Santa Monica, CA, March 3, 2014 — “The Man,” the hit single from acclaimed pop-soul singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc, has been certified platinum in the U.S. by the R.I.A.A., selling over 1.1 million singles. “The Man” first gained attention when it was featured in a Beats by Dre national TV campaign earlier this year and is quickly climbing to the top of the charts with a #6 spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart this week. Blacc’s major label debut Lift Your Spirit will be released on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records on Tuesday, March 11th and is available for pre-order now.
“The Man” video premiered today on VEVO. Directed by Matty Barnes, and shot over two days in downtown Los Angeles, “The Man” video pays homage to historical figures and moments in history. From Marvin Gaye’s socially conscious “What’s Going On” album to Muhammad Ali exiting the courtroom after his trial for not signing up for the draft. Moments where Americans took a stance for what they believed was right.
Blacc will be the featured artist in VH1’s highly coveted You Oughta Know emerging artist franchise for March. For exclusive YOK content, go to aloeblacc.vh1.com.
Blacc was recently selected to become part of VEVO’s emerging artists program, LIFT, with exclusive interviews and performances running through the album release.
Lift Your Spirit follows up Blacc’s collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii’s track “Wake Me Up,” a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as in 102 countries around the world, including the U.K., where it was the fastest-selling single of the year. Blacc’s five-track Wake Me Up EP came out last September and included an acoustic version of the title track. On the new album, Aloe worked with such standout songwriters and producers as Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Harold Lilly, among others, and offers a compendium of his own influences, including R&B legends like Marvin Gaye, Gil Scott-Heron, Sly Stone, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder.
Born in Southern California to Panamanian parents, Blacc released his first hip-hop mixtape in 1996, then became associated with the local L.A. hip-hop scene through his association with the rap duo Emanon (alongside DJ Exile), touring with the Lootpack collective and then going solo in 2006, when he signed to acclaimed indie label Stones Throw Records. He released his genre-defying solo debut, Shine Through, following it up with 2010’s Good Things, which sold more than a million units world-wide, and was certified gold in France, Germany and the U.K., thanks to his first international hit in the two-million-selling “I Need a Dollar,” which became the theme to the HBO series, How to Make it in America. In 2012, Blacc was nominated for two BRIT Awards (Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Breakthrough Act).
Blacc is set to perform at SXSW in Austin this month and is also featured in the line-up for this April’s Coachella festival. Blacc will be touring the U.S. this summer with Bruno Mars. Click here for all upcoming tour dates.
From Lift Your Spirit
XIX Recordings/Interscope Records