NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Gustavo Santaolalla's Academy
Award-winning score for the breakthrough American love story, "Brokeback
Mountain," is getting the dance floor treatment by some of the world's top
DJs. The haunting, guitar-driven score's centerpiece track, "The Wings," has
been reworked into three sweeping dance epics by Gabriel & Dresden, Manny
Lehman, Tony Moran and Warren Rigg. Remixes were shipped to major dance club
DJs last week and they debut at #1 on Billboard's "Breakout" Hot Dance Club
Play chart this week.
The "Brokeback Mountain" soundtrack continues to gather momentum in
conjunction with the heavily-honored, groundbreaking film. More than
300,000 copies have been shipped worldwide and approximately 100,000 have been
scanned in the U.S. The album was #1 on the iTunes Top 100 following its win
for Best Song at this year's Golden Globes for "A Love That Will Never Grown
Old," performed by Emmylou Harris and written by soundtrack mastermind Gustavo
Santaolalla with famed lyricist Bernie Taupin. That same week, the album was
#1 on the Amazon Music Chart and #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack Chart. Over
60,000 digital tracks from the soundtrack sold within its first two weeks of
"The idea for club mixes originated with Grant Pavolka in our corporate
communications department, and he helped Dahlia Ambach-Caplin A&R the various
mixes. As with everything else we have done with the 'Brokeback' soundtrack,
the cooperation and support of James Schamus at Focus Features and Kathy
Nelson at Universal Pictures has been especially rewarding," said Ron
Goldstein, President & CEO of Verve Music Group.
The remixers (who were chosen by Ambach-Caplin and Claudia Cuseta at Maxi
Promotions) have taken Santaolalla's main theme and created three vastly
different versions, each with something to please the most discerning club
music fan. Classically-trained arrangers, Gabriel & Dresden, give the song a
lengthy progressive house reworking that honors the heartbreaking, emotional
core of the score. The "Collaboration Mix" by Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and
Warren Rigg, lushly reproduces the song into a Balearic house mix. Manny
Lehman's remix takes a more hard-hitting, tribal approach, and is primed for
peak-hour "big room" consumption.
A commercial release for the remixes is expected on April 11.
Verve Forecast, the adult music imprint of Verve Music Group, has been
aggressively marketing the album by increasing its promotional presence with
store window displays at major retailers in New York, Los Angeles and San
Francisco in anticipation of the score's award season attention. With these
new club mixes, the label is reaching out to as many markets as possible.
Rufus Wainwright has also just completed a video for "The Maker Makes,"
another breakout track from the soundtrack. MTV Networks fledgling channel
Logo will host the video's world premiere later this month.
The "Brokeback Mountain" soundtrack features Gustavo Santaolalla's Golden
Globe and Academy Award nominated score, along with tracks from Willie Nelson,
Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, Jackie Greene, Linda
Rondstadt, Steve Earle, Mary McBride, and the Gas Band.
SOURCE Verve Music Group