January 28, 2005
HRC, Centaur Entertainment to Release ‘Love Rocks’ CD Feb. 8
Musicians Celebrate Love & Commitment: The Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mandy Moore, Dido, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Yoko Ono among featured artists on two-disc compilation.
WASHINGTON - In time for Valentine's Day, the groundbreaking double-disc album "Love Rocks," featuring songs of love, will be released Feb. 8, 2005, by the Human Rights Campaign and the HRC Foundation. Produced in partnership with Centaur Entertainment, the CD features a cross-section of diverse artists in various musical styles who joined together to celebrate love and commitment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"It's the season for celebrating love and this album is about setting the season to song," said HRC's Gregory Lewis, an HRC associate director who managed the project. "The artists who joined together to create 'Love Rocks' understand, like millions of Americans, that commitment should be treated with dignity, respect and equality."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Yoko Ono discussed her motivations for being a part of the album.
"I just think it's a human rights issue," said Ono. "The Constitution of this country is based on human rights and justice and freedom. ﾃ For [politicians] to say, 'OK, we're going to change the Constitution so the gays can't get married,' I think it is outrageous. ﾃ I just immediately started to feel that it was important to send that message out that anybody can fall in love regardless of the difference of religion, or race, or sex, or age. Love is love. It's beautiful."
"I think it is so important for us, through music, art and even politics, to stand up and use our voices to support and promote any and all acts of love and commitment between any and all types of people," said Pink, who also contributed to "Love Rocks."
"Humankind has its problems, but love isn't one of them," said Mandy Moore, another featured artist on the album. "When two people - regardless of gender - long to care for each other, to protect each other, to treasure each other, we should do everything we can to foster that. I'm proud to be part of this album, which does just that."
One hundred percent of net proceeds from the album will go toward HRC's work in the fight for equality. The Dixie Chicks, Christina Aguilera, Oleta Adams, the B-52's, Melissa Etheridge, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Dido, Carole King, Simply Red and Cyndi Lauper are some of the other 32 artists featured on "Love Rocks."
"Love Rocks" will be available for purchase nationwide at Virgin Megastores, Best Buy, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Circuit City and other retailers, as well as HRC's Action Center & Stores in Washington, D.C., and Provincetown, Mass. The album can also be purchased online at all of these retailers' websites, as well as at www.hrc.org/loverocks and www.centaurmusic.com.
The track listing follows:
ﾴ"Beautiful," Christina Aguilera
ﾴ"Love Song," Pink
ﾴ"You Make Me Feel Brand New," Simply Red
ﾴ"I Believe in Love," Dixie Chicks
ﾴ"Inside of Love," Nada Surf
ﾴ"Thank You," Dido
ﾴ"She," Jen Foster
ﾴ"Love Comes Back," the Bootlickers
ﾴ"Walking on Thin Ice," Sophie B. Hawkins
ﾴ"Currently," Keaton Simons
ﾴ"Be Be Your Love," Rachael Yamagata
ﾴ"Walk With Me," Matt Alber
ﾴ"Alright," Kinnie Starr
ﾴ"No Urgency," Eric Hinman
ﾴ"An Uncommon Love," Carole King
ﾴ"I Feel the Earth Move," Mandy Moore
ﾴ"Giant," Melissa Etheridge
ﾴ"Summer of Love," the B-52's
ﾴ"Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper
ﾴ"8th World Wonder," Kimberley Locke
ﾴ"Every Man Has a Man," Yoko Ono
ﾴ"Simply Being Loved," BT
ﾴ"Just to Be Next to You," Dave Koz
ﾴ"Sugar Hill," Dolly Parton
ﾴ"Jupiter Rising," Emmylou Harris
ﾴ"Light the Way," Garrin Benfield
ﾴ"Home," Ari Gold
ﾴ"All I Long For," Jason and deMarco
ﾴ"Amazing Grace/What Matters," Randi Driscoll
ﾴ"Only One Road," Billy Porter
ﾴ"Window of Hope," Oleta Adams
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