2016 MARKS THE 25TH YEAR OF THE LEGENDARY SUFI-ROCK BAND `JUNOON’
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PLANS A MULTI-PHASED CELEBRATION WITH A CATALOGUE RE-ISSUE & A BRAND NEW DOUBLE `BEST OF’ COMPILATION
CELEBRATION PEAKS WITH THE BAND’S BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS YEAR!
The immensely popular Sufi/Rock outfitJUNOON completes its 25th Year in the music business and to celebrate the milestone the band is all set to relive their exciting music journey with their fans the world over with a series of launches that will culminate with the release of the brand new studio album later this year!
Commencing this September, the band will be re-launching their entire catalogue of 7 studio albums digitally – all with new album artworks! This will be followed by a freshly compiled “Best Of” loaded with 27 of their biggest career hits on a Doublealbum! This set will feature all the fan favourites including “Sayonee”, “Ghoom Tana”, “Meri Awaz Suno”,”Yaar Bina”, “Mitti” and many more!
But the pinnacle of the celebration will be the release of the band’s brand new studio album – their first in 11 years – which will drop worldwide this November!
Sharing their excitement on this momentous occasion, JUNOON front man Salman Ahmed says “Junoon is thrilled to be joining forces with Devraj Sanyal and his amazing team at Universal Music India and Adrian Cheesley from the Universal Music Group in London for the celebration of Junoon’s 25th Anniversary releases. We are as excited about the new album ‘Junoon25’ as we are about the reactivation of the entire Junoon catalogue. Get ready to whirl & chant in ecstasy! May the Junoon be with you always!”
Devraj Sanyal Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, South Asia “We are extremely proud to partner with iconic band JUNOON in celebration of their 25thYear Anniversary! It’s an incredible achievement to stay relevant for 25 years…not many bands in our side of the world have such sustained careers and JUNOON is definitely up there amongst the very best. Our exhaustive plans around the 25th Year Anniversary will not only satiate the band’s loyal fan base but will also introduce them to a whole new generation! So enjoy the `Junooni’ ride all over again as we dig deep into the vaults of JUNOON and at the same time ready for their first new albumin 11 years! “
Founded in Lahore by guitarist and songwriter Salman Ahmad in 1990, Junoon has seen a diverse and highly eclectic line up of musicians from East & West. Over the last 25 years, the band has enthralled audiences all over the world, with their signature Junooni sound…a cross cultural marriage between South Asian Sufi rhythms, raga-esque melodies and thunderous rock vibrations.
Having sold over 35 million albums, the band has been featured in global media networks like Newsweek, New York Times, MTV & loved by Hollywood & Bollywood movie stars. From the UN general assembly hall in New York to the Nobel peace prize ceremony in Oslo, they have performed concerts all around the world. Junoon’s roller coaster journey hurtles through space and time, winning over the hearts and minds of their legions of diehard fans across the globe.
The JUNOON catalogue re-issue is now available worldwide across all digital platforms exclusively on Universal Music.
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