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Record Store Day 2016

Another Record Store Day has come and gone. Hopefully, many of you were able to make it to your local record shop to find the third installment of limited edition Sun compilation albums. The tracklist was again curated by Record Store Day, and brought to you by ORG Music. The album features the “other” side of Sun, with some of the more obscure tracks from artists like Betty Lavette, The Twiggs and U.S. Apple Corps. It has been well received by the music community, as it became the first Sun Records release to chart on Billboard since the ’80s (#5 Compilation Albums, #12 Vinyl Albums, #37 Independent Albums for the week of May 7, 2016).

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HBO’s Vinyl Uses Sun Songs

The highly anticipated TV show, Vinyl, began airing in February. Set in the 1970s, the show follows a New York record company executive as “he hustles to make a career out of the city’s diverse music scene,” (IMDB). Created by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, the series blurs the line between fact and fiction. It combines the occurrences of real historic people and real music with the narrative of American Century Records, a fictitious label ran by fictitious people.

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Sun Records Teams Up With Musicbed

Sun is excited to announce a partnership with Musicbed, a full service licensing platform. They “provide a highly curated selection of songs to filmmakers for use in media projects.” Those searching through the Musicbed “Vintage” genre will find over 1,100 tracks from the deep Sun catalog, ranging from Johnny Cash to relative unknown artists recorded decades ago in Memphis. Since a large portion of Sun’s complete catalog, over 8,000 tracks, remains unmastered, many of the songs available at Musicbed can not be found elsewhere online.

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