January 10, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) Moving Up Living Down, the new album from Warner Bros. Records artist Eric Hutchinson, will be released on April 17th. It’s the follow-up to his debut album, Sounds Like This, which entered Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at No. 1 and contained the RIAA-certified Gold single, “Rock & Roll,” which was a No. 1 hit at AAA radio.
“Watching You Watch Him,” the first single from Moving Up Living Down, tied with Coldplay for #1 Most Added at AAA this week, and was Most Added at Hot AC. It can already be heard on such stations as KFOG/San Francisco, WXRV/Boston, WRNR/Baltimore and KCSN/Los Angeles. The track provided the backdrop for the opening of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” season premiere and will be released on iTunes February 7. Perezhilton.com recently premiered Eric’s behind-the-scenes video for “Watching You Watch Him,” noting: “It’s like a happier version of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You.'” You can check out the new lyric video for “Watching You Watch Him,” which premiered yesterday at justjared.com.
Hutchinson’s Sounds Like This has sold more than 250,000 units and its singles – including “Rock & Roll” (certified Gold in the U.S., Platinum in Australia, New Zealand and Norway), the top 5 AAA hit “OK, It’s Alright With Me” and “Oh!” – have sold more than one million copies combined.
Hutchinson recorded Moving Up Living Down with Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Regina Spektor) in California and Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Morrison) in London after writing the songs at home in New York City. Road-tested in every setting from a converted garage in Salt Lake City to the 30,000-seat Calgary Saddledome, from San Diego to Dubai, the songs reflect an ever-broadening musical palate, from the exuberant folk-pop bounce of “Watching You Watch Him” to the reggae lilt of opener “Talk is Cheap” and the soul grounding of “The Basement.”
“The album’s called Moving Up Living Down because it’s about the chutes and ladders nature of life,” explains Hutchinson. “There’s no end game. It’s about growing pains and I think I’ve grown a lot since the first album. This is the next step. I feel lucky, really lucky.”
Hutchinson will launch an extensive tour in conjunction with the release of the new album. Dates will be announced shortly.
Eric was selected as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist and performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Live From Daryl’s House.” Popmatters.com praised his music as “refreshingly inventive and uniquely soulful” while The Washington Post noted: “clever songs, quirky grooves, a flair for tunefully evoking a generation of classic rockers: all of that appears to come naturally to Hutchinson, and it’s that seeming effortlessness that makes his music so disarming.”