Through an unprecedented, three-way collaboration, Los Angeles-based MediaHorse, a music licensing and creative marketing firm, Los Angeles and Nashville-based HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc., the U.S. music publishing subsidiary of Tokyo-based entertainment conglomerate HoriPro Inc., as well as publishers of the KISS catalogue, and the classic rock band KISS have announced the release of a first-ever compilation album to feature all female artists covering classic songs by KISS.
Titled "Kiss And Makeup", the album (executive-produced by MediaHorse co-owners Joe Berman and Shauna Krikorian) includes 16 classic KISS songs, re-invented and covered by various top female artists from around the world. MediaHorse will handle synch licensing efforts for the 16 tracks on the new album, for film, TV, multi-media, and advertising projects.
Regarding the new release, KISS frontman Paul Stanley said: "Having performed these songs many thousands of times for millions of fans around the world for over 40 years, we loved hearing these fresh new takes on our classic hits by so many super talented female artists. KISS is rock and roll...and these ladies really know how to rock our catalog. We love 'Kiss And Makeup'... and so will you."
Added KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: "We're really excited about 'Kiss And Makeup'! It's fun to hear our songs in a completely new and different fashion… especially by female artists. KISS fans are really going to get a kick out of this record!"
MediaHorse co-founders Shauna Krikorian and Joe Berman added: "This project has been a fun labor of love for us. We wanted to create something exciting and original that had not yet been done before with the band... KISS classics from a female perspective! Listeners will be quite surprised hearing these fresh takes on songs we've all grown to love, letting KISS fans experience them in a whole new light. It completely changes the interpretation to hear these songs in modern genres of indie rock and pop and especially with a female singer."
Nobu Yamamoto, HoriPro Entertainment Group executive vice president based in Los Angeles, said: "We were all very impressed when Joe and Shauna from MediaHorse presented this totally unique idea to us! After more than 40 years as one of the biggest rock and roll bands in history, KISS has never before enjoyed female artists re-imagining their classic songs. 'Kiss And Makeup' gives a whole new life to the greatest hits of the KISS catalogue in surprisingly unexpected and dramatic ways. I believe that music supervisors working in film, TV and commercials who want to really grab the attention of their audiences — and shake them awake — will jump at the chance to license these powerful songs for their various projects."
"Kiss And Makeup" track listing:
01. "Detroit Rock City" by AVILA
02. "I Was Made For Loving You" by HALIENE
03. "Do You Love Me" by LOVERS ELECTRIC
04. "Hard Luck Woman" by PEARL
05. "Rock and Roll All Nite" by THE DOLLYROTS
06. "Crazy Nights" by BRETT ANDERSON
07. "I Love It Loud" by ALY JADOS
08. "Hotter Than Hell" by KRISTEN SCHAEFFER
09. "Heaven's On Fire" by KELLY JONES
10. "Black Diamond" by JADE ELL
11. "Shout It Out Loud" by FLORA CASH
12. "Sure Know Something" by CLARA MAE
13. "Strutter" by THE TWO TENS
14. "Christine Sixteen" by BRETT Featuring MADEIRA
15. "Calling Dr. Love" by KAVKA SHISHIDO
16. "Rock And Roll All Nite" by RUSSIAN RED (bonus track)