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BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7'S "WHITE LIES FOR DARK TIMES" DEBUTS AT NO. 9 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200

posted May 14, 2009, 10:52 AM by Vu Nguyen
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BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7'S "WHITE LIES FOR DARK TIMES" DEBUTS AT NO. 9 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200

NEW ALBUM HITS TOP OF CHARTS AROUND THE WORLD

SOLD OUT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

UPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AT BONNAROO, LOLLAPALOOZA AND AUSTIN CITY LIMITS


LOS ANGELES, CA - Grammy-award winning artist Ben Harper and his new band Relentless7's new album, White Lies For Dark Times debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, which was released May 5th on Virgin/EMI. This marks Ben Harper's 3rd consecutive Top 10 Billboard debut.  In addition, the album is the #1 Top Digital album and #3 Top Internet album in the US, and has also reached the top 10 charts in France (#6), Italy (#7) and Switzerland (#7).  The release follows a stint of successful appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly (twice), The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Next up, BHR7 will take over the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live in June as well as a one-hour special performance from SXSW airing on DirecTV's 101 Network on June 8.  Fans can also look forward to a legendary Austin City Limits performance to air in October.

Ben Harper and Relentless7 recently had the opportunity to participate in the ABC Special "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," which aired May 7th. Fox & Harper discussed the connection between music and optimism, and included a special acoustic performance of "Fly One Time."   

The press is raving about the new album.  The Associated Press gives the album an "A," calling it "another superb collection" while USA Today says "Harper revisits his blues-rock roots with renewed energy."   White Lies For Dark Times is a "Critics Choice" at People Magazine and Spin dubbed it "an impressive array of American music, ranging from muddy blues to eerie folk to Hendrixian wah-wah." 

Ben Harper and Relentless7's energetic live performance is the heart of the band.  On April 22, they performed to over 120,000 people at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy for the Nat Geo Earth Day Festival. The entire set also aired live on the internet for fans across the globe to watch.

Following the band's current sold-out U.S. tour, they will perform at festivals across the country and abroad including Mile High, Bonnaroo, Hard Rock Calling, Fuji Rock, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival.



UPCOMING TOUR DATES /DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL: 

05/15/2009                  Detroit, MI                              Saint Andrews Hall - SOLD OUT
05/16/2009                  Chicago, IL                             Vic Theatre - SOLD OUT
05/25/2009                  George, WA                            Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/2009                  San Francisco, CA                  The Fillmore - SOLD OUT
05/28/2009                  Los Angeles, CA                    Wiltern Theatre - SOLD OUT
06/13/2009                  Manchester, TN                      Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/19/2009                  Neuhausen ob Eck. DEU         Southside Festival
06/20/2009                  Scheessel, DEU                      Hurricane FEstival
06/22/2009                  Berlin, DEU                            Columbiahalle
06/23/2009                  Munich, DEU                         Tonhalle
06/25/2009                  Amsterdam, NLD                   Paradisco - SOLD OUT
06/26/2009                  Brussels, BEL                         Couleur Cafe Festival
06/27/2009                  London, GBR                         Hard Rock Calling (Hyde Park)
07/04/2009                  Des Moines, IA                      80/35 Music Festival
07/09/2009                  Ottawa, ON CAN                   Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
07/11/2009                  Masontown, WV                    All Good Festival
07/18/2009                  Commerce City, CO                Mile High Music Festival
07/25/2009                  Niigata, JPN                            Fuji Rock Festival
08/08/2009                  Chicago, IL                             Lollapalooza
10/04/2009                  Austin, TX                              Austin City Limits Music Festival
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