"Undeniable" ambition marks Chipmunks' 50 years
By Kamau High
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Like most major pop acts, Alvin and the Chipmunks have big plans for their anniversary.
Fifty years after the release of their first single, "The Chipmunk Song," the animated trio will release "Undeniable," an album of covers (Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"), new songs and remixes on the Razor & Tie label.
The Chipmunks, who have released 44 albums, came back into fashion last year with the CGI and live-action movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and its soundtrack, which sold 886,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Undeniable," which comes out November 4, could benefit from that attention. "The album has a sophisticated sound," says Ross Bagdasarian Jr., the owner of the Chipmunks franchise and son of its creator. "The musicianship is really first-rate, so it's not some kiddie version of those songs."
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