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2/13/2006

 
The Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami, an Innovative New Destination to Discover and Purchase Music, Opens on South Beach's Lincoln Road

SEATTLE & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--

-- Sergio Mendes and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas to Attend Private Opening Event to Announce Sergio Mendes' Timeless, a Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music Co-Release

-- Sonya Kitchell, Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut Artist, To Attend the Launch Event

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Hear Music announced that its third Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse, located at 605 Lincoln Road in South Beach, will open to the public today at 1 p.m. ET. This innovative retail store blends the classic Starbucks coffeehouse experience with an extensive selection of physical CDs and the next generation of the Hear Music(TM) media bars which provide customers with an easy, fun, self-service way to discover and customize music on CDs drawing from more than 1 million digital tracks -- offering a fully integrated coffee and music experience. The opening of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami follows the launch of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in San Antonio, which opened in December 2005, and the flagship location in Santa Monica, Calif., which opened in March 2004.

On hand for a private media-only preview of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami this morning will be Sergio Mendes and will.i.am -- leader, producer and chief writer of the The Black Eyed Peas -- who will make remarks about their collaborative album, Timeless. The highly anticipated new album will be co-released by Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music and was produced by and features will.i.am as well as an exciting array of guest artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, John Legend, Q-Tip, and india.arie. Timeless will be available at Starbucks Company-operated locations and traditional music retail beginning February 14, 2006.
In addition, Sonya Kitchell, the second artist to be featured in Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut CD series, will perform acoustic songs from her upcoming album, Words Came Back To Me, which will be co-released by Starbucks Hear Music and Velour Music Group simultaneously at both traditional retail and Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S and Canada beginning on April 4, 2006.

"Miami is not only one of the world's great cities, but it is home to a rich and diverse music community, which makes it an ideal place for the newest Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. "We're excited to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to becoming an important new destination on Miami's cultural scene. We are thrilled that three of the artists with whom we'll be launching significant CD projects in the coming months -- Sergio Mendes, will.i.am and Sonya Kitchell -- will be on hand to celebrate the opening. Their participation reflects Starbucks Hear Music's ongoing commitment to introducing our customers to the most unique and compelling new releases from established and emerging artists alike."

About the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami
Like the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse which recently opened in San Antonio, the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami further extends the concept of the initial Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Santa Monica, California. Starbucks assessed many different variables when selecting Miami for the next Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse, including location, foot traffic, the music culture of the city, population of tourists and residents, and visibility for these unique stores. Based on these criteria, the Company found Miami's Lincoln Road to be an ideal location.
Additionally, Starbucks sought out prominent architects Charles Gwathmey and Kang H. Chang of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates to design both the San Antonio and Miami Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouses. Their imaginative approach takes the original concept to a new level and offers a music retail environment that transforms the way consumers discover and acquire music and represents the full integration of a classic coffeehouse experience.

The Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami was also tailor-made for its specific market, not only through the architectural design, but also with music selected by the Hear Music content team with regional preferences in mind. The unparalleled combination results in a compelling third place destination for customers to connect over coffee as well as explore, discover, personalize and buy quality music in a warm and inviting environment.

With more than 3,300 square feet of retail space, the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami offers customers the ability to browse through the extensive physical CD inventory, which includes a music selection that has been hand-picked by the Hear Music content team to appeal to the local and regional tastes of Miami. Customers can also explore a digital inventory of more than one million digital tracks featured on the more than 25 Hear Music(TM) media bars throughout the store.

In addition to burning custom CDs using these next generation media bars -- which boast new technology with increased capacity, a touch screen interface and new features, such as the ability to store a song list on a Starbucks Card to be burned at another visit -- customers can also sample songs from any CD in the store by simply scanning the bar code. These new Hear Music(TM) media bars features create an unparalleled overall user experience and make it even easier for our customers to discover music. As at all Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouses, the price to burn a custom CD at the Miami location will be $8.99 for the first 7 songs, and $.99 for each additional song.

About Timeless
Sergio Mendes' Timeless, which is Mendes' first new album in more than eight years, further builds on a growing relationship between Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music and is the fourth album the companies have co-released since 2004. The other titles include the GRAMMY(R) Award-winning Ray Charles album Genius Loves Company, Carole King's The Living Room Tour and Zucchero's Zucchero & Co.

Produced by and featuring will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, Timeless is a wholly original blend of music (fifteen tracks) from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian musicians of all time, Sergio Mendes, who -- 40 years ago -- brought Brasil '66 and "Mas Que Nada" to the world. will.i.am and Sergio Mendes brought in The Black Eyed Peas, one of hip-hop's premier artists, and also recruited some of pop music's biggest artists, each a Sergio fan, to contribute to various tracks, including: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, india.arie, Black Thought of The Roots, John Legend, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Jill Scott, and Q-Tip, among others.

"From the beginning, will and I decided to revisit many of the classics of the Brazilian songbook that I had recorded in the past," said Sergio Mendes. "The combination of those great melodies and will.i.am's urban vision inspired me to bring those classics to a new dimension and to the streets of the world. I'm excited to be collaborating with Starbucks on this album. It's more important than ever these days to develop innovative ways to market and distribute music."

"Hip-hop is urban to America, but samba and bossa nova are urban to Brazil," adds will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. "These are two urban cultures clashing and fusing together beautifully, because they share a lot of the same qualities. I'm excited that we have this great opportunity with the opening of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse to introduce Miami music fans to the album -- it's a great venue to discover new music."
Of working with Sergio Mendes, Justin Timberlake said, "Sergio's creation of chord progressions has heavily influenced modern R&B, specifically now. He is a legend and a beautiful person. It was a pleasure to work with him (on Timeless)." Black Thought of The Roots adds, "I've had the opportunity to work with just about everyone I've desired to work with and now the legendary Sergio Mendes! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with such a cool, unorthodox, timeless and well-rounded musician. He's quite an inspiration."

The album's first radio track, "Yes, Yes Y'all" (featuring Black Thought of The Roots and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5) has already hit number 1 on the Top 50 Airplay Chart at KCRW, the influential Los Angeles public radio station. KCRW Music Director Nic Harcourt calls Timeless, "A new spin from a timeless master. will.i.am's brilliance will bring Sergio's music to a whole new audience." Sergio and will.i.am performed their song, "Surfboard" on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, February 2, 2006, representing the first national broadcast performance in support of the album.

About Sonya Kitchell's Words Came Back to Me
Words Came Back To Me, the debut album from singer, guitarist and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, will be released on April 4, 2006 as a collaboration between Velour Music Group and Starbucks Hear Music. A collection of twelve original songs (all penned by Kitchell) that critic Anthony Decurtis calls "extraordinary...a remarkably sophisticated collection of songs that belies the age of its creator," the new album represents a dazzling debut by a remarkable young artist, blending pop, jazz, folk and blues into a thing of soulful beauty."

Though only sixteen, Kitchell has built a formidable reputation both as a performer and recording artist. "Her engaging voice is only one part of the package," raved Don Heckman in a L.A. Times feature in May. "Add to that her songwriting, her expressive interpretations, her sophisticated musical choices and her slender, blond beauty. It seems only a matter of time before this fascinating performer moves into the national spotlight."

Recorded in Vermont, New York City and at home in the Berkshires, Words Came Back To Me features Kitchell on acoustic guitar and vocals, backed by musicians from her regular band of roots/jazz aces, all under the age of 30.
Sonya Kitchell is only the second artist to be selected for the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut CD series, which was created to introduce emerging artists with great talent and long-term career potential. Words Came Back To Me will be available at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada beginning April 4, 2006. It will be simultaneously released in record stores and music retailers nationwide.

Similar to the multi-platinum, eight time GRAMMY(R) Award-winning Ray Charles album, Genius Loves Company and Herbie Hancock's GRAMMY(R) Award-nominated album, Possibilities, Starbucks Hear Music participated in many facets of Timeless and Words Came Back to Me's lifecycles, including the marketing and distribution of the albums.

About Concord Records
Concord Records merged with Fantasy, Inc. in 2004 to create the Concord Music Group, strengthening its preeminent position as one of the largest independent record companies in the world and keeper of an extraordinarily rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. They include titles from some of the most admired and enduring names in music, including Rosemary Clooney, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson and Mel Torme. The group's current roster of world-class artists includes: Karrin Allyson, Regina Belle, Peter Cincotti, Michael Feinstein, Nnenna Freelon, John Fogerty, LaToya London, Sergio Mendes, Ozomatli, Eddie Palmieri, The Rippingtons, Sonny Rollins and Poncho Sanchez. Late last year, Concord acquired Telarc International, renowned for their roster of artists including Tierney Sutton, John Pizarrelli, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Spyro Gyra.

About Starbucks Hear Music
Founded in 1990, and acquired by Starbucks Coffee Company in 1999, Starbucks Hear Music is the voice of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music is dedicated to creating a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its CD compilations and music programming for Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, as well as its innovative partnerships with other music labels to produce, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music. In 2004, Starbucks Hear Music launched a 24-hour digital music channel with XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75), the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Santa Monica where customers can select from over 15,000 CDs or burn their own custom mixes, and the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) media bars, a service that offers custom CD burning at select Starbucks retail locations in Seattle and Austin. In 2005, Starbucks Hear Music opened the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in San Antonio, Texas. Starbucks Hear Music(TM) CDs are featured at Hear Music and Starbucks retail locations, as well as online at www.starbucks.com/hearmusic.

About Starbucks Coffee Company
Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 10,500 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(R) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products -- innovative superpremium Tazo(R) teas and exceptional compact discs from Starbucks Hear Music enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products. The Seattle's Best Coffee(R) and Torrefazione Italia(R) Coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles.

About Velour Music Group
Founded by Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno in 1999, Velour is a hybrid record label and management company focused on quality, adult-alternative music across various genres, including pop, rock, soul and jazz. Velour seeks out "music with soul" -- not soul music, but rather music with heart, music that hearkens to the core values of great songwriting and performance, both live and in the studio. By combining management and label functions under one roof, Velour has created a holistic, stable home for artists that is focused on long term career development yet remains able to nimbly respond to changing industry conditions.


Contacts
Starbucks Entertainment
Emily Glassman, 206-318-7933
emily.glassman@starbucks.com
http://www.businesswire.com/cnn/sbux.shtml
or
Edelman, for Starbucks Entertainment
Sara Campbell, 323-202-1075
sara.campbell@edelman.com
or
For Concord Records, Sergio Mendes and will.i.am:
MSO PR
Todd Brodginski, 818-380-0400 , ext. 239
toddb@msopr.com
or
For Sonya Kitchell:
Shorefire Media
Nick Baily, 718-522-7171 x36
nbaily@shorefire.com




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