Isotopia Records Falling Into Now by Constance Hauman, voted one of the Best Albums of 2015 by Pop Music Critics from The Guardian, UK

ISOTOPIA RECORDS NEWS

 

Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf (tour)

MAY 13, 2019
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George Clinton, who turns 78 in July, recently announced his final outing, the One Nation Under A Groove tour, which will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership. Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton & P-Funk will be joined by Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy touring schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded funk, hip-hop, and rock & roll pioneer.

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Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
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“INSPIRED MUSIC THAT FLOODS THE LISTENER’S CONSCIOUSNESS”

“MAGNIFICENTLY DESIGNED and REMARKABLE SOUNDING SPECTACLE”

HIGH TIDES is another album by Constance Hauman for which the British Guardian should already have reserved a place as ONE OF THE TEN BEST POP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.

…arranged in an electro-pop framework – her EXQUISITE rendition of the aria “Les Chemins de l’Amour” INSPIRES DEVOUT ADMIRATION

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Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
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ANOTHER ALL-ROUND HIT: FRAGILE YET INTENSE, TOUCHING, ROUSING, FULL OF DEPTH AND BLESSED WITH CLEAR HIT POTENTIAL

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Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
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Constance Hauman proves her BRILLIANT MASTERY of different genres in “HighTides” 10 tracks, once again revealing her EXTRAORDINARY CRAFTSMANSHIP AS A SONGWRITER … UNDENIABLE TALENT AND ASTOUNDING VERSATILITY AS A SINGER.

HAUMAN’S OWN HAUNTING LYRICS AND VOCALS POIGNANTLY COMMUNICATE INTENSE FEELINGS WHICH MOST OF US LACK THE WORDS TO EXPRESS

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Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
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by Ingo Möller

Over the decades Constance Hauman has presented herself in a diversity of musical styles. In 2015, the artist released her first solo album titled “Falling Into Now.” “High Tides” is the second work of the opera singer, composer and actress.

Set in a beautiful hardcover book, Hauman’s new album contains ten new titles that are difficult to describe as they do not fit within clear cut stylistic boundaries. Many of the songs are presented in atmospheric settings, eschewing traditional melodies and their complexity is only sparingly revealed after multiple listenings.

The album contains eight new songs from the pen of the singer as well as two covers, “Everlong” and “Chemins d’Amour.”

On “High Tides” Constance Hauman celebrates artistic freedom as well as an avant-garde approach to pop music.

The singer’s second album is a multi-layered and artistically appealing invitation to all listeners who fancy something musically new.

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
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by Ullrich Maurer

Constance Hauman has a rather unconventional career as an up and coming Pop Queen.

In addition to her role as the musical director of the funk soul band Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf and as a singer/songwriter on her own behalf, she is also on the road as an actress, pianist, producer and above all as an opera singer. This is why it is not surprising that her second album as an art-pop artist is distributed by the classical music company, Naxos, and that it demonstrates elements of musical drama and theatricality. Electronic elements common to the art-pop genre are present, but the album also displays organic elements due to the exalted vocal performance which reminds one of the greats of Kook Pop.

But Constance Hauman is more than another Kate Bush – simply because the songs (among them the barely recognizable Foo Fighters cover “Everlong”) seem structurally conventional despite a certain, spacey sound cloud aesthetic. In the final analysis: As a slightly whimsical musical oddity, the whole thing makes sense.

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
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by Torsten Kohlschein

Constance Hauman is a multi-talented artist: Hailing from the US state of Michigan, she works as a classical singer, actress, pianist, composer, lyricist, producer and leader of the indie funk rock band Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf. Quite likely due to the fact that she has her fingers in so many pies, it is only at this point in her varied career, that the 58-year old Hauman is now releasing her second album, High Tides (Isotopia).

In the ten titles of the well-designed dignified hardcover booklet, the soprano blends classical, pop, lounge, jazz, electronic and “white” soul into a rousing sonic mixture. While the album may not fit neatly within any specific musical genre, it exerts its bizarre charm and appeal precisely because of this.

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
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“High Tides” (Isotopia Records/Indigo) is the uncomplicated title of the second album by opera singer, songwriter, pianist and producer Constance Hauman. Stylistically, everything the album offers to the listener works, even the enraptured operatic voice, but also elements of pop, electronic music, soul, funk, jazz and rock; though above all, it possesses the spirit of the avant-garde and post punk.

“High Tides” makes an outstanding impression as a CD. Its ultra-noble design is presented in the format of a small book that includes all of the songs’ lyrics. The arrangements are edgy, thoroughly interesting and sometimes even idiosyncratic, harkening a wild romantic beauty which is very close to the ideals of Sally Oldfield, also reminiscent of the joy of experimentation of Laurie Anderson or Anne Clark, though above all, it evokes the mystical excursions of Kate Bush.

The album won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, as Constance Hauman and co- producer drummer Ross Pederson stand for the New Wave, Post Punk attitude of the early 1980’s rather than for the pop zeitgeist of today (exemplified by Pederson’s unique beats and grooves) or for that matter, traditional opera. The fact that Constance Hauman is also the keyboard player and Music Director for the the dazzling, unique funk rock band and newcomer power-house vocalist Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf says a lot about the charismatic Madame Hauman and her new album “High Tides” which actually makes “high waves” and all the more so one can say: “High Tides” both polarizes and fascinates.

 

Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf supporting George Clinton at Australia’s Bluesfest 2019

FEBRUARY 20, 2019
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A dizzying array of acts have been announced to support 21 Bluesfest sideshows

Bluesfest Touring have announced 21 support acts to play with major artists such as Iggy Pop, Fantastic Negrito, George Clinton and more this April. After perfecting the lineup of their 30th Anniversary festival, Bluesfest have found equally rare talents to support the headline artists nationwide.

The list of artists is dotted with home-grown talents, including names such as The Chats, Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf, Shaun Kirk and Baby Blue.

Hailing from the Central Coast, whacked drongos The Chats have been leaving pubs across the country in tatters. After the clip for their quintessentially Aussie tune Smoko scored 5.5 million hits the trio have been on a tour whirlwind, including sold out shows in the UK. From jamming in a mate’s bong shed to supporting The Growlers, Peter Bibby and now Iggy Pop, the trio have been fanning the flames of Australian pub music with their own flare.

Similarly, Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf band have certainly earned their keep around the globe. After a residency at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall and two European tours the band started blowing up on airwaves in Germany, Finland and Estonia. After a last minute slot supporting George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic they landed another 62 slots with the legendary aficionados, leading them ultimately to Australian shores.

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

FEBRUARY 15, 2019
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Artist: Constance Hauman
Album: High Tides
Media: CD
Style: Pop, Opera, Funk, Singer / Songwriter
Label: Isotopia Records / Indigo
Duration: 49:33
Published: 02/15/2019
Website: constancehauman.com

Even if you hold the red, with white embossed shapes designed Digi-Book to “High Tides” by CONSTANCE HAUMAN in the hands, you are impressed. Here, someone has saved no expense and effort, because even the inside of the hardcover wrapping is like a book with 40 (!!!) Pages, which also contains a table of contents and an index, all of which are on each, in the hard-bound booklet refer to the song contained. Curiosity is aroused when looking at and flipping through this coffee table art book of “High Tides” and one is inclined to buy this beautifully designed work blind, because behind it just has to hide good music. Yeah, she’s really hiding behind … and actually she should have liked a KATE BUSH too.

But who is CONSTANCE HAUMAN, who dedicates her album to “love, the past, the present and the future” and provides each song with quotations from Friedrich Nietzsche to Albert Camus or even Yoko Ono and Arthur Miller as well as Paul Tillich?

Naturally, CONSTANCE HAUMAN is a classic opera singer, but at the same time a pianist, actress, composer and producer – also unmissable on this album. A true universal talent whose career began in major international concert halls, theaters, cinemas and opera houses, but not on pop or rock stages.

So now she turns to the sophisticated pop with high-quality songwriting lyrics, which she implements in addition to the piano primarily by many electronic sound generator.

Often she accompanies a melancholy mood. Much like it was already in their highly acclaimed and funk rock sensation celebrated band MISS VELVET AND THE BLUE WOLF. But that she also played in front of Queen Elizabeth I singing in the Vienna State Opera, brought her much recognition. And how beautiful an aria can sound from her, which she packs into an electronic pop scaffolding, can be heard with devout admiration on “Les Chemins de l’Amour.”

Already the 2015 debut album “Falling Into Now” was voted by the British Guardian as one of the top 10 pop albums, with the explicit reference that one expects the fusion of pop, opera and funk. Just this way, CONSTANCE HAUMAN continues on “High Tides,” with a lot of melancholy and thoughtful resonates. Especially her fear for nature plays a big role in the text as well as separation fears and experiences. That’s another reason why we discover some very meaningful philosophical quotes in the booklet, such as Francois De La Rochefoulcaulds: “True love is like a spirit that everyone talks about but few have seen.”
Todra also belongs to Hauman’s song “Waiting For You.”

But true pop anthems like “Run Sisters” and “Mystic Vision” can be found on “High Tides” as well as the very tender love ballads “Lonely Xmas” or “Painful Strangers,” with the already mentioned “Les Chemins de l’Amour “is a composition by the Frenchman Francis Poulenc and the ballad “Everlong” comes as a cover version of the FOO FIGHTER DAVE GROHL.

“High Tides” is definitely another CONSTANCE HAUMAN album for which the Guardian should already have a place for the top ten pop albums of the year.

CONCLUSION: The musical and theatrical all-rounder CONSTANCE HAUMAN offers with “High Tides” a spectacularly designed and impressive-sounding music spectacle, in which she deliberately does not conceal her opera education and successfully combines pop music with vocal arias. In addition, the melancholy mood as well as the thoughtful lyrics “High Tides” turn into a truly impressive work of art made up of popular and classically inspired music that “flooded” the listener.

Thoralf Koss (translated by Google Translate)

 

Demand pop with depth: the new album by Constance Hauman

JANUARY 22, 2019

Even without drifting too much into sensationalism: CONSTANCE HAUMAN is a true universal talent.

The lady works as a singer, actress, pianist, composer, copywriter and producer.

Her career has made her a permanent guest in international concert halls, theaters, cinemas and opera houses.

And as you know it from such multiband people, they often work for others before they think of themselves.

But when Constance puts herself in the spotlight, something very special comes out of it.

Be it as keyboardist and musical director of the immensely celebrated funk rock sensation Miss Velvet And The Blue Wolf (most recently on tour with George Clinton, a new album is already in the works) or as Queen Elizabeth I at the Vienna State Opera.

The lady has an impeccable reputation as a creative surprise bag.

Her solo debut Falling Into Now was voted one of the top ten pop albums of the year in 2015 by the British Guardian.

As you can see, pop, opera, funk … Ms Hauman feels comfortable in a variety of genres.

The new solo High Tides is a renewed all-round hit: Fragile yet intense, touching, rousing, full of depth and yet blessed with a light-footed hit potential.

CONSTANCE HAUMAN — High Tides
Isotopia Records / Naxos USA/Canada / Proper Music UK
Release: 25.01.2019

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Isotopia Records to Release Constance Hauman’s High Tides

JANUARY 17, 2019
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Isotopia Records to Release High Tides by World Reknown American Singer Constance Hauman

JANUARY 17, 2019
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Huffington Post

Exclusive Music Video Premiere/Music Review: “DARE” from “BAD GET SOME” – Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf Unleash Radioactive Funk/Rock

NOVEMBER 20, 2017
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All I can say is, “Yowza!” Miss Velvet and The Blue Wolf are cap-a-pie prodigiously talented. The melodies are phenomenal, the rhythms are combustible and Miss Velvet’s voice contradicts the nonexistence of the phlogiston.
“BAD GET SOME” and “DARE” blew me away.

— Randy Radic, Huffington Post
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Constance Hauman – Falling into Now

voted one of the Best Albums of 2015 by Pop Music Critics from The Guardian, UK

DECEMBER 22, 2015
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DECEMBER 16, 2015
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Falling Into Now by international singing star Constance Hauman, voted one of the Best Albums of 2015 by Pop Music Critics from The Guardian, UK

DECEMBER 12, 2015
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Personal songs that take you from despair to enlightenment
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NOVEMBER 2015
FROM THE NEW LISTENER //GERMANY
Music Review by Oliver Fraenzke

Constance Hauman risks an entirely new style on her album Falling Into Now, the first release of the newly founded label Isotopia Records which is distributed by Naxos. The personnel on the album include Ms. Hauman as vocalist and pianist and Ross Pederson on drums, percussion, bass, guitar and Midi instruments.

Limiting Falling Into Now to a single genre would not do justice to the album and would be to miss the point of the recording. The singer Constance Hauman is a true musical chameleon: She became famous when she stepped into the role of Cunegonde in Berstein’s Candide, in a performance conducted by the composer, and won international acclaim for singing the title role on the first live recording of Alban Berg’s Lulu in Copenhagen. In Falling Into Now she experiments with a diversity of electronic effects, atmospheric sound clouds and also improvisation though to categorize the album even in this manner would be to ignore the directness, openness and complexity of the recording. For these reasons every song requires an individual discussion.

In this experimental music, Hauman proves herself to be a musician of the first rank. She flexibly adapts to every mood and style without seeming forced or contrived at any time. Her voice is clear and flawless, but can also assume very somber timbres when needed and amazes with spontaneous transformations. Her voice is particularly distinguished by a light breathy tone, which she uses to express a range of moods from frivolity to self-assuredness.

With every note the listener feels her connection with these songs and the various roles she slips into; she clearly feels comfortable in her own skin and continuously blossoms in the music as if there were nothing nicer in the world than to be singing this exact song. There is also an incorruptible cleanliness to her sound and an exceptional use of dynamic gradations that she uses to great emotional effect.

Additionally it is extremely pleasant that Hauman is not among those who feel it necessary to add vibrato to every note, when she does use vibrato – as well as other vocal effects – it is only to create a specific and well-considered musical point and never merely as a mechanical device.

Also featured is Ross Pederson, who apart from the piano, plays all other instruments and is responsible for recording and mixing the album. Pederson creates a dense sonic fabric, over which Hauman can freely float and maneuver without ever drowning in or becoming isolated from the accompaniment. Pederson provides a rhythmic conciseness and a versatile instrumental palette. Overall, the instrumental fabric is pregnant and interspersed with electronic sound spectra and echo effects. These come across as neither standardized nor exaggerated.

The album presents fourteen songs to texts written by Hauman. They cover a wide spectrum of the most diverse worlds, all of which stand side by side on an equal footing. No song is in any way negative nor falls out of the conceptual framework of the album. Even the improvisations are in line with the artistic plan and appear stringent and held together by a conscious tension, both in terms of the vocals and the accompanying musical voices. From the first track, Dark Angel (which is an absolute highlight for me) the listener is absorbed and taken on a journey into the world of human feeling and emotions. With each new track one trembles anew at the thought of what may follow and within the songs one can only expect the unexpected – the energy and concentration never slacken.

The booklet offers a highly artistic presentation and each page is laid out in a new yet consistent style that perfectly supports the printed texts of the songs. Photographs of the singer in different dramatic scenes and situations are presented throughout the booklet. They call up an artistically mysterious aura that characterizes the entire album.

The music – recorded between 2012 to 2014 in New York City and Paris – documents a sophisticated and mature work, and here this becomes audible!


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FROM SCENE MAGAZINE UK
Constance Hauman | Falling Into Now
Music Review by Rod Nicholson

The idea of a world-renowned opera singer taking a run at an album consisting of an ambitious self-penned song-cycle about the ending of a passionate love affair and the inevitably destructive aftermath in its wake seems like both artistic risk-taking on an epic level and something that makes simple good sense considering the nearly-always dark subject matter of most classic operas.

American soprano Constance Hauman takes up the challenge on Falling Into Now and emerges triumphant despite the many pitfalls that awaited in an ambitious undertaking like this. Hauman’s soulful voice and the mostly spare musical backing takes these pitch-black lyrics to a place that wouldn’t have been out of place in Kurt Weill’s work or in the perceptive downside of pre-Hitler era cabaret.

Highly Recommended.
Performance: A
Production: A
Isotopia Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISOTOPIA RECORDS PRESENTS FALLING INTO NOW, THE DEBUT ALBUM OF NEW AND ORIGINAL SONGS COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY AMERICAN OPERA STAR, CONSTANCE HAUMAN

North American Release: Friday 30th October 2015

Discovered by legendary composer/conductor, Leonard Bernstein, and renowned as one of the most theatrically and musically gifted lyric coloratura sopranos of her generation, Constance Hauman has thrilled audiences on the stages of the worlds great opera houses and concert halls.

With FALLING INTO NOW, she makes her debut as a pop chanteuse and a skilled and emotionally trenchant songwriter. The album presents a cycle of songs that are conceptually and affectively linked, recounting Ms. Hauman’s odyssey from the edge of darkness to a land of new beginnings and illumination. The 14 songs on the album document the pain and complexity of broken relationships, betrayal and the fortitude one manifests in both integrating and leaving the past behind. While FALLING INTO NOW recounts a deeply personal journey, it is one that anyone who has known love and loss can both relate to and empathize with.

The album features Ms. Hauman as vocalist and on keyboards along with the percussionist/programmer Ross Pederson, who also serves as co-arranger and recording engineer.

FALLING INTO NOW marks the launch of Isotopia Records (www.isotopiarecords.com), a New York-based label founded by Ms. Hauman together with Heresy Records CEO, Eric Fraad. Isotopia will focus on popular music, dance music and fusions of classical and jazz. Mr. Fraad says of Isotopia, “Along with Constance we are signing some truly game changing artists who have the potential to capture the imagination of a wide public and at the same time remain on the cutting edge of their genres.”

Isotopia Records is a new imprint of Heresy Records the critically acclaimed Irish-based label whose 2015 release The Wexford Carols reached #1 on the Billboard and Amazon World Music Charts. Isotopia, is distributed in North America by Naxos of America and internationally by the Naxos Group of Companies and a consortium of leading independents. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital download and streaming services around the world.

FALLING INTO NOW: TRACK LISTING

1. DARK ANGEL 5:36
2. ECLIPSE 5:02
3. SORRY EYES 4:41
4. BROKEN PEARL 4:31
5. FALLING INTO NOW 3:53
6. GRAND TRINE 6:53
7. BELLS OF ST MERRY 4:56
8. SILENT NIGHT 5:46
9. BURN THE HOUSE DOWN 4:32
10. THAT TOOK IT OUT OF ME 4:20
11. VENUS TRANSIT 5:52
12. SAFETY 5:38
13. ANGELS 4:51
14. AUTUMN LEAVES 7:55

NOTES FOR EDITORS

ABOUT CONSTANCE HAUMAN

“Constance Hauman, a lustrous coloratura soprano of wide-ranging tastes and versatility, made headlines all over Europe as the waif/sex-goddess in Alban Berg’s Lulu… meanwhile her performance piece Exiles in Paradise, backed up by research worthy of a Ph.D. is tossed off with the pizzazz of a diva. And damned if Ms. Hauman doesn’t lead with ‘Falling in Love Again’ displaying a sensuality of phrase and brilliance of tone that owes not a lick to Marlene.”
~ The Wall Street Journal

“Constance Hauman’s Morgan le Fay is simply sensational”
~ The Times (London)

Constance Hauman is renowned as one of America’s most adventurous, talented and versatile lyric coloratura sopranos. Leonard Bernstein discovered her when she replaced the ailing June Anderson in the role of Cunegonde from Candide. Her signature roles, Lulu and Zerbinetta, are amongst the most difficult in the operatic repertoire

Constance has song over 2,000 performances of opera and hundreds of concerts with a wide array of leading international companies including, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and London Philharmonia amongst many others.

Ms. Hauman has worked with many of the world’s foremost conductors and stage directors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, James Conlon, Peter Sellars, Mark Morris, Robert Carson and Pier Luigi Pizzi. She wrote, directed and starred in the one-woman show, Exiles in Paradise which caused a sensation at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles and at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

PUBLIC RELATIONS ENQUIRIES

UNITED KINGDOM
Phill Savidge
Phill@phillsavidge.com
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)208.348.0373
Mobile: +44 (0)7887.584.242

NORTH AMERICA
Raymond Bisha and Kelly Rasch,
Naxos of America & Naxos Canada
Raymond Bisha: rbisha@naxosusa.com
Tel: 917.892.1249
Kelly Rach: krach@naxosusa.com

July 22nd — Isotopia Records becomes an imprint of Heresy Records, Ireland.

August 4th — Isotopia Records announces distribution by Naxos International and LMI (UK).

August 7th — Selections from Falling Into Now make their radio debut live on Bbox Radio with creator/singer/pianist/songwriter Constance Hauman.

September 21st — Isotopia’s single Angels climbs to 50,000 listens on Jango Radio, for a total of 55,000 listeners on combined streams and digital stores.

October 2nd — Isotopia’s second single Sorry Eyes goes live on iTunes, Spotify and numerous other DDP’s.

October 30th — Street and digital release date for Falling Into Now for North America, Europe and Asia.

December 2nd — Street date for Falling Into Now in the United Kingdom.