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Olympic Theme Statue Kiev UkraineInformation guide for Official Olympic Albums and where to purchase Olympic music of the Summer and Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

If you are a fan of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and want purchase information for available Olympic albums, soundtracks or individual MP3 digital song downloads, perhaps I can assist.

In most cases I have found people are looking for an official song, recording or playlist by artists performing during a Summer or Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremony.

Finding official music albums sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) can be time consuming so my objective is to provide accurate assistance to visitors.

Since I have covered music news related to the Olympic Games for several years, I can pass along detailed information on the availability of specific Olympic music selections and purchasing details like where to sample or buy official albums.

Whether you want to buy the official music of the Sochi Opening and Closing Ceremonies or find authorized albums from past Olympic Games, availability varies for each Olympic venue.

Even if an authentic recording is offered they don’t get much marketing support from the IOC, and some albums or soundtracks are available for purchase while others are not.

For example the newest release, Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, was made available on February 3, 2014. Another example is Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games, & Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games are available, and can easily be found at online retail stores like iTunes or Amazon.

Athena Olympic Themed StatueLikewise there are additional official albums to sample or purchase from earlier Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies. Each are unique in their own way, and provided below is a list of available albums to choose from.

In the event an album is not offered and you want to find a track list of songs by performing artists so you may purchase the individual songs yourself, creating your own playlist can be obtained by several methods.

Major news organizations, especially a news organization in the host country, provide an accurate description of the ceremony events in the specific order they were performed.

Another source to find an official album or list of artists and a track list of songs is Wikipedia. Simply enter search criteria related to the specific Olympic Opening or Closing Ceremony of the host country you are looking for. Various sporting or music blogs, including this one, provide accurate, detailed information for their visitors too.

One word of advice is to make a determination of whether or not the album or songs you want to buy are actual selections from an authorized album. This is especially true when searching for an official Olympic album at online retailers like iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby. The album cover and product details will tell you a lot, since they are marketed as “un-official.”

Music artists will sometimes market a “tribute album” which is made in good faith in honor of the games, but they are not endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Olympic Theme Statue Kiev UkraineThe majority of artists will show integrity by clearly indicating the marketing status of their music product as a tribute album only.

You can usually determine tribute albums by checking the release date, which typically show the date released days or months prior to an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Tribute albums can be original music or have a playlist of national anthems, ceremony fanfares and theme songs of the actual music. Although these are not authentic releases, tribute albums and songs can be a worthwhile product to purchase.

Many available products are professional symphony pieces performed by famous concert orchestras, but they too are merely offering their version of an actual song.

One final piece of information concerning official Olympic music is the fact most official albums are not a recorded live performance of an Opening and Closing Ceremony itself.

In other words the selections you may be interested in purchasing might not be in the order performed, and specific songs may be added or various artists may not be included in the official version. All things considered, authentic Olympic and Paralympic albums are of course, a one of a kind collectable recording.

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil two years away, it is unknown at this time whether there will be an official Rio Summer Games album. One feature we can count on and look forward to is the Rio Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are sure to be as thrilling as the Brazilian Carnivals themselves!

Find a list of official Olympic albums at Amazon.com, and read my category section dedicated to Official Olympic Songs. Big Stock Photos of statues in Kiev, Ukraine and Vienna, Austria by Dogi78, Jozo & Kyolshin.

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Official Albums of OlympicsOfficial Summer and Winter Olympic Album Collection.

With the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games now over, many people will be looking to buy an official album of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. We can expect the same when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Summer Olympic Games in 2016.

One authentic album available from the Sochi Winter Games is titled; Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. There are also authentic albums from previous Olympic Games available too. Shown below is a collection of Olympic music now available. See you in Rio de Janeiro!

Sample the entire collection of Olympic albums at Amazon.com and read my category on Official Olympic Songs. Big Stock Photo by Siart.

Collection of official Olympic albums available for purchase:

Sochi Olympic Games AlbumOfficial London Olympic AlbumVancouver Olympic AlbumVancouver Olympic Closing AlbumOfficial Beijing Olympic AlbumAthens Olympic Opening Ceremony AlbumAthens Olympic Closing AlbumSalt Lake Utah Olympic AlbumOlympic Winter Games Album 20022000 Olympic Opening Ceremony1996 Olympic Games Album1988 Summer Olympics Album

1. Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games
2. Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games
3. Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony Commemorative Album
4. Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Olympic Winter Games – Closing Ceremony Commemorative
5. The Official Album for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: One World One Dream
6. Unity – Athens 2004 -The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album
7. Harmony: Athens 2004 Olympic Official Album
8. Salt Lake 2002 Official: Music of the Games
9. Light Up The Land: 2002 Olympic Winter Games
10. Games of the XXVII Olympiad – Official Music from the 2000 Sydney Opening Ceremonies
11. Rhythm Of The Games: 1996 Olympic Games Album
12. 1988 Summer Olympics Album: One Moment in Time
Official Sochi Olympic Music 2014Official Olympic Music for 2014: Sample or purchase the new Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games with 13 songs.

If you are a fan of the Olympic Games, and you would like to sample or purchase the official sanctioned album of the 2014 Olympic Games, this year proves to be a winning combination. Official albums are periodic over the years, but I am happy to report the inspiring 2014 Olympic Album is available.

This release titled; Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, was issued February 3, 2014. The release with 13 songs includes anthems, pop songs, electronic dance music and classic hits, primarily up-tempo and sung in the Russian language. There are countless Olympic album imitations, so significant is the fact this is an official release now made accessible to the public by officials of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sample or purchase the 13 song MP3 album or digital song downloads of the new Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at Amazon.co.uk and other European music stores. Find the Sochi Olympic Album at iTunes.

Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games – Artists and Songs:

1. Song: Anthem of Olympic Games 2014 by Artists: Valeriya, Dima Bilan, Sofiya Rotaru, Filipp Kirkorov, Yuliya Savicheva, Vladimir Presnyakov, Maks Pokrovskiy, Timati & Banda

2. Song: Olympic Dance by Artist: Alina Artts

3. Song: The Sky Has Us by Artists: Elka & Zmey

4. Song: Once More in Russia by Artists: Anna Sulitsyna & Valeriya

5. Song: Anthem of Olympic Games by Artists: Kirill Ukhanov & Dmitriy Koldun

6. Song: Olympic Games by Artists: Olesya Khalme & Alena Sviridova

7. Song: Time of Victories by Artists: Teni & Vladimir Presnyakov

8. Song: Olympic by Artists: Nafa & Buranovskie Babushki

9. Song: Olympic Flame by Artists: Sergey Ivanov & Zhanna Friske

10. Song: Hello, Olympic Games by Artists: Sergey Demin & Zhasmin

11. Song: Olympic Games in Sochi by Artists: Nikola Stasyuk Band & Korni

12. Song: Olympic Dream by Artists: Sergey Konkov & Aleksandr Buynov

13. Song: Light the Fire of Game On All the Earth by Artists: Anna Maslova & Denis Maydanov

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Olympic Album by AudiomachineOlympic Album Review: Champions Will Rise by Audiomachine: Official Promotional Music for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

After writing about the Olympic Games several consecutive years, I have found there is an incredible amount of interest in the musicians and songs played during the spectacular performances at official Olympic ceremonies.

This is especially true with the festive Opening and Closing Ceremonies. At times I write reviews for inspiring tribute albums, but I also write album reviews about the official music for both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Audiomachine is not only one of the best producers of epic, cinematic music in the electronic orchestral category, but the two artists of Audiomachine produced the official promotional music for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The U.S. based team of artists consisting of Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix create inspiring music for the film and television industries, theatrical trailers, video game advertising, and promotional campaigns.

Official Olympic Music by AudiomachineChampions Will Rise: Epic Music From The 2014 Winter Olympics is the full title of Audiomachine’s 2014 EP album. This album is a special release from the team since all 4 songs on Champions Will Rise were selected by the International Olympic Committee and television media giant NBC during their worldwide promotional campaigns for the Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee selected two songs by Audiomachine from the album for this year’s Sochi Winter Olympic promotional campaign. NBC Network played three songs from the album for commercial promos for the Sochi Games. Between the two an estimated 50 million people have heard the songs on this exclusive EP album by Audiomachine.

Along with the worldwide publicity and extensive airtime their songs received for the Sochi Winter Olympics, two songs by Audiomachine were selected as the official promotional music for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Clearly, the International Olympic Committee and NBC find the epic, orchestral music by Audiomachine inspiring. For years I have been impressed with the precision music this winning team of artists can produce like clockwork, and I believe you will too.

Visit AudioMachine.com to hear Champions Will Rise, and listen to additional albums by Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix. You may also listen to Champions Will Rise at Amazon.com and read more in my section dedicated to Audiomachine. Cover artwork courtesy audiomachine.com. Big Stock Photo by YuriSamsonov.

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Sochi XXII Winter GamesList of Official Olympic Songs, Artist Names and Events already released prior to the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony.

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony now over, nearly a billion people will be watching the international athletic sporting events held in, and around various locations near the host city of Sochi, Russia in 2014.

News about the official announcement of the music and artists who performed during the sporting events are likewise, of special interest as the first music performance during the Olympic Opening Ceremony on February 7, 2014 highlight the historic 22nd Winter Games in Russia.

The Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC) didn’t release the official list of artists and their songs prior to the music events, which includes the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, and Medal Awards ceremonies, but the good news is that there is a list of official songs and anthems released well before the extravagant Opening Ceremony.

Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is a song compilation album released earlier, and are likely to be performed at an official venue.

Another song already released is the anthem for the Olympic Torch Relay titled We Are All Under the Sky. The official anthem by the band Kasta was performed by two singers from Russia named Elka and Anton Mishenin.

Olympics Fountain of FriendshipThis anthem was played during Olympic Torch Relay festivals in 2,900 Russian towns and villages. There is also the Sochi Olympic Theme Song titled Reach For The Top, sung by musicians Dima Bilan and Julia Savicheva.

In addition NBC’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics included a song by American singer Danielle Bradbery. The song by Danielle Bradbery is titled My Day.

In addition a Russian music group named Red Rocks has been performing live during their nationwide concert tour comprised of 17 Russian cities.

Leading news publishers have implied classical music will be the theme, while another major Russian news source said we can expect a contemporary music theme.

One other news source said the music act Tatu is among the performing artists. Tatu is an international female Russian duo with a pop hit All The Things She Said.

Until the complete list of songs and artists who performed during the Olympic Opening Ceremony are known worldwide and officially announced by the SOC and IOC, here is a preview of official songs already released for the 22nd Winter Games and music to be performed at cultural events during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In an earlier article about music related to the Sochi Olympics I let visitors know there are also inspirational songs available on the Olympic YouTube Channel. Most of the music backing the videos is upbeat, electronic songs but there is a lot of inspiring instrumental music played in the videos too.

Olympic International FlagsIf you are one of the estimated one million persons who plan to attend the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games there is also a list of artists who will be performing live music and cultural events in and around Sochi.

Beginning February 5, 2014 to February 22, 2014, as part of Russia’s Cultural Olympiad, instrumental soloists, vocalists, and quartets are performing.

Other cultural events already scheduled are recitals and concert performances by several symphony orchestras and Russian folk ensembles at the Zimniy Theatre in Sochi, Adler Concert Hall, Organ Hall, in addition to other venues.

For complete schedule information on these live concert performances and events visit Culture.Sochi2014.com. For music played during previous Olympic and Paralympic Games visit my category section titled Official Olympic Songs. Big Stock Photos by HelleM – Stayanov – Cobalt88.

Sochi Olympics 2014Music News: Official Music played during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games forthcoming.

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games less than one year away speculation has already begun on the choice of music selections for the historic athletic games to be held in, and various locations around the host city of Sochi, Russia in 2014.

An important aspect of the Olympic Games themselves is the official music performed during the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and all events like the Medal Award Ceremony. Interest in the music performed at venues from start to finish is equally popular.

At this point neither the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nor the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC) has released the Official Music to be played during the games, but there is news of a song compilation album likely to be music played during the Olympics.

The first album titled Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is 10 song compilation album release based on the Olympic theme. The artists performing the 10 songs were musicians selected during a music competition open to Russian citizens. The songs are being played on radio stations in Russia, but Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is not yet available.

During the London 2012 Olympic Games the music of new age electronic instrumental artist Vangelis made a grand impression with his famed Chariots Of Fire song, which is a song selected from the motion picture soundtrack score on the Academy Award-Winning movie of the same title.

Olympic Music 2014The song Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis was an official theme song played extensively during the Medal Award Ceremonies and other venues. It’s hard to imagine a song better suited to the Olympic Games than Chariots Of Fire, but it will be interesting to see if music by Vangelis will be included in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. I will present special music news coverage and updates for the Sochi Winter Olympics so check back for complete information about Official Olympic Music when made available.

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will begin on February 7, 2014 with the Opening Ceremony and conclude on February 23, 2014 with the Closing Ceremony. The following Paralympic Games is set to begin March 7, 2014 and conclude on March 16, 2014. The Olympic Torch Relay begins in Moscow, Russia on October 7, 2013. The song video below is by an artist performing an electronic music composition while the video portion details plans and events for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Project.

To read more about the Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games compilation album by artists in Russia visit Sochi2014.com. For music played during previous Olympic and Paralympic Games visit my category section named Official Olympic Songs. Big Stock Photos – Jimbarber & Eskay Lim.

Official Albums & Songs – London Paralympics 2012. Sample or Purchase Paralympic Theme Music of the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Official London Philharmonic Orchestra Soundtrack.

If you are one of the projected billion people watching the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, you were surely impressed by the manner in which London represented athletes of many nations in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Like the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics, the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony was equally grand. With the Paralympic Closing Ceremony scheduled to begin on September 9, 2012, the artists and music is sure to be a hit with television viewers and those in attendance. Even after the final close of the games on September 9th, the official music is going to be a winning collection of hit songs and albums.

Speculation has already begun for the official Closing Ceremony Music for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. During the Closing Ceremony there will be a parade of athletes and a long standing tradition when London hands over the Olympic Torch to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in preparation for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The London Closing Ceremony called Festival of Flame is expected to include a cast of thousands, with the British group Coldplay being the headlining act, along with performers Jay-Z and Rihanna. Other performers are said to be Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars, Jay Sean, and a orchestra of musicians with disabilities.

If you wish to sample or purchase the Official Paralympic Music and London Philharmonic Orchestra Soundtrack, here are the albums currently available. The 3 disc collection of National Anthems by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is of particular interest since there hasn’t been a lot written about this official collection of music for the London 2012 Paralympics.

Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games is the first album. This is the title given to the 18 songs total by Various Artists. Celebrating the spirit of the Olympic Games, the 18 songs on Enlightenment were made available at iTunes on August 20, 2012.

The 18 songs available as a complete album or individuals downloads are primarily numbers from the London Symphony Orchestra including Entry of the Flame, with other songs by Barts Choir, The London C, Orbital & Graeae Theatre, Beverley Knight, and Rihanna. There is also a Digital Booklet available at iTunes.

National Anthems – The Official Recordings of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the fore mentioned 3 Disc album of Official Olympic Music having a total running time of over 4 hours 30 minutes. The 3 Disc collection performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of 207 songs total. Each of the 207 songs is titled and listed alphabetically by countries participating in the Paralympic Games.

The two song videos below are the popular hit songs Clocks, and Viva La Vida by the pop British group Coldplay, who have sold over 55 million albums and won countless music awards worldwide. The video for the theme song Viva La Vida by Coldplay is shown directly below the Clocks song video.

Although Coldplay’s hit single Viva La Vida, with over 108,000,000 views at Youtube is going to be the Bandstand Festival of Flame Theme Song for the London Paralympic Closing Ceremony, Clocks with over 11,000,000 views is another great way to salute the UK and England, the official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As the site host for New Age Music World I can say its been a privilege to be part of the music news coverage for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. See you in 2014-2016!

Sample or purchase London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 3 disc collection of Paralympic National Anthems at Amazon.co.uk. Sample or purchase the Official Paralympic Opening Ceremony album by visiting iTunes to buy Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony. For people asking about the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony Album – Music for the Closing Ceremony has not been made available for purchase. Big Stock Photo credits – Jimbarber & Pcummings.

With the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, so begins the opportunity to purchase the official music for the athletic games. The 18 songs total is now available as a complete digital album or as individual digital song downloads.

Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games is the title given to the 18 songs total by Various Artists. Celebrating the spirit of the Olympic Games, the 18 songs on Enlightenment and accompanying digital booklet were made available for sample or purchase at iTunes on August 30, 2012 thru Decca Records.

You will find the official soundtrack is mainly songs by the London Symphony Orchestra, with British physicist and author Stephen Hawking starting the album by narration on the song Prologue. In addition to the songs by the London Symphony Orchestra, there are single songs by Barts Choir, The London C, Orbital & Graeae Theatre, Beverley Knight, and Rihanna.

Paralympic officials for now are keeping the Closing Ceremony Songs playlist for 2012 a secret, but there is the likelihood that celebrity superstars Coldplay and Rihanna will be among the artists performing during the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Sample or purchase the official Paralympic album Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony at iTunes.

Official Paralympic Music – Artists and Songs:

1. London Symphony Orchestra and David Charles Abell – Song: Prologue

2. London Symphony Orchestra and David Charles Abell – Song: Jasmine’s Theme

3. Barts Choir, The London Chorus, Hackney Singers, London Gay Men’s Chorus, Lewisham Choral Society, Hackney Empire Community Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Principia

4. London Symphony Orchestra, David Charles Abell & Denise Leigh – Song: Spirit in Motion

5. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Declaration of the Games

6. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Hymne a l’avenir

7. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Brave New World

8. London Symphony Orchestra, David Charles Abell & Elin Manahan Thomas – Song: Eternal Source of Light Divine (featuring Phil Cobb)

9. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Navigation

10. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Storm.

11. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Gravity

12. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Masque

13. Orbital & Graeae Theatre Company – Song: Where Is It Going? (Paralympics Mix/Spasticus Autisticus)

14 London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Glass

15. London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: Entry of the Flame

16. Beverley Knight – Song: I Am What I Am

17. Barts Choir, The London Chorus, Hackney Singers, London Gay Men’s Chorus, Lewisham Choral Society, Hackney Empire Community Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & David Charles Abell – Song: National Anthem

18. Rihanna – Song: Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z) (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)

With the Closing London 2012 Olympic Ceremony a memory at this point, the official start for the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony for the athletic games took center stage during the live celebration event held at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012.

Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games is the title given to the 18 songs total by Various Artists. Celebrating the spirit of the Olympic Games, the 18 songs on Enlightenment were made available at iTunes on August 30, 2012 thru Decca Records.

The 18 songs total are available as a complete album or individuals downloads. The official soundtrack is primarily numbers by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Stephen Hawking starts the album by narration on the song Prologue, with additional single songs by Barts Choir, The London C, Orbital & Graeae Theatre, Beverley Knight, and Rihanna. There is also a Digital Booklet available for purchase at iTunes.

Speculation has already begun for the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. At this point, the chart topping mega artists Coldplay and Rihanna are expected to be the among the artists during the Olympic Closing Ceremony. To sample or purchase the official album visit iTunes to buy Enlightenment – Music for the Opening Ceremony.

A Symphony of British Music and Isles of Wonder – The Official Olympic Closing & Opening Ceremony Songs by the Artists available for online purchase at Amazon.co.uk and DeccaRecords.com.

With the London 2012 Olympic Games nearing its conclusion, anticipation is building for the Official Closing Ceremony Show and music, set to begin on Sunday evening August 12, 2012.

It stands to reason after the brilliant theatrics displayed during the Opening Olympic Ceremony from Danny Boyle, the upcoming Closing London Olympic Ceremony Show, produced by creative director and choreographer Kim Gavin is expected to be equally extravagant as the opening ceremony.

The Closing Olympic Ceremony for the London 2012 Games in part is said to include a spectacle of 4100 performers, a parade of 10,000 athletes and a victory ceremony with videos highlighting inspiring segments of the athletic games. Popular British artists and their songs from the past 50 years are going to set provide the theme music for the closing show. There is also going to be an official Olympic Flag handover to Rio De Janeiro, the city selected for the 2016 Olympic Games.

In regards to the official Olympic Closing Ceremony music, the lineup of artists and complete playlist of songs during the Olympic Closing Ceremony is known in part, but as organizers have previously stated, the final lineup of artists and songs can change. The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is of course keeping many aspects of the closing ceremony a secret so we can expect many surprises during the final hours of the London Olympics.

Like the official Opening Ceremony Music release Isles of Wonder, available on CD/mp3 Amazon, iTunes and Decca Records, music for the official Olympic Closing Ceremony Soundtrack with songs in digital format, can be sampled and purchased, but only in digital download format at DeccaRecords.com.

Isles of Wonder is a top selling compilation album, and having secured the #1 album on download charts in the UK, Belgium, France and Spain, reaching the #5 position as a top-selling album in the U.S.

A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is the title given to the 30 digital songs to be made available at Decca Records right after the closing ceremony on August 12, 2012.

Music director David Arnold will host the music entertainment festivities anticipated to feature live stage performances by popular British acts like Annie Lennox, Elbow, Elton John, Emeli Sande, Kate Bush, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Queen, Ray Davies, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Take That, The Clash, The Pet Shop Boys, The Who, plus a variety artists performing popular cover songs. During the evening of entertainment, songs by lesser known, up and coming artists will be placed in the spotlight too, while highlighting British music’s cultural influence on the world.

Songs performed by a variety of artists during the closing ceremony are expected to include Read All About It, Our House, West End Girls, What Makes You Beautiful, Waterloo Sunset, One Day Like This, Open Arms, Freedom, White Light, Little Bird, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, We Will Rock You, Rule The World, and many more. British superstar group The Who is likely to close the show which ends with a fireworks display from atop the Olympic Stadium.

A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is again, a digital album only that will be released and made available at Decca Records right after the games end on August 12, 2012. A Symphony of British Music is currently available by pre-ordering at Amazon.co.uk.

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was selected to score the official Olympic Soundtracks for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympics, and the equally exciting Paralympic Games that run August 29, 2012 – September 9, 2012.

A Symphony of British Music Soundtrack by a variety of artists is sure to be a popular item like the opening album Isles of Wonder available at Amazon.co.uk, iTunes, and Decca Records. You may also purchase A Symphony of British Music at DeccaRecords.com after the formal closing events on August 12, 2012.

Purchase A Symphony of British Music at Amazon.co.uk by pre-ordering, and you may purchase Isles of Wonder at iTunes, and purchase A Symphony of British Music at iTunes.com. Big Stock Photos – Pressmaster & Gary718.

A Symphony of British Music – Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is now available for purchase pre-orders at Amazon.co.uk & Decca Records on August 12, 2012.

With the London 2012 Olympic Games nearing a conclusion, official music for the Olympic Closing Ceremony songs is just beginning. If you would like to sample or purchase the official London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony Songs you may do so at a number of online stores.

A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is available for album pre-order purchase at Amazon.co.uk. Buy A Symphony of British Music at Decca Records on August 12, 2012.

The Opening Ceremony music Isles of Wonder became available at iTunes and Amazon on July 28, 2012. The 2 disc Olympic Opening Soundtrack of 36 songs by various artists, with digital booklet is available at iTunes and Amazon.com.

A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is the long, but official title given to the Olympic Closing Soundtrack of 30 songs scheduled for release on August 20, 2012.

You may purchase the Closing Ceremony album titled A Symphony of British Music at DeccaRecords.com on August 12, 2012. You may now purchase the Opening Ceremony music Isles of Wonder at Amazon.co.uk.

It is expected to be a playlist of 30 songs by popular British acts like Annie Lennox, Elbow, Emeli Sande, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Queen, Ray Davies, Take That, The Clash, The Pet Shop Boys, along with some new acts. Music group The Who is expected to perform the closing song.

Pre-order purchase A Symphony of British Music at Amazon.co.uk, which will be made available as mp3/digital downloads (only) on August 20, 2012. Purchase the London Closing Olympic songs at DeccaRecords.com, after August 12, 2012. Albums cover artwork courtesy amazon.co.uk.

Life of Vangelis – TV Interview with Chariots of Fire Composer.

If you are following the London 2012 Olympic Games, you may have noticed the song Chariots of Fire playing during the Official Olympic Torch Ceremonies, Opening Ceremonies, and during every Medal Award Ceremony. The electronic instrumental song, often referred to as a composition in the new age music category, is an epic melody with an inspiring theme.

If you have ever wanted to know more about an Official London 2012 Olympic music composer, this exclusive interview with Vangelis takes you deep inside the artistic process of creating brilliant music compositions like Chariots of Fire. The famous music score is not the main topic, but this particular interview is quite remarkable by the depth in which Vangelis opens his heart and mind about his work and lifetime achievements.

In the newest Interview with Vangelis on the Al Jazeera Satellite Television Network, interview host Tony Harris asks the questions about the role music plays in today’s modern society, his creative process as a composer and award-winning film scores, plus a conversation about his life’s work and legacy.

There is also a special segment of Vangelis music scores set to memorable images of top news events that have occurred during the past year. It’s easy to see why Chariots of Fire by Vangelis was the theme song selected for the Official London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. It is after all, one of the most recognizable cinematic movie scores in the world.

Along with a top slot in the Official Olympic Ceremonies, Vangelis and his beloved Chariots of Fire, is the song played during (every award presentation) during the London Olympic Medal Awards Ceremonies. In addition, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has reproduced 5 new Chariots of Fire song remixes from the original Vangelis composition.

The new Vangelis album titled Chariots of Fire (On Stage) was recently released on July 23, 2012. The Olympic themed movie score is an original theatrical play soundtrack with 11 songs of new orchestral music by Vangelis, which was created for the theater stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire movie. The theatrical play adaptation timed with the London 2012 Olympics, recently premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in London, England.

The Al Jazeera interview is an exclusive new look into the life of Vangelis, being the latest television interview in the past 20 years with the esteemed composer. There is an array of segments showing his achievements, and the ways his music has been utilized internationally. This new interview is perhaps the most in-depth interview with the modern day cinematic composer.

The round of personalized interview questions given by Al Jazeera English Anchor Tony Harris was excellent news coverage. Mr. Harris did an outstanding job procuring a rare glimpse of Vangelis, and his inner perspective as composer.

This interview around 25 minutes in duration was uploaded on YouTube January 22, 2012 and is titled Talk to Al Jazeera: Vangelis: A Message of Hope. For more about Vangelis visit the best site dedicated to Vangelis at Elsew.com and find more on my section for Vangelis at New Age Music World. Sample or purchase Chariots of Fire (On Stage) at iTunes. Photo and cover art from YouTube & Amazon. Big Stock Photo by Adrian Grosu & Pkruger.

Interview with Mike Oldfield about the London Olympic Opening show.

With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is still a hot entertainment topic internationally. The evening show in London, made possible by the grand theatrical exploits provided by artistic director Danny Boyle, was impressive show to say the least!

With an estimated audience of a billion people worldwide, the evening performance which included a cast of over 10,000 stage performers was an amazing feat of showbiz in itself. It stands to reason that the Closing Ceremony on August 12, 2012 is expected to be another exceptional evening of entertainment for those in attendance, television viewers, and the athletes of all nationalities themselves.

The Official London Opening Ceremony music for the athletic games has in turn scored an immense victory too, especially for two popular instrumental recording artists, Mike Oldfield and Vangelis. Included among top British acts, new age music is playing an important role since the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012.

New Age musician Mike Oldfield was center stage at the opening ceremony during his performance of two of his most popular songs, Tubular Bells & In Dulci Jubilo. The evening simply wouldn’t have been the same without the song playlist including Mike Oldfield and his popular instrumental new age music that spans the continents.

The interview with Mike Oldfield is a recent YouTube video recorded prior to the London 2012 Olympics. During one of his newest interviews, the topic is about Mike Oldfield and how he became involved in the London Olympics after artistic director Danny Boyle sent word to him about performing the two songs Tubular Bells & Dulci Jubilo during the Official Opening Ceremonies.

For the latest news on Mike Oldfield including his new retrospective collection album, Two Sides – The Very Best of Mike Oldfield, and his live stage performance at the 2012 London Olympics visit MikeOldfieldOfficial.com. Photos courtesy YouTube  & Amazon.

Isles of Wonder – Official Music for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

If you are one of the nearly billion persons expected to watch the opening ceremonies and 2012 London Olympic Games, then you would probably agree the official Olympic songs performed by a variety of artists, played an important role in the overall impression felt by the grand theatrical exploits of artistic director Danny Boyle, who engaged a cast of over 10,000 stage performers.

It leads to the important question, where to buy the official Olympic songs performed during the opening ceremonies, and the official music for the Olympic closing ceremonies, which will follow August 12, 2012. The music directors for the opening 2012 Olympic Games Ceremonies, British music duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of Underworld and other representatives have already released the mp3/digital downloads of the Olympic opening music, made available on July 28, 2012 at iTunes.

Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is the official title of the Olympic opening ceremonies. This album was made available at iTunes following the opening ceremonies. The physical audio CD of the opening ceremony music is soon to be released through the Decca Records Label website shown below.

A Symphony of British Music – Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is the official Olympic soundtrack for the closing ceremonies to follow. The closing Olympic soundtrack will be made available as mp3/digital download release (only) on August 12, 2012 at the Decca Records website.

Isles of Wonder is itemized in the soundtrack category at iTunes. Some may be more familiar with the songs than others, but for those who would like to know, the first opening album by a variety of artists has an equal variety of music genres too.

Many songs are instrumental, rock or pop music, plus there are songs in the electronic, dance and techno music category too, with a lot of familiar vocalists. Many are popular songs including several in the new age music category. The song playlist varies from the actual stage performance, but it’s a fine music collection.

Purchase the official Olympic opening soundtrack of 36 songs total by various artist entitled Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony at iTunes. Along with the album at iTunes, there is an accompanying digital booklet available too.

Visit Amazon.co.uk to sample or purchase the opening ceremony and closing ceremony Olympic soundtracks when available. Album cover art courtesy iTunes.

Isles of Wonder – Official Opening Ceremony Song Playlist:
First Track Song List:

1. Frank Turner song – I Still Believe.

2. Four Nations Choirs songs, Jerusalem, Flower of Scotland, Danny Boy, Bread of Heaven.

3. LSO On Track song, Nimrod.

4. Underworld song, And I Will Kiss (featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie).

5. Mike Oldfield songs, Tubular Bells, In Dulci Jubilo.

6. London Symphony Orchestra song, Chariots of Fire.

7. Blanck Mass & London Symphony Orchestra song, Sundowner.

8. Dizzee Rascal & Armand Helden song, Bonkers (Radio Edit).

9. A.R. Rahman song, Nimma Nimma (featuring Jaspreet Jasz).

10. Emeli Sande song, Heaven.

11. Emeli Sande song, Abide With Me.

12. Arctic Monkeys song, I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor.

13. Arctic Monkeys song, Come Together.

14. Underworld song Caliban’s Dream (featuring Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud!, Elizabeth Roberts, Alex Trimble).

Second Track Song List:

1. The Chemical Brothers song, Galvanize (Beginning).

2. High Contrast song, Moon Watcher.

3. Underworld song, Always Loved a Film (Instrumental).

4. Underworld song, Dark And Long (Dark Train).

5. Pet Shop Boys song, West End Girls.

6. Underworld song, Minneapolis (High Contrast Remix)

7. High Contrast song, Reach.

8. High Contrast song, Ghost Dance.

9. Underworld song, Confusion the Waitress (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix).

10. Wretch 32 song, Traktor (featuring. L – Radio Edition).

11. F Buttons song, Olympians (High Contrast Remix).

12. High Contrast song, Can’t Stop This Fire.

13. Underworld song, Moon In Water (Instrumental).

14. Underworld song, Crocodile (High Contrast Remix).

15. U2 song, Where the Streets Have No Name (High Contrast Remix).

16. High Contrast song, For Years.

17. Underworld song, Dirty Epic (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix).

18. High Contrast song, The Long Way Home.

19. Underworld song, Dark and Long (Darren Price And High Contrast Remix).

20. Underworld song, Rez (High Contrast Remix).

21. David Bowie song, Heroes.

22. The Chemical Brothers song, Galvanize (Ending).

Vangelis – Official Music for 2012 London Olympics.

With the start of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games set to begin on July 27, 2012, it seems fans of the Greek composer Vangelis have clearly scored an early victory by way of an official Olympic music news release about a famous instrumental soundtrack score composed by Vangelis.

The song Chariots of Fire was earlier reported to be the official 2012 Olympic music for the athletic games opening ceremonies, and now Kate Mansey, a journalist for London newspaper The Sunday Times, reported on another new development regarding Vangelis. Her source of press information for the latest news announcement was direct from the producer of the victory award ceremonies Nicci Hallifax.

The song Chariots of Fire by Vangelis is now confirmed to be the official 2012 Olympics theme music to be played during every medal awards ceremony for the duration of the historic athletic events. In addition to the medal award ceremonies, the song was played during the opening events and will be performed during relay of the Olympic Flame.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has reproduced 5 new recordings or remixes of the original Vangelis composition Chariots of Fire, which won Vangelis an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire movie is based on the inspiring story of two British athletes competing together at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France.

Chariots of Fire (On Stage) by Vangelis, is a brand new Olympic themed theatrical movie soundtrack score released days ago on July 23, 2012. The theatrical play soundtrack has 11 songs of new orchestral music by Vangelis, used for the theater stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire movie. The play adaptation showing in the UK premiered on May 9, 2012 at the Hampstead Theatre in London, England.

The official VangelisWorld.com site is running but inactive. For more information visit the independent Vangelis website at Elsew.com and my section for Vangelis.

Available in audio CD and digital download formats, sample or purchase the original Chariots of Fire at Amazon.com and Chariots of Fire (On Stage) at Amazon.co.uk. For information about the theatrical shows, visit the London, England based website ChariotsOfFireOnStage.com. Big Stock Photo – MOKreations.

The official 2012 London Olympic music by Vangelis, having an inspiring and universal theme is clearly a winning choice. The 5 new Chariots of Fire song compositions performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra are as follows:
1. Energy Song Version – Up-tempo song remix.
2. Heritage Song Version – Down-tempo song remix.
3. Extreme Song Version – Jazzier style song remix.
4. Prime Time Song Version – Pop music song remix.
5. World Stage Song Version – Original orchestral song remix.
Olympic Themed Music – Chariots of Fire (On Stage) by Vangelis.

With the London 2012 Olympic Games starting on July 27, 2012, official music for the Olympics will be an equally significant component for the historic athletic games that will be viewed by millions of people worldwide.

The song Chariots of Fire by Greek composer Vangelis was played during the Olympic opening ceremonies, and named the official 2012 Olympics theme song. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has 5 new song recordings (remixes) to be played during every medal award ceremony and Olympic Flame relay.

Chariots of Fire (On Stage) is an Olympic themed theatrical movie score with 11 songs of new orchestral music by Vangelis with a release date of July 23, 2012.

The stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire movie that was partially inspired by the 2012 London Summer Olympics premiered on May 9, 2012 at the Hampstead Theatre in London, England.

The Chariots of Fire Original Movie Soundtrack claimed a victory for famous composer Vangelis, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for the film based on the inspiring story of two British athletes competing together at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris France. Below is the Chariots of Fire song video from the original motion picture.

Official Music for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London:

Another official song to be performed during London Summer Olympics for 2012 is the song Survival by the British group Muse. The theme song by Muse, which has the lyrics “Life is a race. And I’m gonna win” is also going to be aired on TV worldwide as athletes enter the stadium and prior to the medal award ceremonies.

The London Olympic Soundtrack to the opening ceremony is going to be released as an audio CD and digital release. This music release entitled; Isles Of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will contain music by Paul McCartney, Underworld and other artists performing during official athletic events and ceremonies.

Another planned release is A Symphony of British Music: Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There will be additional concerts and music with direct ties to the London Olympics, plus some songs by artists are being kept secret until the official opening ceremonies.

Olympic theme song Chariots of Fire, composed by Vangelis will get you into the spirit for the historic sports event. Find the audio CD or digital downloads for Chariots of Fire (On Stage) at Amazon.co.uk. Big Stock Photo – Jimbarber.

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