Rhapsody Offers Exclusive Santana Album Debut, Co-Hosts Album Release Concert Event With Arista Records
RealNetworks to Webcast Special Santana Concert, Live from NYC, on November 1st,
Same Day New Album, All That I Am, Hits Stores
Audio selections from live concert to benefit Santana’s Milagro Foundation
NEW YORK — October 24, 2005 — RealNetworks® (Nasdaq: RNWK) and Arista Records today announced they are teaming up to give rock fans worldwide exclusive pre-release access starting this week to Carlos Santana’s hotly anticipated new album, All That I Am, and an opportunity to see a webcast of a live performance by Santana and special guests at New York City’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday, November 1st.
“All That I Am, to be released November 1, is available now via Real®’s award-winning Rhapsody® online music service. All That I Am is the 38th album by music icon and guitar hero Carlos Santana, and the third Santana album on Arista Records. In addition, Rhapsody users will also have exclusive access to a special live recording of the Santana composition ”Foo Foo" that will be available as part of a Rhapsody-exclusive edition of Santana’s new album. Fans can listen to the new album and more than thirty other albums from Santana’s four decade career through Rhapsody by visiting http://www.rhapsody.com.
To celebrate the release of All That I Am, Rhapsody is hosting a special Santana concert, “Rhapsody presents: Santana ’All That I Am’ Live from New York,” at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday, November 1st. Real will offer a live webcast of the event via http://www.rhapsody.com/santana at 8 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m PDT, giving fans around the world the opportunity to experience this historic event. The star-studded concert will give fans everywhere the chance to see Carlos Santana and a number of special guests deliver unique and passionate performances of songs from All That I Am and other hits from Santana’s career.
Performances from the event will be available through Rhapsody, RollingStone.com, the RealPlayer® Music Store, and the RealPlayer’s RealGuide in coming weeks. Select tracks from the live concert will be available for download via Rhapsody with proceeds benefiting Santana’s Milagro Foundation, which serves at-risk, underrepresented and disadvantaged youth through educational programs and health services.
“We’re pleased to be offering Rhapsody customers early access to Santana’s exciting new album,” said Dan Sheeran, senior vice president of consumer services for RealNetworks. “We’re also thrilled that millions of fans around the country will have the chance to see Santana’s special Hammerstein Ballroom show live on the Web through Real.”
“We’re delighted for Carlos that his new album All That I Am will be launched with great fanfare through Real, directly to his fans,” said Tom Corson, Executive Vice President/General Manager, of Arista/J Records.
All That I Am is the follow up to Santana’s multi-platinum and GRAMMY® award winning Arista Records albums Supernatural and Shaman. All That I Am features a star-studded gathering of world class guest artists including Steven Tyler, Michelle Branch & The Wreckers, OutKast’s Big Boi, Mary J. Blige, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Sean Paul, Los Lonely Boys, Joss Stone, will.i.am, Anthony Hamilton, Bo Bice and Robert Randolph.
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