Group signs new deal with BMG
Huey Lewis and the News have signed a new recording agreement with BMG to release their forthcoming tenth studio album in spring 2019. Following their last album release in 2010, a Stax/Volt tribute album, the upcoming studio album is the bands eagerly awaited first set of all new original music in 18 years.
Entering their 39th year together, Huey Lewis and the News’ contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends and is as fresh today as ever. They incorporate a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.
With the back-to-back smash success of the 7x platinum-certified Sports and triple platinum Fore!, followed by the platinum-certified Small World, the group have written and performed such classic Top Ten hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin’.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future in 1985. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “The Power of Love” went on to reach Number 1 on the charts and was a smash hit worldwide.
“We’re very excited about our new album, and honestly feel that it’s among our best work – we cannot wait to get it out to fans!” Lewis says in a press release. “We’re equally excited to be with BMG, whose reputation as a ‘music-first’ label precedes them admirably.”
“In the time we’ve grown closer with Huey and the band it became clear that this is a perfect match,” states John Loeffler, EVP, Marketing & Repertoire, New York. “We’re thrilled to welcome Huey Lewis and the News and proud to call BMG their new label home. We look forward giving the band more opportunities to take advantage of all we have to offer and working alongside them to develop some new creative endeavors.”
The news comes following a year of canceled performances in 2018 after Lewis lost much of his hearing due to Meniere’s disease. The news scared fans that the band may be retiring after Lewis shared that the “lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to ﬁnd pitch” and “I can’t perform until I improve.”
More album details will be revealed as they become available.
Huey Lewis and the News are Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long-time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries including Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).
Author: Buddy Iahn
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