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This certainly came out of nowhere - an unexpected press release from Hasbro Studios and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings announcing this Friday's release of TRULY OUTRAGEOUS: A JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS TRIBUTE. It's no secret that my wife and I are JEM fans and have been introducing the girls to that world, and with a live-action movie arriving on October 23, the buzz is building. Labeled as "A TRIBUTE TO STARLIGHT RECORDS" on its cover, this 12-song album reimagines music from the classic animated series, and is up for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes as a digital-only release. Songs come from the 65-episode run on Hasbro's JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, featuring songs from that band, as well as THE MISFITS and THE STINGERS.


“This contemporary spin on the classic hits celebrates the music our longtime fans of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS came to love through the original Hasbro animated series while millennials will be thrilled to hear new music from their favorite emerging artists. The album serves as a true display of self-expression connected to music, a theme at the heart of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS.”Hasbro’s Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis

Artists contributing to Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Tribute include:

  • BEAN ("Truly Outrageous")
  • Chrissie Poland ("LoveSick")
  • LACES ("Running Like the Wind" and "Gimme Gimme")
  • Barnaby Bright ("Destiny")
  • Madi Diaz ("Like a Dream")
  • Ben Thornewill ("All in the Style")
  • Meiko ("Abracadabra")
  • Suzanna Choffel ("Glitter & Gold")
  • SKYES ("I'm Okay")
  • Amanda Brown ("The Real Me")
  • Alice Lee ("Beat This")
"A generation of kids got their first taste of pop and rock music in the 1980s through the medium of television and the Truly Outrageous music videos presented on Hasbro's groundbreaking JEM animated series. Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment are excited to be working with Hasbro Studios on the release of Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Tribute, a brand-new collection of classic songs from JEM performed by rising young artists who grew up watching the show."Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings

Awesome or Truly Outrageous?

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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