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Business News (more headlines) 10-01-2019

Seven Seas Music Secures Sync Licensing Rights For Jazz Re-Recording Of Eric B. & Rakim’s Classic Hip-Hop Album ‘Follow The Leader’

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Website: http://www.sevenseasmusic.com/
October 1, 2019 - Seven Seas Music[https://www.sevenseasmusic.com/], a music licensing and discovery platform that helps media professionals quickly stream and license authentic music from around the world, has acquired the sync licensing rights for the recently-released instrumental jazz remake of Eric B. & Rakim’s seminal hip-hop album, Follow the Leader. The re-imagined album was released on July 26, the original record’s 31st anniversary date, and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, where it stayed for four weeks. Seven Seas Music will now represent the re-recorded 11-track album for placements in film trailers, advertising, video games, and more.

To recreate the hip-hop masterpiece, multi-Platinum producer Jonathan Hay (Juicy J, RZA) worked with renowned jazz musicians — including saxophonist Benny Reid, keyboardist Mani Ajami, and guitarist Mike Smith. Described by NPR as “the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music period” and “the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop” by AllMusic, Eric B. & Rakim released Follow the Leader to critical acclaim and strong sales in 1988. It’s their highest-charting album in the U.S., reaching No. 22 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and No. 7 on the Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It is one of the duo’s two Gold-certified records, with their debut album Paid in Full going Platinum.

“We are proud to have the Follow the Leader re-recording as part of our catalog,” said Andre Comeau, VP of Creative Services at Seven Seas Music. “This will be a hot commodity with music supervisors. So many people grew up hearing this album. It will fit perfectly with not only nostalgic moments in music sync but more contemporary ones as well.”

“Having Follow the Leader be recognized and re-imagined as a jazz record 31 years later is mind blowing,” said Eric B. & Rakim. “Jazz is something we’ve always held close to our hearts, continually inspiring our approach and technique. We’ve come full-circle and know this will inspire generations old and new. Our worldwide fanbase will experience the music in a new light and jazz lovers can welcome a dose of Hip-Hop into their playlist.”

Seven Seas Music connects music supervisors with authentic international music for their projects, giving regional genre artists and composers the opportunity to reach global audiences through channels such as film, television, video games, and commercials. For more information, visit [www.sevenseasmusic.com].

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About Seven Seas Music
Based in San Francisco, Seven Seas Music is a music licensing and discovery platform that helps media professionals quickly stream and license authentic music from around the world. Music supervisors, producers, and other creators for film and TV can search for culturally diverse sounds to accompany their visual content via Seven Seas’ geo-based interactive map, which allows users to scroll over a region or country to find songs, then build, save, and share playlists. Once the songs are auditioned, users can purchase individual or blanket legal licenses for their favorite tracks. Overseen by two of the most respected names in world music and licensing, Brooke Wentz and Maryam Battaglia, Seven Seas has gathered the most compelling music from emerging and established artists representing over 30,000 songs by 3,600 artists from 155 countries. Seven Seas has successfully placed music in numerous TV shows and films, such as Claws (TNT), Warrior (HBO/Cinemax), Little America (Apple+), Queen Sugar (OWN), Seal Team, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum P.I. (CBS), Gentefied, Happy Jail, Street Food (Netflix), Outpost (CW), Legion, Snowfall, What We Do In The Shadows, Better Things (FX) and a recent Apple iPhone advertisement featuring NHL Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

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Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications — laurie@jaybirdcom.com, 917-697-2274
Bill Greenwood, Jaybird Communications— bill@jaybirdcom.com, 609.221.2374
Jacqueline Smiley, Jaybird Communications — jacqueline@jaybirdcom.com, 917-364-6741


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