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Fruitful tie: Prince and Warner Bros.

Posted: 01 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the 1990s, and which is set to put out the artiste's new studio album at an unspecified date.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way," Prince said in a statement recently, "and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."

His use of "Eye" is a playful allusion to his latest project, a stripped-down ensemble called 3rdEyeGirl. Prince recently announced his next album would feature 3rdEyeGirl and be called Plectrumelectrum, but the recent announcement didn't specify if that would be the new studio album to which he alluded.

The new contract, announced by Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Cameron Strang, coincides with this year's 30th anniversary reissue of his 1984 blockbuster album and film, Purple Rain. A deluxe remastered reissue of the album is planned.

Release dates have not been announced for either album, and financial terms of the contract were not revealed.

The announcement also suggested other "long-awaited, previously unreleased material" will be surfacing as a result of the deal, which gives Prince ownership of the master recordings to his biggest hits.

Strang said in the same statement: "Everyone at Warner Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world's biggest stars and a truly unique talent." – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Return of a legend

Posted: 01 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

IT HAS been pretty much a decade or so since US DJ/producer Sandy Rivera last visited our shores and May 10 will see him grace the decks in Kuala Lumpur once more as Maibar at Aloft Sentral, KL Sentral, will host the now legendary man behind the Kings of Tomorrow on May 10.

Whichever way you look at it, you know who Sandy Rivera is. Whether it is the words to Finally, the album you have by Kings of Tomorrow, the stunning production that infiltrates all the way through Freak or the untold mixes that have penetrated the dance charts over the past 15 years; you know who Sandy Rivera is.

Rewind a decade-and-a-half, back to the days when dance music was underground, music was made purely from love and the future king of tomorrow was launching a label called Blackwiz. Take it back to a time when something amazing happened, a New Yorker with Puerto Rican heritage started making records.

Following a short run making hip-hop tracks and learning the piano to gain a higher level of musical understanding, Sandy dropped his first LP in 1997. Labeled The Calling and featuring the man himself on vocals, it set dance floors on fire and brought with it confirmation that something very special had arrived.

Sandy's second album, It's In The Lifestyle, came out under the Kings of Tomorrow guise and featured soon-to-be classic, 'dance music at its best' offerings including the iconic Finally with vocals from Julie McKnight and the brilliant bassline-infused Young Hearts.

2005 witnessed Sandy's third album Trouble, still under the Kings of Tomorrow alias. Each track an affirmation of Sandy's musical range, cleverly crossing over genres while mixing house, soul, R&B and chill-out.

That album had one of the most significant musical links to Malaysia as it featured significant collaborations from our very own Haze, including the worldwide club anthems Changes, Dreams, Thru and album track Sometimes.

Along with the new side of Rivera came the indication that the next set of releases — be they under KOT, Awesome Foursome, Sanjay, Mysterious People or The Committee — would have a universal sound appeal, push the edges of innovation and transcend the genre of pure house.

Since the release of Trouble, Sandy has released various compilations — including Ministry Of Sound Sessions & Kings Of Tomorrow Defected ITH — and has a magnitude of production credits on tracks and mixes including Craig David, Moby, Fedde Le Grand and Everything But The Girl.

In the last few years, Sandy has maintained an intimidatingly impressive production catalogue, with many finding their home on Defected Records. Freak (again featuring Haze), Hide U and Can't Stop came as Sandy Rivera, while he reverted to his Kings of Tomorrow moniker for Take Me Back and I Need to Love Me, both of which were hailed as a return to the heyday of vocal house music.

The KL appearance will take place at Maibar, one of the latest additions to the very exclusive circle of bars-with-a-view-and-a-swimming-pool in Kuala Lumpur up in the stratosphere of high-rise buildings.

The night's main support will come from veteran Malaysian DJ Q.

Sand Rivera plays MAIBAR on May 10

Rooftop Aloft, Sentral

5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL

Admission (with one drink): RM35.

Reservations and table bookings/information call 03-2723 1188.

Flight Night brings some great vibes to Genting Highlands

Posted: 01 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

GET ready to take off on an epic weekend musical journey this May 10 at Genting Club, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, 1,800m above sea level with Red Bull Flight Night.

In conjunction with the prestigious Red Bull Air Race World Series that will be held in Putrajaya this May, Red Bull presents Red Bull Flight Night, a series of parties covering four larger-than-life locations throughout the country with each party location fully decked out in aviation d├ęcor.

Think boarding passes and passports as party invites, VIP terminal lounges, gorgeous flight attendants, and perhaps even a whole plane pulled in as a prop.

They will be taking flight with two local artistes who can, no doubt, tear up the dance floor at Genting Club. The two are Red Bull Thre3style Malaysia 2013 winner DJ Reeve and rising star BATE.

They will be hitting the decks alongside the Russian deck-wrecking headliner trio of Swanky Tunes.

If you're ready for take-off during Red Bull Flight Night and want to do it in style, experience cool comfort in the newly-refurbished four-star Genting Resort Hotel, call 012-328 7615 or 012-969 9828 to make reservation.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Air Race World Championships, the world's fastest motorsports series, will be held in Putrajaya this May 17 and 18. For more information and tickets to this unique event held in Malaysia for the first time, visit www.redbull.my/airrace

Kredit: www.thestar.com.my

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