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December 21, 2005
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THE GODFATHER OF SOUL JAMES BROWN FEELS GOOD WITH NEW LIVE, ONLINE NPR CONCERT, DECEMBER 28
Legendary Performer's Appearance at D.C.'s Renowned 9:30 Club Also Available For Free MP3 Download on www.NPR.org;
NPR Podcast to Feature Select Songs
Washington, D.C.; - James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, will say it loud online and on-demand as he performs in the latest NPR Music live online concert on Wednesday, December 28. He joins an eclectic slate of past performers, including the White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie and David Gray, in the hit series of NPR concerts that launched 12 months ago.
The concert audio, produced from Washington, D.C.'s prestigious 9:30 Club, will be available for live online streaming and will be archived permanently on www.NPR.org
Additionally, the entire concert will be available as an MP3 download beginning Thursday, December 29.
Select songs will also be featured in the weekly NPR All Songs Considered Podcast. The ASC Podcasts rank among the most-downloaded on iTunes, Yahoo and other leading directories, and are the #1 most-downloaded weekly podcast among NPR's 33 offerings. The ASC Podcast will also be available online on Thursday, December 29.
Brown's performance will be archived on NPR.org, along with the 16 previous concerts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner and launched in January 2005. They have been listened to nearly 1 million times, and concert-related NPR.org web pages have been viewed more than 2 million times, with listener response coming from around the world.
In a career spanning four decades, Brown has achieved more than 100 hit songs. His style continues to have a profound influence on a variety of music styles including funk, rock, Afro-pop, disco and even rap. Brown is a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a special lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 1992.
To date, the artists featured in the series are Sinead O'Connor with Sly & Robbie, Iron and Wine with Calexico, Wilco, The White Stripes, The Shins, Sigur Ros, David Gray, Lucinda Williams, Secret Machines with The Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, The Decemberists, Interpol, Bright Eyes, Son Volt, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab for Cutie. NPR.org also offered the "Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert" presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and featuring such artists as Norah Jones, James Taylor and Elvis Costello. All of these past concerts can be heard anytime at www.NPR.org/music.
For information on the upcoming concert and to hear the archived concerts please visit www.NPR.org/music.
The NPR Music brand extends through broadcast, satellite radio, original online content, merchandise and, most recently, the successful NPR Podcasts. A podcast version of All Songs Considered has consistently ranked as one of the most-downloaded offerings on such directories as iTunes and Yahoo. NPR's broadcast programming slate has the trend-setting contemporary music series World Café as well as performance series showcasing jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. The NPR Shop (www.shop.NPR.org) offers a wide variety of compilation, themed and holiday CDs. Holiday box sets of the "All Songs Considered" and "I heard it on NPR" collections are currently available.