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Cat Stevens Announces “Catch Bull At Four” 50th Anniversary Edition

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Announces "Catch Bull At Four" 50th Anniversary Edition;

Los Angeles – October 7, 2022 – Following the 50th anniversaries of Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ seminal albums Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, and Teaser and the Firecat, 2022 will see the legendary singer-songwriter celebrate 1972’s Catch Bull At Four with a newly remastered 50th anniversary edition. The platinum-selling title, which marked Cat Stevens’ most successful chart album, will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original release on both 180-gram black vinyl and limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl, which will be available exclusively on CatStevens.com, UDiscover Music and Sound Of Vinyl. Catch Bull At Four will also return to CD for the first time since its reissue in 2000 and the new remaster will also be available for streaming in both standard and stunning hi-resolution audio. All formats will be released December 2nd via A&M/UMe.

Pre-order Catch Bull At Four: ycs.lnk.to/CatchBullRemasteredPR

“Contrary to the spiritual nature and theme of the album, Catch Bull At Four went straight to number one and became one of my biggest commercial accomplishments. It was scary! I feared it would divert me from my spiritual goal. That’s precisely why I followed it up with an album called Foreigner, which would sacrifice my newly acquired crown for a welcome return to obscurity.”

Released in the autumn of 1972, Catch Bull At Four marked Cat Stevens’ sixth studio album and fourth release on Island RecordsA&M in the U.S. – following Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman (both 1970), and 1971’s Teaser and the Firecat. In the two years leading up to the highly anticipated title, the British singer-songwriter had soared to incredible heights, becoming a global star with such hits as “Father and Son,” “Wild World,” “Where Do The Children Play?” “Morning Has Broken” and “Peace Train.”

The album found Cat Stevens reuniting with producer (and former Yardbird) Paul Samwell-Smith and guitarist Alun Davies, who collaborated with the artist on his previous three records. Joining them in the studio was drummer Gerry Conway, who appeared on Teaser and the Firecat, plus bassist Alan James, and keyboardist Jean Roussel. The album’s title, meanwhile, was inspired by Kuòān Shīyuǎn’sTen Bulls of Zen,” a series of short poems, in which a protagonist sets out in search of a bull, catches and tames him, and, through the experience, finds enlightenment.

When examining the years leading up to Catch Bull At Four, it’s certainly no surprise that the artist found himself looking increasingly inward. After having initial success as a teenager with hits like “Matthew and Son” and “I Love My Dog,” Cat Stevens faced a near-fatal battle with tuberculosis. As he endured months of recovery, the artist made significant changes to his life and began to explore spirituality. This metamorphosis was also reflected in his songwriting, as he embraced a stripped-down, folk-rock aesthetic, while his lyrics became increasingly reflective and poetic. During this period, which proved to be quite prolific, the artist wrote more than three dozen songs – the majority of which appeared on Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, and Teaser and the Firecat. By the time Cat Stevens began work on Catch Bull At Four, however, he was entering a new creative chapter.

The songs on Catch Bull At Four find the artist grappling with his dizzying rise to fame, while, at the same time, delving deeper into his spiritual journey. This search for meaning is illustrated in the album’s title, which specifically references the challenge and strength one must summon as they seek enlightenment. The opening track, “Sitting,” also speaks to this dichotomy. Cat Stevens sings, “Sitting on my own not by myself/Everybody’s here with me/I don’t need to touch your face to know/And I don’t need to use my eyes to see.” Later, the artist speaks to the trappings of celebrity: “Bleeding half my soul in bad company/I thank the moon I had the strength to stop.”

Sonically, the songs reflect a stylistic shift, with Cat Stevens opting for a more elaborate sound than his previous three records, introducing a broader array of instrumentation, backing vocals, and lush, multi-layered arrangements. This development resulted in no small part from the fact that Cat’s steep ascent into superstardom meant that he found himself performing in ever bigger venues to increasingly large crowds. He felt the need to expand his sound accordingly and began to lean on his love of R&B, soul, and even musical theatre to do so. These influences can be heard across the album, but particularly in such tracks as “Can’t Keep It In” and “O’Caritas,both of which find the artist expressing his concerns for the state of the world. The foreboding album closer, “Ruins,” takes these sentiments a step further. In many ways the song can be seen as a successor to the prescient ecological anthem “Where Do The Children Play?” although, this time the outlook seems considerably more bleak. “Ah but it’s all changed winter turned on a man/Came down on day when no-one was looking and it/Stole away the land, people running scared, losing hands/Dodging shadows of falling sand, buildings standing like empty shells/And nobody…helping no-one else,” he sings.

Catch Bull At Four certainly has plenty of moments of optimism as well. A joyful, romantic spirit runs through songs like the tender “Sweet Scarlett” and the playful “Angelsea, featuring guest vocals from singer Linda Lewis. Cat Stevens also offers a message of hope with “Silent Sunlight.” Bolstered by strings and woodwinds, he sings about embracing a childlike sense of wonder: “Sing a song of love and truth/We’ll soon remember if you do/When all things were tall/And our friends were small/And the world was new.” These songs contain all the charm, sincerity and imaginative flair that were so instrumental to the success of his previous three albums, and his gift for timeless folk storytelling arguably reaches its zenith with the glorious “The Boy With A Moon And Star On His Head” Clocking in at nearly six minutes long, the song weaves the elaborate tale of a man’s passionate and deeply romantic transgression prior to his wedding. A year later a baby is left in a basket upon his doorstep and the child grows to become a sage who gives voice to the enlightened message of universal love “And people would ride from far and wide just to seek the word he spread/I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned/And love is all, he said.”

Upon its release Catch Bull At Four built on the massive success of its predecessor, becoming Cat Stevens’ first album to top the Billboard 200, where it remained No. 1 in the U.S. for three consecutive weeks. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, and broadly acclaimed by critics, Catch Bull At Four also topped the album charts in Canada and Australia and peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. Single “Sitting,” meanwhile, was a Top 20 hit in the U.S., while “Can’t Keep It In” peaked at No. 13 on the UK pop charts.

Now, a half a century later, fans can enjoy Catch Bull At Four at its best, with audio digitally remastered at 24bit/96kHz from the original stereo production tapes by Mazen Murad. The LP edition is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket, featuring newly-restored artwork. The CD edition, meanwhile, includes a new 16-page booklet featuring photos and press clippings from the era, as well as lyrics.

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3 Doors Down Announces Away From the Sun Anniversary Tour

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March 20, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA) This summer, 3 Doors Down celebrates its sophomore album, Away From The Sun, by hitting amphitheaters in major markets across the US for the Away From The Sun Anniversary Tour, produced by Live Nation. The band will be playing all of the songs from the album throughout the performances, plus all of their biggest hits. Artist Presale and VIP Packages are available beginning March 21 at 10am local time. The general onsale for the tour begins Friday, March 24 at 10am local time and will be available HERE.

Away From The Sun features “Here Without You,” which reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified 6x platinum in the US. The lead single, “When I’m Gone,” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming one of the longest-running number-one singles.

Special guest Candlebox will be supporting 3 Doors Down on the Away From The Sun Anniversary Tour for what is slated to be the band’s last US tour to promote the 30th anniversary of the band and their final farewell studio album being released later this year by Round Hill Records.

Candlebox will also perform at 3 Doors Down’s 18th Annual “The Better Life Foundation Concert” this fall. The event will take place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC, on October 21. To date, The Better Life Foundation has donated over $3 Million to veterans, children, women, and humanitarian relief efforts domestically and around the globe. For more information about The Better Life Foundation, click HERE.

Away From The Sun has always been a personal favorite of mine because of how much it resonated with our country’s service members,” shares 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold. “We are so blessed to be able to celebrate these significant milestones because we were very young making these albums, and we still have so much more life to give our fans.” Arnold continues, “The show we are planning will be next level this year. It’s going to be incredible to have Candlebox on tour with us. I’ve been  a fan of theirs since I was a teenager..“ 

3 Doors Down will also star in Season IV of television’s most successful nationally syndicated music-driven series, THE SONG, on March 25. THE SONG takes a quintessential look at the indelible legacies of celebrated recording artists and the music that made them famous. THE SONG airs on major network affiliates in 150 markets across the country. Click HERE for more information. 

AWAY FROM THE SUN ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES  
**Not a Live Nation Date 

06.14  Baltimore, MD   Pier Six Pavilion

06.16  Indianapolis, IN   TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

06.17  Tinley Park, IL   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

06.21  Sterling Heights, MI  Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

06.23**  Dubuque, IA   Q Casino

06.24**  Prior Lake, MN   Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

06.28  Holmdel, NJ   PNC Bank Arts Center

06.30  Gilford, NH   Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

07.01  Bridgeport, CT   Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

07.05**  Traverse City, MI  Cherry Festival

07.07**  Huber Heights, OH  Rose Music Center 

07.08**  Grantville, PA   Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

07.13**  Wheatland, CA   Hard Rock Live Sacramento

07.15**  Costa Mesa, CA  Orange County Fair

07.16**  Las Vegas, NV   Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort

07.18  Phoenix, AZ   Arizona Financial Theatre

07.20  Salt Lake City, UT  USANA Amphitheatre

07.21**  Fort Hall, ID   Shoshone-Bannock Casino

07.23**  Great Falls, MT   Voyagers Stadium

07.25  Denver, CO   Fillmore Auditorium

07.27  Airway Heights, WA  BECU Live at Northern Quest

07.28  Bend, OR   Hayden Homes Amphitheater

08.04  Corbin, KY   The Corbin Arena

08.05  Tuscaloosa, AL   Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

08.09   Rogers, AR   Walmart AMP

08.11  Southaven, MS   BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

08.12**  Sedalia, MO   Missouri State Fair

08.16  Orange Beach, AL  The Wharf Amphitheater

08.18  Nashville, TN   Ascend Amphitheater

08.19  Atlanta, GA   Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

08.23  New Orleans, LA  Champions Square

08.25  Virginia Beach, VA  Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

08.26  Raleigh, NC   Red Hat Amphitheater

08.30  Simpsonville, SC  CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park

09.01  Charleston, SC   Credit One Stadium

09.02  Charlotte, NC   Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

09.06  Kansas City, MO  Starlight Theatre

09.08  North Little Rock, AR  Simmons Bank Arena

09.09  Brandon, MS   Brandon Amphitheater

09.13  Jacksonville, FL   Daily’s Place

09.15  Tampa, FL   MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

at the FL State Fairgrounds

09.16  Boca Raton, FL   Mizner Park Amphitheater

09.20  Austin, TX   Moody Amphitheater

09.22  Irving, TX   The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

09.23  Sugar Land, TX   Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

10.21**  Cherokee, NC    Harrah’s Cherokee

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Lola Brooke Unveils Fiery “So Disrespectful” Official Music Video Out Now

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March 10, 2023 (NEW YORK, NY) – Today, rap superstar in-the-making Lola Brooke quells an eagerly awaited demand for new music with the release of her latest track, “So DISRESPECTFUL,” out now via Arista Records/Team Eighty Productions. The roaring, bass-heavy new music release from flourishing rap phenom is met with a cinematic music video available to watch via YouTube
March 10, 2023 (NEW YORK, NY) – Today, rap superstar in-the-making Lola Brooke quells an eagerly awaited demand for new music with the release of her latest track, “So DISRESPECTFUL,” out now via Arista Records/Team Eighty Productions. The roaring, bass-heavy new music release from flourishing rap phenom is met with a cinematic music video available to watch via YouTube/VEVO HERE. Listen to “”So DISRESPECTFULHERE.
 
Within the first seconds of the Reefa Music [Lola Brooke “Here I Come,” “Back To Business”] and Gyard [Lil Durk] produced track “So Disrespectful,” listeners are met with an intimidating, grim beat that encapsulates the presence of Lola’s ‘Big Gator’ energy. Lola floats over the base-knocking track on wax like the heavyweight champ she has proven to be in music and more. Her punchlines and adlibs taillies up more victories as she reminds you that she’s always ready for war and wins—it’s Gator Season. The lyrically-stacked “So Disrespectful” music release made its debut today with an accompanying music video, directed by BenMarc [NLE Choppa, BIA, Moneybagg Yo,] that sharply displays the energy Lola continues to be known for in vivid color. 

Within the last year, Lola Brooke’s rise in music has soared to astronomical heights. Her single “Don’t Play With It,” still setting a tone as a breakout hit, has amassed 77M+ worldwide streams to date. The track has recently earned placements on flagship Hip Hop playlists like Spotify’s “RapCaviar,” Apple Music’s “Rap Life,” and Amazon Music’s “Rap Rotation.”
 
This past weekend, Lola concluded the North American leg of her first tour with A Boogie wit da Hoodie via the ‘Me vs. Myself Tour.’ Lola brought efforts home as she performed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in front of a sold-out show with over 19,000 concert-goers in attendance. The Brooklyn native took to social media to share her gratitude and fulfillment for the night via Instagram HERE. The night of celebration at Barclays also included a heavy-hitting preview performance of today’s latest release, “So DISRESPECTFUL,” which incited cheers and chills the moment Lola voiced the first line. 
 
Moreover, on the touring and live-performance front, Lola will perform in Austin, TX, at SXSW on Billboard’s ‘The Stage at SXSW’ on March 16. For more information, visit HERE. Lola will also visit the U.K. in London, Manchester, and Birmingham later this month via A Boogie with da Hoodie’s ‘Me v. Myself Tour.’ Rounding up the first half of the year, as it stands, the 2023 artist to watch will be embarking on an entire string of festival show dates via Broccoli City Festival in Washington D.C, Openair Frauenfeld taking place in Switzerland, Wireless Festival in Finsbury, London & Roling Loud Germany, Rolling Loud Portugal and Rolling Loud Rotterdam. 
 
This latest in strides for the one-to-watch artist Lola Brooke arrives on the heels of Lola being deemed ‘one of eleven artists set to make it big in 2023’ via Rolling Stone, ‘one of twenty rappers to watch in 2023’ via Complex along with several other artist to watch spotlight profiles from iHeartPop SugarGeniusHHDX and Vogue. In the same breath, for the month of February, the Bed-Stuy native held the title of Rookie of the Month for Billboard and BET Amplified Artist of the Month. Renowned footwear brand Timberland® last month unveiled their latest campaign with Lola celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop and the Original Timberland Boot, both formed in 1973. This past Sunday, Lola made with acting debut via the hit CBS series East New York for episode fourteen, ‘Family Tithes.’
 
More to come from The Face of New York, Lola Brooke, as she dominates in global success. 
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Def Leppard With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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This album represents a bold new approach to Def Leppard’s most loved songs. Def Leppard have deconstructed and rebuilt not only some of their most well-known tracks, but also some of their hidden gems as well. By and large, they have intertwined the audio from the original tapes and performed them alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading orchestras. The album additionally includes new vocals and guitars that culminate in stunningly beautiful symphonic arrangements, which at different points you can hear Joe Elliott duetting with his younger self.

Vocalist Joe Elliott says, “Def Leppard has always enjoyed veering off the expected path – working with the likes of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Alison Krauss for example. So, when the offer to revisit some of our back catalogue with the Royal Philharmonic was presented to us, we all jumped at it. Although we’re far from the first band to ever do this, working directly with an orchestra at Abbey Road on some of our more orchestrated songs seemed too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road in March 2022 and is produced by Def Leppard, Ronan McHugh & Nick Patrick (producer of the following RPO/Orchestral albums – xElvis, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys and Buddy Holly), with arrangements by Eric Gorfain (Neil Diamond, Ryan Adams, Christina Aguilera).

Guitarist Phil Collen says, When the offer of doing an orchestral album with the RPO was suggested, we were honoured. But we didn’t just want an orchestra plonked over our previous recordings. We decided to create something special where we would have something classic but present it in a brand new way that would involve making everything work in the context of Drastic Symphonies. Recording new parts, remixing previous sounds, taking some of our instruments out so the orchestra could breathe, and literally making a new album. It was an amazingly inspirational process culminating in the live recording of the RPO at Abbey Road studios in London. An absolute team effort that took a good part of a year. It’s a new Def Leppard album, it’s a greatest hits plus album with some songs rarely heard before, it’s a live RPO album and we think it’s perfect. We’re so proud of how Drastic Symphonies turned out and can’t wait to share it to the world.”

The album will be available on CD, 2LP black vinyl, limited 2LP colored vinyl, limited 2LP picture disc, CD/Blu-Ray (Atmos) and digitally. Building upon elements from the album artwork, a collection of exclusive merch is now available for pre-order in the band’s official store.

Album tracklisting as follows:

  • Turn To Dust
  • Paper Sun
  • Animal
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (Stripped version)
  • Hysteria
  • Love Bites
  • Goodbye For Good This Time
  • Love
  • Gods Of War
  • Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
  • Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
  • Switch 625
  • Too Late for Love
  • When Love & Hate Collide
  • Kings Of the World

The vinyl and Atmos versions will also feature an exclusive bonus track

  • Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad

Album Pre-Order link: https://DefLeppard.lnk.to/ds-physicalpr 
Album Hero Link (Pre-Order & Pre-Save): https://defleppard.lnk.to/drs-symppr 
IG1 Animal Listen Now: https://DefLeppard.lnk.to/animal-dspr 

2022 saw Def Leppard release their critically and commercially acclaimed 12th studio album Diamond Star Halos which charted all over the world including a top 5 and top 10 in both North America and the U.K.. Early 2023, saw the band score a U.K. No 1 Netflix film with their cameo in acclaimed movie Bank Of Dave. Joe Elliott is also currently riding high in charts across the world with his guest vocal on the Ghost track “Spillways.”

The band also embarked on a SOLD-OUT stadium tour across North America with Motley Crue in 2022 – selling over 1.3 million tickets. February and March 2023 saw the tour wow audiences throughout Central and South America. In May, June and July the must-see tour of 2023 comes to Europe, including a stop at the iconic Wembley Stadium on July 1st.  Full European tour dates below:

THE WORLD TOUR DATES:
Mon, May 22, 2023             Sheffield, UK                         Bramall Lane
Wed, May 25, 2022           Mönchengladbach, Germany SparkassenPark
Sat, May 27, 2023             Munich, Germany             Koenigsplatz
Mon, May 29, 2023             Budapest, Hungary               MVM Dome
Wed, May 31, 2023             Krakow, Poland                   TAURON Arena Kraków
Fri, Jun 2, 2023                 Prague, Czech Republic     Prague Rocks *
Sat, Jun 3, 2023               Hannover, Germany               Expo Plaza
Tue, Jun 7, 2022               Solvesborg, Sweden            Sweden Rock Festival *
Fri, Jun 9, 2023                 Helsinki, Finland                 RockFest *
Sun, Jun 11, 2023                 Trondheim, Norway             Trondheim Rocks *
Wed, Jun 14, 2023                 Copenhagen, Denmark           COPENHELL *
Sun, Jun 18, 2023                    Dessel, Belgium                 Graspop Metal Meeting *
Tue, Jun 20, 2023                 Milan, Italy                         Ippodromo SNAI San Siro
Fri, Jun 23, 2023                   Lisbon, Portugal                 Passeio Maritimo de Alges
Sat, Jun 24, 2023               Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain     Auditorio Miguel Ríos
Tue, Jun 27, 2023                   Thun, Switzerland               Stockhorn Arena
Sat, Jul 1, 2023                     London, UK               Wembley Stadium
Sun, Jul 2, 2023                     Lytham, UK                   Lytham Festival *
Tue, Jul 4, 2023                       Dublin, Ireland           Marlay Park
Thu, Jul 6, 2023                     Glasgow, UK                 Hampden Park
*Festival Date

For tickets check local listings for complete details including VIP offerings, on sale times vary. To purchase tickets please visit defleppard.com.

ABOUT DEF LEPPARD:
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as the world’s greatest live rock band. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalogue worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again, which found their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at No. 3 in the U.S., and No. 5 in the U.K. (36 years after the album had charted at No 1 in the Billboard charts). Def Leppard also had the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 records on the U.S. catalog albums chart. The band have gone on to amass a staggering 5.5 billion streams since 2018, reaching a younger 18-44 demographic that now represents 58% of their fanbase. Additionally, the band have garnered an impressive 15 million followers across their social media platforms. In May 2022, Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Apple and Amazon Music charts. The album also scored a Top 10 debut on North America’s Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band’s eighth Top 10 album of their career, and garnered a No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart. Diamond Star Halos had numerous Top 10 chart entries globally including a Top 5 debut in the U.K. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold in excess of 1,000,000 tickets and the tour grossed over $100,000,000.00, a massive feat in today’s touring world. Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe topped that number yet again with another sold out North American stadium run in 2022 selling over 1.3 million tickets which grossed a staggering $173,500,000.00. As always, the group keeps pushing the boundaries with their electrifying live shows.

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