<strong>AUGUST 30, 2012
<u>MATCHBOX TWENTY CELEBRATE â€œNORTHâ€
WITH NON-STOP PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE;
MULTI-PLATINUM BAND SET LIVE TV APPEARANCES
ON NBCâ€™S TODAY AND CBSâ€™ LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN;
FIRST ALL-NEW COLLECTION IN A DECADE
STREAMING NOW ON THE iTUNES STORE;
â€œNORTHâ€ ARRIVES ON SEPTEMBER 4TH</u> </strong>
Emblem/Atlantic recording group Matchbox Twenty has announced a jam-packed schedule celebrating next weekâ€™s release of their highly anticipated new album, â€œNORTH.â€ The collection â€“ which includes the hit single, â€œSheâ€™s So Meanâ€ â€“ arrives this Tuesday, September 4th.
The days ahead will see Matchbox Twenty making a variety of high profile TV appearances, beginning with a headline installment of the â€œToyota Concert Seriesâ€ on <u>NBCâ€™s TODAY</u>, set to air live from New York Cityâ€™s Rockefeller Plaza on Monday, September 3rd. Next up, the band will hit the stage of the legendary Ed Sullivan Theatre for a Wednesday, September 5th appearance on CBSâ€™ <u>Late Show with David Letterman</u>. As if that werenâ€™t enough, frontman Rob Thomas will be among the guests on the Friday, September 7th edition of CNNâ€™s Piers Morgan Tonight (check local listings).
â€œNORTHâ€ â€“ which is streaming now in its entirety on the iTunes Store â€“ has already begun to receive critical acclaim. <u>Rolling Ston</u>e hailed the album as â€œpacked with U2-ish anthems and up-tempo electro jams,â€ while <u>Billboard</u> noted that â€œtracks like â€˜Our Songâ€™ ride a glitchy, new wave synth hook into a hand clap-heavy chorus,â€ while â€œâ€™Sheâ€™s So Meanâ€™ is backed by a foot-stomping beat that wouldnâ€™t sound out of place on a runway during Fashion Week.â€
Speaking of which, Matchbox Twenty will make an exclusive visit to New York Cityâ€™s Bloomingdaleâ€™s as part of the 4th annual Fashion Night Out celebration. The in-store event â€“ slated for 6:30 pm at the Menâ€™s Lower Level of Bloomingdaleâ€™s illustrious 1000 Third Avenue location â€“ follows the bandâ€™s recent cover appearance on the storeâ€™s influential â€œBest of Menâ€™sâ€ catalog.
Thomas will also be seen this fall as a mentor on the upcoming third season of NBCâ€™s smash singing competition, <u>The Voice</u>. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter â€“ who recently co-hosted an installment of ABCâ€™s<u> LIVE! With Kelly</u> â€“ will join Cee Lo Greenâ€™s team, working with contestants and giving them tips before their performances. <u> The Voice</u> premieres September 10th on NBC (check local listings).
Last, but most certainly not least, Matchbox Twenty will be among the biggest stars at Londonâ€™s upcoming iTunes Festival 2012. The band will headline Camdenâ€™s famed Roundhouse on September 19th. A full-scale world tour is currently in the works â€“with Australian dates already announced kicking off October 20th in Melbourne. For a full listing of tour dates check <a href = 'http://www.matchboxtwenty.com'>www.matchboxtwenty.com</a>
Matchbox Twentyâ€™s fourth full-length studio recording and first all-new album in a decade, â€œNORTHâ€ sees the band driving their pop-rock sound further forward, magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and glorious hooks that have defined their multi-platinum body of work. Matchbox Twenty â€“ Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale â€“ lived together last summer in a house in Nashville where they collaborated on the new material before once again joining forces with the Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic at his Emblem Studios in Calabasas, California. The result of their labors stands among the bandâ€™s finest, with songs like â€œOverjoyedâ€ and â€œPut Your Hands Upâ€ marked by Matchbox Twentyâ€™s instantly identifiable sonic approach and unadulterated high spirits.
â€œNORTHâ€ follows Matchbox Twentyâ€™s most recent release, 2007â€™s CRIA gold certified â€œEXILE ON MAINSTREAM.â€ In addition to compiling such classic hits as â€œPush,â€ â€œBent,â€ and â€œUnwell,â€ the album featured six new tracks, including still another smash single, the Steve Lillywhite-produced â€œHow Far Weâ€™ve Come,â€ which is the bandâ€™s biggest selling single to date. A global tour in support of â€œEXILE ON MAINSTREAMâ€ saw the band playing in front of their largest crowds thus far, with sold out shows in North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Matchbox Twenty immediately established themselves as one of modern pop-rockâ€™s most popular and talented new bands with the 1996 release of their blockbuster debut album, â€œYOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU.â€ The album generated five extraordinary hit singles â€“ including â€œLong Day,â€ â€œBack 2 Good,â€ and â€œ3 amâ€ â€“ on its way to multi-platinum status in Canada. Two further multi-platinum albums followed, with 2000â€™s â€œMAD SEASONâ€ and 2002â€™s â€œMORE THAN YOU THINK YOU AREâ€ each spawning a steady stream of hugely successful singles, including such chart-topping favorites as â€œIf Youâ€™re Gone,â€ â€œDisease,â€ and â€œBright Lights.â€
In addition to more than 30 million records sold worldwide, Matchbox Twenty has also earned countless accolades, including five Grammy nominations, four American Music Award nods, the 2004 Peopleâ€™s Choice Award for â€œFavorite Musical Group.â€
Whatâ€™s more, Rob Thomas has proven one of the most highly decorated artists of recent years, receiving three Grammy Awards, 11 BMI Awards, and two <u>Billboard</u> â€œSongwriter of the Yearâ€ honors for both his chart-topping solo work as well as collaborations with such legends as Santana, Mick Jagger, and Willie Nelson. Thomasâ€™ collaboration with Carlos Santana on â€œSmoothâ€ was also named the #2 Most Popular Song Ever on <u>Billboard</u>â€™s List of the 100 Most Popular songs behind â€œThe Twist.â€ He was also named to<u> Billboard</u>â€™s Top 20 List of Hot 100 Songwriters 2000-2011 at #5 and was the top ranking artist/songwriter on the list.