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    O’Neill Brothers’ Piano Music Lands on the Billboard Charts

     Romantic CD collection hits #30 on Pop Album catalog chart

     

    NEW PRAGUE, MN (February 14, 2005) — Independent piano- playing brothers Tim and Ryan O’Neill received an extra- special Valentine’s Day gift this year: their compilation of romantic piano music hit the Billboard charts.  From the Heart, the O’Neill Brothers’ three-CD collection sold via their popular appearances on QVC, took the 30th spot on Billboard’s February 19 Pop Album catalog chart.  (Billboard’s catalog charts measure sales of reissues of albums or CDs first released two years ago or earlier. From the Heart was originally released in 2000.)    According to Gordon Murray, Billboard chart manager, it’s unusual for New Age artists – and particularly artists that aren’t exactly household names – to hit the catalog chart. “It’s mostly best-selling acts, multi-platinum acts,” Murray says. “Just about everyone they’re surrounded by is very famous and very big-selling.” The O'Neill's share space on the chart with artists such as Ray Charles, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion.  “We’re thrilled to have made the Billboard charts, ” says Tim O’Neill. “And we’re especially excited that our growing number of fans now includes the thousands and thousands of QVC viewers who have recently discovered our music. They’re the ones who helped us reach this really exciting milestone in our career.”   Previously, the O’Neill Brothers ranked 95th on the August 14, 2004, Billboard Comprehensive Album Chart with their Holiday CD Collection (also featured on QVC), just above Britney Spears’ latest release.  From the Heart features solo piano versions of 49 well- known and original romantic tunes including Music Box Dancer, Candle in the Wind, and My Heart Will Go On from Titanic.  Tim and Ryan O’Neill have sold more than one million CDs — without being associated with a major record label. Along the way, the brothers have written and performed music for HBO (including music for “Sex and the City”), NBC and ESPN; and performed for President George H.W. Bush.