scene.
Burbank, September 11, 2009 — Radio Disney, which Billboard magazine ranked among the Top 20 on its Maximum Exposure list of ways to get music noticed, will launch an all-new edition of its “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.), a daily multi-platform programming feature that puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the course of 10 weeks, beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, Radio Disney listeners will be introduced to five unsigned N.B.T. artists, age 12-17, and invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite at RadioDisney.com or by texting “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (Msg. & data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission first.) . The highest ranked N.B.T. artist will have the opportunity to have their single featured on the upcoming Walt Disney Records’ Radio Disney Jams 12 CD. Simultaneously, Disney Channel will present a preview of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent in interstitials hosted by Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With a Chance”).
Michael Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney, said: “We’re creating a fully encompassing environment to showcase great new artists on Radio Disney with further exposure on Disney Channel, Disney.com and our N.B.T. mobile website; providing a truly immersive multi-platform experience for kids and families.”
BURBANK, Calif. — On September 9, 2009 Walt Disney Records celebrates the 40th Anniversary of The Haunted Mansion with two CD releases — The Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion and The Haunted Mansion. Both CDs were produced, fully restored and compiled by Grammy®-winning producer Randy Thornton.
Hot new recording artists Honor Society, the first band signed to Jonas Brothers’ joint venture label with Disney’s Hollywood Records, will perform during the largest Disney fan gathering ever, D23 EXPO on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The band’s debut album, “Fashionably Late,” will release on September 15 and its first single, “Over You,” is now rolling out on radio stations nationwide.
Delivering an R&B/pop/rock sound, skilled musicianship, energetic live shows and a sense of style, Honor Society was named a breakout band to watch by Rolling Stone, identified as Buzzworthy Artists by MTV and opened for one of the most popular tour this year, Jonas Brother World Tour 2009 with Jordin Sparks.
The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:
Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.