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walking on sunshine - 25th anniversary


When the songwriter Kimberly Rew wrote a song “Walking on Sunshine” for the band Katrina and the Waves more than a quarter of century before, who could have imagined that it would become one of the most popular songs in the world that will keep on being played over and over far into the future.

It’s a song that defines “feel-good” and has featured on the soundtrack to countless films, including Look Who's Talking, High Fidelity, American Psycho and Moon. It's been shimmied to on US show Dancing With The Stars, auditioned with on America's Got Talent and most recently sung on the global phenomenon that is US series Glee, as well as being covered by major artists such as Dolly Parton.

For the 25th anniversary of the release of the worldwide smash- hit a new African-flavoured version of the ‘drive time’ radio favourite has been recorded by the ever-inspiring Soweto Gospel Choir aided by some of the original band mates. Not surprisingly the BBC is set to feature it in its 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage – perfect for that back-of-the-net, dodging team-mates, ridiculous dance celebratory vibe!

 

perrineau expands media impact in a busy season

Harold Perrineau, actor, musician and songwriter, renowned for his many significant and versatile roles both in film and television, is set to release his debut full-length album this winter. The first single of the album will hit the stores this summer and is entitled MOVIN ON.

No stranger to music – a former student at the prestigious Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia – Perrineau teamed up and has been working for the past three years in active collaboration with music producer Tomo J. in der Muhlen, to come up with material for the album that mirrors the level of quality Perrineau has always sought in acting. The first single off the album, “Movin’ On” will be released by the end of June, and the video shoot is slated to begin in Los Angeles in mid-April.

To kick off the promotional activities related to the album, Perrineau will play live on Friday, April 16th at the landmark L.A. club “The Mint”. In this sneak preview of his tour, Perrineau will showcase some of his album material for the first time in front of live audience.

During an extraordinarily busy season, to the delight of millions of fans around the world, Perrineau returns as Michael Dawson for the second half of the sixth and final season of the cult television series “Lost”, in an episode airing on April 13th on ABC. Perrineau then shifts networks to guest star in an episode of “CSI: NY” airing on April 14th on CBS.

Perrineau is currently wrapping Roger Donaldson’s latest feature “The Hungry Rabbit Jumps” alongside Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce, set to hit the theaters in summer of 2010.

Watch and listen out for Harold Perrineau in the months to come.

 

dino merlin song big hit in turkey

One of the most famous Turkish pop singers Mustafa Sandal, also known as Musti, has achieved tremendous success in Turkey's with the adaptation of a hit song “Da Sutis” originally composed by IDM’s Dino Merlin.

After marrying a famous Serbian singer of Bosnian origin, Emina Jahovic, Musti became interested in Dino's work as Dino and Emina had collaborated on her last album for which they recorded a duet hit song "Honey." Musti was so enthralled by Dino's song "Da Sutis” at first hearing that he decided without any hesitation to adapt the song to Turkish and to include it in his new album.

It is also important to note that in Turkey the adaptation of foreign hits from neighboring countries is considered as an expression great respect for the original author and performer of the song so that this cover has propelled Dino to the very top of the Turkish pop scene.

Musti emerged on the Turkish music scene in the early nineties and has released 10 albums to date with total sales of 13 million copies.

Both versions of the songs can be heard on YouTube by clicking on the following links:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwcZE0cPlME (Dino Merlin)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZEEt1JCXwE (Mustafa Sandal)

 

half century with a cherry on top

One of the leading independent music publishing companies in the world, Cherry Lane, proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of successful existence in musical industry. The company that started in 1960, by legendary arranger and record producer Milt Okun, now represents many globally famous artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Ashford & Simpson, the legendary John Denver and Elvis Presley and many more. Milt Okun opened an office in his apartment above the Cherry Lane Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village, with the goal to improve the position of the songwriters, who were often being taken advantage of by publishers.
Besides working with leading music performers, the company also cooperated with many film, television and brand partners including DreamWorks Pictures and Animation, E! Entertainment, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company, Marvel Entertainment, Sanrio (Hello Kitty) etc.

The big celebration of the anniversary will take place on May 19th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and it will include performances by some of the biggest names of the company’s current roster, including the Cherry Lane’s first-signed writer, folk legend Tom Paxton.
IDM Music team happily congratulates our business partner, with a cherry on top! :)


KOBALT'S BRIGHT $TAR: KE$HA

Since last week's cover of the Billboard magazine was decorated with the her lovely face and since her single «Tik Tok» moved into a ninth week at no. 1 on Hot 100 singles, we decided to dedicate few lines to this new bright star on the musical sky, called Ke$ha.
This young girl started her music career in 2005 but her breakthrough did not come before 2009, when she collaborated with Flo Rida on his number one single «Right round», and from that point on she started breaking up the world's musical records like it's nothing:
-her debut single «Tik Tok» set the record for the most digital downloads in a week by a female artist
-the song also became the longest-running no.1 debut single by a female artists on the Billobard Hot 100 since 1977.
-Ke$ha is the first artist who took simultaneously a debut album («Animal») and single to no.1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.
-On the maistream Top 40 chart «Tik Tok» was the most played song in the 17 year history of its statistics

Check out her newest video as well as more info on her on:
www.keshasparty.com 

 

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