2CELLOS, Sony Masterworks
Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, are back with a brand new album. Entitled IN2ITION (pronounced Intuition) and produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS), the album is out today on Sony MASTERWORKS.
2CELLOS have established themselves as an innovative classical-pop/rock duo who have taken their classical instrument into the contemporary repertoire. On IN2ITION, they advance their original concept even further by including guest artists like Elton John, guitarist Steve Vai, Glee's Naya Rivera, classical superstar Lang Lang, legendary Italian vocalist Zucchero and pop artist Sky Ferreira. IN2ITION was recorded in Zagreb, Rome, Nashville, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The duo achieved sensational success on their 2011 self-titled debut by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. 2Cellos unique dueling cello version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a huge viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony MASTERWORKS and an invitation to join Elton John on his Worldwide tour. The duo have since toured extensively with Elton John, including a performance at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace this summer. Capping a year of highlights, the duo recently joined Red Hot Chili Peppers onstage in Croatia for a blistering performance of "Californication."
The new 2Cellos album offers a fresh and unique twist on classics such as Fleetwood Mac ("Oh, Well" feat. Elton John), The Prodigy ("Voodoo People"), Coldplay ("Clocks" feat. Lang Lang), Rihanna ("We Found Love"), AC/DC ("Highway To Hell" feat. Steve Vai), Muse ("Supermassive Black Hole" feat. Naya Rivera), Cher and Nancy Sinatra ("Bang Bang" feat. Sky Ferreira), The Police ("Every Breath You Take") and Elton John ("Candle In The Wind").
"This album will really put them in the forefront of what's going on, they are unique, there's no one like them out there, says major fan Elton John. "Whenever they play a live show with me, they open the show. I've never heard an opening act get a standing ovation after every song...because no one has seen things like this before."
The Galactic themed music video for their new single is a flirtatious and "come-hither" version of Muse's hit "Supermassive Black Hole" featuring Glee's Naya Rivera on vocals as you've never seen or heard her before.
Link to their new video "Supermassive Black Hole" (feat. Naya Rivera): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbLEA0AmfAw&feature=youtu.be
Link to "Highway To Hell" music video (feat. Steve Vai): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTQ-QycaBmQ&list=UUYpdHLYhFchZ1tKO9TaOqWw&index=1&feature=plcp
The 2CELLOS' career received a substantial boost in 2012 when they performed "Smooth Criminal" with actress Naya Rivera's character "Santana" in Glee's Michael Jackson tribute episode. It was the first time that the blockbuster hit show featured an instrumental group as the guest artist. While on set they struck a friendship with Rivera, who appears on the new release on their inspired rendition of Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole." "We love Naya's sexy voice - it's perfect for this song!" says Hauser. "We recreated Muse's amazing guitar riff on the cello and by using different sound effects, we gave this traditionally classical instrument a more contemporary, rock sound."
Their acclaimed 2011 debut featured the duo's unique spin on hits by Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, U2 and Kings of Leon. After national television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 2Cellos appeared on the monster hit TV show Glee in January 2012. Their performance of "Smooth Criminal" (with Naya Rivera) debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart and catapulted their debut album on to the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
"We're extremely happy to have collaborated with such great guest artists and we believe that this is just the beginning. We've practiced all our lives, and in this project we've succeeded in extending the possibilities of the cello and bringing it to a wider audience," say the 2CELLOS.