Sunday, December 23, 2007
Josh Groban's gift
Singer-songwriter Josh Groban has a holiday gift for his fans.
Starting on Christmas Eve, visitors to his Web site can download a free MP3 of his live version of Paul Simon's "America." (The news release from Warner Bros. records says you to fill out a few fields of information. I'm not sure how involved that will be).
According to the release, the 26-year-old Groban's current album, "Noel," has been at the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts for four weeks, beating Elvis Presley's Christmas record of 1957. No other Christmas album has been on the pop charts for four consecutive weeks in the 51-year history of the Billboard charts.
"As 2007 closes out and I look back, I have so much to be grateful for including getting the chance to perform for my fans on the 'Awake Tour' all over the world as well as the huge success of my Christmas album,'' Groban says. "I wanted to give a special gift to all the people who have been there for me. Paul Simon is one of my favorite artists and 'America' has always been a song I've loved. It's my way of saying thank you as the year comes to a close."
I'm a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan, so I'll definitely be visiting the Web site to get Groban's take on one of my favorite Paul Simon songs. The track will be available from Dec. 24 through the end of the year.