06/25/2007 6:15 PM ET
EMI Music Marketing announces album release from Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to debut in stores July 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- EMI Music Marketing announced today the upcoming album "Music From The Mound" from Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. EMI will distribute the album in the United States, Toshiba/EMI will distribute the album in Japan.
"Music From The Mound" features a compilation of Matsuzaka's favorite and inspirational songs from various American, English and Japanese recording artists. The album also features the new original track "Gyro Ball", which includes guest performances from former J. Geils harmonica player Magic Dick, former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt as well as Boston Red Sox television announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy. Co-Executive Produced by Loren Harriet, Boras Marketing and Architect Inc., a portion of the proceeds from all albums sold, as well as the download of "Gyro Ball", will be donated to the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox.
"EMI is very proud to be the vehicle to release this terrific album to Dice-K's many fans across the U.S. and Japan" said EMI Special Markets President Eli Okun. "Dice-K has done a wonderful job putting together an album filled with great selections and diverse music".
"I listen to both Japanese and English/American artists, and I enjoy a wide variety of music, especially Rock, Hip Hop and R&B" said Matsuzaka. "I am excited to share my favorite inspirational songs with everyone in Red Sox nation and beyond. I'm also thrilled to work with the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Red Sox on this project".
"We are deeply honored by Daisuke's generosity in naming the Red Sox Foundation as the beneficiary of this terrific CD. Now fans can learn another side of this extraordinary talented man through his favorite songs" said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "Funds raised through this CD will help our team charity provide vital health, educational, recreational and social service programs to children in need".
Sponsors of the album include the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official visitor marketing organization for the Boston and Cambridge area. The official website for "Music From The Mound" is www.dicekcd.com. Included on the album is the track "The Second Coming" featured in the Nike basketball commercials.
About EMI- Operating directly in fifty countries and with licensees in a further twenty, EMI comprises two divisions- EMI Music, one of the top global recorded music companies and EMI Music Publishing, the world's leading music publisher. EMI's record labels include Blue Note, Capitol, EMI and Virgin.
About Red Sox Foundation- A registered 501(c)3 charity, the Red Sox Foundation was founded in 2002, immediately after the group led by Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and their partners purchased New England's beloved baseball team. As the funding source for the team's philanthropy, The Red Sox Foundation supports a wide variety of nonprofits and runs several of it's own programs. A substantial portion of it's efforts are focused on four Cornerstone programs, which include The Jimmy Fund, Dimock Community Health Center, Red Sox Scholars and Youth baseball programs, including RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Red Sox Rookie Leagues.