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COLDPLAY’S MUSIC OF THE SPHERES ALBUM IS OUT TODAY!

Coldplay’s much-anticipated ninth album, Music Of The Spheres is out today worldwide. Click here to download / stream now.

The band have also released a new lyric video for album centrepiece Let Somebody Go, featuring handwritten lyrics by Chris and guest singer, Selena Gomez.

Music Of The Spheres features the single Higher Power, which received its first play on the International Space Station by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and quickly became a worldwide hit. Last week, Coldplay became the first British band to debut at number one on the US Hot 100 with their BTS collaboration My Universe.  The song has already racked up more than 100 million views on Youtube.

The album release comes a day after the band announced a massive global stadium tour for 2022. The full list of shows for the Music Of The Spheres World Tour is available now at coldplay.com/tour.

The tour announcement was accompanied by a comprehensive set of sustainability initiatives and environmental commitments, including halving CO2 emissions and planting a tree for every ticket sold. The full list can be viewed at coldplay.com/sustainability.

On Friday, October 22, Coldplay will play the very first show at the new Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The performance will stream live globally for free on Amazon Music, Amazon Prime and Twitch.

GAVIN JAMES RELEASES HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘GREATEST HITS

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“Never in our lives have we known emotion so poignant and devastating than what he shares on ‘Sober’”

WONDERLAND

“Few can convert the full spectrum of emotional turmoil that comes with loneliness like Gavin James”

FAULT MAGAZINE

“‘Sober’ is raw, honest and vulnerable”

EUPHORIA MAGAZINE

“Gavin has an ability to capture emotions that feel difficult to articulate and even more difficult to project”

TMRW MAGAZINE

Unassumingly authentic Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James, whose songcraft has been the key to unlocking 1.5 billion streams, 6 million monthly listeners at Spotify, 32 Platinum and Gold records across the globe, and a top 20 UK airplay chart position, releases brand new single ‘Greatest Hits’ released today! 

Previous single ‘Sober’ became a staple at BBC Radio 2, establishing itself for a lengthy 6 weeks on the A & B playlists. The ballad also found its feet at Spotify and Apple Music, surpassing 2.5 million streams across platforms, leading to a torrent of press support, including a digital cover feature with FAULT Magazine and support from other fashion webzines including Wonderland, EUPHORIA and tmrw magazine. The single’s momentum hit stratospheric proportions when Gavin performed a stripped back, string-assisted version of the song on the first ever episode of Ireland’s new primetime live music show ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’.

Sonically, new single ‘Greatest Hits’ is a far cry from Gavin’s previous releases. Co-written by Ollie Green (Freya Ridings, Lewis Capaldi), who had a hand in Tom Grennan’s number 1 album ‘Evering Road’, and Fiona Bevan who co-wrote One Direction’s number 1 hit ‘Little Things’ with Ed Sheeran, at its heart it remains an emotionally captivating break-up song, but musically it harks back to the 80s.

Co-produced by Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Mark Ralph (Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Jax Jones),‘Greatest Hits’,with its chugging bass synths, racing percussion and melancholic lyrical content, twists and turns like a twilit DeLorean, as Gavin reminisces “and now I’m on my own, I just dance along to our greatest hits”.

Gavin comments on the new single, “’Greatest Hits’ is about the memories you are left with when you break up with someone. It’s about only remembering the good parts and forgetting the bad parts (the B-sides). It’s very synthy and waaaay different than anything that I’ve EVER released… but I’m buzzing for people to hear if x”

From previous hits such as ‘Always’ and ‘Nervous’ to his more recent releases ‘Sober’ and ‘Man on the Moon’, Gavin’s talents have been embraced by countless big names. He has played shows with Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, while his recent EP ‘Boxes’ went to number 1 in the Ireland album and airplay charts last year.

Dubliner, Gavin James has come a long way from his early days busking on Grafton Street. His international touring has resulted in 250,000 ticket sales for his headline shows across the world, including two nights at Dublin’s 13,000 capacity 3Arena. Last month, he made a triumphant return to the live arena, when he played to 40,000 people in Switzerland’s Wankdorf Stadium, for the Energy Air 2021 event.

“Greatest Hits” will be available to stream from 15th October via Good Soldier / AllPoints.

COLDPLAY AND BTS PREMIERE MY UNIVERSE VIDEO

WATCH THE STUNNING DAVE MEYERS-DIRECTED CLIP NOW

Coldplay have premiered the out-of-this-world video for My Universe, their hit new collaboration with BTS.

Helmed by superstar director Dave Meyers – who also directed Coldplay’s Higher Power video – the My Universe clip is set in the distant galaxy of The Spheres where music is forbidden, but BTS, Coldplay and an alien supergroup called Supernova 7 unite via hologram to defy the ban…

My Universe is taken from Coldplay’s forthcoming album ‘Music Of The Spheres’, which arrives on October 15th.

Since its release on Friday, My Universe has already been streamed more than 100 million times and topped sales and airplay charts around the world.

DAVID BOWIE TO RELEASE ‘BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (92-01)’ BOXSET + ‘TOY’ – THE LEGENDARY UNRELEASED ALBUM

Parlophone Records/ISO Records are proud to announce two David Bowie landmarks: 26th November 2021 will see the release of DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001), the fifth in a series of box sets chronicling his career from 1969 to the 21st century. Then on 7th January 2022, the day before David’s birthday, TOY (TOY:BOX) will receive its long awaited official release, finally making the legendary previously unreleased album available in three CD / six 10” vinyl versions.

The latest in an award-winning and critically acclaimed series of box sets including DAVID BOWIE 1. FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973), DAVID BOWIE 2. WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974 – 1976), DAVID BOWIE 3. A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982) and DAVID BOWIE 4. LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988), DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) is an eleven CD box, eighteen-piece vinyl set and standard digital download box set. The collection is named after the Koto led instrumental penultimate track from the ‘hours…’ album. The box sets include newly remastered versions, with input from the original producers and collaborators, of some of Bowie’s most underrated and experimental material: BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE, THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA (available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 30 years), 1.OUTSIDEEARTHLING and ‘hours…’ along with the expanded live album BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON, JUNE 27, 2000, the non-album / alternative version / B-sides and soundtrack music compilation RE:CALL 5 and the legendary previously unreleased TOY.

TOY was recorded following David’s triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner, to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964-1971. David planned to record the album ‘old school’ with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the ‘surprise drop’ album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY, as the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new, which began with a handful of new songs from the same sessions and ultimately became the album HEATHEN, released in 2002 and now acknowledged as one of his finest moments. 

 
Now twenty years after its originally planned release, David’s co-producer Mark Plati says, “Toy is like a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy. It’s the sound of people happy to be playing music. David revisited and re-examined his work from decades prior through prisms of experience and fresh perspective – a parallel not lost on me as I now revisit it twenty years later. From time to time, he used to say ‘Mark, this is our album’ – I think because he knew I was so deeply in the trenches with him on that journey. I’m happy to finally be able to say it now belongs to all of us”.

Available in 3CD or 6×10” vinyl formats, TOY (TOY:BOX) is a special edition of the TOY album. The ‘capture the moment’ approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3.


The seeds of TOY were first sown in 1999 during the making of an episode of VH-1 Storytellers. David wanted to perform something from his pre-‘Space Oddity’ career, so he reached back to 1966 and dusted off  ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ for the first time in thirty years. The song remained in the setlist for the short promotional tour for the ‘hours…’ album, and in early 2000 David and producer Mark Plati compiled a list of some of Bowie’s earliest songs to re-record.

TOY finishes with a new song from which the album takes its title, ‘Toy (Your Turn To Drive)’ was constructed from a jam at the end of one of the live takes of ‘I Dig Everything’. The track is based around rearranged sections of Sterling Campbell’s drums, Gail Ann Dorsey’s bass and sections of Mike Garson’s piano were looped along with a guitar line of Earl Slick’s that was sampled, time stretched and used as a repeating figure. Lastly, some of Holly and Emm’s backing vocals from the body of ‘Dig Everything’ were cut up and reassembled. Producer Mark Plati “As it was culled from ‘I Dig Everything’ it makes sense to bookend the album with this track – it’s also a fitting postscript to the TOY era”.
 
Included in TOY:BOX is a second CD/set of 10”s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David’s debut single ‘Liza Jane’ and 1967’s ‘In The Heat Of The Morning’), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the ‘Tibet Version’ of ‘Silly Boy Blue’ recorded at The Looking Glass Studio time at the of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar.

The third CD/set of 10”s features ‘Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric’ mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati “While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards’ trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they’d be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they’d be useful. Once we put a couple of other elements in the pot, it felt like it could be a completely different record. I was only too happy to finish that thought some two decades after the fact”.

Exclusive to DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) box set are BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON, JUNE 27, 2000 and RE:CALL 5. The former was recorded two days after the famous Glastonbury performance in front of 500 lucky fans at the BBC’s art deco theatre in central London. Selections from the show were available as the third CD in a very limited 3CD edition of BOWIE AT THE BEEB in September 2000 but the full concert has never before been available on vinyl. RE:CALL 5 features 39 non-album / alternative version / b-sides and soundtrack songs over 3CDs and 4LPs.

 
The physical box set’s accompanying book, 84 pages in the CD box and 128 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Frank W. Ockenfels 3, Nick Knight, John Scarisbrick and Nina Schultz Terner and others, as well as memorabilia, technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati as well as a new an interview with THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA collaborator Erdal Kizilçay.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums where applicable, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. 

DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001)

LP Box Set:
84 Page hardback book 
Black Tie White Noise (remastered) (2LP)
The Buddha Of Suburbia (a very limited release on vinyl previously, remastered) (2LP)
1.Outside (remastered) (2LP)
Earthling (remastered) (3 sided – 2LP)
‘hours…’ (remastered) (1LP)
BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 (remastered and expanded 20 track version, previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
Toy (previously unreleased) (3 sided – 2LP)
Re:Call 5 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (4LP)*
 
* Exclusive to BRILLIANT ADVENTURE LP box


CD Box Set: 
128 Page hardback book 
Black Tie White Noise (remastered) (1CD)
The Buddha Of Suburbia (remastered) (1CD)
1.Outside (remastered) (1CD)
Earthling (remastered) (1CD)
‘hours…’ (remastered) (1CD)
BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27th, 2000 (remastered and expanded 20 track version) (2CD)*
Toy (previously unreleased) (1CD)
Re:Call 5 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3CD)*

*Exclusive to BRILLIANT ADVENTURE CD box 

DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE/ISO RECORDS 26th NOVEMBER

TOY RELEASED ON ISO RECORDS VIA PARLOPHONE 7th JANUARY 2022

DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) 
CD Tracklistings 

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BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE
The Wedding
You’ve Been Around    
I Feel Free
Black Tie White Noise (featuring Al B. Sure!)
Jump They Say  
Nite Flights 
Pallas Athena  
Miracle Goodnight  
Don’t Let Me Down & Down
Looking for Lester  
I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday
The Wedding Song
 
THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA
Buddha of Suburbia
Sex and the Church
South Horizon
The Mysteries
Bleed Like a Craze, Dad
Strangers When We Meet
Dead Against It
Untitled No. 1
Ian Fish, U.K. Heir
Buddha of Suburbia (featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar)

1.OUTSIDE
Leon Takes Us Outside
Outside
The Hearts Filthy Lesson  
A Small Plot of Land  
Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)” (segue)
Hallo Spaceboy
The Motel 
I Have Not Been to Oxford Town
No Control 
Algeria Touchshriek (segue)  
The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)
Ramona A. Stone/I Am with Name (segue)
Wishful Beginnings 
We Prick You 
Nathan Adler (segue)  
I’m Deranged 
Thru’ These Architects Eyes  
Nathan Adler (segue)  
Strangers When We Meet

EARTHLING
Little Wonder  
Looking for Satellites    
Battle for Britain (The Letter) 
Seven Years in Tibet  
Dead Man Walking 
Telling Lies 
The Last Thing You Should Do
I’m Afraid of Americans  
Law (Earthlings on Fire)

‘hours…’
Thursday’s Child 
Something in the Air  
Survive 
If I’m Dreaming My Life  
Seven 
What’s Really Happening?  
The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
New Angels of Promise
Brilliant Adventure 
The Dreamers

BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON, JUNE 27, 2000 2xCD
CD1
Wild Is the Wind
Ashes to Ashes
Seven
This Is Not America
Absolute Beginners
Always Crashing in the Same Car
Survive
The London Boys
I Dig Everything
Little Wonder

CD2
The Man Who Sold the World
Fame
Stay
Hallo Spaceboy
Cracked Actor
I’m Afraid of Americans
All the Young Dudes
Starman
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance

TOY
I Dig Everything 
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving 
The London Boys 
Karma Man 
Conversation Piece 
Shadow Man 
Let Me Sleep Beside You 
Hole In The Ground 
Baby Loves That Way 
Can’t Help Thinking About Me 
Silly Boy Blue 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 
 
RE:CALL 5 3xCD
CD1
Real Cool World (Sounds From The Cool World Soundtrack Version)
Jump They Say (7” version)
Lucy Can’t Dance
Black Tie White Noise (feat Al B. Sure!) (Radio Edit)
Don’t Let Me Down & Down (Indonesian Vocal Version) 
Buddha Of Suburbia (Single Version) (featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar)
The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Radio Edit)
Nothing To Be Desired
Strangers When We Meet (edit)
Get Real
The Man Who Sold The World (Live Eno Mix)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (Showgirls Soundtrack Version) 
Hallo Spaceboy (Remix)
I Am With Name (Alternative Version)
A Small Plot Of Land (Long Basquiat Soundtrack Version)

CD2
Little Wonder (Edit)
A Fleeting Moment (aka Severn Years In Tibet – Mandarin Version)
Dead Man Walking (Edit)
Seven Years In Tibet (Edit)
Planet Of Dreams – David Bowie and Gail Ann Dorsey
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 – Edit)
I Can’t Read (The Ice Storm Long Version)
A Foggy Day In London Town – David Bowie and Angelo Badalamenti
Fun (BowieNet Mix)
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Stigmata Soundtrack Version)
Thursday’s Child (Radio Edit)
We All Go Through
No One Calls

CD3
We Shall Go To Town
1917
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Edit)
Thursday’s Child (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
New Angels Of Promise (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
The Dreamers (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
Seven (Demo)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix)
Something In The Air (American Psycho Remix) 
Seven (Marius De Vries Mix)
Pictures Of Lily 
 


DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) 
LP Tracklistings 

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BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE 2xLP
Side 1
The Wedding
You’ve Been Around    
I Feel Free
 
Side 2
Black Tie White Noise (featuring Al B. Sure!)
Jump They Say  
Nite Flights

Side 3
Pallas Athena  
Miracle Goodnight  
Don’t Let Me Down & Down

Side 4
Looking for Lester  
I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday
The Wedding Song
 
THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA 2xLP
Side 1
Buddha of Suburbia
Sex and the Church
South Horizon

Side 2
The Mysteries
Bleed Like a Craze, Dad

Side 3
Strangers When We Meet
Dead Against It
Untitled No. 1

Side 4
Ian Fish, U.K. Heir
Buddha of Suburbia (featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar)

1.OUTSIDE 2xLP
Side 1
Leon Takes Us Outside
Outside
The Hearts Filthy Lesson  
A Small Plot of Land  

Side 2
Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)” (segue)
Hallo Spaceboy
The Motel 
I Have Not Been to Oxford Town

Side 3
No Control 
Algeria Touchshriek (segue)  
The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)
Ramona A. Stone/I Am with Name (segue)
Wishful Beginnings

Side 4
We Prick You 
Nathan Adler (segue)  
I’m Deranged 
Thru’ These Architects Eyes  
Nathan Adler (segue)  
Strangers When We Meet

EARTHLING 2xLP
Side 1
Little Wonder  
Looking for Satellites    
Battle for Britain (The Letter) 

Side 2
Seven Years in Tibet  
Dead Man Walking 
Telling Lies

Side 3
The Last Thing You Should Do
I’m Afraid of Americans  
Law (Earthlings on Fire)

Side 4 – etching

‘hours…’
Side 1
Thursday’s Child 
Something in the Air  
Survive 
If I’m Dreaming My Life  

Side 2
Seven 
What’s Really Happening?  
The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
New Angels of Promise
Brilliant Adventure 
The Dreamers

BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON, JUNE 27, 2000 3xLP
Side 1
Wild Is the Wind
Ashes to Ashes
Seven

Side 2
This Is Not America
Absolute Beginners
Always Crashing in the Same Car

Side 3
Survive
The London Boys
I Dig Everything
Little Wonder
 
Side 4
The Man Who Sold the World
Fame
Stay

Side 5
Hallo Spaceboy
Cracked Actor
I’m Afraid of Americans
All the Young Dudes

Side 6
Starman
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance
 
TOY 2 x LP
Side 1
I Dig Everything 
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving 
The London Boys 
Karma Man 

Side 2
Conversation Piece 
Shadow Man 
Let Me Sleep Beside You 
Hole In The Ground
 
Side 3 
Baby Loves That Way 
Can’t Help Thinking About Me 
Silly Boy Blue 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 
 
Side 4 – Etching

RE:CALL 5 4xLP
Side 1
Real Cool World (Sounds From The Cool World Soundtrack Version)
Jump They Say (7” version)
Lucy Can’t Dance
Black Tie White Noise (Radio Edit) (featuring Al B. Sure!)

Side 2
Don’t Let Me Down & Down (Indonesian Vocal Version) 
Buddha Of Suburbia (Single Version) (featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar)
The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Radio Edit)
Nothing To Be Desired
Strangers When We Meet (edit)
Get Real

Side 3
The Man Who Sold The World (Live Eno Mix)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (Showgirls Soundtrack Version) 
Hallo Spaceboy (Remix)
I Am With Name (Alternative Version)
A Small Plot Of Land (Long Basquiat Soundtrack Version)

Side 4
Little Wonder (Edit)
A Fleeting Moment (aka Severn Years In Tibet – Mandarin Version)
Dead Man Walking (Edit)
Seven Years In Tibet (Edit)
Planet Of Dreams – David Bowie and Gail Ann Dorsey

Side 5
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 – Edit)
I Can’t Read (The Ice Storm Long Version)
A Foggy Day In London Town – David Bowie and Angelo Badalamenti
Fun (Bowienet Mix)
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Stigmata Soundtrack Version)
 
Side 6
Thursday’s Child (Radio Edit)
We All Go Through
No One Calls
We Shall Go To Town
1917
 
Side 7
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Edit)
Thursday’s Child (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
New Angels Of Promise (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
The Dreamers (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
Seven (Demo)

Side 8
Survive (Marius De Vries mix)
Something In The Air (American Psycho Remix) 
Seven (Marius De Vries Mix)
Pictures Of Lily 
 
DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001)
RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE/ISO RECORDS 26th NOVEMBER, 2021


DAVID BOWIE – TOY (TOY:BOX) CD 
CD1 TOY

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I Dig Everything 
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving 
The London Boys 
Karma Man 
Conversation Piece 
Shadow Man 
Let Me Sleep Beside You 
Hole In The Ground 
Baby Loves That Way 
Can’t Help Thinking About Me 
Silly Boy Blue 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 

Produced by David Bowie & Mark Plati
Engineered by Pete Keppler
Mixed by Mark Plati Assisted by Hector Castillo, Steve Mazur, and Todd Parker
Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass & Alice’s Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000

CD 2 TOY- Alternatives & Extras


Liza Jane 
You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving (alternative mix) *
Baby Loves That Way (alternative mix) *
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (alternative mix) 
I Dig Everything (alternative mix) 
The London Boys (alternative version) 
Silly Boy Blue (Tibet version) 
Let Me Sleep Beside You (alternative mix) *
In The Heat Of The Morning 
Conversation Piece (alternative mix) *
Hole In The Ground (alternative mix) 
Shadow Man (alternative mix) * 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative mix) *

Produced by David Bowie & Mark Plati except ‘The London Boys’ additional production by Tony Visconti
‘Silly Boy Blue’ (Tibet version) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti
Engineered by Pete Keppler at Sear Sound, assisted by Todd Parker
Engineered by Mark Plati at Alice’s Restaurant
Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass & Alice’s Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000 
Except ‘Silly Boy Blue’ (Tibet version) recorded at The Looking Glass, 2001
Mixed by Tony Visconti, assisted by Darren S. Moore at the Manhattan Center, early 2001
Except ‘Liza Jane’ & ‘In The Heat Of The Morning’ mixed by Mark Plati, assisted by Hector Castillo at The Looking Glass.

*Previously released

CD 3 TOY – Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric


In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
I Dig Everything (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   
You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
The London Boys (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Karma Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   
Conversation Piece (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Shadow Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   

Produced by David Bowie & Mark Plati
Engineered by Pete Keppler
Mixed by Mark Plati, assisted by Hector Castillo, Steve Mazur & Todd Parker
Recorded at Sear Sound, The Looking Glass & Alice’s Restaurant in New York City, Summer 2000
 
All songs written by David Bowie except ‘Liza Jane’ written by Leslie Conn.

DAVID BOWIE – TOY (TOY:BOX) 10” VINYL BOXSET

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Side 1
I Dig Everything 
You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving 
The London Boys 

Side 2
Karma Man 
Conversation Piece 
Shadow Man 

10” no. 2
Side 3
Let Me Sleep Beside You 
Hole In The Ground 
Baby Loves That Way 

Side 4
Can’t Help Thinking About Me 
Silly Boy Blue 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 

10” no. 3
Side 5
Liza Jane 
You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving (alternative mix) 
Baby Loves That Way (alternative mix) 

Side 6
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (alternative mix) 
I Dig Everything (alternative mix) 
The London Boys (alternative version) 

10” no. 4
Side 7
Silly Boy Blue (Tibet version)  
Let Me Sleep Beside You(alternative mix)   
In The Heat Of The Morning 
Conversation Piece (alternative mix)   

Side 8
Hole In The Ground (alternative mix) 
Shadow Man (alternative mix) 
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative mix) 

10” no. 5
Side 9
In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   
I Dig Everything (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
You’ve Got A Habit of Leaving (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix) 

Side 10
The London Boys (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Karma Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Conversation Piece(Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   

10” no. 6
Side 11
Shadow Man (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix) 
Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   
Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  

Side 12
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)   
Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix)  
Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (Unplugged & somewhat slightly electric mix) 
 
TOY MUSICIANS:

David Bowie: lead & backing vocals, Korg Triton
Sterling Campbell: drums, claps
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass, clarinet, backing vocals
Mike Garson: piano, organ, synth, Fender Rhodes
Emm Gryner: backing vocals, clarinet
Holly Palmer: backing vocals, percussion
Mark Plati: acoustic & electric guitars, bass, Mellotron, backing vocals
Earl Slick: acoustic & electric guitars

Augmented by the following musicians on certain recordings:

Tony Visconti: bass, string arrangements
Lisa Germano: violin, accordion, mandolin, recorder, backing vocals
Gerry Leonard: electric guitar
Cuong Vu: trumpet 
Strings – The Scorchio Quartet
Moby – electric guitar
Philip Glass – piano


DAVID BOWIE 5. BRILLIANT ADVENTURE (1992 – 2001) RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE/ISO RECORDS 26th NOVEMBER

DAVID BOWIE TOY (TOY:BOX) RELEASED ON ISO RECORDS VIA PARLOPHONE 7th JANUARY 2022

BIFFY CLYRO ANNOUNCE SURPRISE NEW PROJECT

BIFFY CLYRO SURPRISE NEW PROJECT ‘THE MYTH OF THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 22ND

A HOMEGROWN PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS A REACTION TO ‘A CELEBRATION OF ENDINGS’ AND A RAPID EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THE TURMOIL OF THE PAST YEAR

FEATURING THE NEW TRACK ‘UNKNOWN MALE 01’ – AN EPIC AND REFLECTIVE SIX-MINUTE SONG

Biffy Clyro will release the surprise new project ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ on October 22nd. The record is a homegrown project that represents a reaction to their #1 album ‘A Celebration of Endings’ and a rapid emotional response to the turmoil of the past year. It is the ying to the yang of ‘A Celebration’, the other-side-of-a-coin, a before-and-after comparison: their early optimism of 2020 having been brought back to earth with a resounding thud. It’s the product of a strange and cruel time in our lives, but one that ultimately reinvigorated Biffy Clyro.

“This is a reaction to ‘A Celebration of Endings’,” says vocalist / guitarist Simon Neil. “This album is a real journey, a collision of every thought and emotion we’ve had over the past eighteen months. There was a real fortitude in ‘A Celebration’ but in this record we’re embracing the vulnerabilities of being a band and being a human in this twisted era of our lives. Even the title is the polar opposite. It’s asking, do we create these narratives in our own minds to give us some security when none of us know what’s waiting for us at the end of the day?”

Grounded by lockdown, Biffy Clyro recorded ‘The Myth’ in a completely different way to how they approached ‘A Celebrations’. Rather than spending months in Los Angeles, they traded one West Coast for another by recording for just six weeks in their rehearsal room (converted DIY style into a fully functional studio by rhythm section brothers James and Ben Johnston) in a farmhouse closer to their homes.

The trio went in with the intention of completing some unfinished songs from ‘A Celebration’, but instead ‘The Myth’ took over as it started to take shape late in 2020, with everything written and recorded within a ten-mile radius. Traditionally, 90% of Biffy songs have been written in Scotland before the band head to London or Los Angeles for recording, but this represented the first time they’ve ever recorded in their homeland. As Simon jokes, “It’s our first full-on tartan album!”

‘The Myth’ blends experimental flourishes with flashes of old school Biffy. ‘Existed’ is the moment that shaped the record an elegant expression of self-doubt that redefines the sonics of the band’s catalogue of vulnerable slowburners, while ‘DumDum’ is an even bigger departure, having been constructed primarily around soft synths sampled from Simon’s voice. And ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’ is just as audacious a closer as ‘Cop Syrup’ from ‘A Celebration’. It also represents one of a selection of “easter eggs” or “turns of phrase” that subtly complement and contrast the two records.

At the other extreme, devoted fans will connect with the feral anger of ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’, the arena-scaled drama of ‘Errors In The History of God’ and the sheer catchiness of ‘Witch’s Cup’.

‘The Myth’ has been launched alongside the new track ‘Unknown Male 01’. In six adventurous minutes, the band explore every facet they’re renowned for, taking in the unguarded emotion of its introduction, a skewed off-kilter breakdown, and a jagged, spiralling riff that builds towards a cataclysmic crescendo. The song reflects on friends who have taken their own lives.

“When you lose people that you love deeply and have been a big part of your life, it can make you question every single thing about your own life,” he says. “Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with dark thoughts. If you’re that way inclined you realise you’re staring at darkness, but you don’t want to succumb. Those moments don’t stop. As the song says, ‘The devil never leaves.’ There’s never a day where you wake up thinking, ‘I feel great, it won’t cross me ever again.’”

A recurring concept of the album is the power of personal convictions, which have taken on an almost religious fervour via the echo chambers of social media and news platforms. But that idea has the nuance to rise above contrasting sides of an argument, arguing that greater unity and open-mindedness is the only way forward. Elsewhere, it spans everything from gaslighting to the ultimate devotion of cults and the beautiful failure of a Japanese racehorse.

Pre-order the album at: http://store.biffyclyro.com

‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ is now available to pre-order, with ‘Unknown Male 01’ provided as an instant download. It will be released on CD and digital formats, as well as a limited edition red vinyl which is packaged with a must-have bonus CD for fans: full audio of the acclaimed livestream show that Biffy Clyro performed at Glasgow Barrowland in August 2020 to commemorate the release of ‘A Celebration of Endings’.

‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ tracklist:

  1. ‘DumDum’
  2. ‘A Hunger in Your Haunt’
  3. ‘Denier’
  4. ‘Separate Missions’
  5. ‘Witch’s Cup’
  6. ‘Holy Water’
  7. ‘Errors in the History of God’
  8. ‘Haru Urara’
  9. ‘Unknown Male 01’
  10. ‘Existed’
  11. ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’

After headlining Reading and Leeds last weekend, Biffy Clyro will also play further large-scale outdoor gigs this summer at Cardiff Bay and Glasgow Green, followed by the intimate ‘Fingers Crossed Tour’ in October/November. Plans for 2022 are also taking shape, with a huge Sunday night headline set at Download. Please see the band’s official website for a full list of shows and ticket information.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DESK OF CHARLI XCX…


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DESK OF CHARLI XCX…
 
I HAVE RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CALLED ‘GOOD ONES’ WITH A DEMONIC CO-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO MADE FOR THE ULTIMATE POPSTAR AKA: ME
 
LISTEN TO ‘GOOD ONES’ HERE

 
IF YOU DON’T – YOU’LL BE CURSED FOREVER.


Today, I, the inimitable Charli XCX, am releasing a brand new single ‘Good Ones’, accompanied by a twisted, dramatic and quite frankly electrifying music video.


 
The first single of my new chapter embraces all that my life has to offer in today’s world – fame, glamour, inner demons and global hits. ‘Good Ones’ was produced by Oscar Holter of Max Martin’s Wolf Cousins entity, and laments my inability to keep hold of healthy relationships, instead being endlessly drawn back to the dysfunctional and toxic.
 
Filmed in Mexico and co-directed by my new favorite director: Hannah Lux Davis, the ‘Good Ones’ video sees me dramatically mourning the untimely loss of my partner as I battle with the realisation that once again I’ve abandoned the goodness in my life, in favour of the sinister, with a visual aesthetic that marks a new era of me: Charli XCX.
 
I have announced 3 special sold-out how I’m feeling now shows:
 
September 27th @ Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles (haunted)
 
October 1st @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York (cursed)
 
October 24th @ Lafayette, London (portal to another dimension) …
 
Enter at your own risk…
 
This month, I launched my first standalone podcast ‘Charli XCX’s Best Song Ever’. I talk to friends and guests from around the world, to discover the songs that have been instrumental in shaping their lives. Everyone’s taste so far has been undeniable, and honestly I’m a brilliant interviewer… there’s really nothing I can’t do… maybe I’m possessed?
 
Listen to the podcast here.
 
As you already know, I am an iconic figure in the arts, and have helped expand the landscape of popular music over the last decade by seamlessly traversing the underground and the mainstream with my output.
 
My innovative approach has opened up new possibilities within the pop sphere for both myself and others. You’re welcome.
 
Follow me here.
 
Listen to ‘Good Ones’ here.
 
Watch the ‘Good Ones’ video here.
 

PINK FLOYD ‘A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON’ REMIXED & UPDATED RELEASED OCTOBER 29th

PINK FLOYD ‘A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON’ REMIXED & UPDATED

RELEASED OCTOBER 29th

THE CLASSIC ALBUM, REMIXED AND UPDATED AND IN ASTOUNDING 360 REALITY AUDIO

FEATURING LEARNING TO FLY, SORROW AND ON THE TURNING AWAY

Pre-order link here: https://PinkFloyd.lnk.to/AMomentaryLapse

Warner Music today announced that Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason – Remixed & Updated’, will be released on October 29th 2021.

Remixed and updated from the original 1987 master tapes for ‘The Later Years’ by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, the album will be available on Vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digitally with Stereo and 5.1 mixes. In addition, for the first time, the album will be presented in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial Sound technologies. ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ will also be released in Dolby Audio and UHD in addition to 360 Reality Audio, all of which will continue with other Pink Floyd releases.

The release of ‘The Later Years’ project in 2019 gave an opportunity for a fresh overview of theA Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album, originally released in 1987.  By returning to some of Richard Wright’s original keyboard takes, and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored a better creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

David Gilmour

“Some years after we had recorded the album, we came to the conclusion that we should update it to make it more timeless, featuring more of the traditional instruments that we liked and that we were more used to playing. This was something we thought it would benefit from. We also looked for and found some previously unused keyboard parts of Rick’s which helped us to come up with a new vibe, a new feeling for the album”.

David reflects on  originally recording the album: “Bob Ezrin had worked on ‘The Wall’ with us back in ’79 and on some solo albums with me. I learnt a lot from Bob and he’s a valuable person to have on board. We started working on pieces of music that I had been writing and, come Christmas, we knew it was going well. One day, I felt this ‘thing’ coming on me that became Sorrow. I wrote five verses one evening. They just flowed out from nowhere in one of those great serendipitous moments that you recognize later as having been very valuable…. I knew that we were on a good roll and that this thing was going to work.”

Nick Mason

“Initially it seemed a bit odd to start re-assembling a record after 35 odd years, but the public’s appetite for alternate views of the same work has undoubtedly increased immeasurably over time.

Inevitably the opportunity to revisit earlier work from a period where digital technology was the brave new world became increasingly interesting.

There’s little doubt of the advantages in being able to find new elements within the music, or more often uncovering elements that became overwhelmed with all that new science…I think there is an element of taking the album back in time and taking the opportunity to create a slightly more open sound – utilising some of the things we had learned from playing so much of the album live over two massive tours.

I enjoyed re-recording drum tracks with unlimited studio time. Momentary Lapse had been recorded under considerable stress and time constraints, and indeed some of the final mixing was done at the same time as rehearsals for the forthcoming tour.

It was also nice to have an opportunity to enhance some of Rick’s work. Again, that positive tidal wave of technology just might have provided too many digital opportunities to overwhelm the band feel. Hopefully, that’s one of the benefits of this remix!”

The remixed and updated ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album also features a new album cover using an alternative beds photo by Robert Dowling from the original album cover shoot directed by the late Storm Thorgerson. Echoing the iconic original sleeve the 2021 album artwork is designed and art directed by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/StormStudios.

Aubrey Powell explained, “I was looking to update the iconic five hundred beds picture my partner in Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson, had designed. On looking through the archives I discovered a version where the sea was encroaching on the set, just before Storm shut down the shot worried he would lose all the beds. I also wanted to make something more of the microlight. There were no shots of the plane in close up, so I hunted one down that was similar but white, and had Peter Curzon retouch the fuselage with the right colouring – red –  then strip the microlight into the picture in an upfront position. David Gilmour and Nick Mason gave their approval and, voila, a fresh approach to an original favourite”. 

The album will be available as single CD, CD +DVD set, CD + Blu-Ray set, 2x 180gm LP set, the latter cut at half-speed at 45rpm for enhanced sound quality, with pre-orders from 2 September.   A special  version of the video Learning To Fly will be available simultaneously with Sony 360RA immersive audio: if you watch the video on YouTube with headphones you experience simulated 360RA sound.

‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Audio and UHD versions will be available via multiple Digital Service Providers on 19 October. All physical formats will be available on 29 October.

GORILLAZ RELEASE A 3-TRACK E.P. CALLED ‘MEANWHILE’

NEW MUSIC 3-track EP ‘MEANWHILE’

Featuring AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman, Barrington Levy and Alicaì Harley

OUT NOW

https://gorill.az/meanwhile

Today sees the release of new music from Gorillaz: a 3-track EP titled Meanwhile celebrating Carnival and West London comprising tracks Déjà Vu ft. Alicaì Harley recorded live in London; the steel pan-infused Jimmy Jimmy ft. AJ Tracey; and title track Meanwhile ft Jelani Blackman with Barrington Levy.

LISTEN HERE. https://gorill.az/meanwhile

Gorillaz frontman 2D said “Meanwhile Gardens are just round the corner from Memory Lane. If you get to Crawley you’ve gone too far.”

Following Gorillaz’ triumphant return to the stage earlier this month, the band’s 20th anniversary party continues with Murdoc, Russel, Noodle and 2D today sharing a very special EP of all-new music. Meanwhile is a joyous homage to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, paused this year due to the pandemic, and West London, home to the band’s Kong Studios. The 2000 Carnival signalled the start of something big for Gorillaz with their first ever outing, a performance of ‘Clint Eastwood’ at the Middle Row Records soundsystem in Meanwhile Gardens, W10 alongside Sweetie Irie. This new EP of three tracks collectively titled Meanwhile in recognition of that special moment, is a celebration of the unique and inclusive spirit of Carnival andfeatures Ladbroke Grove’s AJ Tracey and Jelani Blackman, as well as Jamaica-born, London-based dancehall star Alicaì Harley.

Meanwhile EP Tracklisting:

  1. Meanwhile (ft. Jelani Blackman with Barrington Levy)
  2. Jimmy Jimmy (ft. AJ Tracey)
  3. Déjà Vu (ft. Alicaì Harley) Live from NW10

Gorillaz made an emotional return to the live stage earlier this month with two sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena. The performance on 10th August, to thank and recognise all NHS staff who continue to work tirelessly to keep us all safe, saw the band debut all three new tracks, with Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz live band joined onstage by AJ Tracey, Jelani Blackman and Alicaì Harley, bringing a roof-raising Carnival-esque atmosphere to the South London arena.

“…the two new songs… are an unmissable spectacle. In tribute to the Notting Hill roots of the band, the stage becomes a carnival, filled with flags and steel bands, while Jamaican singer Alicaì Harley parades the stage in a white fur hat so large, it might reverse global warming single-handed.” – The Independent, 4/5 stars

“… rising West London rapper Jelani Blackman… features on ‘Meanwhile’, a new song previewed tonight that capture the spirit of carnival the vibrant optimism of the steel band underpinning his confident bars.” – NME, 4/5 stars

“Two new songs… celebrated London’s carnival traditions, briefly transforming the arena into a Notting Hill side-street complete with soca rhythms, flags and air horns.” – Financial Times, 5/5 stars

SHARON CORR RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘FREEFALL’ TAKEN FROM HER UPCOMING ALBUM ‘THE FOOL & THE SCORPION

SHARON CORR RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘FREEFALL’

TAKEN FROM HER BRAND NEW ALBUM THE FOOL AND THE SCORPION

OUT 24TH SEPTEMBER + AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

Multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer songwriter Sharon Corr today releases the 2ND  single from her upcoming third studio album: listen to brand new single ‘FREEFALL HERE –  The album, of the same name, is out 24th September and is available to pre-order now.

The new track is a potent depiction of the end of a relationship; a brutally honest yet poetic reflection of life’s imperfections. Written on a plane amidst stormy turbulence, Sharon’s vocals blend beautifully with the rousing piano motif.

Speaking on the new single, Sharon said: I’m sitting in an airplane at the stand in Madrid airport bound for Montreux via Geneva. There’s a terrible storm, thunder and lightning, we cannot take off. I sit in my seat waiting, I am wretched. Torn from the events of the day before, the tears are piercing my skin like icicles. Again I am at one with the elements. Only this time my heart has been shattered into a million fractured pieces, never to return to who I was.

Also announced were details of Sharon’s third studio album, The Fool and the Scorpion,due to be released on 24th September. The album is available for pre-order now.

Driven by songwriting greats such as Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, Sharon drew from a period of time she calls “the biggest storm of her life” for the album’s inspiration. As a result, the record is a cohesive body of work; a journey which centres on the desire to push on, to have faith and belief in yourself and your purpose. The 10-track album was recorded live in just 20 days at The Village in LA, with Larry Klein (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell) on producing duties and Tim Pierce (Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez) on guitar. The album’s musicality highlights Sharon’s accomplishments as a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of songwriting behind her.

Sharon said: It is my intention that you enjoy listening to the fruits of The Fool and The Scorpion as an entire album. As Albert Camus said: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

Alongside her siblings, Sharon was awarded an MBE in recognition of The Corrs’ musical success and charitable work. The band also secured two GRAMMY nominations and won countless other awards, including Best International Group at the BRIT Awards. In 2019 Sharon was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in recognition of her contribution to education and culture.

As part of The Corrs, Sharon sold in excess of 45 million albums, toured arenas and stadiums across the globe and became a household name on every continent. With two solo albums under her belt, Sharon has enjoyed the freedom of total artistic expression with beautifully crafted melodies and intimate lyrics at the heart of her songwriting. The Fool and the Scorpion promises to be an example of her storytelling prowess as she invites the listener to share in her joy, her heartache, and everything in between.

The Fool and the Scorpion track listing

  1. The Fool and the Scorpion
  2. Freefall
  3. Lend Me Your Shoulder
  4. A Thousand Lives
  5. Under a Daylight Moon
  6. Running on Rooftops
  7. My Beautiful
  8. Tease Me
  9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  10. Only You

Ed Sheeran announces new album “=”

CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE ON 29th OCTOBER THROUGH ASYLUM RECORDS
PRE ORDER

DROPS NEW TRACK ‘VISITING HOURS’
TOGETHER WITH PERFORMANCE VIDEO

Ed Sheeran has announced details of his new album ‘=’ (Equals), confirmed for release on 29th October through Asylum Records (pre-order). To coincide with today’s album news, Ed has dropped his emotionally charged track ‘Visiting Hours’[that’ll feature on the album]alongside a performance video.

‘=’ – the fourth installment in Sheeran’s symbol album series – is Ed’s most accomplished work yet; the evolution of an artist who continues to tread new ground. A body of tracks that were made over a four-year period following his seminal ‘÷’ (Divide) album era, thematically, ‘=’ finds Ed taking stock of his life and the people in it as he explores the varying degrees of love (‘The Joker And The Queen’, ‘First Times’, ‘2step’), loss (‘Visiting Hours’), resilience (‘Can’t Stop The Rain’) and fatherhood (‘Sandman’, ‘Leave Your Life’), while also processing his reality and career (‘Tides’). Sonically, ‘=’ encapsulates Ed’s versatile musical palette, spanning signature, guitar-led tracks and world-class balladry to weightier, euphoric production moments, as first showcased on this summer’s emphatic comeback track, ‘Bad Habits’.

Embracing Ed’s own truths, ‘=’ seamlessly captures both the intimate and every day; elevating universal experiences to a higher plane as reflected by ‘Visiting Hours’ – a track that finds Ed coming to terms with the loss of his mentor and friend, Michael Gudinski, and written shortly after his passing: “I wish that heaven had visiting hours / So I can just swing by and ask your advice”. Performed for the first time at a tribute concert for Michael in March, the poignant track, which is joined by a stripped performance video (watch here), features backing vocals from Michael’s close friends, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.

Written and recorded across Suffolk, London, Sweden and LA, the album’s executive production comes from Ed Sheeran, FRED (No.6 Collaborations Project) and Johnny McDaid (Divide), with additional writing and/or production provided by Steve Mac, Joe Rubel, Amy Wadge, Foy Vance, Elvira Anderfjard, David Hodges, Andrew Watt, Lou Bell, Natalie Hemby and Ben Kweller. Sheeran’s brother, Matthew, a composer, also contributes stunning string arrangements on ‘First Times’ and ‘The Joker And The Queen’. The album artwork is a vivid collage of butterfly imagery symbolising the albums’ thread of ‘new life’ and is backdropped by one of Ed’s own abstract paintings.

Ed Sheeran commented – “= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

In June, Ed Sheeran released his 10th UK No.1 single, ‘Bad Habits’. Spending seven consecutive weeks at the top of the UK and Ireland’s Official Singles Chart and counting, it has since become the fastest track to reach half a million sales in the UK of the year so far (OCC). Looking ahead, on 2nd September, Sheeran will play an intimate fan show at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘+’.

‘=’ Official Tracklisting

1. Tides

2. Shivers

3. First Times

4. Bad Habits

5. Overpass Graffiti

6. The Joker And The Queen

7. Leave Your Life

8. Collide

9. 2step

10. Stop The Rain

11. Love In Slow Motion

12. Visiting Hours

13. Sandman

14. Be Right Now

About Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is an era-defining artist. Through his fusion of thought-provoking songwriting, universal pop and multi-genre influence, his rich tapestry is not only perfectly suited to his audience but it’s something that transcends generations.

Since surfacing on the UK circuit in 2010 with his ‘No.5 Collaborations Project’ – an eight-track EP featuring his favourite grime artists of the time – the Suffolk-raised recording artist has resonated with fans across the world through his peerless songcraft and versatility. And now, with four UK No.1 albums to his name – ‘+’ (2011), ‘x’ (2014), ‘÷’ (2017) and ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ (2019) – he has sold over 45 million albums and 150 million singles across the world.

Most notably, Ed’s 2017 blockbuster release, ‘÷’ (Divide), saw Ed reign supreme as one of the most in-demand pop stars on the planet – a feat he has continued to sustain ever since. Crowned as the fastest-selling album, ever, by a male artist in the UK, the chart-shattering album housed a swarm of singles including ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Shape of You’, with the latter becoming Spotify’s most-streamed song of all time.

But it’s not just his recorded music that’s seen the former Glastonbury headliner become one of the sought-after artists of the 21st century either. Possessing a mystical ability to turn 90,000 capacity venues into the pub back-rooms that he first started playing in, Ed made history in 2015 after becoming the first-ever artist to play Wembley Stadium solo – without a band and with just his guitar and loop pedal – over three, consecutive sold out nights. Move forward to the summer of 2019 and Ed would re-enter history books after the completion of his mammoth two-year Divide tour, officially becoming the most-attended tour of all time after it culminated with special homecoming shows in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Ed Sheeran – who was awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity in 2017 – is the proud recipient of 1 x IFPI Award (best-selling global artist of 2017); 4 x Grammys; 4 x Ivor Novello’s; 6 x BRIT Awards (including two consecutive wins for ‘Global Success’ in 2018 and 2019); 7 x Billboard Awards + more.

At the end of 2019, Sheeran was presented with the Official Chart Company’s first-ever ‘No.1 Artist of the Decade’ award following a host of accomplishments in his native UK including the most No.1’s across the UK’s Official Singles and Albums chart from the years 2010-2019.

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