Josh Groban today (Sept. 13) announced the official release of his new single, "Hidden Away," as well as the cover art for his fifth album "Illuminations," which is due in November on 143/Reprise Records.
"I want to free your heart, I want to see your heart/Please don't keep your heart hidden away," Groban croons over a simple piano melody. The song debuted last week on the singer/songwriter's website and will be released to radio today and digital outlets tomorrow.
For "Illuminations," Groban worked with veteran rock producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Dixie Chicks) and co-wrote a majority of the songs, including "Hidden Away," with former Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson. "[Rick] really demands of each person that he works with that they write a lot, so I've had to wear the writer's hat a lot more than I have been used to in the past," Groban told Billboard.com during a recent live video Q&A. "As far as what the fans are used to, I think that it's going be the best that they've ever heard from me...[Rick's] not a huge reverb fan, and he's not a big fan of big crashing drums. He wants the song and the singing to speak for itself, and I assume and I would hope that's what the fans want, too."
"Illuminations" will arrive three years after Groban's Christmas album "Noel" topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks in 2007-2008 and sold five million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.