Sony, Universal Team For 'The Blues' CD, DVD

As first tipped by Billboard in November 2001, Sony Music and Universal Music Enterprises will collaboratively release CD companions to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series "The Blues."

As first tipped by Billboard in November 2001, Sony Music and Universal Music Enterprises will collaboratively release CD companions to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series "The Blues." Under the partnership, Sony (which also released the critically acclaimed CD companion to Ken Burns' PBS jazz series) and UME will share their blues catalogs and all associated costs to produce a CD box set, a DVD set, a "best of" CD, and seven individual soundtrack CDs with each segment director selecting their own track listing.

In addition to Scorsese, also directing are Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Marc Levin, Mike Figgis, Richard Pearce, and Wim Wenders. The PBS special and the CD and DVD companions are only part of the efforts being undertaken to celebrate the genre next year, which Congress has dubbed Year of the Blues.

In addition to that declaration, which was initiated by the Experience Music Project and the Blues Foundation, a benefit concert will take place Feb. 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The concert will be filmed by director Antoine Fuqua for later distribution.

Further, a nonprofit organization has been formed to distribute any charitable funds from the concert and other efforts to blues-related programs nationwide. PBS will air "The Blues" next fall.