LANSING — Fans looking to get a sneak peak of Kid Rock’s new album “Rebel Soul” can head to michigan.org starting today. The world premiere of “Detroit, Michigan” is available exclusively on michigan.org/kidrock through Nov. 19, when “Rebel Soul” is released. Fans of Pure Michigan will also have the opportunity share their “Detroit Pride” as part of a contest on the Pure Michigan blog.
The fourth track on “Rebel Soul,” “Detroit, Michigan” chronicles many of Detroit’s musical superstars, including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger and George Clinton, as well as icons like Rosa Parks and Henry Ford. Kid Rock sings about that old time rock n roll and the Big Three in the song, which is only available on michigan.org.
“Detroit, Michigan” showcases Kid Rock’s pride in the city, and Pure Michigan wants to hear from its fans about the places they go and things they do to get their “Detroit Pride” pumping. Pure Michigan will choose one winner, at random, from the entries submitted to the comments section on the Pure Michigan Connect contest blog post. The winner will be announced 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Pure Michigan store on michigan.org. Fans must include an email address to be eligible to win and the deadline for submitting entries is noon on Nov. 9.
Rebel Soul will be the 9th studio album for the five-time Grammy nominee. Kid Rock’s last studio album, “Born Free,” featured Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, as well as Ortonville, Mich. in the music video for the title track off the album.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kid Rock again to offer his fans and the fans of Pure Michigan the chance to preview ‘Detroit, Michigan,’ exclusively on michigan.org,” said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Kid Rock is a long-time champion for Michigan – through his lyrics, as in the case of “Detroit, Michigan,” and through philanthropic efforts including his work to establish the Kid Rock Foundation and the Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship.”
In 2009, Kid Rock established the Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship through Wayne State University to help offset tuition costs of students from throughout southeastern Michigan who are selected for their academic achievements and limited financial resources.
Kid Rock recently joined forces with Quicken Loans as part of the Opportunity: Made in Detroit campaign to spread the word about the resurgence of Detroit as a place to work, live and play. He has also worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, holding sold-out a joint concert with the orchestra at the Fox Theatre on May 12. Ticket sales from that concert helped to raise $1 million for the DSO.
Kid Rock has sold more than 25 million records since his debut more than a decade ago.
His album “Rock ‘N Roll Jesus,” released in 2007, debuted at #1 and stayed in the charts for 100 weeks, becoming the biggest selling Rock album of 2008. His hit single “All Summer Long” hit #1 in eight countries. He has performed at events ranging from the Grammy’s to the Country Music Awards to the Hip Hop Honors.
While fans will be able to listen to “Detroit, Michigan” first on michigan.org, it will not be available for download.