Music From New Fox TV Series 'Glee' Will Be Available Through iTunes And Retail
In a significant multiplatform deal, Columbia Records will be the official music partner of Twentieth Century Fox Television's eagerly anticipated new comedy musical series "Glee." As part of the deal, Columbia will release music from the show - as both single tracks and soundtracks - on iTunes and other digital platforms as well as in retail outlets.
From Ryan Murphy, creator of "Nip/Tuck," "Glee" features an amazingly talented and diverse cast from the worlds of stage and screen and a soundtrack of hit music from past to present. Each episode of the series features an eclectic selection of hits from genres spanning pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, Broadway and rock and roll, reinterpreted through the lens of Murphy's modern sensibility and razor-sharp wit. The Los Angeles Times calls it "a lighthearted satire with a deep emotional center that is often reflected in its wide-ranging songbook," and Entertaiment Weekly raves that "it's witty and high-spirited - a canny mix of ‘American Idol' with scripted punchlines and excellent acting."
Commented Ryan Murphy, ""Glee is about a passion for music and how it can inspire people to great heights. Anything goes in the musical world of McKinley High. All kinds of people and all kinds of music come together to change people's lives. There are no borders, no boundaries, no formats--just great songs and the joy that performing and experiencing them can produce."
"Glee is a smart and challenging yet totally mainstream platform for the most innovative use of classic and contemporary pop seen on television" said Rob Stringer, Chairman Columbia/Epic Label Group. "We are thrilled we have the opportunity to be partners on the show's musical journey!" Steve Barnett, Chairman of Columbia Records, added "Glee will be a key focus for the Columbia A&R, Marketing and Sales teams. We have a unique opportunity to build a great musical franchise with Glee."
"Finding the right music partner for this series was key, and our head of music, Geoff Bywater, did a fantastic job of bringing Columbia Records to the table," remarked Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. "Rob's energy and passion for what we believe will be an exciting and long-lasting music brand was incredibly impressive. Columbia is a worldwide music powerhouse, and we couldn't ask for better collaborators on the musical extensions of this series."