Things We Love This Week: Singing Dogs, Shoplifting Santa, Anti-Xmas Spirit

The biggest of apologies to the purists who only want ‘cool’, ‘good’ and ‘meaningful’ music from this blog. This week we’re going against the grain and featuring some big name pop and rock acts. Simply because it’s Christmas (kinda). Let your hair down.

Robbie Williams

Yep, you are seeing correctly. We are in fact featuring Robbie Williams in this week’s blog, and that’s for two reasons. The first, you’ll be pleased to know, is because we are fully embracing the arrival of Christmas. That’s final. The second is because we physically couldn’t not feature some singing dogs.

As he goes about his family Christmas, the former Take That member’s seriously cute canines have been put under the seasonal spell in his new song Time For Change, winking at the camera, singing along to the choir, and melting our hearts. Did we mention there’s also a giant snow dog?

Williams continues his festive feels at London’s SSE Arena Wembley for Christmas party shows on December 16 and 17, after a set at the London Palladium on November 24 for the Magic Of Christmas event.

Noel Gallagher

Every Christmas needs a comical robbery. That’s how the saying goes, right? In Gallagher Brother No. 1’s new single, Wandering Star, a slightly groggy-looking Santa Claus helps out a shoplifter by hiding her from a supermarket guard.

Later, viewers change their mind about the shoplifter, realising the pressures and difficulties single parents on the breadline might face at this time of year, struggling to afford presents for their children. Director Dan Cadan points us towards raising a glass to, “those less fortunate but equally as deserving”.

Gallagher and the High Flying Birds will open for U2 at their Australian and New Zealand shows later in the year, and they also play an exclusive outdoor London show at Kenwood House next summer for the Heritage Live concert series.

Mabel

Mabel is not a fan of Christmas. While everyone else is talking about the most wonderful time of the year and enjoying baubles and tinsel with their loved ones, Mabel is all on her own. “Sorry I’m not so merry,” she sings. “Christmas time isn’t my vibe.”

But you do like sleigh bells, classic Christmas chords sequences and that cheesy, glittery sparkle sound, right Mabes? Lyrically, though, Loneliest Time Of Year takes all the tropes and turns them on their head. Listen below.


Mabel will support her debut album, ‘High Expectations’, with a tour in early 2020 and a short run of UK shows next week.

 

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This Week’s New Releases: Coldplay, Beck and Leonard Cohen

There are some BIG releases this week. Coldplay have followed up 2015’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ with a new double album and Beck has put out his fourteenth LP. A posthumous Leonard Cohen album has also been released. ‘Thanks For The Dance’ is a collection of new material that continues the legendary songwriter’s final work.

Head below for more new music.

Beck – ‘Hyperspace’ (Capitol/Virgin EMI)

Ben Lee – ‘Quarter Century Classix’ (New West)

Coldplay – ‘Everyday Life’ (Parlophone)

Dead Horse One – ‘The West Is The Best’ (Requiem For A Twister)

Harry Nilsson – ‘Losst and Founnd’ (Omnivore Recordings)

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – ‘Dissolution’ (Domino)

Jason Aldean – ‘9’ (Broken Bow)

Labrinth – ‘Imagination and the Misfit Kid’ (Syco)

Leonard Cohen – ‘Thanks For The Dance’ (Sony)

Lindemann – ‘F & M’ (Spinefarm Records)

Robbie Williams – ‘The Christmas Present’ (Farrell)

Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘You’re In My Heart’ (Rhino)

Scott H. Biram – ‘Sold Out To The Devil: A Collection Of Gospel Cuts By The Rev. Scott H. Biram’ (Bloodshot)

Tim Buckley – ‘Live At The Electric Theater Co, Chicago, 1968’ (Manifesto Records)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Westlife, Robbie Williams, Whitesnake, Foreigner And Europe, Levellers, Scooter, DJ Shadow, A-Ha, Aled Jones, The Chainsmokers, Kew The Music feat. James Blunt, Jack Savoretti, Will Young, James Morrison, Gipsy Kings

Westlife

The extensive Stadiums In The Summer Tour will run for 14 dates, ahead of the Irish group’s previously confirmed shows at Wembley Stadium and Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork in late August. It’ll mark their first UK-wide outdoor tour in over eight years. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 8.

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Robbie Williams

The former Take That star will double up at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 17, the day after his previously announced sold out show at the venue. Tickets for the second festive gig are on sale now.

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Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe

Whitesnake and Foreigner will be joined by special guests Europe for arena shows in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester between May 31 and June 8. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 8.

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Levellers

The folk-rock band have announced dates beginning in February, with stops scattered throughout spring, autumn and into winter. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on November 8.

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Scooter

The German techno band have lined up shows at the O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and O2 Academy Brixton in London during May. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 8. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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DJ Shadow


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The London producer and DJ, who is set to release his new album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ on November 15, has lined up performances at SWG3 in Glasgow, Manchester’s Albert Hall and the O2 Academy Brixton in London for February. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 8.

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A-Ha

The Norwegian band will continue to celebrate their 1985 debut album ‘Hunting High and Low’ with arena shows in Bournemouth, Liverpool, Birmingham and London during November 2020. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 8.

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Aled Jones

The classical vocalist will perform at a number of his favourite cathedrals between September 28 and October 30, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on November 8.

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The Chainsmokers

The electronic duo will take over London’s O2 Academy Brixton on October 16 and Dublin’s 3Arena on October 18, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 9am on November 8. Their plans also include dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

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Kew The Music feat. James Blunt, Jack Savoretti, Will Young, James Morrison, Gipsy Kings

James Blunt will play the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew on July 8, with Jack Savoretti confirmed for the next day, Will Young and James Morrison co-headlining July 10 and the Gipsy Kings performing on July 12. There are still acts to be announced for July 7 and 11. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 8, priced from £47 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

La Roux, Jethro Tull, Lennon Stella, Status Quo, Lionel Richie, Ward Thomas, Marcus King Band, Ash, DMA’s, Trevor Noah, Alexei Sayle, Bicep, W.A.S.P, Courteeners, Andrei Rieu, Procol Harum, Mystery Jets. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, Muse, Christine and the Queens, Bring Me The Horizon, BST Hyde Park, All Points East, Jess Glynne, Noel Gallagher, Pete Tong, Anderson Paak, The Script, Teenage Cancer Trust Series, Hall and Oates, Hugh Jackman, Michael Ball and more

Two more headliners have been confirmed for London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park series with Florence and the Machine topping the bill on July 13 followed by Robbie Williams the next day. Over at Victoria Park, meanwhile, Christine and the Queens will headline All Points East on May 26 with Bring Me The Horizon set to perform on May 31.

Other big announcements include a handful of Noel Gallagher summer shows, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra presenting Ibiza Classics at some of the UK’s biggest arenas, Hall and Oates spring dates and the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series’ return to London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Script have also set up their own run of intimate shows in March. There’s also Michael Ball tour dates in April and May plus Hugh Jackman’s debut world tour, which will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at UK arenas next summer.

Florence and the Machine at BST Hyde Park

Florence + the Machine have announced a huge show in London next year, topping the bill at British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13. They will be joined by the National, Lykke Li, Khruangbin and Nadine Shah, with more acts due to be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Robbie Williams at BST Hyde Park

Robbie Williams has announced he’ll return to London for a massive show at next year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park. The X Factor judge, former Take That member and solo artist will top the bill on the Great Oak Stage at London’s Hyde Park on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.

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Muse

Muse have added a show at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on June 5 to their Simulation Theory world tour, with plans also in place to call at London Stadium on June 1 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 8. Tickets for the Bristol stop are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Christine and the Queens at All Points East

Christine and the Queens will top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park next spring, making the step up to festival headliner for the first time on May 26. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Bring Me The Horizon at All Points East

The metal giants, who will release ‘Amo’ on January 25, are set to top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park on May 31, alongside Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd and Yonaka. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Jess Glynne

Fresh from wrapping up an arena run of her own, and with plans in the diary to open for the Spice Girls on their comeback tour next year, Glynne has lined up stops at Thetford Forest, Delamere Forest, Sherwood Pines Forest, Dalby Forest and Cannock Chase Forest during June and into July. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis guitarist will be accompanied by his backing band, the High Flying Birds, at huge summer shows in Cardiff, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin and Exeter during May and June. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra

Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra have announced a new arena tour for December 2019. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on December 7.

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Anderson Paak

Fresh from the release of ‘Oxnard’ the multi-instrumentalist has lined up March shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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The Script

The pop-rockers, who released their ‘Acoustic Sessions’ EP earlier this year, will head to Bath, Carlisle, Halifax, Southend and Portsmouth in the build up to a Teenage Cancer Trust date at the Royal Albert Hall in London next March. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Teenage Cancer Trust live series with Rudimental, Take That, Doves, the Script and Levellers

Rudimental will top the bill on March 25 and will be joined by Ghetts, Take That will perform on March 28, Doves will take to the stage for the first time in nine years the following day, the Script will headline on March 30 and the run will end on March 31 with A Beautiful Night Out featuring and curated by Levellers. Supporting acts will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Hall and Oates

The legendary pop duo will head to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April and into May, with tickets on sale at 10am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has announced his first world tour. The Man. The Music. The Show. will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena for two dates in early June. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7.

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Michael Ball

Dubbed Coming Home To You, the tour will take the vocalist to Nottingham, York, Glasgow, Hull, Gateshead, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Ipswich, Brighton, Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cardiff, Blackpool and Leicester during April and May. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Also announced this week:

Sleaford Mods, Lower Than Atlantis, Taking Back Sunday, James, Circa Waves, The Nightmare Before Christmas Live, Olly Murs, Midnight Oil, the Lounge Kittens, Rudimental, Toto, Gipsy Kings, Kew the Music, Wet Wet Wet, Soak, Sports Team, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Easy Life, Joyce Manor, Black Peaks, the Coral, the Lemonheads, Stella Donnelly, Clean Cut Kid, Can’t Swim, Young Fathers, Yak, Restorations, Ben Elton and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Robbie Williams At British Summer Time Hyde Park

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams has announced he’ll return to London for a massive show at next year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park. The X Factor judge, former Take That member and solo artist will top the bill on the Great Oak Stage at London’s Hyde Park on July 14.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on December 5, ahead of general sale at 9am on December 6.

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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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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
32. TRNSMT
33. Kings of Leon
34. PVRIS
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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Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart 2016 Countdown: Part Four

So, Christmas Day is tomorrow and so we have for you the penultimate instalment of our countdown of the year’s top 50 best-selling artists on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart. We’ve been working our way from the bottom up, at a rate of 10 a day, to see who will succeed last year’s top spot holder, Adele. Make sure to come back and see us tomorrow to see who’s finished off the year with a Stereoboard Christmas #1. If you missed them, make sure to check out Parts One, Two and Three.

 

 

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Michael Ball And Alfie Boe At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

Stereoboard Hot Ticket Chart: December 12 – December 18

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have knocked Adele off the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart and down to #8.  Making up the rest of the top five we have Guns N RosesBob DylanJustin Bieber and Bruno Mars, the latter of which has risen two places since our last instalment.

Not having such a good week are Micky Flanagan, who has dropped from #5 to 12th place, Olly Murs, who is down eight places and Paul Weller,  who is down 14 from last week. However, it’s not all bad, Jeff Lynnes ELO are back in the chart, Robbie Williams is up two spots and Bob Dylan and Tom Petty have secured themselves top 10 positions in their first week on the chart.

If you’re stuck for some last minute Christmas presents there are a shedload of tickets going on sale this week, including Olly Murs (new dates)DeftonesHans ZimmerTyga and The Human League. Come back and see us in the new year to see who will kick off 2017 at the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart.

1. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
2. Guns N Roses
3. Bob Dylan
4. Justin Bieber
5. Bruno Mars
6. Jeff Lynnes ELO
7. Robbie Williams
8. Adele
9. Tom Petty
10. Coldplay
11. Olly Murs
12. Micky Flanagan
13. Strictly Come Dancing
14. Little Mix
15. Drake
16. Eric Clapton
17. The Weeknd
18. Paul Weller
19. Still Game
20. Phil Collins

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Olly Murs (new dates)

2. Deftones

3. Hans Zimmer

4. Tyga

5. The Human League

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