RnM Team    09 Aug 10 19:05 IST

MUMBAI: A new series of albums featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history will offer unprecedented value to consumers. The aptly named Icon series from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) launches August 31, 2010, with releases from 30 major artists spanning rock, pop, R&B and country 

Each album, at a great price, includes 12 hit tracks  Noteworthy among the releases are the first-ever retrospectives from neo-soul queen Erykah Badu and alt-rock heroes Hoobastank  Several artists--Patsy Cline, Marvin Gaye, KISS, Styx, The Temptations and Don Williams--are spotlighted with additional 2-CD versions filled with 24 selections.

The Icon series includes:

--ABBA – Icon (Polydor/UMe): Sweden's musical treasure, whose global impact still resonates today, offers its best-known hits, from "Mamma Mia!" to "Waterloo."

--Bryan Adams – Icon (A&M/UMe): Some of the best pop rock of our time includes "Run To You" and "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" from this Canadian singer.

--Erykah Badu – Icon (Universal Motown/UMe): Her first collection ranges from her debut "On And On" to 2008's "Honey," plus collaborations with The Roots and Common on a Badu album for the first time.

--James Brown – Icon (Polydor/UMe): The Godfather of Soul gets down with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" and more.

--Johnny Cash – Icon (Mercury Nashville/UMe): The best of the legendary Man in Black's Mercury years also features updated classics such as "I Walk The Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues."

--Patsy Cline – Icon (MCA Nashville/UMe): One of the most acclaimed female singers in history is heard with "Walking After Midnight," "I Fall To Pieces" and "Crazy"  Icon 2 adds recordings such as "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)."

--The Cranberries – Icon (Island/UMe): Led by Dolores O'Riordan, the Irish band scored such hits as "Linger, "Zombie," "Dreams" and "Salvation."

--Neil Diamond – Icon (Geffen/UMe): The enormously popular singer-songwriter is represented by "Sweet Caroline," #1s "Cracklin' Rose" and "Song Sung Blue," two tracks from Hot August Night and more.

--Marvin Gaye – Icon (Universal Motown/UMe): The soul giant sings "What's Going On," "Let's Get It On" and, with Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."  Icon 2 adds the live "Distant Lover," "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and more Tammi duets.

--Vince Gill

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