08/26/11

Legacy Recordings Launches Miles Davis "Fan Project"

New compilation's tracks to be voted on by online fans

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has launched “The Miles Davis Fan Project,” an online initiative designed to introduce Davis’ music to a digital audience via Facebook (Miles Davis) and Davis’ official website.

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Throughout the month of August, 40 classic Miles Davis tracks—representing multiple aspects and phases of the Davis canon from the post-bop cool of Kind of Blue through the fusion of Bitches Brew to the meditative In a Silent Way— are being featured on Facebook via social sound sharing platform SoundCloud. The tracks feature an active “Like” button which prompts fans to vote. The 10 recordings accruing the most “Likes” from fans online will be assembled for Blue Flame, a fan-christened digital-only album to be released on September 26.

By mid-August, more than 20,000 “Likes” had been cast on Facebook with some songs grabbing more than 2500 “Likes.” More than 35,000 plays have been racked up between the various contenders for final inclusion on the album.

An online Facebook poll for “The Miles Davis Fan Project” album title resulted in a landslide victory for Blue Flame, suggested by Jennifer Sammons of Los Angeles.

In addition to A&R-ing the tracklist for “The Miles Davis Fan Project” album, online fans are being invited to name the album, create the official artwork for the release, and describe what Miles and his music means to them in personal testimonials to be featured in a digital booklet coming with the online release.

The first online fan-assembled collection of its kind, the release of Blue Flame coincides with the 20th anniversary of Davis’ passing on September 28, 1991. The final tracklisting, sequencing and artwork for Blue Flame will be revealed on September 26.

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