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News / Ben planning to hit the studio in 2018
« on: August 12, 2017, 12:14:17 AM »
In a great article talking about Ben's career and becoming an advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra, they mention that Ben plans to go into the studio next year after he finishes touring to start working on new music.  An album in 2018 or 2019, perhaps?

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Despite his busy schedule, Folds will be returning to his bread and butter soon. In addition to a 2018 tour through Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., Folds plans to return to the studio next year to start working on new music.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2017/08/10/ben-folds-grows-pop-star-nashvilles-artistic-renaissance-man/536110001/

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News / Ben talks about the Folds sound on Broadway
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:25:53 AM »
Ben talks with Yes Broadway about some of the various people creating musicals on modern Broadway who have credited Ben's music as an inspiration.  In particular, they discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton and Benj Pasek's Dear Evan Hansen.

https://www.yesbroadway.com/newsandfeatures/when-ben-folds-grows-up-hell-be-on-broadway

There is also a mention of what he's doing next:

"He’s thinking of his next project - perhaps an album, or finishing the book he’s been writing. But the seed has been planted. As Ben Folds says, 'I enjoy [Broadway] and I have so many friends in these things and one day when I grow up I’m going to make one.'"

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News / Ben & Nashville Symphony Orchestra Launch New Kennedy Center Series
« on: December 05, 2015, 06:37:42 AM »
Ben and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra performed his concerto at the Kennedy Center to launch a new series called DECLASSIFIED.

They offer a sample of the Dec 4 performance called "In Motion with Ben Folds": https://youtu.be/N9pC_LgNyOw


Looks like Ben's really working the balding spot there a bit.

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Album Board / 'So There' Debuts at #1 on Billboard Classical Music Chart
« on: September 22, 2015, 02:29:38 PM »
So There debuts at #1 on the Billboard Classical Music chart, the first number 1 record for Ben on any of the charts.

For the week ending October 3, 2015: http://www.billboard.com/charts/classical-albums

In addition, the album debuts at #6 on the Alternative Albums chart, #44 on the Billboard 200 chart, #23 on the Digital Albums chart, #9 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #17 on the Tastemaker Albums chart, and #23 on the Top Album Sales chart.

http://www.billboard.com/artist/281188/ben-folds/chart?f=794

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News / NBC Bringing Back 'The Sing Off'
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:10:05 PM »
NBC is bringing back the a cappella competition show The Sing-Off.  No word yet on if Ben will be back as a judge.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/nbc-brings-back-the-sing-off/

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News / Interview with Ben on TSOTLOTM at Huffington Post
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:13:11 AM »
Great quote from Ben on writing the characters in his songs, talking in reference to writing "Erase Me":
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BF: A lot of times, it's something that I can understand--what I'm writing about--but I don't often know why until years later, to tell you the truth. The music led to that and what I imagined was sort of a passive aggressive demand that since this relationship is over, the other person should just forget it all. "Forget me, forget the whole thing, erase the whole thing, delete our Facebook page together, delete our pictures, erase the entire thing, and I'll just walk like you never knew me." It doesn't work that way because the other party has picked up and begun seeing someone else immediately, and so the protagonist flips out.

MR: That's so right on. What's funny about that is it's almost like you expect a decent grieving period. You're both supposed to be grieving through the whole thing and then when the other person takes off and everything is fine, that kind of sucks.

BF: Yeah, that does suck, and it's hard on people. But at the same time, the character in this song sort of asks for it when they try to be too cavalier. You know,"Just don't worry about it. Erase me. Act like it never happened," and then the second verse goes right into, "What the F is this? You're crazy! Two weeks later and you're already with someone else? You'd better call the cops because I'm gonna kill you." He or she just flips out. I couldn't tell if the character I was writing was male or female. It also sounded like it was female sometimes, but I never got a gage on that.

The rest of the interview, talking about the album, BFF, and NYCC, Ben's first comic con:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/emthe-sound-of-the-life-o_b_1960203.html

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News / BFF On WNYC'S Soundcheck
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:31:34 AM »
The boys were on WNYC's Soundcheck last night (9/20/12) to talk about TSOTLOTM and, of course, the breakup and the reunion.

http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/2012/sep/20/




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News / BF5 Takes Billboard Through TSOTLOTM Track By Track
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:24:12 PM »
Ben, Robert, and Darren talk with Billboard about the 10-song The Sound of the Life of the Mind track by track:

http://bcove.me/m4djrnt1




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