The Lennon Bermuda products covered under the Hannover House distribution venture include a 2-CD collection (34 tracks), a single CD collection (22-tracks), a 120-page book (and eBook), and a specially packaged collector's edition set. All of these items will be released to major retailers, book stores, specialty outlets, wholesale clubs and internet sellers beginning September 24, 2013.
"John Lennon is a legendary songwriter and pop-culture icon," said Eric Parkinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House. "His name, image and music are world renowned, and we feel that these Lennon Bermuda products have tremendous commercial appeal as we move into the fourth-quarter holiday season. The single-CD item is attractive for mainstream music retailers such as Wal-Mart, the stand-alone book should perform well with chains such as Barnes & Noble, and the collectors set could be a great gift item for wholesale clubs such as Costco and SAMS. Overall, we think this is a very exciting and commercial product line."
Additional content information, packaging graphics and product details will be released in the coming weeks as the consumer publicity, advertising and general marketing campaigns for the Lennon Bermuda items are launched. The following four products will be released by Hannover House under the distribution agreement with FB Media, Ltd.:
LENNON BERMUDA - Music CDs$17.95 srp, UPC 7-61450-19802-9
LENNON BERMUDA - Trade Back Book, by Scott Neil and Graham Foster, 120 pages, Non-Fiction, Biography; $19.95 srp., UPC 7-61450-19803-6; ISBN 978-1-62890-057-6
LENNON BERMUDA - eBook (Neil & Foster), $14.95 srp, ISBN 978-1-62890-058-3
LENNON BERMUDA COLLECTOR'S GIFT PACK (contains CD & Book in special packaging),$39.95 srp, UPC 7-61450-19804-3 / ISBN 978-62890-059-0.
The Lennon Bermuda recordings were produced by Michael Freisenbruch and Tony Brannon for FB Media, with assistance from a variety of top session and music-recording producers. Artists featured on the LENNON BERMUDA Music CD include YOKO ONO, BRYAN FERRY, MAXI PRIEST, BIGGIE IRIE, RACHEL BROWN, JUDY TZUKE, HEATHER NOVA, McCARTNEY K and fourteen other international music stars as well as Bermuda-based performers.
The Lennon Bermuda book was written by Scott Neil with original illustrations by Graham Foster. The book chronicles Lennon's summer of 1980 in Bermuda (with son Sean and wife Yoko Ono), with original illustrations and photos, with an abundance of local flavor and stories, including details of Lennon's first discovery of the "Double Fantasy" Orchid in the location that is now the Bermuda Botanical Gardens.
FB Media is also responsible for the organization and promotion of the upcoming Lennon Peace Day Concert, a tribute concert scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Bermuda.
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. With fellow Beatles member Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that resulted in U.S.A. record sales of more than 177-million units (as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America).
Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon's early music activities eventually evolved into the Beatles in 1960. After a meteoric decade, the Beatles began to disband and Lennon embarked on a successful solo career. Lennon solo albums include John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace A Chance", "Imagine", "Woman" and "Watching The Wheels". After taking five years away from the spotlight to raise his infant son Sean with wife Yoko Ono, Lennon returned in 1980 with an acclaimed new album Double Fantasy. Just three weeks after this album's release, Lennon was murdered in New York City in an infamous and tragic shooting.
Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
HANNOVER HOUSE was formed in 1993 as a U.S. Book Publisher, adding DVD products in 2002, music CDs in 2004 and theatrical releasing activities in 2008. The company sells to most major retailers and wholesalers of entertainment products in North America, with Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Netflix, Redbox and Barnes & Noble collectively representing over 80% of annual consumer product revenues. The principal offices for Hannover House are located in Northwest Arkansas, conveniently near the world headquarters for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and major distribution centers. For more information on Hannover House, view the filings at: www.OTCMarkets.com under trading symbol HHSE.
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