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Finally It’s Christmas Setlist & Ticket Help

By | October 26, 2017

With the Middle of Everywhere Tour wrapping up, it’s time to look ahead to the Finally It’s Christmas tour.  We will need setlist help for the following shows:

November 24 – Toronto @mendingbabylon [Ticket image also needed]
November 25 – Toronto – hansonstage in attendance
November 28 – New York – hansonstage in attendance
November 29 – New York – hansonstage in attendance
December 1 – Chicago @hfrees
December 3 – Chicago – hansonstage in attendance
December 6 – Los Angeles  @mmmeagann [Ticket image needed]
December 10 – Manchester  [Ticket image also needed]

As always, ticket images will not be posted until after the show has happened and any personal information will be removed.

If you are able to keep track of a setlist for us, please let us know ahead of time [comment on this post, send us an email or tweet!]  and it can be sent to us by:  Text to (908)2HANSON / (908)242-6766 Tweet to @hansonstage email to blog@hansonstage.com or by using the form at http://blog.hansonstage.com/submit-a-setlist/

 



10 of the best (and worst) new holiday releases

By | November 24, 2017

EW

A version of this story appears in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now and available here. Don’t forget to subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

Once Thanksgiving leftovers are filling up your fridge, it’s officially time to break out the holiday music. From Sia to to Hanson, there are plenty of new offerings in 2017 to slot between classics like Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas and the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Read on for the best and worst of this year’s festive releases — and for even more ideas, revisit EW’s roundup of 2016 holiday albums.

Hanson, Finally It’s Christmas



We need to talk about how 1997 was the most iconic year in music

By | November 23, 2017

SBS

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I stand before you today a woman in her early thirties, ready to talk to you about how 1997 was indisputably the greatest year in music that this world has ever seen (only ’90s kids remember!). Here’s me back then:

Yep, that’s right. I was basically an 11-year-old Spice Girl. But enough about that. If you have any sense, you’ll currently be thinking something along the lines of: “But Stephanie, Britney Jean Spears’ first single, ‘… Baby One More Time’, did not debut until 1998, so how can 1997 be the greatest year in music?” That is an EXCELLENT POINT (and one we will get into on another day), but bear with me.

1997 delivered more bops, ballads and bangers than any year before or since, so let’s settle in and I’ll guide you through my argument.

 

Bops and bangers

It would be remiss of me to begin a paragraph about 1997 bops without kicking things off with the ULTIMATE bop, Hanson’s aptly named “MMMBop”. The world ba-doopa-dopped this hit all the way to number one in 27 countries, and the brothers went on to be nominated for three Grammys the following year. Like an infection resistant to antibiotics, the reign of Hanson was only just beginning. Second single “Where’s The Love” was equally huge (but I’d argue it’s been criminally overlooked in the decades since), and just like that, the boys from Tulsa, Oklahoma cemented their place in pop culture history for all time.

Of course, Hanson weren’t the only boy band dominating the charts, as the year also saw the unstoppable rise of Backstreet Boys. Packaged as pop perfection, and marketed to tweens and teens everywhere as the squeaky clean nice guys who just wanted us to quit playing games with their hearts, BSB didn’t care who we were, what we did, where we’d been, as long as we loved them, and boy oh boy, did we love them. Smash hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – a monster mash bop that’s as flawless today as it was 20 years ago – still has the ability to pull anyone over the age of 25 onto a dance floor to recreate the choreography practised and perfected at school camps and sleepovers back in the day. Still, it should be noted that BSB member Nick Carter has faced recurring allegations of abuse and sexual assault against both Paris Hilton and Dream singer Melissa Schuman. He’s also been arrested on multiple occasions for violent, alcohol-fuelled incidents in the decades since.

Even with two unstoppable boy bands climbing the charts, 1997 was really all about girl power, and by that, I mean Spice Girls. In ’97, Australia moved on from “Wannabe” to “Say You’ll Be There”, a song that has some of Mel C’s most iconic harmonies to scream when you’re white wine hammered in your PJs at a girls’ night in.

(“I’M GIVIN’ YOU EV-RY-THIN / ALL THAT JOY CAN BRING / YESSSS I SWEAAAAAAAARRRRRR!!” and “ALL THAT I WANT FROM YOU / I WANT YOU TO PROMISE TO / ALWAAAAYS BEEEE THEEERREEEEEEEE!!”)

Next came “Mama”, the track played in every tween’s house that Mother’s Day, along with “Who Do You Think You Are”. With their fame at the time being compared to Beatlemania, it’s safe to say we were all ready to spice up our lives when they dropped second album Spiceworld later in the year.

Our other main player in 1997’s pop scene was Scandinavian bubblegum pop group Aqua, a group commonly disregarded as a one-hit wonder due to the sheer pop cultural impact of their biggest hit, “Barbie Girl”. Although it’s a forgivable error, let’s just clear this up right now: Aqua served us HITS back in the day. Aside from the aforementioned smash, Aqua also released “Doctor Jones” in 1997 – another number one, baby!

With (my personal fave) “Lollipop (Candyman)” and “Turn Back Time” – the theme song from Sliding Doors – released in 1998, Aqua’s debut album delivered us FOUR top 10 charting singles, as well as two more singles in “Roses Are Red” and “My Oh My”. Basically, Aquarium is an album truly worthy of endless praise and I will not hear a bad word against it.

Outside the realm of bubblegum pop were other classic hits, such as Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life”, an uptempo bop about getting addicted to crystal meth; Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”, a song about pissing the night away on whiskey, vodka, lager and cider, before singing the songs that remind you of the best and worst times; and “Your Woman”, a song that – according to the songwriter – is about “being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-ass Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals.”

There was also The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, about how life is just about being a slave to money; Silverchair’s teen-angst fuelled “Freak”; and Savage Garden’s “Break Me, Shake Me”, a song that’s actually more of a bop than their 1996 debut, “I Want You”, but is constantly forgotten just because it doesn’t have that “sweet like a chica-cherry-cola” line in it. Sad! Anyway, in retrospect, it’s possible my 11-year-old self really missed a lot of the context of these songs.

Ballads

Although 1997 is mostly memorable for its bubblegum pop bops, the year also delivered some timeless ballads. From our boy and girl groups, we got Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, a song (probably) heard at weddings for years after – a fact I cannot confirm as I was 11 at the time, the period of life in between playground weddings and real weddings. Hanson released “I Will Come To You”, a title that sounds rather ominous but is in fact rather sweet, while there was also Spice Girls’ iconic safe sex anthem, “2 Become 1”, and En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love)”, which is honestly one of the best songs to perform karaoke to. Don’t @ me, please.

Fun fact about “2 Become 1” – the album version has the line “boys and girls feel good together”, but it was changed to “love will bring us back together” for the single in order to be more appealing to the group’s growing LGBT+ fanbase. We stan some woke queens, honey!

We also need to talk about how weird it was that there were two versions of country ballad “How Do I Live” released and charting at the same time, because honestly, why did this happen? Can you imagine if Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato released the literal same song at the same time today? Stan Twitter would have a collective aneurysm and it would break the internet.

Anyway, I don’t know why or how this came to be – I guess some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved except by the reasoning of “1997 was wild”. (Read between the lines, please. I can’t be bothered looking it up, but if you can please @ me on Twitter.) Anyway, here’s the deal – before Leann Rimes was a headline-making, Real Housewives-entangled tabloid regular, she was the 15-year-old country singing sensation who released “How Do I Live”. The very same single was also released by Trisha Yearwood, with both versions charting, although Leann’s version was eventually ranked as the “most successful song of the 1990s” by Billboard, so I guess she won. That being said, Trisha’s placed better in Australia, peaking at number 3, while Leann landed at number 17.

1997 also delivered two huge in memoriam ballads. The first, obviously, was Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997”, a reworking of his classic single in tribute to the late Princess Diana; the second being “I’ll Be Missing You”, a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G by Diddy (then going by Puff Daddy), Faith Evans and 112. Although not a cover, “I’ll Be Missing You” did sample “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.

Finally, and indisputably (I will not hear a word against this next statement), the most iconic of the year’s ballads was Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, aka the love theme from Titanic, which was released in December and closed out music’s most iconic year. Just like Rose (well, right before she dumped Jack at the bottom of the Atlantic), I will never let go of the love I have for 1997’s pop music.

Still unconvinced? Here, I made you a playlist with all of these and many more bops, ballads and bangers.

Still unconvinced? Watch the music episode of The Nineties (Sundays at 8:30pm on SBS) at SBS On Demand:

The Nineties S1 Ep3 - Music



Hanson to appear on Walmart Cyber Monday LIVE!

By | November 22, 2017

Walmart Live has announced that Hanson will be the special musical guest during their Cyber Monday LIVE stream which begins at 9am EST and will run until 2pm EST.  The stream can be viewed on Walmart’s website at https://www.walmart.com/mk/WalmartLive  Get great buys and special savings during this huge Cyber Monday show. Join us Nov. 27 for gift ideas, product demos and live-streaming fun to get your holiday season going!



Tuesday Trivia

By | November 21, 2017

TuesdayTrivia

The non-singles Hanson consider singles are Minute Without You and Been There Before.

How many years was I Was Born written before they actually released it?



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Zac Hanson talks ‘Finally It’s Christmas,’ child fame, and Hanson’s reality TV prospects

By | November 20, 2017

The Fix

Hanson is bringing the holiday cheer once again.

Twenty years after their debut Christmas album hit shelves – and ‘MMMBop’ skyrocketed to the top of the charts – Isaac, 37, Taylor, 34, and Zac Hanson, 32, are back with a second holiday record: Finally It’s Christmas.

“It’s this time of year that anyone with any heart, all the non-Grinches, looks forward to,” Zac says of the brothers’ love of the season. “It’s an excuse to treat yourself well and take care of other people in a way that we maybe sometimes don’t allow ourselves to think about. You become a better version of yourself.”

Now a married father-of-four, Zac talked to TheFIX about all things Christmas, avoiding the pitfalls of child fame, and if a Hanson reality TV show could actually be in the works.

From left: Zac, Taylor, and Isaac Hanson in 2017; Image: Supplied

Snowed In is arguably one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time. What made you want to do a follow-up now?
When we first decided to do Snowed In 20 years ago, it was a little bit outside our comfort zone. A lot of people celebrate Christmas, but a lot of people struggle to find themselves in these traditional songs. Even in the pop songs, it just seems like the artist gets lost a lot.

For years, fans had asked us to do another Christmas album, and we wanted to do it but it was just about finding that right mix of songs.

We didn’t want to just do a song because it was a classic Christmas song. It was about waiting long enough to be able to do something like ‘A Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Paul McCartney, where it really is a classic now. Twenty years ago, it wasn’t. It was a more modern song. And Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – we felt like we could do a great version of that song that added something to it. Hers is great, but it’s very pop and very slick. It seemed like one that was worth reinventing on Finally It’s Christmas.

You, Taylor, and Isaac have 12 kids between you – and they sing on ‘Happy Christmas’! Were they itching to get involved with the record?
No, no, I wouldn’t say that. [laughs] We had a few little moments on the first Christmas album, especially right at the end – our youngest brother at the time was 4 and he did a few little speaking parts. And I now have a sonwho was roughly 4 when we were making this album.

Immediately, it was like, wouldn’t it be cool to find a way to connect to our own nostalgia? At this point in the band, 25 years of making music, 20 years since that album, we have our own little memories, our own little stories within our culture as a band. And that was a way to connect to that.

What’s Christmas like in the Hanson family?
There’s always a big Hanson celebration – lots of food, movies, bringing whatever toys and games you got for Christmas over. There have been many sessions of late-night Cards Against Humanity among the adults.

So, who gets the most into the festivities?
I love the gifts the most. I’m a big kid. I still love to play video games. There’s part of me that still loves the idea of what a great toy is from a Nerf gun to a GI Joe to a Barbie doll and Calico Critters to the latest, greatest Hot Wheels set. I love the artistry of it. I love playing.

Isaac is probably the one who gets the most into the traditions: writing the Santa Claus letters – don’t tell the kids – and putting out the cookies and reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. He’s probably the biggest Bing Crosby of the band.

Finally It’s Christmas album art; Image: Supplied

As a band, you seem to have continuously been able to do what you love without getting caught up in the Hollywood madness.
The balance we’ve always strived for as a band was based on the art. Not to be elitist as an artist, but simply, if I told you my job title it would be ‘to make music’. That’s what I want to be known for: the crafting, the building. So when you go out into the world and the Hollywood spotlight or the stardom – that’s simply a reflection of what you make. The goal is not to be famous, the goal is to make things that last.

That’s how you see our whole life: We have our own record label because we want to be able to put out music when we want it, how we want it. And we’ve built our own team of people who care about how those songs and stories are shared with the world.

Being based in Oklahoma for us is more a reflection of technology and the time we live in. I’m talking to you, and you’re in Australia. It doesn’t matter that much that there’s a time difference or where I am because music is so digital and so immediate. It’s in the device in your hand. It’s not so much in a place anymore.

You were just 11 when ‘MMMBop’ was released, and yet you seem to have been able to avoid the pitfalls of child fame. What’s the secret?
It’s probably some version of the ‘why’. When you get in a situation where you’re working to become successful, I think you make a lot of choices that are easy to regret. You’re doing it to be successful. My answer to the ‘why’ is I want to be proud of the things I make, and I want to work as hard as I have to work to be successful at things I’m proud of.

People offer us reality TV shows all the time. They’re like, ‘Oh we want to watch you guys. It seems like it would be a good show.’ And we always turn them down because nobody ever wants to make a show about what we do. They want to make a show about who we are.

From left: Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1997; Image: Getty

So, no chance of a Hanson reality show anytime soon?
I love new challenges. That’s my favourite thing in life. Whether it’s a new instrument or a new art form. So, I think someday a reality show could be a great show that connects with who we are, but you won’t get a Hanson show that’s just like, ‘Here they are!” That’s not a show that has longevity or that connects with who we are or our greater culture as a band.

Hanson toured in Australia this year. Any chance you’ll be back soon?
We’re making big plans for next year. I think we’ll be back either 2018, 2019. It’s a beautiful country. There’s a rascal-y spirit that’s similar to the best things about the American spirit. We’re always trying to figure out, How do we go back? How do we make this work?

We’ve been received so well in Australia, and the fans in Australia have been so loyal. Sometimes you can have an almost magical, spiritual experience on stage, and we’ve had so many of those moments while touring in Australia. There’s this this aura and energy that the audiences have. It just makes you want to do it again.

Finally It’s Christmas is available now.



First Look: Fifth Harmony, Hanson, More Perform On “Wonderful World Of Disney” Special

By | November 18, 2017

Headline Planet

ABC will be broadcasting two Disney Parks holiday specials this year.

The first will air on November 30.

Entitled “The Wonderful World Of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” the special features performances by Fifth Harmony, Hanson, Ciara, In Real Life, Darius Rucker and more.

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey appear as hosts.

The broadcast is set for 9PM ET on November 30, but ABC has already provided a first look at the performances (which were taped at the Disney theme parks in recent weeks).

Those photos follow:

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION and THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) – Join Emmy¨ Award winner Julianne Hough and multiplatinum recording artist and television personality, Nick Lachey, as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host, Jesse Palmer, to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world Ð traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong. (Disney/Todd Anderson)
JULIANNE HOUGH, HANSON
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION and THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) – Join Emmy¨ Award winner Julianne Hough and multiplatinum recording artist and television personality, Nick Lachey, as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host, Jesse Palmer, to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world Ð traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong. (Disney/Todd Anderson)
HANSON


Holiday albums of 2017: Elvis, Cheap Trick, Hanson and more

By | November 18, 2017

Inquirer

Elvis, Sia, 98 Degrees… favorites new and old have holiday albums out this year. Take a look at six albums to play and play again this festive season.

Hanson – “Finally It’s Christmas”

More 1990s nostalgia comes in the form of this LP from trio Hanson, featuring four original songs and eight classics. The brothers are following up previous holiday album “Snowed In”, this time lending their sound to tracks recorded by Elvis, Stevie Wonder and more.

Read more: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/250236/holiday-albums-2017-elvis-cheap-trick-hanson#ixzz4yq2G0Sgt
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HNET Newsletter- Nov 17, 2017

By | November 17, 2017


WEEKLY PIC

This week we are pulling out the Christmas songbook for our First EVER Christmas concerts supporting the new Finally It’s Christmas album. We can’t wait to see you at a show and to help you celebrate the holidays with a bit of HANSON music this year! Happy Thanksgiving and an early Merry Christmas to you!


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

For everyone in the US, the Thanksgiving holiday is just a week away. Since we will be spending most of Thanksgiving Day flying up to Toronto for the first Christmas show, we want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all!

We know it is an American holiday, but it is such a great idea, everyone get together and be thankful for what you have. We feel like it should be celebrated around the world!

It may only be November, but Saint Nick’s workshop is in full swing as we continue to rehearse for the upcoming Christmas concerts and we are loving the sound of adding a saxophone player to the band.  Even without the addition of live brass, these shows would be a blast, but having the Sax-man (Snowed In reference, get it!?) around is like an early Christmas present. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Lyric video for “Finally Its Christmas” was officially released on Tuesday.  Picture this: Roller Skating Santa Clause… yeah we made that same face when the idea first came up. The video is a cool way to introduce people to the song, and watching Santa roller skate through the southern California palm trees has a way of saying, we know it’s a little early, but come on, Finally it’s Christmas! The official music video is still in the works. We shot it a few weeks ago right before the end of the Middle Of Everywhere Tour and it is almost complete.  A few more edits and some color correction and it will be done.  Look for it to drop in December.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac

MAKING OF FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS STREAM

Don’t forget to watch the Making Of Finally It’s Christmas Stream beginning at 6pm CT on Friday, November 17th. Go behind the scenes look at the creation of the new Christmas album, plus get a first look at the new Finally It’s Christmas music video.


FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS LYRIC VIDEO

The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear, so with that in mind we created a helpful tool for you. The official video for Finally It’s Christmas is still a few weeks away, but we have created a lyric video to help you practice the song before Christmas Party season starts.  If this Santa doesn’t get you moving… we probably need to admit to yourself and everyone else that you are officially Grinching.


FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS LIVE

FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW!

HOLIDAY CONCERTS ON SALE NOW

On the heels of their 25th Anniversary celebration with sold-out concerts in Europe, Australia and Latin America on their Middle Of Everywhere World Tour and Greatest Hits release, pop-rock trio HANSON announce the release of their new Christmas album FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS (3CG Records / S-Curve Records), followed by a limited number of special holiday concerts in Toronto, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The concerts will feature new music from Finally It’s Christmas, as well as selections from the band’s debut Christmas release Snowed In, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. FINALLY, IT’S CHRISTMAS is available now at all DSPs as well as via the official Hanson.net store.

FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS SHOWS:

NOVEMBER
24 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – *SOLD OUT*
25 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – *SOLD OUT*
28 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
29 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
DECEMBER
1 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues – *SOLD OUT*
3 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues – *SOLD OUT*
6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz- *SOLD OUT*

For details about Finally It’s Christmas album and special holiday tour, click HERE.


RENEWAL REMINDER

Don’t forget to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2017.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.


Hanson Share Festive Lyric Video ‘Finally It’s Christmas’

By | November 15, 2017

Broadway World

Hanson has released their latest holiday album, Finally It’s Christmas, just in time for the holidays! Off the Christmas is LP is their single “Finally It’s Christmas” which Hanson has just dropped a festive new lyric video for.

Brothers Zac, Taylor, and Isaac Hanson formed a band and signed a record contract in their teenage years achieving fame from their hit single “MMMBop” released in 1997 earning three Grammy Nominations. The efforts of “MMMBop” debuted at number 13 on the U.S. charts upon its release earning the album multi-platinum sales and positive reviews. Hanson sold over 16 million records worldwide with 8 top 40 albums in addition to 6 top 40 singles in the US, and 8 top 40 singles in the UK. Currently, the band now records under its own independent record label, 3CG Records.

Under their own record label 3CG, Hanson shifted away from the teen pop scene into indie pop releasing the album Underneath which entered Billboard Independent Chart at number one furthermore allowing them to tour in 25 cities and 13 countries in over four weeks. Success followed Hanson as they toured and released multiple albums such as Shout It Out that debuted at 30 on the Billboard 200.

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Tuesday Trivia

By | November 14, 2017

TuesdayTrivia

Taylor compared the setlists on the Middle of Everywhere tour to that of a ballet.

According to Hanson, what songs are well known by the fanbase and while weren’t actually singles, are staples in setlists?



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