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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This Week’s New Releases: Miranda Lambert, Jeff Goldblum, Krept & Konan

There’s a lot going on this week, with some records celebrating anniversaries and others looking back on prolific careers. We’ve also got Miranda Lambert putting out her seventh solo studio album, Jeff Goldblum releasing a record that finds him duetting with Anna Calvi and Sharon Van Etten, among others, and Krept & Konan have finally dropped the full-length follow-up to 2015’s ‘Long Way Home’.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – ‘The Undivided Five’ (Ninja Tune)

Alphabeat – ‘Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore’ (Warner Music)

Anavae – ’45’ (A Wolf At Your Door/Silva Screen)

Bang Bang Romeo – ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ (Five Seven Music)

Black Stone Cherry – ‘Black To Blues, Vol.2’ (Mascot Music)

Bob Dylan – ‘Travellin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15′ (Columbia)

Bradford Cox and Cate Le Bon – ‘Myths 004’ (Mexican Summer)

Cameron AG – ‘One By One’ (Is This It via The Orchard)

Cold War Kids – ‘New Age Norms 1’ (AWAL)

Counterparts – ‘Nothing Left To Love’ (Pure Noise)

Cup – ‘ Spinning Creature’ (Northern Spy)

The Damned – ‘Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology’ (BMG)

The Doors – ‘The Soft Parade (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ (Elektra/Rhino/Warner Music)

Fenella – ‘Fenella’ (Fire Records)

Gang Starr – ‘One Of The Best Yet’ (TTT/Gang Starr Enterprises)

Grace Cummings – ‘Refuge Cove’ (ATO)

Highly Suspect – ‘MCID’ (300 Ent.)

Hootie and the Blowfish – ‘Imperfect Circle’ (Capitol/UMG)

Itasca – ‘Spring’ (Paradise Of Bachelors)

Jeff Goldblum – ‘I Should’t Be Telling You This’ (Decca)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ (Columbia)

Krept and Konan – ‘Revenge Is Sweet’ (EMI)

Mariah Carey – ‘Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition)’ (Sony)

Marillion – ‘Afraid Of Sunlight (Deluxe)’ (Parlophone)

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’ (Polydor)

Miranda Lambert – ‘Wildcard’ (Sony)

Nirvana – ‘MTV Unplugged in New York (25th Anniversary)’ (Geffen)

Omni – ‘Networker’ (Sub Pop)

R.E.M. – ‘Monster (25th Anniversary)’ (Concord)

The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary)’ (ABKCO Records)

Russell Watson and Aled Jones – ‘Back In Harmony’ (BMG)

Stargazer Lilies – ‘Occabot’ (Rad Cult)

Sunset Sons – ”Blood Rush Déjà Vu’ (Bad Influence)

Turnover – ‘Altogether’ (Run For Cover)

Various Artists – ‘Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’ (Republic Records/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Vetiver – ‘Up On High’ (Loose/Candid World)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Ariana Grande, Keane, Muse, Madonna, Emeli Sandé, Travis Scott, The Chemical Brothers, Of Monsters And Men, Planet Earth II Live in Concert, The Rolling Stones Havana Moon and more

Ariana Grande

The pop superstar has added two new London dates to the UK leg of her Sweetener World Tour due to demand. Having released her album of the same name in 2018, Grande will return to the O2 Arena on October 15 and 16, following up shows at the venue in August. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14.

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Keane will return with new album ‘Cause and Effect’ plus accompanying tour dates this autumn, calling in Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Brighton, and London, where they’ll play the iconic Royal Albert Hall on September 28 and 29. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14.

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Muse have lined up further UK shows for September, calling at London’s O2 Arena on September 14 and 15, before performing at Arena Birmingham on September 17. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 14. The trio are touring behind their 2018 LP ‘Simulation Theory’.

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The Queen of Pop is set to headline 15 shows at the London Palladium between January 26 and February 15, 2020. A limited amount of general sale tickets are on sale now.

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Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé has announced her third album ‘Real Life’ plus accompanying UK tour, with the award-winning singer-songwriter confirmed shows during November and December, including a London show at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Tickets for the new tour go on general sale at 9am on June 14.

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Travis Scott

The hip hop superstar, who released ‘Astroworld’ last year, will take over the O2 Arena, London on July 16. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14.

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The Chemical Brothers

The British dance heavyweights have confirmed they’ll take over the O2 Arena, London on November 30 as part of their tour behind ‘No Geography’, which came out in April. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14.

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Of Monsters And Men

The Icelandic band will follow up the July 26 release of ‘Fever Dream’ with shows in Dublin, Belfast, Newcastle, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Manchester, and Nottingham between October 23 and November 2. They’ll also take the tour to Europe between November 4 and 23. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 14.

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Planet Earth II Live In Concert

Experience the award-winning BBC television series accompanied by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra next spring, with shows confirmed in Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow, and London, where there will be an evening and matinee show. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14.

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The Rolling Stones Havana Moon

The legendary band’s Havana Moon performance, which saw them play to 500,000 fans at a free outdoor gig in the Cuban capital in March 2016, will be projected onto supersize ultra high definition screens via cutting-edge cinematic technology and state-of-the-art soundsystems at 11 shows across the country this autumn. The immersive, multi-sensory event will also feature Cuban dancers, set designs that mimic the orginal production and concert lighting, allowing fans to experience the historic, record-breaking show almost as if they were there. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 14, priced from £35 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

GoldLink, BANKS, Girl Band, Danny Jones, Rivals Sons, the Futureheads, Chastity Belt, Mat Kearney, the Futureheads, Enter Shikari, Tiger Army, Annie Lennox, Wizkid, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Frank Skinner, Russell Howard, Common, the Bluetones, Deerhunter, Yak, Charly Bliss, Lianne La Havas, Du Blonde, Dermot Kennedy and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, AJ Tracey And Queen Zee

This week’s new releases list is almost as diverse as the crowd in the Star Wars cantina scene. Ariana Grande has promptly followed up 2018’s ‘Sweetener’, while West London rapper AJ Tracey has released his self-titled debut LP, as have the force of nature that is Liverpool’s Queen Zee.

Still want more? Fill those boots below.

AJ Tracey – ‘AJ Tracey’ (AJ Tracey)

Ariana Grande – ‘Thank U, Next’ (Republic Records)

Beast In Black – ‘From Hell With Love’ (Nuclear Blast)

Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

Cass McCombs – ‘Tip Of The Sphere’ (Anti-)

HEALTH – ‘Vol. 4: Slaves Of Fear’ (Concorde/Lorna Vista)

Jessica Pratt – ‘Quiet Signs’ (City Slang)

Jozeg Van Wissem & Jim Marmusch – ‘An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil’ (Sacred Bones)

The Lemonheads – ‘Varshons 2’ (Fire Records)

Mercury Rev – ‘Bobboe Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited’ (Bella Union)

Panda Bear – ‘Buoys’ (Domino)

Queen Zee – ‘Queen Zee’ (Sasstone)

Said The Whale – ‘Cascadia’ (Arts & Crafts/Caroline)

Wiz Khalifa and Currenc$y – ‘2009’ (Jet Life Recordings)

Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

YAK – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Stereophonics, Pete Tong and more

Ariana Grande will bring her Sweetner tour to the UK and Ireland in August and picking up again in September, while Shawn Mendes has announced that extra tickets for every night on his spring arena tour will be released this Friday. 

Stereophonics are the latest headliner to be announced for Lytham Festival and Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra have lined up outdoor summer dates at Sandown Park Racecourse and Newmarket Racecourse on July 31 and August 2 respectively as part of the Jockey Club Live series.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has announced she will bring her Sweetner tour to London and Dublin for two nights, Birmingham, Glasgow and Sheffield, beginning in August and picking up again in September. Tickets on sale at 10am on December 21, priced £45.00/£47.50 plus fees.

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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has announced that extra tickets for every night on his spring arena tour will be released at 10am on December 21. Extra tickets will be released for Mendes’ forthcoming UK and European shows including stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena for three nights.

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Stereophonics are the latest headliner to be announced for Lytham Festival. The Welsh rockers will top the bill on July 11, with tickets on general sale at 9am on December 21, priced £47.50 plus fees. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra

DJ Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra will bring Ibiza classics to Sandown Park Racecourse and Newmarket Racecourse on July 31 and August 2 respectively as part of the Jockey Club Live series. Tickets go on general sale at 8am on December 21, priced £42.50 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

Jess Glynne, Madness, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, The Good, The Bad and the Queen, Arctic Lake, Garbage, San Holo, Idles, Token, Altitudes and Attitude, Elles Bailey, Angie Stone, Hawkwind, Sarah Darling, John Cooper Clarke, Zak Abel, the Waterboys, Cute Is What We Aim For, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, RuPauls Drag Race, the Orb, Rick Astley and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, Death Cab For Cutie and Mitski

The pace has picked up significantly compared to the last few weeks and there’s a buttload of new records for your listening pleasure! Ariana Grande has dropped her fourth album, while Mitski has put out her fifth, and Death Cab For Cutie have followed up 2015’s ‘Kintsugi’ with ‘Thank You For Today. It’s the first full-length to see Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who’ve been members of their touring band for since 2015.

Animal Collective – ‘Tangerine Reef’ (Domino)

Ariana Grande – ‘Sweetener’ (Republic/Island)

Austin Lucas – ‘Immortal Americans’ (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Blue October – ‘I Hope You’re Happy’ (Mri/Red)

Bugzy Malone – ‘B. Inspired’ (B. Somebody)

Circles Around The Sun – ‘Let It Wander’ (Rhino)

Col3trane – ‘BOOT’ Mixtape (TaP Records/Geffen Records)

Conner Youngblood – ‘Cheyenne’ (Counter Records)

Cullen Omori – ‘The Diet’ (Sub Pop)

Curse Of Lono – ‘As I Fell’ (Submarine Cat)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Thank You For Today’ (Atlantic)

Dizzy – ‘Baby Teeth’ (Communion Group Ltd)

Example – ‘Bangers and Ballads’ Mixtape (AWAL)

Gabrielle – ‘Under My Skin’ (BMG)

Great Lake Swimmers – ‘The Waves, The Wake’ (Nettwerk Records)

John Butler Trio – ‘Home’ (Because)

Justin Hiltner and Jon Weisberger – ‘Watch It Burn’ (Robust Records)

Mitski – ‘Be The Cowboy’ (Dead Oceans)

Oh Sees – ‘Smote Reverser’ (Castle Face)

Papa M – ‘A Broke Moon Rises’ (Drag City)

Slaves – ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’ (Virgin EMI)

Stefflon Don – ‘Secure’ Mixtape (54 London)

Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (Wrecking Light Records)

Tom Baxter – ‘The Other Side Of Blue’ (The Orchard)

Trevor Powers – ‘Mulberry Violence’ (Baby Halo)

Yonaka – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ EP (Atlantic)

Yung Fume – ‘Too Much Wave 2’ EP (Payday Records)

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U2 Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For January

It’s a new year so we thought we’d give you a new chart. For the next few months we’ll be bringing you monthly instalments listing not just our top 20 best selling acts, but a whopping 40!

Kicking things off at #1 are Irish rockers U2, who have soared to the top spot with The Joshua Tree tourFollowing closely behind are  Little Mix who have lined up a Summer Shout Out tour and autumn Glory Days tour. Making up the rest of the top five is Drake , who is currently on the road in the UK for the Boy Meets World tour, Neil Diamond, who will bring his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Ireland in October and Bruno Mars, who will bring his 24K Magic World Tour to arenas around the UK and Ireland in April and May.

At the bottom of the chart we have The Stone RosesBonoboShawn MendesStrictly Come Dancing and Tory Lanez. Come back and see us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye.

1. U2
2. Little Mix
3. Drake
4. Neil Diamond
5. Bruno Mars
6. Coldplay
7. Adele
8. Micky Flanagan
9. The Killers
10. Robbie Williams
11. Guns N’Roses
12. The Weeknd
13. Phil Collins
14. Black Sabbath
15. Kings of Leon
16. Green Day
17. Olly Murs
18. Depeche Mode
19. Jack Whitehall
20. James Arthur
21. The xx
22. Run The Jewels
23. Elbow
24. Two Door Cinema Club
25. Bryan Adams
26. James Blunt
27. The Chainsmokers
28. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
29. The Tenderloins
30. Evanescence
31. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
32. Ariana Grande
33. Paul Weller
34. Jeff Lynne’s ELO
35. The Kooks
36. Tory Lanez
37. Strictly Come Dancing
38. Shawn Mendes
39. Bonobo
40.The Stone Roses

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 40?

1. Lady Gaga

2. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

3. The Cribs

4. The Cranberries

5. Little Big Town

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Staff Picks: Milly McMahon

The sexiest tracks of the year…

Into You – Ariana Grande

Certifiably the most delectable woman ruling 2016.  Earlier this year Ariana unleashed her own fuchsia flavoured take on a musical utopia with Into You. Writhing in her regular, sultry style throughout the track’s motel/roadtrip music video, this damn sexy anthem looks as good as it sounds. Ariana’s ability to innocently suggest the most adult of activities whilst wearing a ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ expression monetises with mad earning prowess. Sensational, mesmeric, talented and effortlessly adorable, there simply aren’t enough adjectives on offer.

Starboy – The Weekend

Google Starboy x Victoria Secret. The next four minutes unravel with mesmeric intrigue, themed to a succession of the world’s most beautiful women strutting down a runway to the soft soundtrack of The Weekend. Collabing with epic French electro duo Daft Punk this fidgety, flickering lullaby is sensationally smooth in sentiment and polished in production. The track explores the pitfalls of revelry and hedonism exaggerated by ego, vanity and excess. Check out Kygo’s remix too.

Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles feat. Gucci Mane

Previously Rae Sremmurd was the kinda cute Atlanta wannabe act that had people interested but not invested. Cue the release of Black Beatles. A perfect combination of the seedy and the sexy, Rae’s Black Beatles video features a front of fine women getting turnt with the trap duo. Produced by Mike Will Made It, the winding, smokey single landed the number one spot in the US. The music moves with a feline elegance in its understatement and originality.

Rihanna – Needed Me

Sex personified, no one oozes sensual superiority quite like Rihanna. Coming together with filmmaker Harmony Korine to present a visual representation of her killer track Needed Me, some brutally hot, brilliance came to life through the pairing.  Bassy and badass, lust grinds out from the backing instrumentals, complemented with finesse by Rihanna’s purred, sultry lyrics asserting feminine power and domination. Women everywhere making the New Year’s resolution to stay away from THAT guy, add this sass to your power moves playlist.

Giggs – Of Course

Grime owned its own moment in 2016. Propelled from the periphery to mainstream, Giggs, Skepta and Stomzy finally garnered the respect they so readily deserved. Taken from Giggs’  most ambitious album to date, ‘Landlord’, Of Course speaks with lustful assurance about the rapper’s uncontrived ability to pursue a woman who he desires and admires.  Of Course is sexy in its ability to feel intimate, vulnerable and sensitive. Sensual in character and bold in delivery this track represents everything we seek from one another in the early stages of first attraction.

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