This week is jam-packed with highly anticipated new releases. Beyoncé is back with ‘Renaissance’, the first instalment of a three-part project, Maggie Rogers has put out her sophomore album, as has King Princess, with the latter featuring the late Taylor Hawkins drumming on closing track Let Us Die. Head below for loads more new music.
Aces Hansel Jr. – ‘Songs From Croix-Noire’ (Madhouse Rag)
Amanda Shires – ‘Take It Like A Man’ (ATO Records)
Arroyo Low – ‘2020’ (Bodan Kuma)
Banks Arcade – ‘Future Lovers’ (UNFD)
Beach Rats – ‘Rat Beat’ (Epitaph Records)
Beyoncé – ‘Renaissance’ (Columbia)
BOX – ‘Cherry Blossoms at Night’ (Miserable Pyre of Secrets)
There is a lot on offer this week, but the name on everyone’s lips is Beyoncé. Not content with just starring in the new live action version of the Disney film The Lion King, the superstar vocalist has produced and curated an album separate from the official soundtrack that will pay tribute to the film while bringing together contemporary artists with important African artists.
In other news, Sum 41 have put out the follow up to 2016’s ’13 Voices’ and the Flaming Lips have given their Record Store Day album — featuring narration by Mick Jones of the Clash on almost every track — a full release. Head below for the rest of what’s on offer this week.
Above & Beyond – ‘Flow State’ (Anjunabeats)
Ada Lea – ‘What We Say In Private’ (Saddle Creek)
Beyoncé – ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia)
Einaudi – ‘Seven Days Walking – Day 5’ (Decca)
Freya Ridings – ‘ Freya Ridings’ (Good Soldier)
Grace Lightman – ‘Silver Eater’ (Handsome Dad)
The Flaming Lips – ‘The King’s Mouth’ (Bella Union)
IDER – ‘Emotional Education’ (Glassnote)
Scott Stapp – ‘The Space Between The Shadows’ (Napalm Records)
Shakespears Sister – ‘Singles Party (1988-2019)’ (London Records)
Shalamar – ‘Gold’ (Crimson)
Slaves – ‘The Velvet Ditch’ (EP) (Virgin EMI)
Sum 41 – ‘Order In Decline’ (Hopeless)
Willow – ‘Willow’ (MSFTSrep/Roc Nation via Republic Records distribution)
There’s plenty to keep you entertained over the bank holiday weekend! Beyoncé has dropped the ‘Homecoming’ live album, to accompany her new Netflix film of the same name, while Lizzo’s highly anticipated new record has finally dropped, and Loyle Carner’s sophomore LP is here.
Halsey has announced the final shows added to her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour, including a date at the Eventim Apollo in London where she’ll be joined by Alma and Raye on September 22. Tickets on general sale at 10am on March 29, priced £26.50 plus fees.
The symphonic metallers will be joined by Beast In Black at the SSE Arena, Wembley, Birmingham Arena and Manchester Arena in December, following up the recent release of their ‘Decades’ best of. The band also headline Bloodstock festival this summer. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 29.
Snow Patrol, James, the Vamps, UB40 featuring Ali Astro and Mickey, UB40, Jet, Miles Kane, Ocean Colour Scene, Tom Misch, Touché Amoré, As It Is, Mt. Desolation, the Overtones, Una Healy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ho99o9, Heart of a Coward, Fangclub, Julien Baker, Bill Murray Jan Vogler and Friends, Metz, Amanda Palmer, Girls Names, Eva Plays Dead, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Naked and Famous, Thunder, Sam Evian, Samantha Harvey, Saint Phnx, Fazerdaze, Poets of the Fall, Allman Brown, Neil Hilborn, Franc Moody, Natalie Merchant, Leon Bridges, Angie McMahon, Gerry Cinnamon, Molly Hatchet, Artificial Pleasure and more.
Beyoncé and Jay Z will launch their On The Run 2 Tour in the UK this summer. Beyoncé and Jay Z tickets are on sale now, prices start at £25.00 plus fees.
The couple will get the tour underway with massive shows at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on June 6, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 9 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 13 before two dates at London Stadium on June 15 and 16.
Following the UK dates, the tour will head to continental Europe before shows across North America, beginning in late July and running through to the start of October.
Beyonce Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows
Wed June 06 2018 – CARDIFF Principality Stadium (United Kingdom) Sat June 09 2018 – GLASGOW Hampden Park (United Kingdom) Wed June 13 2018 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium (United Kingdom) Fri June 15 2018 – LONDON Stadium Olympic Park (United Kingdom)
Sat June 16 2018 – LONDON Stadium Olympic Park (United Kingdom) Tue June 19 2018 – AMSTERDAM Arena (Netherlands) Wed June 20 2018 – AMSTERDAM Arena (Netherlands) Sat June 23 2018 – COPENHAGEN Parken Stadium (Denmark) Mon June 25 2018 – STOCKHOLM Friends Arena (Sweden) Thu June 28 2018 – BERLIN Olympiastadion (Germany) Sat June 30 2018 – WARSAW Stadion Narodowy (Poland) Tue July 03 2018 – COLOGNE RheinEnergieStadion (Germany) Fri July 06 2018 – MILAN San Siro (Italy) Sun July 08 2018 – ROME Stadio Olimpico (Italy) Wed July 11 2018 – BARCELONA Olympic Stadium (Spain) Sat July 14 2018 – PARIS Stade de France (France) Sun July 15 2018 – PARIS Stade de France (France) Tue July 17 2018 – NICE Allianz Riviera (France) Wed July 25 2018 – CLEVELAND Ohio – FirstEnergy Stadium (USA) Fri July 27 2018 – LANDOVER District of Columbia – FedEx Field (USA) Sat July 28 2018 – WASHINGTON District of Columbia – FedEx Field (USA) Mon July 30 2018 – PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania – Lincoln Financial Field (USA) Thu August 02 2018 – EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey – MetLife Stadium (USA) Fri August 03 2018 – EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey – MetLife Stadium (USA) Sun August 05 2018 – FOXBOROUGH Massachusetts – Gillette Stadium (USA) Wed August 08 2018 – MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota – US Bank Stadium (USA) Fri August 10 2018 – CHICAGO Illinois – Soldier Field (USA) Sat August 11 2018 – CHICAGO Illinois – Soldier Field (USA) Mon August 13 2018 – DETROIT Michigan – Ford Field (USA) Thu August 16 2018 – COLUMBUS Ohio – Ohio Stadium (USA) Sat August 18 2018 – BUFFALO New York – New Era Field (USA) Tue August 21 2018 – COLUMBIA South Carolina – Williams Brice Stadium (USA) Thu August 23 2018 – NASHVILLE Tennessee – Vanderbilt Stadium (USA) Sat August 25 2018 – ATLANTA Georgia – Mercedes Benz Stadium (USA) Sun August 26 2018 – ATLANTA Georgia – Mercedes Benz Stadium (USA) Wed August 29 2018 – ORLANDO Florida – Camping World Stadium (USA) Fri August 31 2018 – MIAMI Florida – Hard Rock Stadium (USA) Tue September 11 2018 – ARLINGTON Texas – AT&T Stadium (USA) Thu September 13 2018 – NEW ORLEANS Louisiana – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (USA) Sat September 15 2018 – HOUSTON Texas – NRG Stadium (USA) Wed September 19 2018 – PHOENIX Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium (USA) Sat September 22 2018 – PASADENA California – Rose Bowl (USA) Sun September 23 2018 – LOS ANGELES California – Rose Bowl (USA) Thu September 27 2018 – SAN DIEGO California – SDCCU Stadium (USA) Sat September 29 2018 – SANTA CLARA California – Levis Stadium (USA) Tue October 02 2018 – VANCOUVER British Columbia – BC Place (Canada) Thu October 04 2018 – SEATTLE Washington – Century Link Field (USA)
Beyoncé and Jay Z will launch their On The Run 2 Tour in the UK, with massive shows planned at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on June 6, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 9, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 13 and London Stadium on June 15. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 23, priced from £25.00 plus booking fees.
The Radiohead vocalist will perform with Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri at shows in the UK and across Europe in May and June, including stops at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 7, the Roundhouse in London on June 8 and Manchester’s Palace Theatre on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 23.
King Crimson, James, Somerset House Summer Series, Snow Patrol, Christine and the Queens, Plan B, Keifer Sutherland, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Animal Collective, Happy Mondays, Danzig, Employed To Serve, Protest the Hero and Norma Jean, the Used, Dopelord, Corrosion of Conformity, Palace Winter, Graham Nash, America, Carlos Vives, Hola! London, Colin Blunstone, Telepathy, Marmozets, William McCarthy, Wavves, Emp!re, Jake Quickenden, J.I.D and Earthgang, INK, Black Honey, Haux, Karine Polwart, the Cutkelvins, Gwenno, Lets Eat Grandma, Snail Mail, Mullally, Sam Amidon, Puma Blue, Andy Mineo, Iceage, WWE Live and more!
Merry Christmas everyone! Now, take a sip of that bucks fizz, pop on those new slippers you’ve been given and settle in for the top 10 of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart of 2016. With a year of relentless touring under his belt, following the release of ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ last December, Bruce Springsteen has taken the top spot from last year’s chart queen Adele, who this year is sitting pretty in second place. But not content with a year full of shows, being awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom last month and releasing his autobiography, Born To Run, in September, he will hit the road again with the E Street Band in 2017 for a run of Australian dates during January and February.
Amazingly Coldplay find themselves in exactly the same position they were in on last year’s chart, #3, though this time they are sharing the top five with cockney comedian Micky Flanagan and Canadian rapper Drake, whose fourth album, ‘Views’, reached #1 on the UK album chart this spring. Having announced the end of his retirement and live return earlier this year Phil Collins finds himself at #6 on the chart, followed by pop superstar Justin Bieber, who next summer will play three huge UK and Ireland shows.
Reunited rock legends Guns N Roses are at #8, having recently announced three UK shows as part of the European leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour. Following closely behind them are Take That, who will support their forthcoming new album, ‘Wonderland’, with a spring UK arena tour, which will include six nights at the O2 in London. Taking up the final space on the top 10 of the chart is Beyoncé, who led the recent Grammy nominations for her album ‘Lemonade’.
So, as the countdown of the year’s top 50 best-selling artists on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart draws to a close, if you missed them, check out Parts One, Two, Three and Four.
Jacob’s Albums of 2016 Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
For his third studio release, Sturgill ‘Future of Nashville’ Simpson has delivered a concept album of incredible poise with a lyrical cogency that elevates it beyond its country roots to something altogether more ambitious and emotionally versatile. ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’ is a series of life lessons to his newborn son, and yet never veers into cloying sentimentality, instead taking the listener on a journey over the high seas rich in humour, sensitivity and love. But the best thing about this record is the near-perfect arrangement and production, which utilises the the late Sharon Jones’ Dap Kings brass section to devastating effect. An actual modern classic. Chaleur Humaine – Christine and the Queens
It’s been a mega year for Héloïse Letissier, AKA electro-pop rising star Christine and the Queens. Her stunning debut album, ‘Chaleur Humaine’ is a record of intelligence, guile and delicacy, and rejoices in its synthetically swaggering electro stylings. Letissier is a performer capable of conveying Bowie-esque otherness through tightly choreographed performances, while her blend of Franglais confessional lyrics and electro grooves makes ‘Chaleur Humaine’ an album of fine emotional control. Rightly or wrongly, there is often an intellectual gap between performers who dance, and ones that play their instruments. ‘Chaleur Humaine’ bridges this gap with distinction, and makes it seem ridiculous. A Tribe Called Quest. We Got it from Here- Thank You 4 Your Service
In a year where musical heroes seemed to drop like flies, one name that may not have made the front pages in the UK was that of ATCQ founder-member and solid gold hip hop pioneer Phife Dawg who passed away in March at the age of 46. He managed to lay down the majority of his vocals for his band’s first release in 18 years – ‘We Got It from Here – Thank You 4 Your Service’ prior to his death. It’s an album shot through with the conscientious and erudite rhymes that made them one of hip hop’s most popular groups during their 80s and 90s heyday, and despite its complex and tragic creation, confidently demonstrates an aristocratic mastery of hip hop production. It’s a shame that Phife Dawg is not around to enjoy the acclaim the record deserves. Common – Black America Again
Though Common’s 11th studio album was recorded before the November 8 election of Donald Trump, its themes clearly recognise the deep rooted cultural challenges that persist in America. Little wonder; Common is wordsmith who has spent his career honing a distinctive style of syncopated jazz-rap that is heavily informed by politics, society and the artist’s own Christian faith. ‘Black America Again’ is a superb record of rootsy sample-led hip-hop cuts interlaced with complex lyrical stylings and elegant turntablism. He’s an artist who sometimes goes under the radar – especially in the UK – but who continues to be one of hip-hop’s most vital voices. Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and, like fellow rock leviathans U2 and Coldplay, The Rolling Stones know their format and are not changing it anytime soon. ‘Blue and Lonesome’ – the Stones’ first album in 11 years – was recorded over three days at British Grove Studios in West London, and is a collection of rough ‘n’ ready blues covers for the connoisseur. It won’t change anyone’s mind about The Rolling Stones, and they will continue to be treated with derision by hipsters universally, but this is their best album in years. Loud, obnoxious and they sound like they’re having fun.
Jacob’s Music Videos of 2016 Jamie xx – Gosh
Taken from Jamie xx’s ‘In Colour’, October saw the release of a new video from Greek-French director Romain Gavras, the London-based visionary behind promos for M.I.A.’s Bad Girls and Jay-Z & Kanye’s No Church in the Wild. The video is coming-of-age story set in Tianducheng – a Chinese city conceived as a recreation of Paris – and features an albino teen, Hassan Kone, who is worshipped by peroxided school kids. Completely unique, sinister and hyper-real, the promo marks out a director who has spent the past 10 years developing a visual language of gritty realism and high-impact physicality.
Beyoncé – Formation
During a year when ethnic divisions in Western societies have been radically realigned, Queen Bey has formalised herself as an essential spokesperson for many American minorities and women everywhere. Her video album, ‘Lemonade’ has managed to channel many of the hopes and fears of people of colour while the music promo to lead single Formation – directed by Melina Matsoukas – delivers a host of brilliantly executed set pieces. Flooded suburbs, abandoned swimming pools and grand French Quarter mansions play host to her oft-otherworldly ability to move.
Bonobo – Kerala
This alt-electro video features a terrified Gemma Arterton stumbling around a London suburb as a sequence of supernatural visions appear before her. Adopting a variety of glitchy video loops that have previously been used by the director Bison in his work for Jon Hopkins and London Grammar the promo is half-nauseating, half-instantly re-watchable. Furthermore, the visuals offer more hidden phenomena with every watch – from levitating rocks and chameleonic cars to vast, twisting buildings. See if you can spot them all. Coldplay – Up & Up
Hate Coldplay as much as you want, it only makes them try harder. The third single from their seventh studio album, ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ isn’t just the best music video they’ve ever produced – it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. Directed by two highly talented Israeli filmakers, Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the Grammy-nominated video features a host of impossible situations mixing space, time, scale, form and more. Stunningly imaginative, rich and resonant.
Grimes – Kill v. Maim
The visuals for Kill V. Maim are half Tank Girl, half Cameo’s Candy, and feature the singer – who co-directed the video with her brother Mac – in a series of increasingly kinetic cyber dystopias. Whether Grimes is hurtling through a fantastical cityscape in a pink convertible, doing battle in a grotty subway station or rocking out in a warehouse club, the world of the video is frenetic, hyper-real and psychedelic. She’s a unique talent, a proper artist.