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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)
Hella Good
Hey Baby
Making Out
Underneath It All
Don't Let Me Down
Start the Fire
In My Head
Platinum Blonde Life
Waiting Room
Rock Steady

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