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February 17, 2011

RICHARD ASHCROFT TO RELEASE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND ON MARCH 22

Richard Ashcroft To Release United Nations of Sound On March 22
Special Shows In New York and Boston Confirmed
Performance With The Roots On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Confirmed For Release Day

Richard Ashcroft, legendary front man for The Verve, will release his first solo album in four years, United Nations of Sound, on March 22 through Razor & Tie. To celebrate the release, Ashcroft will be performing two special shows in the U.S. - March 23 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York and March 24 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston (part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series) - marking his first performance in America since 2008.

Fans across the country will be able to see Richard Ashcroft perform his new single "Are You Ready?" with support from house band The Roots when he stops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on release day, March 22. He will also perform a yet-to-be-announced second track that will run exclusively on www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.

Ashcroft's track "Are You Ready?" will be featured in the closing credits to the new Matt Damon film, The Adjustment Bureau, out in March. A second track, "Future's Bright," which was co-written by Richard and ten-time Academy Award nominee Thomas Newman, will be featured within the film as well.

United Nations of Sound is Richard Ashcroft's most ambitious solo work to date. The album features 12 songs produced by noted hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common). No I.D. worked with Richard to create a huge sound that makes use of live orchestration, big beats and his widest range of influences yet. Spin Magazine said the result a "fruitful collaboration" and Nylon Magazine called the new album "a commanding performance."

RICHARD ASHCROFT U.S. PERFORMANCES:
March 23 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
March 24 - Boston, MA - Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Jim Beam Live Music Series)

Richard Ashcroft first came to prominence as the enigmatic singer for The Verve in 1992. After two acclaimed albums the band finally exploded in America on the strength of their third, 1997's Urban Hymns, which contained the all-time classic "Bitter Sweet Symphony," propelling it to Platinum status. After their break-up in 1999, Richard launched his solo career the next year with the album Alone With Everybody, reaching #1 on the UK album chart. He followed with 2002's Human Condition and Keys to the World in 2006 before reuniting with The Verve for 2008's Forth, which they supported with a major world tour. The Verve parted ways for good in 2009.

For more information on Richard Ashcroft, visit http://www.richardashcroft.co.uk.

February 02, 2011

GRAMMY-NOMINEE ANGELIQUE KIDJO JOINS PHILIP GLASS, FLAMING LIPS, MICHAEL STIPE, TAJ MAHAL AND THE ROOTS AT CARNEGIE HALL FOR A TIBET HOUSE BENEFIT ON 3.3

Angelique Kidjo will return to Carnegie Hall on March 3rd for the 21st annual Tibet House benefit concert. Kidjo, who performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall last November, will join curator Philip Glass and an all-star cast of guests including Wayne Coyne, Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith and others to commemorate the Tibetan New Year.

This will be the fourth time Kidjo has performed for the annual Tibet House benefit concert. Kidjo is a fierce supporter of social justice and the use of music to affect change. She holds diplomatic appointments from UNICEF and the African Union and is the founder of Batonga, an African education organization.

2010 was a hugely successful, whirlwind year for Kidjo and she shows no signs of stopping in 2011. Her most recent album OYO (Razor & Tie) was nominated for a Grammy. USA today chose Kidjo's new version of the classic Curtis Mayfield tune "Move On UP," as its Pick of the Week in a special Grammy playlist, calling the song an "exuberant gem." The song features John Legend and Bono on vocals. (http://bit.ly/fEVV20). Additionally, Kidjo has been nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award.

Watch the spectacular music video for "Move On Up," featuring the dancers from FELA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtEkbYhtW3Q

For more information on Tibet House Benefit Concert:
http://tibethouse.us/whats-new/news-a-notices/item/147-benefit-auction

www.kidjo.com
www.facebook.com/angeliquekidjo
http://shorefire.com/clients/akidjo
http://razorandtiepublicity.com/artistpage.php?artist=166
www.batongafoundation.com