Rod Stewart has completed his first album of new material in almost 20 years. The landmark new album, titled "Time" marks Stewart's long-awaited return to his songwriting roots and features 12 tracks, 11 of which he wrote and produced. "Time" will be released May 7 by Capitol Records and will be available for worldwide pre-order on iTunes (Click here) and Amazon beginning today ( Click here). The iTunes pre-order will also include a deluxe edition with three bonus songs including "Legless," another original Stewart track.
In anticipation, early this morning Capitol Records released an exclusive video featuring portions of seven original new songs set to a montage of never-before-seen videos filmed throughout the making of the album. The video can be viewed at www.rodstewart.com or www.youtube.com/watch?v=
During an early preview of seven tracks, Billboard proclaimed, "Stewart rocks again." "His inimitable warm vocals sound as strong as ever." Calling the songs "lushly produced," with "an abundance of tempo and an overall guitar-based core sound."
Stewart's first single, "She Makes Me Happy" premieres on U.S. radio this morning and will available for download at all digital retailers beginning at midnight PDT on March 19. The iTunes pre-order for "Time" will launch simultaneously. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive a download of "She Makes Me Happy." In addition, due to the overwhelming anticipation surrounding Stewart's new album, on April 8th the second track, "Finest Woman," will also make its U.S. radio premiere.
"Time" is a landmark release in Stewart's career, born from a burst of inspiration from which he rediscovered his voice as a songwriter and rekindled his gift for writing the honest, nerve-touching narratives that have been the cornerstone to the first three decades of his career. Since 1991, Stewart, the lyricist and melodist behind such staples as "Tonight's The Night," "You Wear It Well," "You're In My Heart," "The Killing of Georgie" and the indelible "Maggie May," had simply lost his songwriting muse. But, beginning in 2011, during the period he began working on what would become his internationally best-selling autobiography,Rod, it returned.
Said Stewart, "Something about that process of reviewing my life for the book reconnected me and that was it: I was away. Suddenly ideas for lyrics were piling up in my head. Next thing I knew, I had a song called 'It's Over' about divorce and separation. And now I was getting up in the middle of the night and scrambling for a pen to write things down, which has never happened to me. I finished seven or eight songs very quickly and I still wasn't done and it became apparent that I would eventually have a whole album of material to record, which had never happened before."
01 She Makes Me Happy
02 Can't Stop Me Now
03 It's Over
04 Brighton Beach
05 Beautiful Morning
06 Live The Life
07 Finest Woman
09 Picture In A Frame
10 Sexual Religion
11 Make Love To Me Tonight
12 Pure Love
"TIME" iTunes Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks)
01 Love Has No Pride
02 Corina Corina
Rod Stewart is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Living Legend®, and in 2007 he was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of the British Empire). He has released 27 studio albums and garnered an estimated 150 million in album sales worldwide. Later this year, Stewart is scheduled kick off his "Live The Life" tour in Europe beginning June 1, followed by his return this July to his residency, "Rod Stewart: The Hits" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, before resuming the North American leg of his "Live The Life" tour with Steve Winwood beginning October 17. Click here for tour dates and to purchase tickets.
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