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(The Word Up From Down Under is an ongoing series featuring interviews conducted by Australian music channel Noise11 with artists while they are traveling through Australia.)
GRAMMY-nominated artist Rufus Wainwright recently conducted a brief tour of Australia, including stops at the Sydney Opera House, and two concerts at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. During his stay, Wainwright was interviewed by Noise11, an Australian music channel featuring breaking news, interviews, performances, and more. Wainwright discussed touring, his latest album, Out Of The Game, and working with GRAMMY-winning producer Mark Ronson, among other topics.
"With this album I think it was more about surrendering and just letting other people do what they wanted to do," said Wainwright. "I've been so entrenched in my productions, previously … but for this album I was just like, 'I'm going to sit back and let everybody do their job and enjoy themselves.'"
The son of GRAMMY winner Loudon Wainwright III and singer Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright has been described by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet." Wainwright released his self-titled debut album in 1998. In 2007 he scored his highest charting album with Release The Stars, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200. In 2008 Wainwright scored the first GRAMMY nomination of his career for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, a recreation of Judy Garland's famed GRAMMY Album Of The Year-winning concert album.
Released in May and produced by three-time GRAMMY winner Ronson, Out Of The Game, peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The album features special guests such as Wilco's Nels Cline, the Dap-Kings, Sean Lennon, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The iTunes bonus track "WWIII" premiered exclusively on GRAMMY.com in April. Wainwright is currently in the midst of a global tour, with dates scheduled through May 2013.
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