“The Man,” the hit single from acclaimed pop-soul singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc, has been certified platinum in the U.S. by the R.I.A.A., selling over 1.1 million singles. “The Man” first gained attention when it was featured in a Beats by Dre national TV campaign earlier this year and is quickly climbing to the top of the charts with a #6 spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart this week. Blacc’s major label debut “Lift Your Spirit,” will be released on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records on Tuesday, March 11thand is available for pre-order now.
“Lift Your Spirit” follows up Blacc’s collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii’s track “Wake Me Up,” a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as in 102 countries around the world, including the U.K., where it was the fastest-selling single of the year. Blacc’s five-track “Wake Me Up” EP came out last September and included an acoustic version of the title track. On the new album, Aloe worked with such standout songwriters and producers as Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Harold Lilly, among others, and offers a compendium of his own influences, including R&B legends like Marvin Gaye, Gil Scott-Heron, Sly Stone, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder.