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Hanson (1992)

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Hanson are an American pop rock band formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by brothers Isaac , Taylor , and Zac Hanson . They are best known for the 1997 hit song "MMMBop" from their major label debut album Middle of Nowhere, which earned three Grammy nominations. Despite the enormous commercial success of Middle of Nowhere, the band suffered from the merger that eliminated their label, Mercury Records. The group was moved to Island Def Jam Music Group, which they eventually left after conflict with the label about creative input. Hanson have sold over 16 million records worldwide and have had eight top 40 singles in the UK and six top 40 singles in the US. The band now records under its own label, 3CG Records.


 Biographical information
Clarke Isaac , Jordan Taylor and Zachary Walker are the oldest children of Clarke Walker Hanson and Diana Hanson (née Lawyer). The Hanson family also includes younger siblings: Jessica Grace , Avery Laurel , Joshua Mackenzie , and Zoë Genevieve .

Isaac married Nikki Dufresne on September 30, 2006; they have two sons, Clarke Everett and James Monroe . Taylor married Natalie Bryant on June 8, 2002; they have four children, Jordan Ezra , Penelope Anne , River Samuel , and Viggo Moriah . Zac married Kate Tucker on June 3, 2006. The couple have two children, John Ira Shepherd , and Junia Rosa Ruth .

Men in the Hanson family are usually called by their middle names - most notably band members Isaac and Taylor, along with brother Joshua ("Mac" Mackenzie), father Clarke ("Walker"), Isaac's sons Clarke ("Everett") and James ("Monroe"), Taylor's son Jordan ("Ezra"), and Zac's son John Ira ("Shepherd").

 1992–1996: Early years
In the early to mid 1990s, Isaac, Taylor and Zac sang a cappella and recorded songs like "Rockin' Robin", "Splish Splash" and "Johnny B. Goode", as well as their own material. Their first performance as a professional group took place in 1992 at the Mayfest Arts Festival in Tulsa.

Hanson also appeared on Carman's Yo! Kidz: The Vidz, which cast Taylor as a young Biblical David facing Goliath, Isaac as an event announcer, and Zac and other members of the family in the stands cheering on this "sporting event".

All three boys started their musical careers as pianists. Isaac later picked up a second-hand guitar, Zac borrowed an old set of drums, and Taylor became the keyboard player of what turned into a garage band. The band recorded two independent albums in their hometown of Tulsa, Boomerang and MMMBop . The latter featured the original version of the song "MMMBop," which would later become the runaway single on their debut commercial record Middle of Nowhere. The boys then found themselves at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. There, they were promptly signed by manager Christopher Sabec. He shopped them to several record companies, most of which dismissed the band as either a novelty or fraud before Steve Greenberg, an A&R representative for Mercury Records, heard them play a set at the Kansas State Fair. After this performance, they were signed almost immediately by Mercury. They soon became a worldwide sensation with the release of their first major-label album, Middle of Nowhere, which was produced by the Dust Brothers.

 1997–2000: Commercial success

Middle of Nowhere was released in the U.S. on May 6, 1997, selling 10 million copies worldwide. May 6 was declared 'Hanson Day' in Tulsa by Oklahoma's then-governor Frank Keating. Although 'Hanson Day' was originally intended to be a one-time occurrence, many Hanson fans all over the world still recognize May 6 as Hanson Day every year. Hanson's popularity exploded during the summer of 1997, and Mercury Records released Hanson's first documentary Tulsa, Tokyo, and the Middle of Nowhere and their Christmas album Snowed In in the wake of their success. Hanson also launched MOE , a fan club magazine that ran for 12 issues. After numerous unauthorized biographies of each of the brothers were published, Hanson turned to their close friend, Jarrod Gollihare of Admiral Twin, to write their authorized biography. Hanson: The Official Book reached number 9 on the New York Times Best Sellers List on February 1, 1998. The band was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998: Record of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. During the summer of 1998, Hanson began a highly successful concert tour, the Albertane Tour. They performed a string of shows throughout stadiums and arenas in the U.S., targeting young audiences with a playful and energetic style. A live album, titled Live From Albertane, was released the following fall, as well as their second documentary The Road to Albertane.

In response to the demand for their earlier work, Hanson re-released MMMBop as 3 Car Garage, minus four tracks, in May 1998. To date, the tracks from Boomerang have not been re-released. Three tracks from Boomerang ("Boomerang", "More Than Anything", and "Rain ") and two of the remaining tracks from MMMBop ("Incredible" and "Baby (You're So Fine)") were released on the first MOE CD sent to fan club members.

During the Albertane Tour, Hanson wrote and demoed what would later become the songs for their fifth major studio album , This Time Around. During this time period, Mercury Records, the band's label, had been merged with Island Def Jam. Almost immediately following the changeover in May 2000, Hanson released their seventh album, This Time Around, but due to lack of promotional funding, sales were low and the label eventually pulled funding for their tour. The band toured through the summer and fall of 2000 on their own funds.

 2001–05: Independent career

After a three year struggle, the brothers left Island Def Jam Records to seek more creative freedom. Label executives had refused over 80 songs from the band, believing new material lacked marketability. The documentary film Strong Enough to Break follows these events.

Hanson now records for their own independent label, 3CG Records. The label has distribution deals through Alternative Distribution Alliance in the United States, Cooking Vinyl in Europe, Sony Music in Asia and with various other distributors throughout the world. During the dispute with their former label, Hanson signed with the management company, 10th Street Entertainment, which also manages artists such as Meat Loaf and Blondie.

The band's Underneath Acoustic tour occurred during the Summer and Fall of 2003. Music included acoustic versions of songs from the then-forthcoming release, Underneath. The tour ended November 5, 2003 with a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Released on April 20, 2004, Underneath sold 37,500 copies on the first week of release in the US alone. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and #25 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making Underneath one of the most successful self-released albums of all time.

In autumn 2005, Hanson toured in the U.S. and Canada to support The Best of Hanson: Live & Electric. They also visited colleges to showcase Strong Enough to Break, the documentary chronicling difficulties with and departure from Island Def Jam. During college visits, the band held question-and-answer sessions about independent artists' role in the music industry.

 2006–08: The Walk and tenth anniversary
On January 15, 2007, Hanson released on iTunes the first episode of their documentary podcast "Taking the Walk", detailing production of the studio album. The first episode of the band's documentary Strong Enough to Break was also released on iTunes. The program is edited into 13 episodes for release by podcast.

In March, 2007, Hanson began a "preview tour" to promote The Walk and give fans a taste of recent work. Over six days, Hanson performed at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut, The Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and The Supper Club in New York City. On March 30, Taylor and Zac appeared in Dallas, TX to screen their documentary at the AFI Film Festival. Afterward, the brothers held a Q&A session along with director Ashley Greyson. Hanson performed in the UK during April 2007, playing songs from The Walk. They also promoted the release of the single "Go" and the UK release of the album.

The Walk, Hanson's second studio album with 3CG Records , was released in the U.S., Mexico and Canada on July 24. It was released in Japan on February 21 and in the UK on April 30.

On May 6, 2007, the 10th anniversary of Hanson Day, the band re-recorded their first major label album , Middle Of Nowhere, at The Blank Slate bar in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band invited fan club members, causing hundreds to fly to Oklahoma for the acoustic event. Hanson played concerts in the summer of 2007, supporting release of The Walk. The band appeared in Providence, Boston, New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles.
The record Middle of Nowhere Acoustic was released at the end of that year, exclusively on Hanson.net. The record included all but three songs of those originally in Middle of Nowhere ("Speechless", "Thinking of You" and "With You in Your Dreams") and featured the song Yearbook, never performed live before.

 2009–present: Shout It Out
It was confirmed in June 2009 that the upcoming Hanson album was completed (titled "Shout It Out"), and planned for release on June 8, 2010. The band also announced that they would be co-headlining a tour with Hellogoodbye. The tour started in Hanson's hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 30, 2009 and finished November 11, 2009 in Anaheim, California.

Hanson also released a five-song EP titled Stand Up, Stand Up that was available at shows and on the band's official website. The tracks are acoustic versions of four new Hanson songs, plus the album version of "World's on Fire" which was originally going to be on their album Shout It Out but was ultimately left off the album. It was released worldwide on iTunes on December 8, 2009.

Meanwhile, in early 2009 Taylor Hanson launched a separate project including members of Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick called Tinted Windows, a power pop quartet whose debut album quickly earned critical praise and repeat airplay on leading syndicated FM radio programs.

In December 2009, Hanson announced they would play five consecutive concerts at New York's Gramercy Theater. Each concert featured one of the band's four previous albums in their entirety, and the premiere of their upcoming Spring 2010 release. Dubbed 'Five of Five', the engagement began with a performance of Hanson's debut, Middle of Nowhere, on April 26, 2010 and then moved onto 2000's This Time Around on April 27. 2004's Underneath followed on April 28 with 2007's The Walk on April 29. On April 30, the band unveiled their new album, Shout It Out. The concert series was also streamed live on band's official website, Hanson.net, and included an exclusive "Backstage Pass" stream for fan club members.

On March 6, 2010, Hanson shot dance and other sequences for their upcoming music video of their new single, "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'", at Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa. Hanson recruited professional dancers for the shoot and also invited fans and local residents to take part in the video, which is an homage to the Blues Brothers. The video was directed by Todd Edwards, co-founder of Blue Yonder Films. It was released for public viewing on their MySpace channel on April 15, 2010. "Weird Al" Yankovic has a cameo appearance as the tambourine player.

Hanson was the musical guest at the Tulsa stop of The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour starring Conan O'Brien on May 15, 2010. Conan accompanied the band in playing a cover of the song Never Been to Spain by American rock legends Three Dog Night.
In June 2010, Hanson performed with former American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus.

On June 8, 2010, Hanson's eighth studio record was released. Shout It Out debuted at number 30 on Billboard 200, number 2 on the Indie chart, and #16 on the digital chart. On June 15, 2010, the band's free concert at the South Street Seaport in New York City rather incongruously ended in a riot after an estimated 20,000 fans showed up at a venue which could only accommodate half that many people. The rapper Drake was also on the bill.

Hanson offered a "platinum package" of their Shout It Out record which included artwork hand-painted by the band's members. In October, 2010, Hanson released "The 113 Painting Book" which includes the paintings they created for these packages.

To promote their new album, Shout It Out, Hanson toured from July 2010 through November 2010. The tour kicked off in Buffalo, NY on July 21, with the final show in Toronto, ON, on November 23. Throughout the tour, the band broadcasted live streams from their website. The footage included introducing the local musician winners of their opening band contest, a few full length concerts, and walks with fans to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa for their Take the Walk Campaign. One of the most notable concerts included two days in November at Walt Disney World Resort's Food and Wine Festival for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

As an April Fools' Day joke, Hanson covered the song "Wait and Bleed" by the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the website Shockhound claimed that Hanson would record an entire album of Slipknot covers.

On April 25, 2011, Hanson sang their hit "MMMBop" on the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars. The band also makes a cameo in Katy Perry's music video for her song "Last Friday Night ".

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Name Duration Released
And I Waited 04:01 07/11/2010
Make It Out Alive 04:35 07/11/2010
Give a Little 03:45 07/11/2010
Make It Through Today 04:46 07/11/2010
Carry You There 04:33 07/11/2010
Me Myself and I 05:30 07/11/2010
Voice in the Chorus 04:39 07/11/2010
Kiss Me When You Come Home 03:38 07/11/2010
Musical Ride 03:48 07/11/2010
Thinking 'Bout Somethin' 03:45 07/11/2010
These Walls 03:58 07/11/2010
Waiting for This 03:17 07/11/2010
Use Me Up 04:04 07/11/2010
Intro 02:02 12/12/2007
Fire On The Mountain 02:42 21/02/2007
Go 04:04 21/02/2007
Running Man 03:41 21/02/2007
The Walk 05:06 21/02/2007
Watch Over Me 04:54 21/02/2007
Your Illusion 05:01 21/02/2007
Georgia 03:48 21/02/2007
Something Going Round 03:13 21/02/2007
Been There Before 03:33 21/02/2007
Tearing It Down 03:05 21/02/2007
Great Divide 04:00 21/02/2007
Blue Sky 03:37 21/02/2007
Ngi Ne Themba 00:24 21/02/2007
One More 04:11 21/02/2007
Rock 'n' Roll Razorblade 05:01 11/10/2005
In a Little While 04:43 11/10/2005
Every Word I Say 04:41 11/10/2005
Optimistic 05:44 11/10/2005
Dream Girl 00:00 02/2005
Someone 00:00 02/2005
Ain't No Sunshine 00:00 02/2005
Smile 00:00 2005
Lost Without Each Other 03:44 20/04/2004
Dancin' in the Wind 04:04 20/04/2004
Believe 12:17 20/04/2004
Crazy Beautiful 04:02 20/04/2004
Get Up and Go 04:08 20/04/2004
Broken Angel 04:49 20/04/2004
Rip It Up 00:00 2004
Teach Your Children 00:00 2004
Deeper 00:00 2003
Strong Enough to Break 00:00 2003
Love Somebody to Know 00:00 2003
Hey 00:00 2003
Penny and Me 00:00 2003
Underneath 00:00 2003
Misery 00:00 2003
When You're Gone 00:00 2003
Magic Carpet Ride 00:00 2001
Can't Stop 04:24 09/05/2000
Dying to Be Alive 04:37 09/05/2000
Save Me 03:40 09/05/2000
A Song to Sing 03:35 09/05/2000
Runaway Run 03:40 09/05/2000
In the City 03:27 09/05/2000
This Time Around 04:17 09/05/2000
Hand in Hand 04:37 09/05/2000
If Only 04:30 09/05/2000
Sure About It 03:27 09/05/2000
You Never Know 03:04 09/05/2000
Love Song 04:06 09/05/2000
Wish That I Was There 03:32 09/05/2000
Lonely Again 00:00 04/2000
Ever Lonely 03:07 03/11/1998
Gimme Some Lovin'/Shake a Tail Feather 05:07 03/11/1998
Money 02:15 03/11/1998
Little Saint Nick 03:33 18/11/1997
What Christmas Means To Me 03:43 18/11/1997
Merry Christmas Baby 03:12 18/11/1997
Silent Night Medley : O Holy Night, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful 05:25 18/11/1997
Run Rudolph Run 03:11 18/11/1997
Everybody Knows The Claus 04:47 18/11/1997
Christmas Time 03:59 18/11/1997
Rockin'Around The Christmas Tree 02:38 18/11/1997
At Christmas 05:17 18/11/1997
Look at You 04:28 05/1997
Yearbook 05:29 05/1997
Where's the Love 04:13 05/1997
Speechless 04:20 05/1997
Man from Milwaukee 03:38 05/1997
Weird 04:02 05/1997
Madeline 04:13 05/1997
A Minute Without You 03:55 05/1997
I Will Come to You 04:11 05/1997
Lucy 03:35 05/1997
Cried 03:34 1997
Two Tears 02:40 1996
Incredible 04:30 1996
Thinking of You 03:10 1996
Pictures 02:12 1996
Day Has Come 04:46 1996
Soldier 06:13 1996
MMMBop 03:41 1996
Something New 02:30 1996
Surely as the Sun 05:40 1996
Baby (You're So Fine) 03:27 1996
River 03:46 1996
Sometimes 04:25 1996
Stories 02:34 1996
With You in Your Dreams 04:12 1996
Lonely Boy 04:02 17/05/1995
Poison Ivy 03:00 17/05/1995
Boomerang 03:06 17/05/1995
Back to the Island 04:07 17/05/1995
The Love You Save 02:32 17/05/1995
More Than Anything 06:07 17/05/1995
Rain 02:40 17/05/1995
Don't Accuse 02:48 17/05/1995




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