SOURCE: Rhino Entertainment

January 03, 2007 18:11 ET

Looks Like He Made It

Barry Manilow's "FIRST & FAREWELL" DVD Is Certified Platinum in One Month!

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 3, 2007 --"FIRST & FAREWELL," Barry Manilow's groundbreaking double-DVD set from Rhino and STILETTO New Media has just gone platinum -- in just over one month after its release in late October. Disc one of the 2-DVD set features never-before-seen footage from Manilow's inaugural tour rehearsal at Carroll's Studio in New York City in 1974, which was the first time Barry was ever recorded on videotape! The second DVD captures the final concert of the historic "One Night Live! One Last Time!" Farewell Tour in 2004 -- recorded at The Pond in Anaheim, California. These two special performances confirmed for critics and fans alike that Barry Manilow would be the music world's most enduring male entertainer for years to come.

"First and foremost, I want to thank my fans, who have been my inspiration for over 30 years. I only hope that they enjoy this DVD as much as I did putting it together," Manilow said.

For over thirty years Mr. Manilow's accomplishments in music, in television and on stage have set virtually unbreakable records, and it was this first live performance at Carroll's Studio that previewed for an intimate audience the unparalleled range of talent and originality that would distinguish him as both a legend and a trailblazer. Manilow is the first artist ever to release such a retrospective of his career, and his pioneering effort has clearly resonated with multiple generations of fans.

"It is so gratifying to know that Barry's fans are as strong today as ever. He has been at the top of his game for over 30 years, and this DVD reinforces that music lovers of all ages are flocking to buy 'FIRST & FAREWELL,'" Mark C. Grove, principal in STILETTO New Media, said.

Rhino Entertainment, industry leader in marketing and distribution of music and television on DVD, notes that in bringing Manilow's first videotaped performance and his 2004 farewell tour to DVD for the first time ever, they are making available to the public a look at the beginnings of a legendary artist never seen before.

"MANILOW: MUSIC AND PASSION" DVD was the first title released under the new multi-year agreement with Rhino Entertainment and STILETTO New Media. "MANILOW: MUSIC AND PASSION" DVD had a street date of March 28, 2006 and has already been certified three-times platinum.

2006 has been an incredible record-breaking year for Manilow. His brand new album "THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIES" released October 31st was certified gold by the RIAA, exactly one month from its street date. Earlier this year his album "THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE FIFTIES" certified platinum. This is the first time ever for Manilow to have two albums of new material certify gold and platinum in the same calendar year and, at the same time, two DVDs certified platinum and multi-platinum in that same year. Manilow also received this year an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for "MANILOW: MUSIC AND PASSION."

ABOUT STILETTO NEW MEDIA

STILETTO New Media was created to maximize the return on investment of the content it produces through distribution over the growing delivery systems including DVD, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Internet and Mobile. The company's goal is to create a diverse array of programming to take advantage of the digital revolution that is transforming the media world.

STILETTO New Media is currently releasing its second DVD through Rhino Entertainment showcasing superstar Barry Manilow and titled, "FIRST & FAREWELL." The DVD became available at leading retail outlets on October 31, 2006.

ABOUT RHINO ENTERTAINMENT

Based in Burbank, California, Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment serves as the central catalog development, licensing, soundtrack, and television marketing area for the corporation. Rhino develops, markets, and promotes both audio and video products from the vast WMG catalog and through new productions with established artists. The division is also responsible for licensing WMG's music for film, television, and video game uses, and for creating custom premium products.

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