No Doubt's Rock Steady Now Slated for Dec. 11 Release
November 27, 2001 No Doubt have decided to release their new album, Rock Steady one week early.
The collection, which was recorded with a variety of producers at a number of international locations, is now scheduled to arrive in record stores December 11, 2001.
The release date has been pushed up in response to the overwhelming response
that's greeted No Doubt's new single and video, "Hey Baby," including an
impressive 130 first-week adds on Top-40 stations.
Hailing from Orange County, California, No Doubt (Gwen Stefani, Tom
Dumont, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young) have recently been on tour in the US with
labelmates U2, which has given the band the opportunity to perform music from
Rock Steady live for the first time, including "Hey Baby" and "Hella Good."
Tony Kanal says of the shows: "It's been a great chance to try out some of our
new songs. The U2 crowds have been really great to us every night."
No Doubt will be the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" December 15. And they will be performing at the My VH1 Music Awards in Los Angeles December 2 and at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas December 4. The video for "Hey Baby," which was directed by Dave
Meyers, is now in heavy rotation on MTV -- with 21 spins last week, "Hey Baby"
was #10 on TRL Friday, November 23.
The new album is named for one of the last songs to be included. Says
Gwen Stefani, "Rock Steady is where we are as a band right now. Stay the
course, keep focused. Like the song says, 'A real love survives, a rock
steady vibe.' It could just as well be describing No Doubt, our band, after
all these years."
The producers who contributed to the new album are as follows: producer/remixer Nellee
Hooper (U2, Bjork), ambient pioneer and dance remixer William
Orbit (Madonna, Blur), former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek (Weezer, Guided By
Voices), reggae's drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, dancehall-reggae's dominant
production team Steely & Clevie (Shabba Ranks, Maxi Priest), up-and-coming
hip-hop producers The Neptunes (Mystikal, Jay-Z) and inventive hip-hop
producer Timbaland (Missy Elliot, Nas).
Rock Steady was recorded in Los Angeles, Jamaica, and London. It incorporates dancehall-reggae, classic new wave, and R&B with the band's signature sound. It's No Doubt's fifth album,
following their 1992 self-titled debut; The Beacon Street Collection (1995); the multi-platinum Tragic Kingdom (also 1995) and Return of Saturn (2000).
Rock Steady track listing:
Rock Steady (Intro)
Underneath It All
Don't Let Me Down
Start the Fire
In My Head
Platinum Blonde Life
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