AOL Offers 50 Cent, Taylor, Train, Jewel First Listens
Beginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new songs from four different artists -- 50 Cent, James Taylor, Train, and Jewel -- over the next four days. Each of the traBeginning today (March 28) AOL Music's First Listen program will debut four new songs from four different artists -- 50 Cent, James Taylor, Train, and Jewel -- over the next four days. Each of the tracks will be exclusively available at Keyword: First Listen on AOL for 24 hours, then will be made public through Netscape Music.
Today, First Listen is offering 50 Cent's "In Da Hood," a new song that will appear on the bonus CD accompanying the rapper's upcoming documentary DVD "The New Breed." As previously reported, the set is due April 15 via Shady/Aftermath, and will feature live concert footage, video clips, interviews, and new music.
Taylor's "Bittersweet" will be available tomorrow, beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET. As previously reported, the track is the sole new song included on "The Best of James Taylor," due April 8 from Warner Strategic Marketing (WSM). Additionally, the set collects 19 classic Taylor songs recorded over the last 35 years for the Apple, Warner Bros., and Columbia labels.
Rock act Train's "Calling All Angels" will get its premiere on Sunday. The track is the first single from Train's upcoming album, "My Private Nation," due June 3 from Columbia. The follow-up to 2001's "Drops of Jupiter" was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen)."We're really ready to get it out," Train singer Patrick Monahan recently told Billboard. "I've enjoyed this time with my family, but I'm ready to go."
Lastly, Jewel's "Intuition" will get its exclusive premiere on Monday. The new song will appear on the artist's as-yet-untitled new album, due June 3 from Atlantic. The track was co-written and produced by Lester Mendez, best known for his work with Enrique Iglesias and Shakira, and is part of an album that delves into Jewel's love of dance music and jazz.
"You are going to hear my love of all these types of music on the new album, and I tried to combine them in a way that makes sense," Jewel recently said. "You have folk melodies against hip-hop beats against a French accordion against hand-clapping and whistling solos. But it still really sounds like me."