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19 September 2017

Legacy Recordings Set to Release Deluxe Digital Version of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives–an Apple Music Exclusive–on Wednesday, September 27

Standard Digital Version Available Friday, September 29

Acclaimed Clive Davis Documentary Film Opens in New York and Los Angeles Theaters on Wednesday, September 27

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an exclusive digital deluxe (streaming and download) edition of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Wednesday, September 27 on Apple Music. Pre-order the soundtrack here.

The standard 20-track digital version of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be available on Friday, September 29.

The audio companion to the highly-acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary Clive Davis, The Soundtrack of Our Lives follows the incredible journey of the musical visionary whose ears and instincts helped him discover and develop a roster of phenomenal artists who’ve defined popular music and culture for more than half a century.

In 1967, Clive Davis became president of Columbia Records, signing folk-rock avatar Donovan to Epic early on in his career. Davis went on to play a key role in the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Barry Manilow, the Kinks, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, the Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson among others.  He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 before heading RCA Music Group. He’s currently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Clive Davis has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award.

“Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives”–based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography and directed by Chris Perkel–opened the prestigious 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in April.  Apple Music acquired the film rights earlier this year and the documentary will stream exclusively on the platform on Oct 3rd. Watch the film trailer here.

Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives 
Various Artists
(Full Version for Apple Music)

  1. Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  3. Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
  4. Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel
  5. Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light
  6. Billy Joel – Piano Man
  7. Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me By Now
  8. Barry Manilow – Mandy
  9. Eric Carmen – All By Myself
  10. Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud
  11. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  12. Patti Smith – Because The Night
  13. The Kinks – Come Dancing
  14. The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
  15. Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All
  16. Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love
  17. Dionne & Friends featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – That’s What Friends Are For
  18. Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
  19. Kenny G – Songbird
  20. Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
  21. Grateful Dead – Touch of Grey
  22. Alan Jackson – Don’t Rock the Jukebox
  23. Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
  24. Ace of Base – The Sign
  25. Annie Lennox – Why
  26. Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth
  27. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  28. Alicia Keys – Fallin’
  29. Luther Vandross – Dance with My Father
  30. Rod Stewart – The Way You Look Tonight

BONUS TRACKS

  1. Clive Davis – Clive Davis recites lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Blinded by The Light’ (Audio from Columbia Records promo video 1973)
  2. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Original Merrill and Rubicam Demo / Single Version Excerpts)
  3. Whitney Houston & Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (Duet performance from Clive Davis’ 2000 Grammy Party)
  4. Aretha Franklin – ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Live performance from 2000 Arista 25th Anniversary Party)

Clive Davis – The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Various Artists
(Available at all digital retailers)

  1. Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  3. Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
  4. Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light
  5. Barry Manilow – Mandy
  6. Eric Carmen – All By Myself
  7. Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud
  8. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  9. Patti Smith Group – Because The Night
  10. The Kinks – Come Dancing
  11. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All
  12. Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love
  13. Dionne & Friends featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – That’s What Friends Are For
  14. Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
  15. Kenny G – Songbird
  16. Grateful Dead – Touch of Grey
  17. Annie Lennox – Why
  18. Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth
  19. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  20. Alicia Keys – Fallin’
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15 September 2017

An early official publicity photo of Whitney from the 80s.

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13 September 2017

In the early 1990s, a Hollywood film led by women was rare but visible (see: Steel Magnolias; The First Wives Club). But a Hollywood film led by black women was nearly unheard of. Enter 1995’s Waiting To Exhale. … It was a revolutionary release that predated films like Set It Off all the way through this year’s standout Girls Trip. The soundtrack to Waiting To Exhale, however, remains a moment unmatched in the years since, set apart by its star-studded tracklist featuring only women.

Director Forrest Whitaker enlisted Babyface, renowned architect of ’90s R&B, to compose Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album. … The very best soundtracks take on lives of their own. With this in mind … women took the entire spotlight on the soundtrack. With Whitney Houston having the final say in the curation process, the gamble paid off: Released in November 1995, the album topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks and sold over 7 million copies in under a year, making it one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. On the awards front, it cleaned up everywhere from the American Music Awards to the Soul Train Awards; it also earned 11 Grammy nominations, including one for Album of the Year.

… The soundtrack’s opener, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” finds Houston scaling back; she’s refined and elegant as she finds her peace with life’s ups and downs. Read more about the soundtrack at NPR.

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08 September 2017

Seventeen years ago this week (September 10, 2000), Whitney’s duet with Enrique Iglesias titled “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” was released. The song was written by hit songwriter Diane Warren (who also wrote Whitney’s hits “I Learned From The Best” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” amongst others) and produced by David Foster (who produced “I Will Always Love You” and others). The video was directed by Francis Lawrence, who went on to fame as the director of The Hunger Games.

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31 August 2017

I Look To You, Whitney’s seventh and final studio album, was released eight years ago this week (first released on August 28, 2009 through Sony Music in Europe and then on August 31, 2009 through Arista Records in the U.S.). It was Whitney’s first studio album since 2003’s One Wish and it spawned two official singles – the title track and “Million Dollar Bill.” Here is Whitney at the “listening party” for the album in Beverly Hills, California on July 23, 2009. You can see Clive Davis in the background as they both spoke about the album at this event.

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