News Column

Universal Music Enterprises' Popular 'ICON' Series Continues

October 8, 2013


New Collections for Music's Most Legendary Artists in Stores October 8 & October 15

New ICON Titles for Paula Abdul, Commodores, Crystal Gayle, Ice Cube, Huey Lewis and The News, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Rat Pack, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, and Wilson Phillips

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues its acclaimed ICON series with several new releases on October 8, including Paula Abdul, Commodores, Crystal Gayle, Ice Cube, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Rat Pack, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, and Wilson Phillips. A new collection for Huey Lewis and The News will be released on October 15.

With its history and vast catalog of artists, UMe's continuing ICON series showcases the best music from the most popular, iconic and influential artists of all time. ICON is a proven physical line, a true cross-genre success with more than seven million copies sold in three years.

The following new ICON collections will be released October 8:

Paula Abdul ICON After choreographing Janet Jackson's hit video for "Control" and earning an EMMY(R) Award for her dance/choreography work on "The Tracey Ullman Show," Paula Abdul launched her own music career. Abdul's debut album, Straight Up, spawned massive hits in its title track and "Forever Your Girl," rocketing her to stardom.

Abdul released her second album, Spellbound, in 1991, and her third, Head Over Heels, in 1995. By 2000, Abdul had released two No. 1 albums and six No. 1 singles, and won a GRAMMY(R) Award. Her albums have sold more than 30 million copies.

All of Paula Abdul's top Billboard smashes are featured in the new ICON collection, including "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Rush, Rush," "Opposites Attract," "Cold Hearted," "The Promise of A New Day," and "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me."

1. Straight Up 2. Forever Your Girl 3. Cold Hearted 4. Knocked Out 5. (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me 6. Opposites Attract 7. Rush, Rush 8. The Promise Of A New Day 9. Blowing Kisses In The Wind 10. Vibeology 11. Will You Marry Me?

The Commodores ICON Motown legends the Commodores were one of the major crossover acts of the 1970s, launching Lionel Richie's music career. The band's first album, 1974's Machine Gun, featured the scorching instrumental title song, which reached the Top 10 of Billboard's Soul charts. Within a year, the band released two more albums, Caught In The Act and Movin' On, which featured their first major crossover hit, "Sweet Love."

In 1977 they released their best-selling album, the self-titled Commodores, which featured the band's two biggest hits, "Easy," which showcased Richie's warm vocals, and the funk anthem "Brick House," with Walter Orange singing lead. They continued their rise to stardom the next year with Natural High, featuring the massive international hit "Three Times A Lady." They released Midnight Magic in 1979, featuring "Still," and "Sail On." By 1981, Lionel Richie's star was rising throughout the music world. He recorded one more album with the group, In the Pocket, featuring two Top 10 hits, "Oh No," and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)," before embarking on his solo recording career.

The Commodores ICON features all of the group's top hits, including the No. 1 smash, "Three Times A Lady," "Easy," "Brick House," "Sweet Love," and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)."

1. Lady (You Bring Me Up) 2. Brick House 3. Sail On 4. Easy 5. Slippery When Wet 6. Three Times A Lady 7. Sweet Love 8. Machine Gun 9. Oh No 10. Nightshift 11. Still

Crystal Gayle ICON For more than four decades, Crystal Gayle has had a platinum-clad, GRAMMY(R) Award-winning career. With We Must Believe In Magic, Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Driving the album was the ballad that would become her best-known, signature song: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," for which she won a GRAMMY Award for Best Female Vocal Performance. In 1999, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most performed songs of the 20th century.

Gayle's hit list of platinum and gold records is matched by her awards and accolades. In addition to her GRAMMY(R) win for "Brown Eyes," she was honored as CMA's Female Vocalist Of The Year for two consecutive years and she has won three Academy Of Country Music Awards for Top Female Vocalist. She is also the recipient of three American Music Awards, voted by the nation as America's Favorite Female Artist.

Crystal Gayle's top chart singles are featured in the new ICON collection, from her first No. 1 hit, "I'll Get Over You," to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," "Talking In Your Sleep," "Ready For The Times To Get Better," "When I Dream," and "You Never Miss A Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye)."

1. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue 2. You Never Miss A Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye) 3. I'll Get Over You 4. Talking In Your Sleep 5. Ready For The Times To Get Better 6. Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For 7. Somebody Loves You 8. I'll Do It All Over Again 9. Your Old Cold Shoulder 10. When I Dream 11. Your Kisses Will

Ice Cube ICON [explicit] Ice Cube began his music career with the notorious gangsta rap group N.W.A. He broke away at the height of their national notoriety. On his initial solo release, 1990's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Ice Cube squashed the bi-coastal rap rivalry and collaborated with New York's hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Their production team, the Bomb Squad, produced the album. Its title track, Ice Cube's debut solo single, hit No.1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and the album went platinum. 1991's Death Certificate debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Ice Cube's next release, The Predator, galvanized him as the premiere multi-platinum West Coast hip-hop G. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B and Billboard 200 album charts. The Predator was an epilogue to the LA riots and while "It Was A Good Day" provides a hassle-free moment in a Compton day, there is still dissonance in Ice Cube's America. 1993's Lethal Injection sees Ice Cube morphing into his "Don Mega" persona that permeates his War & Peace albums and projects with Westside Connection.

Ice Cube ICON features his top singles, including "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted," "You Can Do It," "Check Yo Self," "Pushin' Weight," and "Bop Gun."

1. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted 2. Check Yo Self (Remix) (Featuring Das EFX) 3. It Was A Good Day 4. Wicked 5. Pushin' Weight (Featuring Mr. Short Khop) (J. Johnson, L. Hunt, O. Jackson) 6. You Know How We Do It 7. Steady Mobbin' 8. You Can Do It (Featuring Mack 10 and Ms. Toi) 9. Really Doe 10. Bop Gun (One Nation) 11. What Can I Do (Remix)

Tom Jones ICON In 1964, Tom Jones' second single for Decca, "It's Not Unusual," was a Top 10 smash. A string of hits followed, including "Once Upon A Time," "With These Hands" and the Burt Bacharach classic, "What's New Pussycat?" In 1965, Jones recorded the theme to the James Bond film Thunderball, and one of his best-loved singles, "Delilah," was released in 1968. In the '70s, Jones' hits included "Daughter Of Darkness" and "She's A Lady."

In 1993, Jones signed with Interscope and released the album The Lead And How To Swing It, featuring collaborations with Teddy Riley, Flood and Youth, among others. In 1995, he headlined Glastonbury, and his wildly successful 1999 album Reload, featuring duets with some of the year's brightest stars, once again brought him into the limelight. His latest studio album, Spirit In The Room, was released in April. As his career hits the 50-year mark, Tom Jones continues to delight fans around the world with his music.

Tom Jones ICON features his top hits and fan favorites, including "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat?," "She's A Lady," "Without Love," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Daughter Of Darkness," "Love Me Tonight," and "Delilah."

1. It's Not Unusual 2. What's New Pussycat? 3. Thunderball 4. Delilah 5. Help Yourself 6. Love Me Tonight 7. (It Looks Like) I'll Never Fall In Love Again 8. Without Love (There Is Nothing) 9. Daughter Of Darkness 10. I (Who Have Nothing) 11. She's A Lady

Dean Martin ICON Playboy called him "the coolest man who ever lived." Elvis Presley worshipped him. "He was the coolest dude I'd ever seen, period," recalled Stevie Van Zandt, adding, "He wasn't just great at everything he did. To me, he was perfect." That man is Dean Martin. Simply put, he was a great singer. The warm sensuality of his voice continues to beguile generations of music fans with a winning style and a touch of mystery.

Dean Martin's effortless vocalizing has become modern shorthand for cool, as evidenced by the use of his songs in films, television, and ad campaigns. Martin was honored with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY(R) Award in 2009 and new releases drawn from his legendary recorded catalog and television archive continue to achieve multi-platinum success around the world.

Dean Martin ICON features 11 of Dino's most popular songs, including "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," "That's Amore," "Volare," "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," and "Memories Are Made Of This."

1. Ain't That A Kick In The Head 2. That's Amore 3. Memories Are Made Of This 4. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) 5. Sway 6. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) 7. Innamorata (Sweetheart) 8. Just In Time 9. Cha Cha Cha D 'Amour (Melodie D 'Amour) 10. Return To Me (Ritorna-Me) 11. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

Olivia Newton-John ICON Olivia Newton-John's U.S. album debut, Let Me Be There, produced her first Top 10 single of the same name, leading to honors from the Academy Of Country Music as Most Promising Female Vocalist and a GRAMMY(R) Award for Best Country Vocalist. This proved to be only the beginning of a very exciting career. With more than 100 million albums sold, Newton-John's successes include three more GRAMMYs(R), numerous Country Music Association, American Music Association and People's Choice Awards.

Newton-John has had ten No. 1 hits, including "Physical," which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and more than 15 Top 10 singles. In September 2008, Billboard listed "Physical" at No. 6 on the magazine's Top 100 Songs Of All Time list and in 2010 listed it as "The Sexiest Song of All Time." In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Newton-John to super-stardom. With timeless appeal and a career spanning more than four decades, she is still a vibrant, creative artist adored by fans around the world.

Olivia Newton-John ICON features her top smash hits "Let's Get Physical," "I Honestly Love You," "Have You Never Been Mellow," and "Magic," plus Top 10s including "Please Mr. Please," "Xanadu," and "Heart Attack."

1. Magic 2. Have You Never Been Mellow 3. Physical 4. Let Me Be There 5. Please Mr. Please 6. A Little More Love 7. Heart Attack 8. Xanadu 9. Make A Move On Me 10. Twist Of Fate 11. I Honestly Love You

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ICON The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles," multiple GRAMMY(R), IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate.

Their groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, which was reissued earlier this year in a special 40th Anniversary Edition, has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. NGDB's recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2010.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ICON features the band's top chart hits, including "Mr. Bojangles" and "Dance Little Jean," as well as duets with Kenny Loggins ("Fire In The Sky") and Linda Ronstadt ("An American Dream").

1. Mr. Bojangles 2. Some Of Shelly's Blues 3. Ripplin' Waters 4. An American Dream (Featuring Linda Ronstadt) 5. Make A Little Magic (Featuring Nicolette Larson) 6. Fire In The Sky (Featuring Kenny Logins) 7. Shot Full Of Love 8. Dance Little Jean 9. When Its Gone 10. Baby's Got A Hold On Me (Live) 11. Fishin' In The Dark

The Rat Pack ICON For more than 50 years, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.'s recordings have entertained fans around the world. The sounds they made live and swing forever. Their timeless style set the standard for future generations and stoked the dreams of those who wished to be one of them.

The Rat Pack ICON spotlights classics from the three entertainment legends, including "We Open In Venice," featuring the vocal talents of all three men, and hits such as "That's Amore," "Luck Be A Lady," "That Old Black Magic," and "Ain't That A Kick In The Head."

1. We Open In Venice 2. Witchcraft 3. Memories Are Made Of This 4. Hey There 5. Luck Be A Lady 6. Ain't That A Kick In The Head 7. That Old Black Magic 8. The Boys Night Out 9. That's Amore 10. The Birth Of The Blues 11. I'm Gonna Live Till I Die

Kenny Rogers ICON One of music's legendary voices, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied half century in show business. His timeless classics include an impressive 24 No. 1 hits, "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream," and "We've Got Tonight" among them. Rogers is the RIAA's eighth best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums. His Greatest Hits album has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide.

Rogers has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three GRAMMY(R) Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, Rogers, voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, still loves touring and recording new music.

Kenny Rogers ICON features 11 standout hits, including "The Gambler," "We've Got Tonight," "Lady," "Love Will Turn You Around," "You Decorated My Life," and "Lucille."

1. Lucille 2. The Gambler 3. She Believes In Me 4. You Decorated My Life 5. Coward Of The County 6. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer (with Kim Carnes) 7. Lady 8. Don't Need You 9. Through The Years 10. Love Will Turn You Around 11. We've Got Tonight (with Sheena Easton)

Frank Sinatra ICON Frank Sinatra, long acclaimed as the world's greatest performer of popular music, is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. A beloved entertainer for six decades, Sinatra earned three Oscars(R), three Golden Globes(R), including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, ten personal GRAMMYs(R) (and a total of 20 for his albums), an Emmy(R), a Peabody(R), and the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1983. A generous charitable contributor, he was honored with the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1971. In addition, Sinatra was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress' highest civilian award.

From 1953 to 1961, Sinatra recorded more than 17 albums for Capitol Records. During Sinatra's years with Capitol, he pioneered and perfected the idea of the "concept album" by recording and sequencing songs on his LPs to strike and complete a specific mood. Albums such as Come Fly With Me, Only The Lonely, Songs For Swingin' Lovers! and In The Wee Small Hours are considered vital classics. In 1960, Sinatra formed his own record company, Reprise. At that label, he would record many of his signature hits, such as "Strangers In The Night," "My Way," and "Theme from New York, New York."

Frank Sinatra has been called the most popular entertainer of the 20th century. The new ICON collection features 11 of his timeless classics, including "My Way," "Theme From New York, New York," "Come Fly With Me," "Strangers In The Night," and the Cole Porter classics "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You."

1. Come Fly With Me 2. Young At Heart 3. I Get A Kick Out Of You 4. All The Way 5. I've Got You Under My Skin 6. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 7. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) 8. That's Life 9. Strangers In The Night 10. My Way 11. Theme From New York, New York

Wilson Phillips ICON Wilson Phillips first struck multi-platinum success in 1990 with their soaring harmonies, sending three singles from their self-titled debut album, "Hold On," "Release Me," and "You're in Love," to the top of the Billboard charts. Two other songs from the album, "Impulsive" and "The Dream Is Still Alive," peaked at Nos. 4 and 12, respectively.

The album's huge success earned a GRAMMY(R) nomination for Wilson Phillips' Carnie and Wendy Wilson (daughters of Brian Wilson) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of John and Michelle Phillips). Their sophomore album, 1992's Shadows & Light, also went platinum.

Wilson Phillips ICON features the No. 1 Billboard smashes "Hold On," "You're In Love," and "Release Me," as well as their other top hits "Impulsive" and "The Dream Is Still Alive."

1. Hold On 2. You're In Love 3. You Won't See Me Cry 4. Impulsive 5. Give It Up 6. Release Me 7. The Dream Is Still Alive 8. Flesh And Blood 9. Daniel 10. Eyes Like Twins 11. Next To You (Someday I'll Be)

The following ICON collection will be released October 15:

Huey Lewis and The News ICON Before Huey Lewis and The News formed in 1979, the group's members had already worked in bands such as Clover, Soundhole, and Sly & the Family Stone, as well as with Elvis Costello and Van Morrison's bands.

Their second album, Picture This, made it into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, snapping off the Top 10 hit "Do You Believe in Love." Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Sports was the group's third album, a chart-topping smash that spawned five Top 20 singles, including four that went Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Heart and Soul," "I Want A New Drug," "The Heart Of Rock & Roll," and "If This Is It"). Earlier this year, Huey Lewis and The News released an expanded 30th Anniversary Edition of the 9-times platinum album and the band has been on the road since May for their popular "Sports 30th Anniversary Tour."

Huey Lewis and The News ICON features the band's top singles, including "I Want A New Drug," "The Heart Of Rock & Roll," "The Power Of Love," "Do You Believe In Love," "If This Is It," "Heart And Soul," "Stuck With You," "Workin' For A Livin'," "Hip To Be Square," and "Back In Time."

1. The Heart Of Rock & Roll 2. I Want A New Drug 3. Couple Days Off 4. Hip To Be Square 5. The Power Of Love 6. Stuck With You 7. Do You Believe In Love 8. If This Is It 9. Heart And Soul 10. Back In Time 11. Workin' For A Livin'

Universal Music Enterprises Jennifer Ballantyne, 310-865-2350 or Keren Poznansky, 310-865-7797

Source: Universal Music Enterprises

A service of YellowBrix, Inc.

For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Story Tools Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters