Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Hanson

Hanson 2014

The band of three brother’s first performed as a professional group together in 1992, but it was in 1997 with their first commercial success that the band really grew to success. MmmBop took the teen sensations to number 1 in 27 countries and the album, Middle of Nowhere, where the track was featured also sold very successfully and is certified 4 times platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Hanson’s record label Mercury would release a host of Christmas albums, live albums and compilations off the success that the band had secured with their first major label release Middle of Nowhere. It would be the year 2000 before Hanson would release their second studio album on Island records.

This Time Around saw Hanson mature and whilst it was still a top ten US album, it didn’t see anywhere near the success of the band’s previous studio album. The band continued to release fan club exclusive content, but the band would release their next studio album, Underneath on their own record label, 3CG Records in 2004.

The lead single Penny & Me was rather successful from this album, reaching number 2 on the US Billboard Top 100, but the album itself sold very poorly.

In 2007, Hanson released their next studio album, The Walk via their own independent record label 3CG Records. It was received generally quite well by critics, but it was overall a quieter release compared to the band’s previous efforts.

The band released Shout It Out in 2010, again via their own independent label. This happy sunny vibe album brought with it another top 30 US Billboard 200 entry and reminded audiences that Hanson had over a decade of musical career behind them and a maturity and music level rarely reached by other artists.

The band’s latest album was released just last year in 2013. Anthem took the band to number 22 in the US Billboard 200. Hanson have since been concentrating on expanding into new avenues, having released a beer titled MmmHops. They are next looking to host a craft beer and music festival, showcasing not only their own craft beer but other craft beers and music. It’s an unusual path for musicians, but it’s certainly something to keep the band dishes out something new.

Recommended Tracks:
Give A Little
This Time Around
Penny & Me
Strong Enough to Break

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