1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (CD) ~ Michael Giacchino
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.
2. Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition (CD) ~ Tony Bennett
In August of 2016, the one and only Tony Bennett celebrated the milestone occasion of his 90th birthday. This album, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, is the companion to Tony's birthday celebration event, that was filmed in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 15th, 2016. That show will air in December, 2016 as a prime-time television special on NBC, called "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come." This celebration featured performances by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Kevin Spacey, Tony Bennett and many others. Additionally, performances by Billy Joel and Elton John were taped at alternate locations and will appear in the broadcast and on the CD.
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, includes 18 tracks an extended 28-page booklet featuring appreciation essays contributed by President Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mandel, Bill Charlap and Everett Raymond Kinstler.
Additionally, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition is a 3 CD set that is an Amazon EXCLUSIVE, which includes the standard CD as well as two additional CDs featuring rare and previously unreleased studio and live performance tracks of Tony's throughout his career. The set also includes a 28-page booklet with a comprehensive decade-by-decade account of Tony's life and career written by Will Friedwald.
3. Penny Dreadful Seasons 2 & 3: Music From the Showtime Original Series [2 CD] ~ Abel Korzeniowski
Penny Dreadful has been the number one program on the Showtime Network for the last three years. This two CD set encompasses the best score tracks from seasons 2 and 3. The first volume has been a favorite of music score fans and recognized with several notable nominations and a win for Best Original Music from BAFTA, the British version of the Emmys.
4. The Randy Newman Songbook (3CD) ~ Randy Newman
Nonesuch releases the CD edition of The Randy Newman Songbook box set on December 9, 2016. Nonesuch's Randy Newman Songbook series—comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Newman's five-decade career—previously included two volumes, released on CD in 2003 and 2011. Sixteen additional songs from a newly released third volume, along with five bonus tracks ("Feels Like Home," "A Wedding in Cherokee County," "Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman," "I'm Dreaming," and "Wandering Boy"), join those first two volumes to create this new complete Songbook box set. Mitchell Froom produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 and was joined on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Newman's lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker.
The Randy Newman Songbook box set was released on vinyl in a limited edition 4-LP set earlier in 2016.