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Josh Groban Working on Not One but Two Albums This Summer

Image courtesy of Credit: Olaf Heine (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Olaf Heine (via ABC News Radio)

As if hosting the live show Rising Star every week won't keep him busy enough, Josh Groban is also working on not one but two albums this summer.

One album will be a "regular" Josh Groban album, that is to say, his standard collection of original songs and cover tunes.  The other is a dream project: a collection of his favorite songs from movies and stage musicals.

Josh tells Billboard that he when it comes to that record, he wants to include both well-known songs and tunes from musicals he feels have been overlooked, such as The Capeman , a musical written by Paul Simon that flopped, and Chess , written by ABBA main men Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus , along with Tim Rice . 

Josh is a huge fan of Paul Simon's and loves Chess so much that he even performed a version of the show at London's Royal Albert Hall last year.  By the way, that show's most famous song is "One Night in Bangkok," which was a huge pop hit in 1985 for Murray Head.

"I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I like really super well-known songs but ...I have always like[d] the obscure stuff too,” he tells Billboard. "The test is whether I can tell a story and whether or not my voice fits the story. There are plenty of shows where the songs are gems, but never got their fair share. I think... The Capeman is a show that just needed a little more time. We’re desperate for great new shows.”

No word on release dates for either album.

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