We already told you that Andrew Mason, the Groupon founder who was ousted from the CEO role there earlier this year, was dead serious when he said last month that he was planning to release a motivational album about career success called “Hardly Workin‘” (Mason is known pretty well for his sense of humor, so many people thought he had to be joking about his foray into music.)
Well, for those of us who have been very curious to hear Mason dropping workplace knowledge in musical format, the wait is almost over.
In a post on his personal blog today, Mason (who recently moved from Chicago to San Francisco) said that Hardly Workin‘ will be released next week through the usual channels (“iTunes, Spotify, etc.”) on Tuesday, July 2nd — “just in time for American audiences to incorporate into Fourth of July festivities.”
He also revealed the album’s cover art, which is embedded in this post, as well as the seven-song track listing:
1. Look No Further
2. The Way to Work
3. My Door is Always Open
4. Risin’ Above the Pack
7. It’s Up to Us
As a recap, Mason has characterized the idea behind Hardly Workin’ as follows:
“I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25. One thing that surprised me was that many would arrive at orientation with minimal understanding of basic business wisdom. …I came to realize that there was a real need to present business wisdom in a format that is more accessible to the younger generation.
It was with this in mind that I spent a week in LA earlier this month recording Hardly Workin’, a seven song album of motivational business music targeted at people newly entering the workforce. These songs will help young people understand some of the ideas that I’ve found to be a key part of becoming a productive and effective employee.”
The whole situation is so unique that a lot of people probably won’t quite believe it till they see (and hear) it. But I’ve heard on good authority that the album is indeed real, and the songs are pretty good — “really interesting” is one characterization I’ve heard. The rest of us will find out for ourselves in just a few days.