Concert Film ‘Billy Joel in Black & White’ Available on Digital From Sony

The concert film Billy Joel in Black & White is available for digital purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In Billy Joel in Black & White, Joel talks to an intimate audience at the Faena Theater in Miami about his musical inspirations, his craft, his family, and being a guy who never set out to be a rock star. Billy also treats the audience to performances from his iconic catalog, such as “Zanzibar,” “Downeaster Alexa,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Piano Man,” along with several classic covers. a

The concert will be available for the first time to audiences worldwide in HD and SD.

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Vizio Smart-TVs Adding Amazon Music App

Vizio March 4 announced the addition of audio streaming service Amazon Music to the lineup of apps available to Vizio smart-TV users in the United States.

The Amazon Music app allows Vizio users to launch the app from the home screen and search and discover songs, albums, playlists and more. Prime members have access to 2 million songs — all ad-free and at no additional cost above their Prime membership. Listeners can also access the premium subscription service Amazon Music Unlimited, which offers more than 75 million songs and the latest new releases. A free ad-supported version is also available, providing users with access to a selection of top playlists and stations on Amazon Music.

“With millions of users across the country, Vizio is an obvious choice for Amazon Music to expand our service into the homes of music fans,” Karolina Joynathsing, director of business development for Amazon Music, said in a statement. “We look forward to our customers being able to easily listen to their favorite music on Vizio smart-TVs starting today.” 

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“At Vizio, we believe the TV is the centerpiece of the home entertainment experience, which is why we’ve made it a priority to add content and services that our users love,” Katherine Pond, VP of business development at Vizio, said in a statement. “The addition of music services like Amazon Music, together with our award-winning Sound Bars, allows us to offer users a new way to search, discover and experience high-quality music, podcasts and more from their Vizio smart-TV.”

The Amazon Music app joins a roster of music-related apps on Vizio, such as Pandora, Vevo and Tidal, as well as channels available on Vizio’s free streaming service WatchFree+.

Music Biopic ‘Creation Stories’ Available On Demand and Digital Feb. 25 From RLJ

The music biopic Creation Stories, about Creation Records label founder Alan McGee who became the figurehead of Britpop and indie music worldwide, will be available on demand and digital Feb. 25.

It will also stream on AMC+.

The film follows the true story of McGee, a man from a relatively impoverished upbringing, who against all odds built a record label from nothing, a record label that built the biggest band in the world during the 1990s and created an empire that competed against the huge entertainment corporations in the world. Along the way there was bankruptcy, heartache, mental breakdowns, dinners with Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, treachery, treason, drugs, sex and anarchy,

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Creation Stories tells his story in depth for the first time, from leaving school at 16 to setting up the Living Room club in London, which showcased many emerging indie bands, from managing the Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation Records when he was only 23. His label had acts such as My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and Primal Scream. Embracing acid house, Alan decamped to Manchester and hung out at the Hacienda and took Creation into the big time with Screamadelica. After a drug-induced breakdown, he climbed back to sobriety, he discovered the generation-defining band Oasis and oversaw their rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world.

Tidal Teams With Epix Now for $12.99 Streaming Bundle

Global music and entertainment streaming platform Tidal is offering an exclusive subscription bundle with cable network Epix’s streaming service Epix Now at $12.99 per month.

The bundle launched the same day as the season two premiere of Epix’s original drama series “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Forest Whitaker.

Through the partnership, members can listen to tracks from the series’ soundtrack, executive produced and supervised by Swizz Beatz as well as enjoy content on both platforms. Tracks will be released weekly every Friday from April 16 through May 21. Additionally, to tease the bundle, all Tidal users in the United States can view “Godfather of Harlem’s” first episode from season one on the platform.

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“Tidal has always been committed to delivering a well-rounded experience for fans across both audio and visual formats,” Lior Tibon, Tidal COO, said in a statement. “Tidal’s partnership with Epix gives members an unparalleled and cohesive content experience, all in real time.”

“As we launch the highly-anticipated second season of ‘Godfather of Harlem,’ we’re thrilled to partner with Tidal to not only offer fans a terrific platform to experience the show’s original soundtrack, but also, for those who purchase the bundle, all Epix Now has to offer including original series and thousands of movies,” said Courtney Menzel, Co-GM of Epix.

Additional content and collaborations by both brands will be announced throughout the partnership. The bundle is available here.

Pete Davidson to Star in Biopic ‘I Slept With Joey Ramone’ for Netflix

Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce I Slept with Joey Ramone, a biopic chronicling the life of the punk rocker.

Directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York and upcoming film I Want You Back), the film will star Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live,The King of Staten Island, Big Time Adolescence and upcoming films The Suicide Squad and American Sole). The treatment is written by Pete Davidson and Jason Orley based on the Mickey Leigh memoir of the same name.

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“When you share a bed with someone — and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime — you know that person better than anybody else,” Adam Fogelson, chairman STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band — he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way. I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role, and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”

The film will be made with the cooperation and support of the Estate of Joey Ramone and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films.

Orley and Davidson previously teamed up on the feature film Big Time Adolescence, which Orley wrote and directed. Orley also directed Davidson’s standup special Alive from New York for Netflix.

‘Khalid: Free Spirit’ Album Companion Film Due on Digital April 6 From Sony

Khalid: Free Spirit, a companion film to the multi-platinum recording artist’s album, will be available for digital purchase and rental April 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In this creative parallel to Khalid’s platinum album Free Spirit, Khalid and award-winning music video director Emil Nava expand on Khalid’s lyrics and artistry on the album to create a visual story of love, loss and the pain of growing up.

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The cast includes Khalid Robinson, Dizzy Fae, Judah Lang, Jahking Guillory, Estefania Preciado, Bianca Leonor Quinones, Maverick McConnell, Diamond White and Ed Gathegi.

The film also includes never-before-seen outtakes.

Doc ‘Buster Williams Bass to Infinity’ Due on Digital March 16 From Virgil

The documentary Buster Williams Bass to Infinity will come out on digital March 16 from Virgil Films.

Jazz musician Buster Williams has played with everyone, from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In this documentary, viewers join Williams as he tells stories about his life and the lives of other great jazz musicians, and is joined by, and plays with, some of the greatest living contributors to this music — Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.

Buster Williams Bass to Infinity is a film about a great contributor to America’s greatest art form, and many other greats — those mentioned above, as well as Monk, Trane and Paul Chambers.

The trailer is here.

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Music Doc ‘Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes’ Due on Disc Jan. 15 From MVD

The music documentary Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes will come out on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

It’s the story of an iconic guitar player who has lived a life of extreme highs and lows. After losing the publishing rights to his own songs and combatting dangerous addictions, the legendary W.A.S.P. guitarist is shown starting over from scratch while living at his mother-in-law’s in Cannes, France. He is now ready to take on Europe with his new band. As the documentary follows him, he meets many fans, proving he still is the showman he was as a young and famous rockstar. This musical journey chronicles the rise, fall and rebirth of Holmes with archives, live performances and interviews.

Bonus features include behind-the-scenes extras and a slide show.

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‘Le Choc Du Futur’ Coming to DVD Nov. 10 From MVD

Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group will release the electronic music drama Le Choc Du Futur (The Shock of the Future) Nov. 10.

The film, which premiered at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old formulas do not charm listeners anymore, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.

The DVD release also includes an exclusive interview with director Marc Collin, a slide show and other bonus features.

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FilmRise, Redbox Free Live TV Streaming Music Concert Marathon

FilmRise, along with Redbox Free Live TV, will stream a music concert marathon on Sept. 27. The concert marathon features more than 30 concerts, including Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Phil Collins, among others. Specific highlights include Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987), Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow (1980), The Doors: Live at the Bowl (1968), and Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967), among others.

Prince: Sign ‘O’ The Times is a concert film with theatrical staging, featuring live performances by Prince and his band.

Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow: In 1975 and 1976 McCartney and his band undertook the Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the “Wings over America” triple live album and the concert film “Rockshow.”  Although filmed on this tour at the Kingdome in Seattle, “Rockshow,” originally was a cut-down version of the concert, that did not premier until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London.

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella & Jobin is a 1967 television event that finds Sinatra joined by Ella Fitzgerald in an historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era.

The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 is a concert movie depicting the performance of the Doors at the Hollywood Bowl.