The debut album from New York-based duo – A Great Big World – Apple is this week giving listeners in the U.S the chance to play “Is There Anybody Out There?” in-full, and for FREE.
The availability of the album’s full-length stream arrives courtesy of Apple’s iTunes Radio service, and the company’s “First Play” initiative, and will see listeners able to play through the album’s 13 life-loving tracks before its eventual digital release – on January 21.
A Great Big World was formed by current members Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino while they were attending The Steinhardt Music Program at New York University. Both were music business students, with Axel said to have convinced Vaccarino to write a song together. During college, Vaccarino had a big part in the Academy Award-winning film “Monster.” Vaccarino agreed to work with Axel after hearing him sing. They both wrote and performed songs together prior to Axel embarking on a solo career, in which he released an independent album featuring songs that were all co-written by Vaccarino.
The group went on national tour and performed the openers for Ingrid Michaelson, Matthew Morrison (Glee), and Five For Fighting. The group re-branded themselves in 2012 which is when they took the official name ‘A Great Big World’. They released a six-song EP after obtaining funding from the crowdsource funding website Kickstarter.
In 2013, the group’s song “This Is The New Year” was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee. The song was also licensed by various television networks, later being used as the theme song for MTV’s ‘I Used to Be Fat’ as well as being featured on The Amazing Race, ESPN, One Tree Hill, and Good Morning America.
The album is now available to pre-order on iTunes, for $7.99.
I Really Want It
This Is The New Year
Previews provided courtesy of iTunes.
Note: iTunes Radio is currently only available in the United States. The service can be accessed on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, and is expected to make its debut across Europe in “early 2014.”