FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 24, 2003
P.O.D. : "PAYABLE ON DEATH"
BAND'S MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT TO DATE DUE NOV. 4th; FIRST SINGLE, "WILL YOU," EXPLODES AT RADIO;
MULTI-PLATINUM QUARTET TO ROCK VOODOO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from P.O.D., entitled "PAYABLE ON DEATH." The San Diego-based quartet's follow-up to 2001's RIAA triple-platinum, Billboard Top 10-charting "SATELLITE," the new collection is set to arrive in stores nationwide on November 4th.
Produced by P.O.D. and longtime studio collaborator Howard Benson, "PAYABLE ON DEATH" sees the band pushing their explosive sound to extraordinary new heights. The result is their rawest, most provocative recording to date, blending evocative, emotional lyrics with urgent, charismatic rock 'n' roll. [Full track listing attached.]
"Will You," the first single from "PAYABLE ON DEATH," is far and away the #1 most-added track this week at rock and alternative radio nationwide, with over 140 stations jumping on the track out-of-the-box. A companion video clip - directed by Marc Webb (Good Charlotte, AFI, Unwritten Law) - is currently in production.
P.O.D. will herald the release of "PAYABLE ON DEATH" on October 31st with a live performance at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Renowned for their fiery live shows, the band recently returned to the concert stage as part of the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Red Rocks, marking their first show with new guitarist Jason Truby. P.O.D. is currently on a worldwide promotional tour, with a full-scale global tour slated to begin in early 2004.
Having made their early reputation via an extremely loyal grassroots following - known as "the Warriors" - P.O.D. has long maintained a strong online presence. Their hugely successful website - www.payableondeath.com - has just been relaunched, featuring new graphics and up-to-the-minute information on the band's activities.
From their humble beginnings in a Chula Vista garage, to the international success of 2001's hugely successful "SATELLITE," P.O.D. has established themselves as one of the most important career artists of the modern era. Combining positive messages with furious, genre-blurring rock 'n' roll, P.O.D. has reaped critical praise and an ever-increasing audience since the release of 1999's RIAA platinum-certified Atlantic debut, "THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF SOUTHTOWN." The band has also unleashed a remarkable streak of radio and video hits, including "Southtown," "Rock The Party (Off The Hook)," "School Of Hard Knocks," "Boom," and the Grammy Award-nominated smashes, "Alive" and "Youth Of The Nation." Earlier this summer, P.O.D. scored yet again with "Sleeping Awake," the lead single from the soundtrack to The Matrix: Reloaded.
P.O.D. is - Sonny: lead vocals; Wuv: drums, vocals; Traa: bass, vocals; Truby: guitars, vocals.
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P.O.D.: "PAYABLE ON DEATH"
2. Will You
3. Change The World
4. Execute The Sounds
5. Find My Way
7. The Reasons
8. Freedom Fighters
9. Waiting On Today
10. I And Identify
All Lyrics & Music by P.O.D.
Produced by Howard Benson & P.O.D.
Mixed by Rich Costey
P.O.D.'S "PAYABLE ON DEATH" BREAKS NEW INDUSTRY GROUND:
ATLANTIC RECORDS, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA,
MULTI-PLATINUM GROUP ANNOUNCE REVOLUTIONARY COLLABORATION
TO RELEASE FIRST-EVER MUSIC CD/PLAYSTATION®2 VIDEOGAME PACKAGE
Unique Value-Added Multimedia Two-Disc Set Allows P.O.D. and PlayStation 2 Fans
To Interact With The Music Through Exclusive Amplitude Videogame Track
NEW YORK CITY, October 1, 2003 - Atlantic Records, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and Atlantic recording group P.O.D. announced today a groundbreaking collaboration to create the entertainment industry's first-ever combined music CD/PlayStation®2 videogame release. The first one million copies of P.O.D.'s eagerly awaited new album, "PAYABLE ON DEATH," will include an exclusive bonus PlayStation®2 DVD containing a custom videogame track from the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 music game title, Amplitude, featuring a newly recorded, non-album P.O.D. track, "Space." Playable only on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, this disc will also feature a 50-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, "Inside P.O.D. Culture," and a special feature on Daniel Martin Diaz, the artist who created the paintings and sketches for the "PAYABLE ON DEATH" package.
Due in stores nationwide on November 4, this unparalleled two-disc package will carry a suggested list price of only $19.98, providing tremendous added value for P.O.D. and PlayStation 2 fans. The album will be stickered with the PlayStation 2 logo, quickly calling the retail consumer's attention to the unique multimedia elements of "PAYABLE ON DEATH."
"This is a breakthrough in the way we market music," stated Atlantic Co-President Ron Shapiro. "As the lines between media are increasingly blurred, and the competition for the consumer's attention is ever more fierce, the new P.O.D. release is a remarkable response to the challenges before us. With an extremely low price point, the added value is exceptional and the sales potential enormous. This is only the first in what we hope will be a series of truly innovative, consumer-driven projects designed first and foremost with the fans' interests and desires in mind."
"P.O.D. is the ideal group to spearhead this groundbreaking, cross-media approach to new releases," added Atlantic Co-President Craig Kallman. "There is a striking correlation between their core audience and the most avid game players, and this fantastic package gives P.O.D. fans something truly unique and compelling that they can get nowhere else. By combining music, videogame, and DVD elements, we are able to cover all the bases and offer a complete, intimate, multimedia immersion in the world of P.O.D."
"We pride ourselves on delivering first-rate content for both a unique and memorable interactive experience," said Sharon Shapiro, Director, Promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Through our promotion with Atlantic Records, PlayStation 2 and P.O.D. fans will experience for the first time, a one-of-a-kind medium that fully delivers innovative entertainment for the consumer to listen and re-create what they hear."
P.O.D. lead vocalist Sonny commented: "This idea came out of us wanting to do everything possible to give back to our fans. With all the talk about downloading and CD prices, all we've ever cared about is giving our fans the best. We've been working for most of the year to release a fully playable video game with our record. We were very fortunate that Atlantic and Sony were willing to take this risk with us, especially keeping all of this below $20. 'PAYABLE ON DEATH' is our best record ever and with the PlayStation 2 game, the art cards and all the other things we're doing, our fans will get something big... something never done before in music."
Created by acclaimed music videogame developer Harmonix Music Systems, the custom P.O.D. videogame track featuring the new song, "Space" in the exclusive version of the PlayStation 2 title, Amplitude, takes advantage of the consumer's videogame/rhythm skills and allows them to recreate the song via the PlayStation 2 DUALSHOCK analog controller and make music. Unlike other videogames where music is the background, in Amplitude, the music is the game. In Amplitude, the concept of the game is to allow anyone - regardless of musical ability - to build, remix, and rearrange the song's individual tracks, in effect to "jam" with the music. In addition to the "Game Play" and "Remix Modes," fans can freestyle and scratch, DJ-style, on top of the music. As with all videogames, the bonus disc cannot be copied, downloaded, or file-shared. The full version of Amplitude is currently available for PlayStation 2 nationwide and features more than 25 tracks from various artists across all music genres for players to interact with both in offline and online gameplay.
The "PAYABLE ON DEATH" music CD itself will also include enhanced elements, including excerpts from the "Inside P.O.D. Culture" documentary, plus a "key" to unlock a special bonus web site which will allow consumers exclusive access to download the song "Space."
As a further bonus for purchasers of "PAYABLE ON DEATH," each of the first million copies of the album will include one of three "art cards" created by cover artist Daniel Martin Diaz. In addition, approximately 1,500 cards (500 of each design) have been hand-signed by all four band members and will be randomly inserted into the production run.
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"PAYABLE ON DEATH" is P.O.D.'s follow-up to their 2001 RIAA triple-platinum, Billboard Top 10-charting "SATELLITE." Produced by P.O.D. and longtime studio collaborator Howard Benson, the album sees the San Diego-based quartet pushing their explosive sound to extraordinary new heights. "Will You," the album's first single, was instantly the #1 most-added song at rock and alternative radio stations nationwide upon its release last week, with over 140 stations jumping on the track out-of-the-box. A companion video clip - directed by Marc Webb (Good Charlotte, AFI, Unwritten Law) - is currently in production.
P.O.D. has established themselves as one of the most important career artists of the modern era. Combining positive messages with furious, genre-blurring rock 'n' roll, the band has reaped critical praise and an ever-increasing audience since the 1999 release of their RIAA platinum-certified Atlantic debut, "THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF SOUTHTOWN." The band has also unleashed a remarkable streak of radio and video hits, including "Southtown," "Rock The Party (Off The Hook)," "School Of Hard Knocks," "Boom," and the Grammy Award-nominated smashes, "Alive" and "Youth Of The Nation."
P.O.D. is - Sonny: lead vocals; Wuv: drums, vocals; Traa: bass, vocals; vocals; Truby: guitars, vocals. For the latest P.O.D. information, visit www.payableondeath.com
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About Atlantic Records
Established 55 years ago in New York City, Atlantic Records grew from literally a one-room operation into one of the world's preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings which have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin. Today, the label releases recordings by artists working in a wide spectrum of musical genres, while the company Atlantic has been a pioneer in the marriage of music and new technology - from the launch of its acclaimed website (www.atlantic-records.com), to the establishment of its industry-leading MultiMedia Lab, to the opening of its state-of-the-art in-house direct-to-web digital studio, to its array of multimedia releases. The Atlantic roster includes many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them Brandy, Phil Collins, The Corrs, Craig David, Jewel, Kid Rock, Lil' Kim, matchbox twenty, Nappy Roots, Sean Paul, P.O.D., Rush, Stone Temple Pilots, Sugar Ray, Trick Daddy, and many more.
For more information, please visit www.atlantic-records.com
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About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one(tm) game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
On the Web at http://www.playstation.com
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