Carole King's New Rhythm
Legendary Singer-Songwriter Releases Her 24th Solo Album

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Carole King with Liane Hansen

Carole King with Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen
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Oct. 21, 2001 -- Pop icon and legendary singer-songwriter Carole King is out with a new CD. Titled Love Makes The World, it is her 24th solo album and her first studio record since 1993. On Weekend Edition Sunday, she talks with host Liane Hansen about her latest musical offering.

Joining Carole King on her album is an all-star lineup of guest artists, including many from the younger generation of musicians. The album features guest performances by Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds on 'You Can Do Anything,' Celine Dion on 'The Reason,' Wynton Marsalis on 'I Wasn't Gonna Fall in Love,' and k.d. lang on 'An Uncommon Love.'

59-year-old King has been in the music business since her teenage years, but she never lost her eagerness to adapt to different styles. In her new recording, the title song, 'Love Makes The World,' is the result of her collaboration with hip-hop duo PopRox, who playfully gave King a new street moniker, 'CK-One,' during their recording sessions.

Carole King signs an autograph

Carole King signs an autograph for a fan at NPR
Photo: David Banks, NPR

The new album also turned out to be a sort of family reunion for King. On 'Oh No Not My Baby,' her second husband Charles Larkey plays an acoustic bass for a song with lyrics originally written by her first husband Gerry Goffin in 1973. It was her collaboration with Goffin that gave her the first hit as a songwriter in 1961 when 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' became a number-one single for the Shirelles. The couple went on to write together more than 100 chart hits in a vast range of styles.

In 1971, King firmly established herself as one of the leading singers of pop music when she released Tapestry, an album that sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and became the best-selling LP of the era. She has received one multi-platinum, two platinum and six gold awards during her career.

Love Makes The World is also King's first album on her own label, Rockingdale Records. When Liane Hansen asked her what was the reason behind the decision to start her own record label, King said that making a closer connection with her fans was the main motivation. "I didn't want to have so many people between me and the music and the people who wanted to listen to the music," she says.

This piece was produced by Ned Wharton.

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Love Makes The World
Carole King's new album, Love Makes The World
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audioListen to cuts from Love Makes The World.

    Love Makes The World
    I Wasn't Gonna Fall in Love
    Oh No Not My Baby
    Safe Again

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