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NEWS 03 Oct 2007

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Joni Mitchell “Shines” On Hear Music With Her Highest Debut In A Decade

Mitchell Discusses Her Return To Music On CBS Sunday Morning and Charlie Rose

Los Angeles, October 03, 2007 - Joni Mitchell celebrates her highest debut in the SoundScan era with the release of her new album "Shine" on Hear Music.  In its first week of release, the album debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 40,149 units.  This marks Mitchell's strongest sales debut in a decade. 

"Shine" marks Mitchell's return to music and is a superb collection of 10 songs that are at once compelling and poignant, exquisite and soulful, sublime and haunting.  "Shine" has already been called "the best album by an artist of her generation since Bob Dylan's ‘Modern Times'" by The Independent, and The New York Times described it as "inward-looking and rhythmically complex."

"Shine" is one of three new artistic endeavors launched by Mitchell this year. Last week in New York City Mitchell hosted a screening of the Alberta Ballet's, "The Fiddle and the Drum," which she served as co-creator and artistic director.  The ballet includes two songs featured on "Shine," "If" (based Mitchell's favorite poem by Rudyard Kipling) and "If I Had a Heart."  The screening was followed by an art show at Openhouse (201 Mulberry St.), curated by Violet Ray Gallery. Mitchell's "Green Flag Song," a mixed media photographic exhibition, is currently on exhibit until October 6th.  

Mitchell completed interviews with CBS Sunday Morning and Charlie Rose where she discusses her recent burst of creativity and return to music.  The interviews are scheduled to air in October, check local listings for times.

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