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Elektra Records Set to Unleash Stunning Slate of New Releases; Roster Features Wide Range of Musical Styles, Spanning Hip-Hop, Pop, Soul, and Electronica; New Releases Include Uffie, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Laza, Bruno Mars, and the Legendary Cee Lo Green,(April 14, 2010)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 04/14/10 -- Elektra Records, one of the most iconic and revered labels in music history, has slated a series of exciting releases from an array of new and notable artists.
The schedule kicked off with last month's release of "HANDS," the full-length debut album from British dance-pop sensation Little Boots. Highlighted by the hit single, "Remedy" -- praised by the NY Post as a "synth-pop gem" and one of their "Top 209 songs of 2009" -- the album has already proven a critical and popular sensation in the UK, where Little Boots was among last year's most talked-about new pop stars. Known to friends and family as Victoria Hesketh, Little Boots recently wrapped a North American headline tour which included sold out dates in New York and Los Angeles as well as packed showcases at both Austin, Texas's South By Southwest (SXSW) and Miami's Winter Music Conference. Little Boots will next be appearing at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, with a performance slated for Sunday, April 18th. For more information, please visit: www.littlebootsmusic.net.
Tuesday, April 13th saw the release of Elektra/Because recording artist Charlotte Gainsbourg's new "SUNSET SOUNDS SESSIONS" EP, which is available exclusively via Amazon.com. In addition to the digital-only release, a very special 7" single will be made available for physical release on April 17th in honor of "Record Store Day," the annual event celebrating over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. For participating stores, please visit: www.recordstoreday.com/Venues.
Gainsbourg -- whose recently released new album, "IRM," is unquestionably among the most highly praised of 2010 -- is now poised to embark on her first ever North American tour, kicking off April 11th at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre and then continuing through an April 25th date at New York City's Webster Hall. The schedule also includes a set at the aforementioned Coachella Festival on Sunday, April 18th, when Gainsbourg will perform just before Pavement, Thom Yorke, and Gorillaz. For full details, please see: www.myspace.com/charlottegainsbourg.
Elektra's latest signing, Laza Morgan, makes his solo debut with "This Girl." It's also the first single from the soundtrack companion to summer's upcoming film, "Step Up 3D." The son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan, and former member of LMS, MCA/Universal's popular Jamaican group, Laza now concentrates on his own distinctive 'Sing-J' sound that mixes hip-hop, dancehall, and roots reggae influences. Laza's as-yet-untitled debut album is to be released later this year. Meanwhile, "This Girl" arrives at all DSPs on April 27th.
On May 11th, Elektra will unleash "IT'S BETTER IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND," the debut EP from Bruno Mars. Best known as one-half of the red hot production duo The Smeezingtons (Flo Rida, Cobra Starship), the Hawaiian-born singer/songwriter/producer recently stepped up to the mic with soulful vocal turns on two recent Smeezingtons-penned and produced hits, "Billionaire," from Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy and B.o.B's breakthrough pop smash, "Nothin' On You." Mars is now hard at work recording his as-yet-untitled debut album, slated to drop later this year. For more, please visit: www.myspace.com/brunomars.
Next, Elektra is proud to announce the May 11th release of "Georgia," the long awaited new solo single from the one and only Cee Lo Green. Known far and wide as one half of Grammy Award-winning superstar duo Gnarls Barkley, the endlessly inventive singer/writer/rapper/producer is now in the studio putting finishing touches on his forthcoming new album, entitled "LADY KILLER." Due later this year, the collection -- Green's first solo work in more than five years -- sees Cee Lo continuing to push hip-hop and soul's creative envelope, this time working with a star-studded cast of producers that includes Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse), Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Jamie Foxx), and Fraser T. Smith (Nelly Furtado, James Morrison, Ellie Goulding). For further information, please visit: www.myspace.com/ceelogreen.
May 25th will see the Elektra release of "TRUE BLOOD - MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES VOLUME II." The album follows last year's Grammy Award nominated "TRUE BLOOD - MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES," which featured tracks from the acclaimed HBO drama's first season, including the sultry theme song, "Bad Things" performed by Jace Everett. The hugely anticipated third season of "True Blood" is slated to premiere on HBO on June 13th, while True Blood: The Complete Second Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 25th.
As if all that weren't enough, "MCs CAN KISS," the new digital EP from Ed Banger Records/Because Music/Elektra recording artist Uffie was released on April 6th. After creating an underground stir with last year's "Pop The Glock," the American-born, Paris-based electro rapper/songwriter recently wowed full houses in New York, Los Angeles, and SXSW with her unique melding of heavy beats, sharp rhymes, and synthpop hooks. Produced by French electronica legend Mr. Oizo, "MCs Can Kiss" heralds the upcoming release of Uffie's much anticipated debut album, "SEX DREAMS AND DENIM JEANS," which arrives in stores and at all online retailers on June 8th. What's more, the EP includes an exclusive "MCs Can Kiss" remix by none other than The Beastie Boys' Mike D, while a new video for the upcoming single, "ADD SUV," featuring Pharrell Williams, is currently in production in Los Angeles. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit: www.uffie.tv.
For more, please visit: www.elektra.com.
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