MUSIC NEWS: ROB THOMAS AND “THE GREAT UNKNOWN” ARRIVE AT LAST

Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced an array of activity surrounding today's release of his long awaited new album. "THE GREAT UNKNOWN" – the multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter's first new solo album in more than six years – is available now in stores and at all digital retailers.
 
Produced by longtime collaborator Matt Serletic along with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Ricky Reed (Jessie, J , Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots), and Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta (American Authors), "THE GREAT UNKNOWN" includes the acclaimed first single, "Trust You," which has already shot into the Top 20 at Hot AC radio. "Trust You" is accompanied by an electrifying companion video, directed by Phil Harder, known for his previous work with Thomas ("Lonely No More," "Ever The Same") and Matchbox Twenty ("Mad Season," "Disease") as well as his visionary commercials for iPod, Gap, and Target. The clip can be viewed now athttps://youtu.be/H8kiUAgCT_k.
 
In addition, "Hold On Forever" has just been announced as the next single from "THE GREAT UNKNOWN." The track is streaming now atwww.youtube.com/watch?v=tUbYwx_KBhQ. Thomas will introduce fans everywhere to "Hold On Forever" with a much anticipated performance on NBC'sTODAY "Toyota Summer Concert Series," broadcast live from New York's Rockefeller Center on Monday, August 24th (check local listings).
 
As if all that weren't enough, the album's "One Shot" is currently soundtracking promo spots for ESPN's coverage of the upcoming Little League World Series and will then be featured throughout the entire tournament.
 
"THE GREAT UNKNOWN" has been receiving critical acclaim withRolling Stone hailing Thomas as "the same consummate pop-rock craftsman who has been making it all sound so smooth for years…Thomas piles on the hooks right from the opener." Furthermore the three-starred rave review makes special mention of "Hold On Forever," declaring it to be "pure acoustic-guitar bliss." While PEOPLE writes "if you crave songs that are peppy and poppy, Thomas is your man."
 
Thomas will celebrate "THE GREAT UNKNOWN" by hosting an exclusive video Q&A session usingFacebook's Mentions App's new Live video feature. The Q&A will happen on Monday, August 24th– for more information, please seewww.facebook.com/robthomas. What's more, Thomas has united with Pandora Internet Radio for "The Great Unknown Mixtape" station, showcasing music that inspired him as he created "THE GREAT UNKNOWN." For details, please see http://pdora.co/RobThomasMixtape .
 
Finally, Thomas has just returned to the road on his "THE GREAT UNKNOWN 2015" tour after having postponed a string of dates due to his wife Marisol's medical condition. The dates continue through mid-November. 
 
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