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Hollywood, CA, April 24, 2001.
For immediate release
Capitol Records will release an enhanced version of the Double Platinum album RIO on July 3. The release will be available in both a limited edition mini sleeve CD and standard jewel box. Only 7,500 copies of the mini sleeve will be available in the U.S., providing fans with a collectors item resembling a smaller version of a traditional gatefold album.
This classic '80s album was first released in the US in 1982. This proved to be a breakthrough year for Duran Duran. The band went out on their first US tour supporting Blondie and took America by storm. Both the title track "Rio" (#14), "Hungry Like The Wolf" (#3) and "Save A Prayer" became instant hits in the United States. All of the tracks on RIO have been digitally remastered.
The group was also hugely successful in the UK, where three of the singles from RIO became Top 10 Hits and Princess Diana declared Duran Duran her favorite band.
An enhanced video portion has been added to the disc featuring 3 classic music videos: "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Rio" and "Save A Prayer." The disc also features a complete discography, photo gallery, lyrics, web link and notations by band members Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes.
The 3 videos included in the enhanced portion of RIO helped to establish Duran Duran's image, making them an American & MTV favorite. Director Russell Mulcahy's choice of exotic locations and storylines were pioneering in the fledgling music video medium. "Save A Prayer" and "Hungry Like The Wolf" were shot in spectacular Sri Lanka. Shortly after, the band flew to the Leeward Islands, Antigua to shoot the video for "Rio." MTV played the video for "Hungry Like The Wolf" non-stop, making it one of the 15 most popular music videos of all time.
In the June 2000 issue of Q Magazine RIO ranked in the "100 Greatest British Albums" of all time. After years of successful releases and tours Duran Duran continues to be a crowd pleaser, with a legion of loyal fans across the globe.
Street Date: July 3, 2001 USA.