New album features collabs with Fitz and the Tantrums, a throwback sound
Hanson had their fans in mind when writing their sixth studio album, “Anthem.”
“It’s got a lot of big sounding songs,” Taylor Hanson tells Billboard about the album, out June 18. “We really thought of the audience when we did them – we imagined the interaction with the crowd.”
When Billboard recently caught up with the trio on the “Hangover Part III” red carpet, the siblings revealed that they wrote and produced their entire forthcoming record as a brotherly unit.
The “MMMBop” singers describe their latest project as a fun record that “has got size to it.” While it contains a modern Hanson sound, Taylor says to expect “a few cool throwbacks.”
Hanson released the album’s first single, “Get The Girl Back” on April 9 – a track which Fitz and the Tantrums bassist Joe Karnes and lead vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick appear on. According to Zac Hanson, the duo is also featured on one additional track on “Anthem.”
The disc features horn arrangements by Jerry Hey. “We also had some friends doing strings,” adds oldest brother Isaac. “The album is hopefully anthemic,” quipped Taylor with a cheesy grin.
Also on the agenda for the brothers this year is the celebration of their 21st anniversary as a band and the release of their Hanson-branded IPA called MmmHops.
Theater-goers who catch “The Hangover Part III” this weekend will spot “MMMBop” in the opening sequence.
Nineties boy band Hanson attended “The Hangover Part III” Los Angeles premiere on Monday night. The group consists of three brothers: Isaac on guitar, vocals, and piano; Taylor on keyboards, piano, guitar, drums, and vocals; and Zac on drums, piano, guitar, and vocals.
The trio is best known for their 1997 hit song “MMMBop” from their debut album, “Middle of Nowhere,” Fun fact: that album garnered three Grammy nominations for Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The group hails from Tulsa, Ok. When they premiered their hit song over 15 years ago, Zac was 12, Taylor was 14, and Isaac was 16. They are now 27, 30, and 32, respectively.
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Taylor Hanson and his brothers joined the fun at the premiere of “The Hangover Part III” in Los Angeles on May 20, 2013, but their thoughts were with the people in their home state of Oklahoma, where a massive tornado killed at least 24 people, including seven children.
The Hanson pop trio, whose 1997 song “MMMBop” is featured in the comedy film, are from the city of Tulsa, located more than 110 miles from Moore, which was devastated by the deadly twister.
“Like people across the country, our hearts go out to everybody that’s been struggling and been hit by the tornado,” Taylor told the Associated Press at the premiere, standing alongside brothers Isaac and Zac.
“We have family, our kids, they’re at home in Oklahoma while the storm is happening so, I mean, I think we’re just in shock and really just have that feeling that a lot of people do, which is, ‘What can I do? How can I help?’ and just grateful that so many people have already jumped in to lend a hand to those that were struggling,” he added.
All three brothers are married with children. Isaac and Zac each have two, while Taylor and his wife welcomed their fifth child, a baby girl, last October.
How to help survivors of the Oklahoma: Donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or by visiting redcross.org.
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson at the ‘Hangover Part III’ premiere. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
There was more than one wolf pack walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hangover Part III.” The band of brothers Hanson joined actors Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong to celebrate the third chapter in the “Hangover” franchise.
It might seem surprising to see Isaac, 32, Taylor, 30, and Zac, 27, promoting the movie, since they’re still best known for breaking into the music business as long-haired, squeaky-clean teenagers in the 1990s. But it turns out that their signature tune “MMMBop” is the first song on the movie’s soundtrack, and is played right at the top of the film.
“It’s a very funny scene,” Taylor Hanson said, dressed in a green suit jacket and a lock of his signature blonde hair falling across his face. “Whether you’re a Hanson fan or a ‘Hangover’ fan, I think you’re gong to find it funny.”
Isaac, the eldest Hanson bro, looked dapper in a slim black suit, bright pink pocket square, and his hair swooped high on his head. Zac, a.k.a. Little Hanson, was the most casual with a leather jacket, necklace, a five o’clock shadow, and shoulder length hair. Hey, they wouldn’t be recognizable unless at least one of them had hair past his chin, right?
They also seem to be proud that their debut single from 1997 is still getting some play, even if it’s for comedic material. But it’s been fun watching this trio grow up, become husbands and fathers, and continue their music career. In fact, they’re promoting a new album “Anthem,” set for a release next month.
And since Hanson performed their first professional gig in 1992, this year marks the band’s 21st birthday. And how else could they celebrate but to come out with their very own beer, appropriately named MmmHops?
“People will actually be able to get a hangover with Hanson,” Taylor quipped. So, with a new album, a new beer, and a presence in a blockbuster flick, Hanson might be the band of the summer once again.
It’s easy to see why some people resent Hanson. They were the first teen act of the decade to sell millions of records. (The New Kids on the Block began in the Eighties.) Major labels (again) realized the potential in selling records to tween girls; they had been overlooking them for years. It wasn’t long until the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Britney Spears and tons of others were all over the radio. That said, it’s a little unfair to blame Hanson for that. They weren’t assembled by some Svengali and 40-year-old Swedish men didn’t write their songs. They were brothers who wrote their own material and made it very, very, very big. They also looked like girls, and “MMMBop” became very annoying after you heard it 10 million times. Many grew to hate them, and that feeling lingers to this day. The group has survived, though. Many of the original fans are still obsessed with them, and they still make a healthy living on the road.
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NEW ALBUM, ANTHEM, TO BE RELEASED JUNE 18 MSN CANADA HOSTS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE CANADIAN TOUR BEGINS OCTOBER 2 IN VANCOUVER
Toronto, ON - Pop-Rock trio HANSON are excited to announce the release of their new album and world tour. Titled ANTHEM (3CG Records), the new record will be released on June 18. The ANTHEM WORLD TOUR begins July 18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and makes its way throughout Canada beginning October 2 in Vancouver and ending in Moncton, New Brunswick on November 17.
The infectious new single “Get The Girl Back,” which features the band’s signature soulful Pop-Rock sound, will be introduced to Canadian fans through the buzzworthy music video featuring Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls) and Nikki Reed (Twilight/Thirteen). The video is a narrative tale that features the band performing in a packed club, backed by an old-school brass section that accentuates the retro aesthetic of the song. In the U.S., “Get The Girl Back” premiered online on VH1.com on April 4, and on-air on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown on April 6. HANSON also performed the single on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 9. Today, MSN Canada is hosting the Canadian premiere of the video. Watch the video here.
ANTHEM was produced and written by the band and was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. It features a more guitar-driven sound, pulling from a series of harder hitting Rock and R&B influences from James Brown to early Michael Jackson, and AC/DC.
2013 marks the 21st anniversary of HANSON, which will be celebrated on June 17 with two sold out shows at Irving Plaza in New York. The band has been nominated for multiple Grammys, released five studio albums, spawning a string of hit singles, including their 1997 #1 smash “MMMbop” and have sold over 16 million albums worldwide.
ANTHEM WORLD TOUR - Canadian Tour Dates:
Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC Friday Oct 4, 2013 Casino Regina Regina, SK Saturday Oct 5, 2013 Deerfoot Casino Calgary, AB Monday Oct 7, 2013 Festival Place Sherwood Park, AB Tuesday Oct 8, 2013 Odeon Event Center Saskatoon, SK Wednesday Oct 9, 2013 McPhillips Station Casino Winnipeg, MB Thursday Oct 10, 2013 McPhillips Station Casino Winnipeg, MB Saturday Nov 9, 2013 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON Sunday Nov 10, 2013 Corona Theatre Montreal, QC Tuesday Nov 12, 2013 The Playhouse Fredericton, NB Thursday Nov 14, 2013 Casino Nova Scotia Halifax, NS Friday Nov 15, 2013 Casino Nova Scotia Halifax, NS Saturday Nov 16, 2013 Harbourfront Theatre Summerside, PEI Sunday Nov 17, 2013 Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson will MMMBop their way to Festival Place on Monday, Oct. 7.
Tickets are $38.50 and $46.50 plus service charges at Ticketmaster. On sale: Thursday, May 16.
Hanson is about to celebrate its 21st anniversary as a band with a June gig in New York. The brothers three started playing together in 1992, and were catapulted to teen-dream stardom with the release of their 1997 hit, MMMBop.
The Oklahoma natives will release their ninth studio album, Anthem, on Tuesday, June 18.
Sibling pop-rock trio Hanson is bopping to the beat of Bethlehem.
The group behind the ’90s radio hit “MMMBop” will perform 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, according to a news release.
General admission tickets cost $30 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Hanson — made up of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac — will release their sixth studio album, “Anthem,” in June.
Former boy band that continues to make critically acclaimed music to play Sands Bethlehem Event Center
A former teen boy band that has continued to make music for more than a decade is coming to Sands Bethlehem Event Center, it was just announced.
Hanson, the tow-headed trio of brothers best known for its massive 1996 “MMMBop” but who, now in their late 20s and 30s, continue to release acclaimed music, will play the event center at 6 p.m. Sept. 2, the center announced.
Hanson brothers, from left, Zack, Taylor and Isaac
Tickets, at $30 for general admission, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17 at www.sandseventcenter.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and the center box office, or at 800-745-3000.
After the massive success of “MMMBop,” which hit No. 1, went platinum and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Hanson also had the gold Top 10 hit “I Will Come to You” and a third single, “Where’s The Love,” off its debut album, “Middle of Nowhere.”
That disc hot No. 2 and went four times platinum.
Hanson’s next disc, “Snowed In,” also sold platinum and went Top 10, and its 2000 disc “This Time Around” also went gold with the title track and the hit “Penny and Me.” The group has since released three critically acclaimed studio albums three live albums and three compilations, two of which also sent gold.
The group is to release a new studio album, “Anthem,” on June 18.
Hanson singer Taylor Hanson
Hanson think it is “cool” they still have the same fans as they did 15 years ago, especially because their followers also bring along the “next generation” to their gigs.
Hanson think it is “cool” they still have the same fans as they did 15 years ago.
The ‘MmmBop’ hitmakers – formed of brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac Hanson – love the fact they see the same faces at shows as they did 15 years ago, and are particularly happy that they are often accompanied by the “next generation” of followers.
Drummer Zac said: “The core fan base has always been our peers. So when I was 12, there was a lot of 12 year olds. And now I’m 27, and there are lot of 27 year olds.
“I think the coolest thing about our fan base is seeing these people who have continued to vibe with our music and make it a part of who they are, and how they go through the world.
“Also, there’s this handing down of next generation Hanson fans, that’s a wild experience for me. The fans at 27 will walk up to you after the concert like, ‘Hey, I love you guys. I’ve been to 30 concerts. And this is my little brother/concern/nephew/whatever it is.’ Seeing that happen is a really cool thing.”
Despite performing together for so long, Zac believes being in a band has gotten harder as they all have so many more responsibilities.
He explained to Just Jared Jr.: “It’s not easy. I think if anything, getting older probably does make it harder because you have that many more quirks, you’re that much more stubborn, you have that many more responsibilities – kids, mortgages, you know? Things like that.
“We have a deep history obviously, 21 years as a band, so musically, that does probably get easier. We know each other so well and when you’re playing a live concert and something’s happening, something’s going wrong, it’s less frightening. You just sort of figure it out.”