An entire new generation of youngsters is about to get introduced to The Beatles courtesy of Big Time Rush, while legendary singer Roberta Flack's full-length tribute to the Fab Four has landed her in the Billboard Top 200. Speaking of new tributes to great songsmiths, Brass Bed & Allison Bohl's forthcoming disc offers up a healthy dose of Harry Nilsson. Check out several media releases I have posted here.
Big Time Rush releases soundtrack to 'Big Time Movie'
Six beloved Beatles classics covered for Soundtrack to first-ever Big Time Rush TV movie premiering March 10
Columbia Records international recording artists and Nickelodeon TV stars Big Time Rush bring the Fab Four's legacy to a new generation with the release of an iTunes exclusive soundtrack to their first-ever Nickelodeon movie, Big Time Movie on Tuesday, March 6, available now for pre-order. The Big Time Movie Soundtrack features covers of the beloved Beatles classics "Help!," "A Hard Day's Night," "We Can Work It Out," "Revolution," Can't Buy Me Love and I Want To Hold Your Hand* (see below for track listing.) Big Time Movie will premiere Saturday, March 10, 2012 on Nickelodeon.
In Big Time Movie, Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan head to London for their first big world tour, but instead get mixed up in a mission to save the world. With their bags switched at the airport, they inadvertently gain possession of a fearsome device that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the world. The guys must tap into their inner spy as their adventure finds them driving exotic cars and jumping out of helicopters, while trying to make it to their first world tour concert on time. Hot on their trail are evil henchmen named Maxwell, British secret agents and Swedish spies as well as billionaire businessman, Sir Atticus Moon who wants back his precious device code named: "The Beetle," an anti-gravitational device with enormous power. Once they learn they're carrying this precious cargo, the guys get pulled into a madcap mission throughout London, which threatens the onset of their world tour. With the help of teen spy Penny Lane, the guys set out to save Penny's father MI6 Agent Simon Lane and stop Sir Atticus Moon's plot to use "The Beetle" to gain world domination.
Big Time Rush – Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson – recently released their second album, Elevate. The highly anticipated follow-up to the group's Gold-certified debut BTR, Elevate features tracks including "Music Sounds Better With U (featuring Mann)," Show Me" and "All Over Again," plus brand-new music that will debut on upcoming episodes of the TV series. Big Time Rush's sold out "Better With U Tour" kicks off nationwide February 17, 2012 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. For more information, please visit: www.BigTimeTour.com.
The full track listing for Big Time Movie Soundtrack is as follows:
1. A Hard Day's Night
4. Can't Buy Me Love
5. We Can Work It Out
6. I Wanna Hold Your Hand*
*not featured in movie
Roberta Flack's New Album "LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES" Lands in Billboard Top 200!
#30 Billboard R&B Chart
First Single Still Going Strong At Three Radio Formats
"On each track, Ms. Flack transforms the familiar with her penetrating, soulful voice and passionate phrasing…" - Marc Myers, Wall Street Journal
Roberta Flack, the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, is back after an eight year absence with a brand new album, LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES —a collection of Beatles song interpretations. For the first time in over 13 years, Roberta has debuted in the Top 200 Albums Chart, plus LET IT BE ROBERTA also landed at #30 on the R&B Albums chart. The first single "We Can Work It Out" is currently going strong at several different radio formats including AC, Urban AC and Smooth Jazz (where it just entered the Top 10 this week). In additional radio news, Roberta Flack's interview with NPR's Weekend Edition will air this Saturday (Feb. 18, 2012). Flack has also been planning a series of tour dates to coincide with the release of the album. Newly signed to a partnership of 429 Records, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Flack's RAS Records, the album, which was produced by Sherrod Barnes, who has also produced Beyonce' and Angie Stone, with contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles, is available now.
Roberta Flack has long been known as an unparalleled musician who effortlessly inhabits the worlds of pop, soul, R&B, jazz and folk. From her very first recording, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" which hit #1 in the U.S across all charts, Flack has created strong emotional bonds with her listeners through her poignant musicality and unerring stylizations while also shining an uncompromising light onto the culture and politics of the times.
Brass Bed with Allison Bohl
'On Nilsson' comes out March 13, 2012 on Crossbill Records
Catch them live at SXSW, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and more...
After being asked to perform for a Harry Nilsson tribute night, Brass Bed and long standing art director/collaborator Allison Bohl, decided to record their take on Harry's classics: "One," "He Needs Me," "He's Large" and "Don't Forget Me." On Nilsson is no mere tribute record though, the band imbues each of the four songs with their trademark pop schizophrenia wherein songs can swing wildly from excited pop to a mood that's akin to the most lonesome paranoia, but then again maybe it's that Bohl's voice is near perfect conjuring of Shelly Duvall's vocals from Popeye.
This EP follows their highly acclaimed album, Melt White, which won fans at Vanity Fair, CMJ, and beyond. Fans fell hard for the album's pop hooks awash in distorted keyboards. With high profile slots opening for Shearwater, Givers and Smiths Western, their high energy live shows became the stuff of legend. The band took most of the summer of 2011 off working on honing their sound so that everything they put to tape was capable of being pulled off live.
When asked why, frontman Christiaan Mader stated that, "Nilsson is a gifted songwriter still overshadowed by his famous friends. His work hearkens back, in the best ways, to a time when the song itself was the prize. So it bears revisiting with new ideas for production." Out March 13, 2012 on California's Crossbill Records, On Nilsson shows a band transitioning away from standard pop songs and delving into the darker depths of songwriting and sets the stage for the release of their third and finest LP to date, The Secret Will Keep You, in late 2012!
03.02.12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon with Shearwater
03.08.12 - New Orleans, LA @ Foburg Festival at the Howlin' Wolf
03.13.12 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.14.12 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.15.12 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16.12 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.17.12 - Lafayette, LA @ Feed and Seed (EP Release Party)
05.04.12 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest (Lagniappe Stage)
05.04.12 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia