HEART'S RED VELVET CAR,
THE FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN SIX YEARS FROM ANN & NANCY WILSON,
DRIVES STRAIGHT INTO THE TOP 10 OF THE BILLBOARD 200
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Velvet Car, the first new studio album in six years from the
groundbreaking Seattle-based band Heart, is entering the Billboard 200
best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of
the group's career. Heart's first album for Legacy Recordings, the
critically-acclaimed Red Velvet Car marks the return of the group to the
Sony Music Entertainment family. The album reached #1 in sales on
Amazon.com on Sunday, September 4.
"We are thrilled and a
little in disbelief," said Ann Wilson. "(Our producer) Ben Mink's
amazing artistry and vision, along with the hard work and dedication of
the people of Sony/Legacy made this a stunning first week. The Car is
running fine, thank you! "
"After 3 plus decades, to have
loyal fans, old and new, and to be acknowledged for our work as
performers and songwriters is really quite beautiful," said Nancy
Heart will be heard on NPR's "World Café" on
September 17 to perform songs from Red Velvet Car. Both "Hey You" and
"WTF," the first two singles from Red Velvet Car, are multi-format
smashes, garnering airplay on the nation's AC, Triple A and Classic Rock
The critical response to Red Velvet Car
has been universally ecstatic. "The barracudas are back and at the top
of their game," wrote Rolling Stone (September 2, 2010) while USA Today
(August 25, 2010) called the album "Intimate, intense and anchored by
Ann's powerhouse vocals and Nancy's aggressive acoustic guitar...." The
New York Times (August 4, 20101) found Red Velvet Car "aggressive,
delicate and enduring" while the Los Angeles Times noted that
"Thirty-four years after the band's debut, Heart's dreamboat sails on."
their first new album since 2004's Jupiter's Darling, the first ladies
of arena rock took an acoustic approach to a collection of songs
inspired by the world around them, arranged for an assortment of strings
including guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello and
autoharp, all played by Nancy Wilson and the album's producer, multiple
Grammy nominee Ben Mink.
Nine of the album's songs were
written for, and appear for the first time on Red Velvet Car. The
album's closer, "Sand," is a newly recorded version of a song originally
written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy's 1990's
acoustic side project.
Heart performed songs from Red
Velvet Car, as well as classics from the band's repertoire, at selected
Lilith Fair dates and in headline concerts across the U.S. and Canada
from July through September. Tour details are available on the Heart
website. Upcoming Heart tour dates include
11/4/2010 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/5/2010 Topeka, KS Kansas Expocentre1
1/6/2010 Newkirk, OK First Council Casino
11/13/2010 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
Heart is slated to appear as the exclusive musical guest star on the Brian Boitano Christmas special airing December 26 on NBC.
Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world
that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the '70s
with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," ‘Straight On,"
"Even It Up," "Kick It Out" and so many more. Not only did the Wilson
sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs, and played the instruments
too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued
topping the charts through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s with huge hits
like "These Dreams," "Alone," "What About Love," "If Looks Could Kill,"
"Never," and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters' enormous
talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more
than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide,
and had a profound influence on rock music.
2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation, and received ASCAP's award
for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.