SOURCE: 143/Reprise Records

143/Reprise Records

November 30, 2010 07:00 ET

Purchase a Physical Copy of Josh Groban's New Album Illuminations and Gain Access to Exclusive Live-Streaming Concert Event

Fans Who Purchase a Physical CD of Illuminations Will Be Able to View an Exclusive NYC Concert and Q&A With Groban on Ustream This Thursday, December 2nd at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Groban to Appear on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center Tonight Nov 30th and Rachael Ray on December 13th

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Josh Groban's exclusive concert and Q&A that comes included with the physical album package of his recently released Illuminations will take place on December 2nd at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Early registration has now begun! Fans with codes can go stake their place in line for this online event at http://www.ustream.tv/joshgroban.

How it works: Fans who purchase the Illuminations CD, which was released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, will have received a sticker on the album that includes a special code that is needed to view the live stream of this special one-time-only event. This is the first time an artist has offered consumers the opportunity to watch an intimate online performance of the songs on the album they have just bought and is Groban's way of giving his devoted fans more value for their purchase.

In TV news, Groban will perform during NBC's annual special Christmas in Rockefeller Center -- a star-studded, live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City that celebrates the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree. The show airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT. He will also appear on Rachael Ray on Monday, December 13th. Groban recently appeared on Oprah's "Ultimate Favorite Things" Episode. Watch him perform a track from Illuminations, "Higher Window," on the show here: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Josh-Groban-Performs-Higher-Window-Video_1

Groban displays both artistic and personal growth on Illuminations -- the rewarding result of the unexpected teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and the Dixie Chicks, among many others. The unprecedented partnership saw both Groban and Rubin stepping out of their respective zones to come together and create an entirely new zone where art meets intimacy and immediacy meets timelessness. Most importantly, Groban -- who ranks as Billboard Magazine's 14th top-selling artist of the 2000s with more than 20 million units in the U.S. alone -- expressed himself at his fullest by tapping into a new range of expression and emotional connection with lyrics drawn straight from the heart. In its review, USA Today raved: "Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy." The New York Times has also praised the album, saying it "showcases Mr. Groban's songwriting" and "reflects the conviction that gallantry can also be pensive and uncertain."

The 29-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum self-titled debut, followed by 2003's 5x-platinum Closer and 2006's 2x-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for "Believe" from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact
    Reprise Records Publicity:
    Luke Burland
    Luke.Burland@wbr.com
    (818) 953-3764