Paloma Faith – one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – will release her long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Architect’, on November 17 via RCA Records.
The new album – her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child – features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators including: Sia, John Legend, Jesse Shatkin, TMS, Starsmith, Tobias Jesso Jr., Eg White, Rag'n'Bone Man, actor Samuel L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones.
Paloma, who won the BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the phenomenal success of her last record, 2014’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, explores both personal and political themes on the album.
Whilst the music is classic Paloma – with sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop all featured on the album – the lyrics raise social and political questions, and cover powerful and topical themes, such as motherhood, social anxiety, wealth inequality, technology’s impact on feelings of alienation…. oh and also the future of the Western world, Donald Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis – all within the confines of classic pop.
A deluxe version of the album will include four bonus tracks -
16. Power to the Peaceful
17. Tonight’s Not the Only Night
18. My Body
19. Price of Fame
Title track ‘The Architect’ features - if you can imagine it – Paloma as Mother Nature, singing to humanity, while ‘Guilty’ reflects on the Brexit vote from the perspective of a Leave voter who regrets their choice. Lead single ‘Crybaby’ ponders whether war would cease to exist if men successfully dealt with their emotions, and ‘Lost and Lonely’ is sung from the viewpoint of a skeleton!
The album also includes the track ‘Warrior’ written by Sia, which Paloma interprets to be about the refugee crisis, a duet with John Legend, ‘I’ll Be Gentle’, and two spoken word interludes – album opener ‘Evolution’ which is performed by acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson and ‘Politics of Hope’ which is a political commentary by Owen Jones. String arrangements on ‘The Architect’, ‘Warrior’ and ‘I’ll Be Gentle’ were written by David Arnold, the celebrated film and TV composer best known for his work on James Bond and Sherlock.
Paloma said: “‘The Architect’ is a social observation record. I was adamant that I wouldn’t write about love. I wanted to look outside of myself. I’m coming at politics from the perspective of the common man or woman, observing why people are suffering. Each song on the record is about a different pocket of the socio-political world that I’ve been delving into.”
She added: “I wanted to write something more modern. On previous albums I’ve been more concerned with the past, but now I’m looking forward because of motherhood and wanting to change things for a better future. It’s a marriage of old and new.”
Today Paloma releases the video for first single, ‘Crybaby’ – watch here. The dystopian video, which is directed by Thomas James and was shot in Ukraine, opens with footage of IVF, a newborn baby and a young girl, before a man addresses a group of uniformed young people, including the girl, in a human factory. He gives a speech about qualities such as emotion, empathy and feeling, which he says are “for the weak, for those we leave behind, for those that we remove from the crop.” The rest of video features Paloma as one of the people in the institution as she encounters the brutal training of the people imprisoned.
‘The Architect’ follows the huge success of Paloma’s last album, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, which spent 29 weeks in the Top 10 Albums Chart, 66 weeks in the Top 40, and 100 weeks in the Top 200. The epic lead single from the record, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’, is Paloma’s biggest-selling to date, with over half a million copies sold and 55 million streams on Spotify.
Pre-order the ‘The Architect’ here and here
Paloma will embark on a UK arena tour next year, entertaining huge crowds across the UK and Ireland playing shows at venues including the Manchester Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena. Tickets for The Architect tour 2018 go on sale on September 29 at 9am via gigsandtours.com
Full UK arena tour dates below:
March 2 First Direct Arena, Leeds
March 3 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
March 5 BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
March 6 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
March 8 Manchester Arena, Manchester
March 9 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
March 11 BIC, Bournemouth
March 12 Brighton Centre, Brighton
March 14 O2 Arena, London
March 17 Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff
March 20 Echo Arena, Liverpool
March 21 Genting Arena, Birmingham
March 23 The SSE Arena, Belfast
March 24 3Arena, Dublin
Rag'n'Bone Man has released the video for his new single 'Skin'. You can watch the video here.
Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Rory Graham, releases his new single Skin, out now on Best Laid Plans / Columbia Records. Taken from his debut album Human which was released on February 10 to mass critical acclaim, the album was immediately certified gold and swiftly certified platinum just 3 weeks later having spent 2 consecutive weeks at the number 1 spot in the UK charts.
The phenomenal success of Human has resonated around the globe on an equally outstanding scale, with the album surpassing an amazing 1 million sales worldwide and hitting the number 1 spot on iTunes in over 30 countries. A hugely successful recent trip to the US saw Rory make his second US TV performance (following a recent appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and play a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Rory also made his SXSW debut last week where he played a plethora of packed shows across Austin, Texas.
Having won two BRIT Awards - making Rory the first BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner to win Best British Breakthrough Act in the same year - Rory is now back on the road performing and doing what he loves best. Currently on tour playing sold out shows across Europe, Rory arrives back in the UK from April 18 onwards where he will play a series of further sold out dates, including two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. His summer festival schedule is also booking up fast where he’ll perform at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, Wildlife, Parklife, Live At Leeds, Isle Of Wight, TRNSMT, Bestival, plus many more.
Following appearances on Later with Jools Holland (where he featured on two separate shows) and The Graham Norton Show, Rory will perform his new single Skin on Comic Relief tonight on BBC 1. The debut album Human from Rag’n’Bone Man has now sold an incredible 360K copies in the UK alone.
He heads out on tour this month, visiting cities across the UK. Dates below:
18-Apr-17 Bristol O2 Academy
19-Apr-17 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
20-Apr-17 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
22-Apr-17 Manchester O2 Ritz
23-Apr-17 Glasgow O2 ABC
24-Apr-17 Birmingham O2 Institute
Global electronic soul funk sensation, Jamiroquai, announce a string of international headline festival dates. Guaranteed to be this summer's most sought after events, these new dates are the band's first headline dates in over six years and follow on the band's last album 'Rock Dust Star Light' in 2010.Founded in 1992 by front man Jay Kay, the pioneers of "future funk" have taken the world by storm, establishing themselves as one of the most successful acts on the planet. Since the release of their debut album 'Emergency on Planet Earth' in 1993, Jamiroquai have completed reinvigorated modern pop music while also paving the way as chief influencers of some of today's most exciting artists. With famous fans including the likes of Chance the Rapper, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman, Stevie Wonder & The Internet, Jamiroquai have consistently proven themselves as one of the globe's most revered and unifying musical innovators of our time.
With over seven albums reaching the UK Top 10 (and three reaching #1), the Grammy Award winning, Brits-nominated band have sold over 26m albums worldwide and hold the Guinness Book of World Records record for best-selling funk album of all time.
JAMIROQUAI 2017 FESTIVAL DATES
Thursday 25th May Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Sunday 28th May Seoul Jazz Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday 17th June Release Athens Festival, Athens, Greece
Sunday 9th July North Sea Jazz, Rotherdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 11th July Firenze Summer Festival, Visarno Arena, Florence, Italy
Friday 14th July Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Sunday 16th July Musilac, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Tuesday 18th July Moon & Stars, Locarno, Switzerland
Saturday 22nd July Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Saturday 5th August Sudoeste, Portugal
For information on tickets, please visit www.jamiroquai.com
Newly crowned BBC Music’s Introducing Artist of the Year, Izzy Bizu announces single 'Talking To You'
Newly crowned as BBC Music’s Introducing Artist of the Year, Izzy Bizu has released brand new single ‘Talking To You’. Take a listen here.
The BBC Music Award win rounds off a huge year for the 22 year-old South Londoner who released her debut album in September, was nominated for and played the MOBO Awards, recorded the theme tune for the Euro 2016 Championships, performed at multiple festivals across the summer and has only recently returned from an 8 date tour of the US as part of the BBC Presents Tour with Spring King and Sundara Karma.
Izzy perform lived on BBC One tonight as part of the Music Awards, following in the steps of past winners including Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jack Garratt.
She has also announced two headline shows for 2017:
Tuesday, 14th February - Manchester, Club Academy
Wednesday, 15th February - London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Stream / Buy A Moment Of Madness including ‘Talking To You’
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/IzzyAMOMAM
Emeli Sandé to livestream first UK concert in support of 'Long Live The Angels' exclusively via TIDAL
Following the release of her long awaited second studio album, Long Live The Angels, TIDAL will exclusively livestream Emeli Sandé’s first U.K. concert in support of the release of her album on Tuesday 15th November at 9:00 PM GMT. The livestream will be available for replay as well, so fans worldwide can tune in at their convenience.
TIDAL members can watch “TIDAL X Emeli Sandé from London” live at TIDAL.com/EmeliSande and will find it available on replay thereafter.
Non-members can view a 1-minute preview of the performance and sign up for a complimentary trial HERE.
TIDAL’s commitment to connecting fans with their favourite musicians has spanned dozens of livestreams, thousands of ticket giveaways, and an extensive array of exclusive content – including: TIDAL X 1015, a star studded benefit concert; TIDAL X livestreams from Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Bon Jovi and more; exclusive albums such as Beyoncé’s LEMONADE, Rihanna’s ANTI and Usher’s Hard II Love; unique content including Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated documentary series, Rick Ross’ album annotations and more!
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