This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, Sam Smith And Busta Rhymes

This week is chock-full of highly anticipated records. Ariana Grande has dropped the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Thank U, Next’ despite having only announced it two weeks ago, Sam Smith’s third record has arrived following delays due to COVID-19, and Busta Rhymes is back with the long-awaited sequel to 1998’s ‘Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front’.

Adam Hender – ‘Sick’ (3tone Records)

Amy Macdonald – ‘The Human Demands’ (Infectious/BMG)

Ariana Grande – ‘Positions’ (Republic/UMG)

Black Foxxes – ‘Black Foxxes’ (Search and Destroy/Spinefarm/Universal)

Black Stone Cherry – ‘The Human Condition’ (Mascot)

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’ EP (RCA)

Busta Rhymes – ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God’ (The Conglomerate Entertainment Inc./Empire)

Camelphat – ‘Dark Matter’ (RCA UK)

EELS – ‘Earth To Dora’ (E Works/[PIAS])

Elvis Costello – ‘Hey Clockface’ (Concord)

Goo Goo Dolls – ‘It’s Christmas All Over’ (Warner)

Meghan Trainor – ‘A Very Trainor Christmas’ (Epic)

M Huncho and Nafe Smallz – ‘DNA’ (HunchØzone)

Mr. Bungle – ‘The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo’ (Ipecac)

Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never’ (Warp)

Puscifer – ‘Existential Reckoning’ (Puscifer/Alchemy Recordings/BMG)

Salem – ‘Fires In Heaven’ (Salem/Decent Distribution)

Sam Smith – ‘Love Goes’ (Capitol)

Saves The Day and Senses Fail – ‘Through Being Ghoul’ EP (Equal Vision/Pure Noise)

Tobacco – ‘Hot, Wet & Sassy’ (Ghostly International)

Tom Morello – ‘Comandante’ EP (Tom Morello)

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Top Tickets This Week: The Specials, The Music, Beabadoobee, Nines, Amy MacDonald, Dead Can Dance and more

The Specials

The ska legends are set to tour the UK in 2021, kicking off the run in Swindon on August 31 before heading to Plymouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Hull, Blackpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and Doncaster. The trek also includes a hometown date at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and will culminate with two London shows at the Camden Roundhouse. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 10am on September 11.

In June, the band rescheduled their performances at Halifax’s Piece Hall and Dublin’s Trinity College to summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Music

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The Music are to reform for an outdoor show at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on May 28, joined by special guests the Cribs, the Coral, the Snuts, and the Skinner Brothers. Tickets for the one-off performance go on general sale at 10am on September 11, priced £49.50 including fees.

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The indie-pop artist has lined up a UK and Ireland tour for September 2021, with shows planned in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leicester, Bristol, Oxford, Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, where the 20-year-old will play the O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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The chart-topping London rapper has lined up shows in Dublin, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and London, where he’ll headline the O2 Academy Brixton, between April 29 and May 9. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 11.

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Amy MacDonald

The Scottish singer-songwriter has confirmed a performance at the London Roundhouse on May 6, as part of her spring 2021 European tour. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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Dead Can Dance

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Dead Can Dance will take over London’s Eventim Apollo on April 5 and 6, followed by two nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 8 and 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 11.

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Also announced this week:

Head here for a full list and to find your tickets. Check our rolling guide to cancelled and postponed events here.

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This Week’s New Releases: Björk And Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This week is all about one woman, Björk. The Icelandic artist has finally followed up 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and we, along with everyone else, couldn’t be happier.

You’ve also got a new record from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and plenty more to keep you busy below. Fill your boots!

Alexander Armstrong – ‘In A Winter Light’ (Rhino)

Almanac – ‘Kingslayer’ (Nuclear Blast)

Amy Macdonald – ‘Under Stars (Live In Berlin)’ (Virgin EMI)

Andre Rieu – ‘Amore’ (Decca)

BDY_PRTS – ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ (Aggrocat Records)

Björk – ‘Utopia’ (One Little Indian)

Bob Seger – ‘I Knew You When’ (Virgin EMI)

Daniel Alexander – ‘Unfree’ EP (Maison Ainsi)

Drahla – ‘Third Article’ EP (Blank Ad)

DRAM – ‘#1EpicHoliday’ EP

Elbow – ‘The Best Of (Deluxe)’ (Polydor)

Frank Turner – ‘Songbook’ (Polydor)

Matt Terry – ‘Trouble’ (Syco)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built The Moon?’ (Sour Mash Records)

Ramones – ‘Rocket To Russia (40th Anniversary Deluxe)’ (Rhino)

Saxon – ’10 Years Of Denim And Leather – Live 1990′ (Demon)

SECT – ‘No Cure For Death’ (Southern Lord Recordings)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Greatest Gift’ mixtape (Asthmatic Kitty)

Wilson Pickett – ‘The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection’ (Rhino)

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