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Rhino Ready To Charge Ahead

6 Jan, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Rhino Entertainment ended 2005 on a music DVD high note, and the company plans to keep things humming.

Several Rhino music DVDs were among 2005's top 50 sellers from Nielsen SoundScan, including The Eagles: Farewell Tour Live From Melbourne, Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, Led Zeppelin DVD, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, Live 8 and Live Aid.

Two Rhino releases are in the running for a February Grammy for best long-form music video — Brian Wilson's Smile and The Ramones: The End of the Century.

Rhino is kicking off 2006 with these releases:

  • Geldof in Africa, a double-disc set (street Jan. 10, $19.99), serves as a companion to Live Aid and Live 8. It includes six 30-minute documentary essays filmed by the BBC with Live Aid founder Bob Geldof visiting countries across Africa.

  • Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCII (street Jan. 24, $19.99) is the debut DVD release for the alt-rock pioneers the Velvet Underground. Performance footage features Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Moe Tucker during the group's 1993 European reunion tour.

  • Sugarcubes the DVD and Sugarcubes: Live Zabor (street Feb. 7, $19.99 each) are the first DVD releases from the Icelandic rock group fronted by Bjork. Live Zabor includes 15 performances from 1988 and 1989, and interviews. The other title has videos from nine of the band's biggest hits and three bonus videos.

  • Tori Amos — The Video Collection: Fade to Red (street Feb. 14, $24.99) is a double-disc set with videos for “Silent All These Years,” “Crucify,” “Cornflake Girl” and “A Sorta Fairytale,” featuring Oscar winner Adrien Brody, as well as videos from Amos' most recent CD, The Beekeeper. Amos provides audio commentary for each video.

  • DVD consumers seem to be hungry for music content, especially as they sink more dollars into high-definition TVs, home theater systems and surround sound, said Sig Sigworth, VP for the company's video segment since December when Paul DeGooyer left. He was previously VP of international marketing for Rhino.

    Last summer, the company officially switched its name back to Rhino Entertainment from Warner Strategic Marketing.

    “Rhino has that brand allegiance,” Sigworth said. “Everyone knows it means great music, great annotation, great packages. We are going to keep that great quality alive.”

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