Platinum-selling recording artists Our Lady Peace have announced an early Christmas present for their fans. On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, the song, “Heavyweight,” was made available on iTunes in North America. All other DSPs will have the track beginning January 3, 2012. “Heavyweight” is the first single from Our Lady Peace’s forthcoming album, scheduled for release in Spring 2012.
In a note posted to fans at www.ourladypeace.com, the group writes, “We feel that this is our most compelling recording since we formed this band. It’s the record we’ve been trying to make for many years now. We now understand that the struggle to get here was not in vain.” More details about the new album, which is currently being recorded with producer Jason Lader in Toronto and Los Angeles, will be released in the New Year.
The initial reaction to “Heavyweight” has been swift and strong. Some programmers were so eager for new Our Lady Peace music that they purchased “Heavyweight” on iTunes and played it on their stations in advance of the song being formally serviced to radio.
In other news, OLP singer Raine Maida will receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit award during Canadian Music Week along with his wife, singer Chantal Kreviazuk in recognition of their longstanding commitment to charitable initiatives. Individually they have contributed to charities worldwide in support of human and animal rights, world peace, education and the environment.
Our Lady Peace will perform live in Niagara Falls on December 31, 2011 as part of Entertainment Tonight Canada’s New Year’s Eve celebration broadcast nationally on Global TV.