On June 15th Reprise Records will release MOJO, the first new studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 8 years. Already the album is garnering enthusiastic reviews with Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke calling it “one of the best ever” by Petty and the Heartbreakers.
As Tom Petty explains: “Mojo is a huge opening of a door for us. Every now and then you hit something where you find some new ground, and this is definitely one of those times.”
The first track sent to radio just 3 weeks ago, “I Should Have Known It,” is enjoying success in the classic rock and AAA formats, reaching number one and number four on those respective BDS charts.
The Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2010 Mojo Tour started last week with two sold out nights at Red Rocks in Denver, CO. followed by a sold out show in Oakland. CA. The tour continues until early October and includes sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Every ticket purchased to the tour comes with a download of the new album delivered via email on its June 15 release date.
In addition to the standard CD and download bundled with tour tickets, MOJO will be available in several alternative formats.
On June 29th, (two weeks after the standard release), in a first by a contemporary music artist, the album will be released as a stand-alone audio only Blu-ray disc which can be played in stereo or 5.1 surround sound. The Blu-ray disc contains 256 times more resolution than a CD, providing greater detail and reproducing the music’s full dynamic range, from the softest to the loudest sounds. In a 14-page cover story on the album the leading audiophile magazine Sound and Vision raved about the Blu-ray while calling the album “stunning.”
Also on June 29th, a special vinyl edition of MOJO will be released. The vinyl edition of MOJOis an 180 Gram 2-LP Set pressed at Pallas, Germany and mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios from the uncompressed 24-bit 48 kHz files.
Each copy of the vinyl and Blu-ray editions also includes a code to download the album in one of three formats: 320kbs Mp3, Apple Lossless, or FLAC.
iTunes will feature a special LP edition of MOJO. A preorder of the ITunes LP, now available, gets a buyer the first single “I Should Have Known It” immediately upon purchase. In addition to the standard 15-track album, the iTunes LP edition comes with exclusive music, videos and many other special features:
– “Little Girl Blues” – bonus audio track (exclusive)
– “Good Enough” – video (exclusive)
– “I Should Have Known It” – video
– MOJO road trip photos by Sam Jones
– MOJO album package art with Lyrics
– Scans of 4 hand written lyrics sheets from Tom’s own notebook.
The album kicks off a new Music section of The Life on ESPN.com, offering sports fans an exclusive, free streaming preview of Mojobeginning June 8th until the album’s release on June 15.
June 12-14th Westwood One will air throughout their North American network a 90-minute radio special hosted by Jim Ladd during which Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench take listeners’ calls and talk about the new album MOJO. Check www.tompetty.com for specific stations and air times.