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BLADE RUNNER 2049 ANIME SHORT DIRECTED BY SHINICHIRÔ WATANABE ANNOUNCED

Grammy nominee Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) has scored the soundtrack and Grammy nominee Lauren Daigle has composed an original song for Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming BLADE RUNNER BLACK OUT 2022, an anime short from acclaimed director Shinichirô Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

The anime short is one of three in-world content pieces to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run from director Luke Scott (Morgan).

Watanabe specifically requested Flying Lotus to compose the score for BLACK OUT 2022, which is heavily influenced by jazz and hip-hop. The music team at Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG), the music partnership of Alcon Entertainment and Sleeping Giant Media, worked closely with Flying Lotus to create an original score that blends his unique style with the iconic sound of the Blade Runner franchise.

Additionally, ASG brought in popular singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle to compose the end title song “Almost Human”, which she co-wrote with Kayla Morrison, Gerald Trottman, Ghian Wright and Michael Hodges, who also produced the song.

ASG’s Michael Hodges, Ashley Culp and Kayla Morrison served as Executive Music Producers on BLACK OUT 2022. In addition to Flying Lotus, the BLACK OUT 2022 score also features additional music by Gerald Trottman, Kuedo and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

The Blade Runner 2049 original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG) Records exclusively distributed by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 2049 gold foil, numbered, special edition copies of the soundtrack are available for pre-sale on September 26. The global release of the soundtrack will be available on October 5. The link for pre-sale is http://smarturl.it/BladeRunner2049/officialstore.

Steven Ellison, also known by his stage name Flying Lotus, is a two-time Grammy nominated multi-genre music producer, electronic musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper from Los Angeles, California. Flying Lotus has released five studio albums—1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), Until the Quiet Comes (2012) and You’re Dead! (2014)—to critical acclaim. He has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. In 2016 he released his debut feature film, Kuso, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and has since gained a reputation as one of the most daring films ever made.

Lauren Daigle has been recognized as one of the fastest selling artists of this decade, with the release of her debut album, How Can It Be.  Daigle is a two-time Grammy nominated writer and artist. Her debut album premiered in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 and reached #1 status on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart achieving RIAA Certified Gold Status. Additionally, How Can It Be reached #1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart with more than 900,000 album sales, one million track sales, plus more than 183 million streams.  Daigle has also won two 2017 Billboard Music Awards.  In 2016, How Can It Be took home a 2016 Billboard Music Award.  She was also nominated for a 2016 American Music Award and won six Dove Awards, including “Artist of the Year.”  Daigle received three K-LOVE Fan Awards, including “Artist of the Year.”

Flying Lotus is signed to Warp Records and Lauren Daigle appears courtesy of Centricity Music.

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