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Milan Records today shares details surrounding the August 6 North American release of ANNETTE (CANNES EDITION – SELECTIONS FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), an album of music by legendary art-pop duo SPARKS and featured within the forthcoming musical film from director LEOS CARAX. Currently available internationally, the 15-track collection features music composed and performed by Sparks with lyrics co-written by Sparks and Leos Carax and vocal performances from the film’s leads ADAM DRIVER, MARION COTILLARD and SIMON HELBERG. The album will also be available beginning August 6 in North America in vinyl format, arriving in a gatefold sleeve and including an alternate version of the film poster exclusive to the LP – preorder now. Having opened the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival last week to widespread critical acclaim, Annette will be released in the United States in theaters on Friday, August 6 and on Amazon Prime Video Friday, August 20.

The soundtrack was initially introduced in May with lead single “SO MAY WE START,” the film’s opening ensemble number performed by Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard and Simon Helberg – listen here. Making its debut today is an accompanying music video for “So May We Start” directed by Leos Carax and featuring portions of the film’s opening scene – watch here. Also available ahead of the full album release is “WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH,” a stirringly romantic ballad performed as a duet by Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

Groundbreaking band Sparks was founded by brothers Ron and Russell Mael in 1969.  Recognized across the globe, their career spans 25 distinctive albums and is the perfect lesson in how to stay relevant in the music industry for over half a century.  Releasing their eponymous full-length debut in 1972, the Los Angeles natives relocated to London where they released their breakout album Kimono My House, which remains influential today.  Setting the tone for what was to follow, Sparks has since created a lasting legacy as a pioneering pop group with their studio albums and live appearances.

Eternal masters of the musical vignette, Sparks has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to adventures in songwriting.  Echoing the critical and commercial success of 2017’s Hippopotamus, the band’s latest release, 2020’s A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, became their fourth album to reach the UK Top 10 since 1974, when both Kimono My House and Propaganda reached No. 4 and No. 9 respectively.  In March of 2021, the band revealed they’d begun work on their 26th studio album, planned for a 2022 release to coincide with an upcoming tour.

Now entering their sixth decade, as well as the release of Annette, in 2021 the band’s singular career is explored and celebrated in The Sparks Brothers, the eagerly-anticipated feature-length film by Shaun Of The Dead/Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, which saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in US cinemas on June 18 before its international release. 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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