This Week’s New Releases: First Aid Kit, The Pretty Reckless And Special Interest

Things have ramped up again this week, with more new releases than you can shake a stick at. First Aid Kit have released album number five, The Pretty Reckless have followed up 2021’s ‘Death by Rock and Roll’, and New Orleans no-wave punks Special Interest have put out their fourth LP.

Not your bag? There’s plenty more to tickle your fancy below.

Alan Leach – ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Thought I Knew Then’ (alanleachmusic)

Barbra Streisand – ‘Live At The Bon Soir’ (Columbia)

Billy Joel – ‘Live At Yankee Stadium’ (Columbia)

Black Sabbath – ‘Heaven and Hell – Deluxe’ (BMG)

Bleach Lab – ‘If You Only Feel It Once’ EP (Nettwerk)

The Blue Stones – ‘Pretty Monster’ (MNRK)

Connie Constance – ‘Miss Power’ (Play It Again Sam)

Crawlers – ‘Loud With Noise’ EP (Polydor)

Daniel Avery – ‘Ultra Truth’ (Phantasy Sound)

Daniel O’Donnell – ‘I Wish You Well’ (DOD)

Dayseeker – ‘Dark Sun’ (Spinefarm)

Dean Fertita – ‘Tropical Gothclub’ (Third Man)

Dean Lewis – ‘The Hardest Love’ (Island)

Devin Townsend – ‘Lightwork’ (Inside Out)

Donna Summer – ‘Donna Summer: 40th Anniversary’ (Crimson)

Drake and 21 Savage – ‘Her Loss’ (OVO/Republic/UMG)

Etta Marcus – ‘Heart-Shaped Bruise’ EP (Polydor)

First Aid Kit – ‘Palomino’ (Columbia)

Jake Miller – ‘Based On A True Story II’ (Empire)

John Mellencamp – ‘Scarecrow – Deluxe 2022 Mix’ (Mercury)

JOJI – ‘Smithereens’ (88rising/Warner)

JES – ‘Memento’ (Magik Muzik)

Last Dinosaurs – ‘From Mexico With Love’ (Nettwerk)

The Lone Below – ‘Love Songs For Losers’ (Dualtone)

Luke Evans – ‘A Song For You’ (BMG)

Madeline Edwards – ‘Crashlanded’ (Warner)

Mormor – ‘Semblance’ (Don’t Guess)

Personal Trainer – ‘Big Love Blanket’ (The Industry)

Phoenix – ‘Alpha Zulu’ (Glassnote)

PJ Harvey – ‘B-Sides, Demos & Rarities’ (Island)

The Police – ‘Ghost In The Machine (Alternate Sequence)’ (Polydor)

The Pretty Reckless – ‘Other Worlds’ (Century Media)

Russell Dickerson – ‘Russell Dickerson’ (Triple Tigers)

Seal – ‘Seal – Deluxe’ (Warner)

Slowly Slowly – ‘Daisy Chain’ (UNFD)

Special Interest – ‘Endure’ (Rough Trade)

Spice Girls – ‘Spiceworld – 25th Anniversary’ (UMC/Virgin)

Turnover – ‘Myself In The Way’ (Run For Cover)

“Weird Al” Yankovic – ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Original Soundtrack)’ (Ear Booker Music/Roku Inc/Sony)

The Welcome Wagon – ‘Esther’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

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This Week’s New Releases: Drake, Car Seat Headrest And JoJo

There are some big hitters dropping new music this week! Drake surprised everyone with the star-studded ‘Dark Demo Tapes’, Car Seat Headrest have put out the highly anticpated follow-up to 2016’s ‘Teens Of Denial’, and JoJo is back with ‘Good To Know’.

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

Amyl and the Sniffers – ‘Live At The Croxton’ (Rough Trade)

Austra – ‘Hirudin’ (Domino)

Ben Lukas Boysen – ‘Mirage’ (Erased Tapes)

Boat – ‘Tread Lightly’ (Magic Marker Records)

Boston Manor – ‘Glue’ (Pure Noise Records)

Caleb Landry Jones – ‘The Mother Stone’ (Sacred Bones)

Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making A Door Less Open’ (Matador Records)

Curtis Stigers – ‘Gentleman’ (Emarcy)

Damien Jurado – ‘What’s New, Tomboy?’ (Mama Bird)

Devon Williams – ‘Tear In The Fabric’ (Slumberland Records)

Diet Cig – ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ (Frenchkiss Records)

Drake – ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ (OVO)

Dudley Simpson – ‘Doctor Who – The Sun Makers’ (Silva Screen Records)

Ghostpoet – ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ (Play It Again Sam)

Gold Key – ‘Panic Machine’ (Venn Records)

Hala – ‘Red Herring’ (Cinematic Music Group)

Happyness – ‘Floatr’ (Infinit Suds)

Houses Of Heaven – ‘Silent Places’ (Felte)

Joan As Policewoman – ‘Cover Two’ (Sweet Police)

JoJo – ‘Good To Know’ (Warner Records)

liar, flower (Katiejane Garside) – ‘geiger counter’ (One Little Indian)

Man Man – ‘Dream Hunting In The Valley Of The In-Between’ (Sub Pop)

Mark Kingswood – ‘Brave Enough’ (21K Productions)

Ride – ‘Clouds In The Mirror (This Is Not A Safe Place Reimagined By Petr Aleksänder)’ (Wichita Recordings)

The The – ‘See Without Being Seen’ (Cineola)

Vader – Solitude In Madness’ (Nuclear Blast)

Yxng Bane – ‘Quarantime: The Lost Files’ (Disturbing London Records)

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Tour Of The Week: Drake Announces UK And European Assassination Vacation Tour

Drake has sent fans into a frenzy of excitement after confirming UK and European dates for his Assassination Vacation Tour. Drake tickets are on sale now, priced from £45.00 plus booking fees.

Announcing the news on social media, the Canadian rapper revealed his plans to play Manchester Arena for two nights, Dublin’s 3Arena and Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena for three, before finishing up the UK and Ireland leg with seven, yes SEVEN, shows at London’s O2 Arena between April 1 and 11. He’ll also bring the tour to the continent, calling in Paris in March and Antwerp and Amsterdam in April.

Drake is touring following the release of his 2018 epic double-album, ‘Scorpion’, with the new dates marking the first time Drake has brought his live show to the UK for a number of years. Support will come from fellow Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, with an opening sound set by BBC Radio 1 DJ Tiffany Calver.

Drake Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun March 10 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena 
Mon March 11 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena
Tue March 19 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Thu March 21 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Fri March 22 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Tue March 26 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
Wed March 27 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
Thu March 28 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
Mon April 01 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tue April 02 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Thu April 04 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Fri April 05 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Mon April 08 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tue April 09 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Thu April 11 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Drake, Gods Of Rap Feat. Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul, James Morrison, Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, Maren Morris, John Barrowman and more

Big news this week as Canadian rapper Drake announces spring UK and European dates for The Assassination Vacation Tour, while Wu-Tang Clan will be joined by Public Enemy and De La Soul for three UK arena shows on the first ever Gods Of Rap UK tour this May. American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has confirmed summer dates in Manchester and Glasgow ahead of her huge date at London’s Wembley Stadium supporting Eagles and Texas-born rising country star Maren Morris will bring her Girl The World Tour to the UK and Europe this spring. Legendary Welsh vocalist Tom Jones has lined up open air summer shows in Bristol, Colchester and Dundee and James Morrison announces his return with news of a new LP, ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’, plus accompanying tour dates in spring.


The Canadian rapper, who last year released ‘Scorpion’, will bring The Assassination Vacation Tour to Manchester for two nights and Dublin and Birmingham for three, before finishing up the UK and Ireland leg with six shows at London’s O2 Arena between April 1 and 9. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 25, priced from £45.00 plus booking fees.

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Gods Of Rap Feat. Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul

Hugely influential rap groups Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul will come together at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London on May 10, Manchester Arena the following day and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on May 12 on on the first ever Gods Of Rap UK tour this May. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 25, priced £45.00 plus fees.

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James Morrison

The British singer-songwriter will put out ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ through Stanley Park Records on March 8, followed by his first full UK tour in three years, which includes a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on March 27. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 25, priced £28.50/£29.50 plus booking fees.

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Tom Jones

The legendary Welsh vocalist and The Voice UK coach will perform at Bristol County Ground, Colchester Castle Park and Dundee’s Slessor Gardens in July. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 25. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Sheryl Crow

The American singer-songwriter will headline Manchester’s Lowry Lyric Theatre on June 25 and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall the next day, prior to her date supporting Eagles at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 4. Tickets go on sale at 10am on January 25, priced from £35.00 plus booking fee.

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Ryan Adams

The singer-songwriter, who will release ‘Big Colors’ in April, will return to the UK and Ireland towards the end of March, with shows lined up in Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Cambridge and London, where he’ll perform at the iconic Royal Albert Hall on April 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 25, priced £29.50/£37.50 plus fees.

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Maren Morris

The Texas-born country singer-songwriter has lined up dates across North America, Europe, Australia and the UK, where she’ll call in Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and London for her first ever performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall on May 31. Tickets go on sale at 10am on January 25.

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Also announced this week:

Foals, Isle of Wight Festival featuring Noel Gallagher, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro, Bananarama, John Barrowman, Sarah Brightman, Michael Palin, Saxon, Madness,  Matthew and the Atlas, Walking on Cars, DMA’s, Mahalia, Ms Lauryn Hill, South West Four festival feat. Martin Garrix and the Prodigy, Jack Savoretti, Aziz Ansari, Lacuna Coil, Neurosis, Employed to Serve, Blaenavon, the Amazons, Band of Skulls, Bloc Party, Geko, the Futureheads, Summer Nights at the Bandstand featuring Burt Bacharach, Caro Emerald, Father John Misty, Patti Smith, Echo and the Bunnymen, the National, Spiritualized, Tom Odell, Estrons, Jenny Lewis and more.

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This Week’s New Releases: Florence + The Machine, Drake And Gorillaz

There are some big records out this week! Florence + the Machine have followed up 2015’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, Drake has put out his highly anticipated fifth album, while Gorillaz have offered up LP #6.

Not quite floating your boat? Head below for more new releases.

Beth Rowley – ‘Gota Fría’ (Stoopnik)

Bruce Dickinson – ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ (BMG)

Buffalo Springfield – ‘What’s That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection’ (Rhino)

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Gravity’ (Spinefarm)

Converge- ‘Beautiful Ruin’ EP (Epitaph)

Drake – ‘Scorpion’ (Republic/Young Money/Cash Money Records)

Embrace – ‘Love Is A Basic Need (Orchestral)’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Essex Green – ‘Hardly Electronic’ (Merge Records)

Fangclub – ‘True Love’ EP (Vertigo Records)

The Flaming Lips – ‘Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990’ (Rhino)

Floex, Tom Hodge and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra – ‘A Portrait Of John Doe’ (Mercury KX/Decca)

Florence + the Machine – ‘High As Hope’ (Virgin EMI)

Gorillaz – ‘The Now Now’ (Parlophone)

Guns N’Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction – 31st Anniversary Remastered’ (Geffen)

Jaye Jayle – ‘No Trail and Other Unholy Paths’ (Sargent House)

Jim James – ‘Uniform Distortion’ (ATO)

John Coltrane – ‘Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album’ (Verve)

Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘I’m All Ears’ (Transgressive/PIAS)

The Milk Carton Kids – ‘All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do’ (Anti/Epitaph)

Protoje – ‘A Matter Of Time’ (Mr Bongo)

Ray Davies – ‘Our Country: Americana Act 2’ (Sony)

The Rubens – ‘Lo La Ru’ (The Rubens)

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Drake!

On October 24, 1986 Canadian rapper Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, was born. Happy birthday Drizzy!

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Metallica At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For March

Thrash legends Metallica have hit #1 on March’s Hot Ticket Chart, bumping Ed Sheeran into second place. Following closely behind are Steps, who hit the road in November and December for the Party On The Dancefloor arena tour, Eminem, who will headline Reading and Leeds and perform as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park in August, and Little Mix, who will kick off their Summer Shout Out tour at the end of May and head out on their Glory Days arena run in September, October and November.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have Ricky GervaisWireless FestivalEddie VedderThe xx and Elbow. Come back and see us next month to check if they’ve been able to cling on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye and welcoming some new blood.

1. Metallica
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Steps
4. Eminem
5. Little Mix
6. Jamiroquai
7. Bruno Mars
8. V Festival
9. Stormzy
10. Guns N’Roses
11. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
12. Kasabian
13. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
14. U2
15. The Weeknd
16. Micky Flanagan
17. Iron Maiden
18. Catfish And The Bottlemen
19. HIM
20. Lady Antebellum
21. Drake
22. Olly Murs
23. Phil Collins
24. The Next Step
25. Happy Mondays
26. Gorillaz
27. J. Cole
28. Tom Jones
29. Coldplay
30. Hanson
31. Robbie Williams
32. UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey
33. James Arthur
34. Tory Lanez
35. Nashville In Concert
36. Ricky Gervais
37. Wireless Festival
38. Eddie Vedder
39. The xx
40. Elbow

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Queen + Adam Lambert

2. Paramore

3. Tori Amos

4. Royal Blood

5. Gary Numan

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This Week’s New Releases: Depeche Mode, Conor Oberst And Pulled Apart By Horses

This week is a mixed bag to say the least. You’ve got Depeche Mode releasing their new album, ‘Spirit’, which was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, Conor Oberst is putting out a companion piece to last year’s ‘Ruminations’ and Pulled Apart By Horses have finally followed up 2014’s ‘Blood’ with ‘The Haze’.

If none of that floats your boat there’s plenty more to choose from below.

Adult – ‘Detroit House Guests’ (Mute)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ EP (Rough Trade/Secretly Canadian)

Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker – ‘Room 29’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Conor Oberst – ‘Salutations’ (Nonesuch)

Depeche Mode – ‘Spirit’ (Columbia)

Drake – ‘More Life’ (playlist) (Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records)

Frances – ‘Things I’ve Never Said’ (Capitol)

Julien Baker – ‘Sprained Ankle’ (Matador)

Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (Ignition)

Pitbull – ‘Climate Change’ (RCA)

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘The Haze’ (Search & Destroy/Caroline)

Real Estate – ‘In Mind’ (Domino)

Rick Ross – ‘Rather You Than Me’ (Columbia)

Sorority Noise – ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador)

She Drew The Gun – ‘Memories Of Another Future’ (Skeleton Key)

Zara Larsson – ‘So Good’ (Black Butter/Epic/TEN)

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Ed Sheeran Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For February

Ed Sheeran has done it, he’s knocked U2 off the top spot and all the way down to #16 on February’s Hot Ticket Chart. Following closely behind in second place is Celine Dion, who will return to the UK this summer for an arena tour. At #3 is J.Cole who brings his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour to the UK and Ireland this autumn,  while Drake, who will return to the UK next week for the final dates of the UK and Ireland leg of his Boy Meets World tour, has dropped one place from last month’s chart to fourth position and Ricky Gervais, who next week continues with the UK and Ireland leg of his Humanity world tour, finishes off the top five.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have ElbowThe ChainsmokersEminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)The xxSum 41 and Rag’n’Bone Man. Check back in with us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be bidding them adieu.

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Celine Dion
3. J.Cole
4. Drake
5. Ricky Gervais
6. Little Mix
7. Nashville In Concert
8. John Mayer
9. Stormzy
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
11. The Weeknd
12. Lady Gaga
13. Rod Stewart
14. Jamiroquai
15. Bruno Mars
16. U2
17. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
18. Neil Diamond
19. Wireless Festival
20. Ryan Adams
21. Olly Murs
22. Guns N’Roses
23. Leftfield
24. Micky Flanagan
25. Green Day
26. Kehlani
27. Giggs
28. James Arthur
29. Bob Dylan
30. Robbie Williams
31. Adele
33. Kings of Leon
35. Elbow
36. The Chainsmokers
37. Eminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)
38. The xx
39. Sum 41
40. Rag’n’Bone Man

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Shed Seven

2. Steps

3. Tom Jones

4. Happy Mondays

5. Penn and Teller

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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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