Brazilian Music Doc ‘Elis & Tom’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Brazilian music documentary Elis & Tom — It Had to Be You is available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Outsider Pictures. 

In Los Angeles in February 1974, Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil’s most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and never before seen images, the musical documentary tells the story of how the encounter and recording of these two giant Artists happened. Elis brought her band, who joined Tom Jobim and the best musicians in Los Angeles, arranged by Bill Hitchcock at MGM studios.

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The recording was captured by the team of filmmakers led by director Roberto de Oliveira, who arranged for the duo to meet. The original footage was kept for 45 years until they were restored and remastered in 2018. The rare and unpublished images drive the musical documentary.

The film was an official selections at the AFI Latin American Film Festival.

Netflix ‘Rhythm + Flow’ Music Competition Show Announces Season Two Judges

Netflix announced that the music competition series “Rhythm + Flow” will feature DJ Khaled, Ludacris and Latto as the season two judges.

The first announced special guest judge is Eminem, who will join the competition’s “battles” round from a surprise location. Additional music moguls and industry icons as well as various twists and challenges will be announced at a later date.

The series is currently in production and slated to premiere later this year.

“Rhythm + Flow” is a hip hop music competition hosted by a panel of industry heavy hitters ready to discover the next generation’s rap star. This season’s competition will feature contestants from all over the country who will see if they have what it takes to take home the grand prize of $250,000.

“We are taking things up a notch with a new cast of global hitmakers in our judges and a new pool of undiscovered artists,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of nonfiction series, said in a statement. “Hip-hop continues to evolve so it’ll be thrilling to see Ludacris, Latto and DJ Khaled mentoring contestants during their journeys, along with legendary guest judges like Eminem providing their own brand of insight and advice. We saw this type of life-changing mentorship play out with past contestants whose musical geniuses reached massive audiences across our global platform.”

“We are so excited to partner with Netflix for the second season of ‘Rhythm + Flow,'” Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon, “Rhythm + Flow” executive producers, said in a statement. “This season features a powerhouse panel of judges, each with a distinct and influential role in hip-hop culture. In this significant moment for the genre, the focus extends beyond the music alone. We’re seeking unconventional voices and authentic stories that peel back layers and invite fans to immerse themselves in the contestants’ world as we spotlight the continually evolving spirit of hip-hop.”

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The winner of “Rhythm & Flow” season one, D Smoke, has since become Grammy and NAACP-nominated. “Rhythm & Flow” has also been adapted in other countries, including France and most recently Italy.

Production companies on the series include Jesse Collins Entertainment, Gaspin Media and Get Lifted Film Co. Executive producers are John Legend, Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Pollack; Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and David Friedman.

AXS TV and Spin Magazine Join for ‘Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars’ Series

AXS TV is partnering with music and culture outlet Spin Magazine to present the original listicle series “Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars,” premiering Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The 12-episode series on AXS TV is based on the magazine’s landmark “100 Greatest Rock Stars Since That Was A Thing” feature curated by Spin founder Bob Guccione Jr. — a detailed listing of the 100 greatest musicians he believes embody what it means to be a true rock star. “Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars” serves up a star-studded, sometimes irreverent and often surprising odyssey, spotlighting trailblazers such as Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Page, Eminem, Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Gwen Stefani, Grace Slick and Pere Ubu’s David Thomas.

Additionally, the season will feature special “Artist Spotlights” and surprise segments honoring beloved rock stars hailed and revered by their peers such as Sammy Hagar, Brian Wilson and Angus Young; and provide guest commentary from a slate of entertainment icons including Joel McHale, Dee Snider, Stewart Copeland, Carnie Wilson, Steve Vai, Roy Orbison Jr., David Archuleta, Kenny Aronoff, Bruno Major, Bob Mould, Shawn Stockman, and U.K. music journalist Kylie Olsson, among others.

“The problem with lists like this is they are invariably BS. So our prime objective was to make sure we didn’t do a BS list,” Guccione said in a statement. “A rock star is, perhaps by definition, undefinable. They just are. They’re luminescent. Even when, in some cases, they didn’t want to be. I’m excited to bring this list to life with AXS TV. They have a great audience of dedicated and knowledgeable music fans. They’ll let us know what they think.”

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“We are excited to produce this show with SPIN. It has been one the most definitive platforms for music since its inception and this celebration of rock stars is legendary,” Katie Daryl, executive producer of the series and VP of programming for AXS TV, said in a statement. “We hope that this will be the first of many collaborations moving forward into the future as we continue to partner with more and more music brands.”

AXS TV is a multi-platform music and entertainment digital platform and television company owned and operated by Anthem Sports & Entertainment. AXS TV’s library offers content headlined by concerts and music-inspired programming, professional wrestling and MMA.

Spotify Music Subscription Streaming Service Announces First U.S. Price Hike

Spotify, the largest music subscription streaming service with more than 200 million members worldwide, is raising its monthly fee in the U.S. for the first time.

The publicly-traded Swedish-based service is upping the monthly price by $1, with the “premium single” user access now costing $10.99 monthly, followed by $14.99 for “premium duo,” $16.99 for “premium family,” and $5.99 for “premium student.”

In a blog post, co-founder/CEO Daniel Ek said the market landscape, including artist demands for higher royalties, has “evolved,” creating additional operating costs.

“So that we can keep innovating, we are changing our prices across a number of markets around the world,” Ek wrote. “These updates will help us continue to deliver value to fans and artists on our platform.”

The price hike follows similar moves by Spotify competitors, including Apple Music, YouTube Music and Amazon Music, which are all now priced comparably.

Spotify, which reports second-quarter (ended June 30) fiscal results tomorrow (July 25), added 5 million new subs in the first quarter (ended March 31), to up its global sub base to 210 million.

Country Concert Film ‘Last of the Breed Live in Concert’ Due on DVD June 9 From MVD

The country concert video Last of the Breed Live in Concert will be released on DVD June 9 from MVD Entertainment Group.

It features performances from the “Last of the Breed” — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists for decades — Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. In March 2007, these living legends and Country Music Hall of Famers united on stage for the final performance of their “Last of the Breed Tour” — a once-in-a-lifetime concert event that was captured in high-definition and recorded in 5.1 digital surround sound for the ultimate concert experience.

Backed by the Grammy Award winning Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, Last of the Breed Live in Concert delivers a feature-length masterclass in honky-tonk and Western swing.

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Extras include an interview with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price by Ray Benson, Willie’s tour of his tour bus, and a photo gallery.

The concert DVD includes 35 songs performed during the concert. They are:

  • “San Antonio Rose”
  • “Crazy Arms”
  • “Heartaches by the Number”
  • “Release Me and Let Me Love Again”
  • “Help Me Make It Through the Night”
  • “I Won’t Mention It Again”
  • “Make the World Go Away”
  • “For the Good Times”
  • “Route 66”
  • “Miles and Miles of Texas”
  • “Take Me Back to Tulsa”
  • “I Had a Little Gal”
  • “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  • “Silver Wings”
  • “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink’
  • “Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)”
  • “Big City”
  • “Sing Me Back Home”
  • “Okie from Muskogee”
  • “Pancho and Lefty”
  • “Reasons to Quit”
  • “Ramblin’ Fever”
  • “Back to Earth”
  • “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”
  • “I Gotta Have My Baby Back”
  • “I’ll Keep on Loving You”
  • “Still Water Runs the Deepest”
  • “Night Life”
  • “Crazy”
  • “On the Road Again”
  • “Always on My Mind”
  • “Mama Tried”
  • “Superman”
  • “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore”
  • “Whiskey River”

Paramount+ to Debut ‘Thalia’s Mixtape: El Soundtrack de Mi Vida’ Docuseries May 2

Paramount+ has announced that Thalia’s Mixtape: El Soundtrack de Mi Vida, a three-part music docuseries starring global music superstar Thalia, will premiere exclusively on the service May 2 in the United States and Canada.

The series will also premiere on May 3 in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Thalia’s new album, Thalia’s Mixtape, will be released on April 28 by Sony Music.

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In the docuseries, Thalia, who also serves as creator and executive producer, takes the audience on a musical journey, uncovering the classics that inspired generations of artists and created the current Latin music landscape. Through a combination of interviews, found footage and modern renditions of classic hits by today’s biggest stars, the series revisits the history of Latin music and uncovers the future of the genre in an intimate way not yet seen before.

In “Vinyl, Cassettes and Rock in Spanish,” Thalia meets Charly Alberti and Rocco Pachukote and performs their classic hit songs with them. In “Burning Tires and CDs,” Thalia meets with David Summers and Kenia Os and performs classic Latin rock anthems with them. In “From Mixtapes to Playlists: The Digital Revolution,” Thalia performs “La Muralla Verde” from Enanitos Verdes with Bruses and Ben Carrillo. Then she covers “Florecita Rockera” by Aterciopelados with Leon Leiden.

“This has been my most personal project,” Thalia said in a statement. “Four years ago, the idea and concept of the mixtape of my life was born in my mind and heart. This docuseries goes through the songs that influenced my path, forging my destiny. I talk to my lifelong idols, the artists behind these legendary songs that marked entire generations with their music. In this series we delve into the stories and origins of these compositions, and as an absolute fan of these great artists, I have the honor of performing these musical gems with them. It’s an incomparable gift.”

“This has been a labor of love for Thalia, to relive and bring to life the music and the most popular songs of her teenage years, and to document and perform in the film with the original artists is a lifelong dream,” executive producer Tommy Mottola said in a statement.

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“Collaborating with people you admire will always be a dream in whatever your line of work. ‘Thalia’s Mixtape’ is the perfect blend of documentary and musical, yet another example of the timeless impact Thalia has had and continues to have on music and culture,” said Ntertain Studios executive producers Lex Borrero and Santiago Zapata.

‘Seriously Red’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 21

The dramatic comedy Seriously Red arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and on demand from Lionsgate March 21.

Written by the film’s star Krew Boylan, Seriously Red is a celebration of various 1970s country music artists including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. It also features popular Dolly songs such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”
 
In the film, Red (Boylan) has lost her job as a real estate agent, but there’s something no one can take away from her: her dream of becoming the world’s greatest Dolly Parton impersonator. After her act attracts the attentions of an amorous Elvis impersonator (Rose Byrne) and a powerful booking agent (Bobby Cannavale), Red is catapulted into the top tier of copycat acts, becoming the onstage and romantic partner of the top Kenny Rogers impersonator. But when Red’s life as an imitator starts to feel false, she discovers true happiness comes when you’re being the best version of yourself. 

Special features include audio commentary with director Gracie Otto.

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Music Doc ‘Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids’ Due on DVD Feb. 17 From MVD

The music documentary Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids will be released on DVD Feb. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The documentary explores the club where Boy George was the coat check girl (admittedly stealing money from the purses), and Bowie, synth beats, and a new freedom of sexual identity were in the air. The Blitz Club was where a hotbed of talent emerged: Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Sade, and many others. This is the story of a cultural revolution — spawned from a grimy West End club patronized by impoverished but lavishly wardrobed trendsetters, art students and trans slackers. It was a movement that redefined music, fashion and sexual expression.  Among the stories: Mick Jagger was turned away from the door for not being well enough dressed.

Derided by many, the New Romantics can now claim influence that stretches to the modern wave of synth bands, sounds, gender fluidity and fashion sensibilities that mark the second decade of the 21st century. The music the scene spawned on the dance floor of Egan’s Blitz nightclub in Covent Garden can be heard on dance floors, films and TV soundtracks to this day. Through interviews with key players, current contemporaries, punters and pundits together with archival footage, recreated scenes and original footage, the documentary shows how and why the movement took hold and where it landed today.

Horror Film ‘The Long Dark Trail,’ Todd Rundgren Concert Film Due on Disc From Cleopatra and MVD in February

The horror film The Long Dark Trail and the concert film Todd Rundgren —The Individualist Live are due on disc in February from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Described as Stand by Me meets Midsommar, The Long Dark Trail, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Feb. 21. It tells the story of two impoverished teenage brothers who flee home after finally fighting back against their physically abusive father. Hoping to find and reunite with their estranged mother, they embark on a dangerous journey to a cursed forest in Northwestern Pennsylvania, not aware that she has become a disciple of a violent and sadistic cult that dwells there. Bonus features on Blu-ray include a slide show and extra movie trailers.

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Todd Rundgren — The Individualist Live, due Feb. 3, features the musician’s “The Individualist Live” concert, which was filmed and recorded live during the summer of 2019 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Penn. Together with long time band members Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes, Prairie Prince, Bobby Strickland and Kasim Sulton, Rundgren treats the audience to more than two hours of music covering his career of hit songs. The three-disc set includes two audio CDs plus the concert DVD. DVD special features include interviews and interaction between Todd and his fans as he answers some of their questions.

Tracks include:

  • “How About a Little Fanfare / I Think You Know”
  • “Open My Eyes”
  • “Hello It’s Me”
  • “We Gotta Get You a Woman”
  • “I Saw the Light”
  • “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference”
  • “Black Maria”
  • “An Elpee’s Worth of Tunes”
  • “Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel”
  • “Too Far Gone”
  • “A Dream Goes on Forever”
  • “The Death of Rock And Roll”
  • “Can We Still Be Friends”
  • “Real Man”
  • “Love of the Common Man”
  • “Compassion”
  • “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”
  • “Fair Warning”
  • “The Individualist”
  • “Black and White”
  • “Honest Work”
  • “Lost Horizon”
  • “Bag Lady”
  • “Buffalo Grass”
  • “Tiny Demons”
  • “The Want of a Nail”
  • “Fade Away”

Music Drama ‘On the Come Up’ Due on Digital Jan. 10, DVD Feb. 14

The music drama On the Come Up, the directorial debut of Sanaa Lathan (“Succession”), will be released on digital Jan. 10 and on DVD Feb. 14 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film originally debuted on Paramount+.

Based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), On the Come Up stars newcomer Jamila C. Gray (American Girl) as a gifted 16-year-old rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father — a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. When her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her.

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The film also stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Lost City), Lil Yachty, Sanaa Lathan and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

The digital release includes behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author Angie Thomas, as well as a lyric video of “On the Come Up” with Lady London, Rapsody and Jamila C. Gray.