This Week’s New Releases: Justin Bieber, Tame Impala and Monsta X

What a week! Beliebers are letting out screams only dogs can hear as the new Justin Bieber album has finally arrived. You’ve also got Tame Impala’s long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s ‘Currents’ and Monsta X releasing their first full-length sung solely in English.

Fill your boots with the rest of this week’s new releases below.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – ‘Artist 2.0’ (Atlantic)

Ash – ‘Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash’ (Echo)

Bambara – ‘Stray’ (Wharf Cat Records)

Beach Bunny – ‘Honeymoon’ (Mom+Pop)

Boniface – ‘Boniface’ (Transgressive Records)

David Gray – ‘White Ladder – 20th Anniversary Edition’ (IHT Records)

Hollywood Undead – ‘New Empire, Vol. 1’ (Dove & Grenade Media/BMG)

Huey Lewis and the News – ‘Weather’ (BMG)

Justin Bieber – ‘Changes’ (RBMG/Def Jam)

Katie Gately – ‘Loom’ (Houndstooth)

Kvelertak – ‘Splid’ (Rise Records)

Monsta X – ‘All About Luv’ (Columbia)

Moses Boyd – ‘Dark Matter’ (Exodus Records)

Nathaniel Rateliff – ‘And It’s Still Alright’ (Concord Records)

New Hope Club – ‘New Hope Club’ (Virgin EMI)

Niia – ‘II: La Bella Vita’ (NIIAROCCO LLC)

Suicide Silence – ‘Become The Hunter’ (Nuclear Blast)

Tame Impala – ‘The Slow Rush’ (Fiction)

Tami Neilson – ‘Chickaboom!’ (Neilson Records/Southbound)

Tennis – ‘Swimmer’ (Mutually Detrimental)

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Things We Love This Week: Things We Love This Week: Hayley Williams, Gorillaz, Tame Impala

Hello! Welcome back to another edition of what I can only assume is your favourite blog. You made it to the end of January! For that, I salute you. Let’s take 10 minutes out of another hectic day to get lost in some fabulous new music videos together.

Tame Impala

Have you heard Tame Impala’s new bop yet? Lost In Yesterday dropped a few weeks back, but today has got a video. Like its name suggests, the clip is very much stuck in the ‘70s, complete with some particularly dated outfits. Huge collars, lots of polyester, you get it. Watch below to see the band perform in some fetching cream dinner suits. Phwoar.

Kevin Parker and Co. have a busy summer planned, with headline slots at Bonnaroo and All Points East, as well as embarking on a North American tour with support from Perfume Genius. ‘The Slow Rush’, their fourth LP, is due on Valentine’s Day.

Hayley Williams

Have you heard? Hayley Williams’ is putting out a solo album. She shared the first taste of ‘Petals For Armor’ last week, and today we’re treated to the second. Leave It Alone is a neat, intimate piece of down-tempo pop that places her iconic vocals among some really interesting instrumentation that includes congas, dainty synths and even a string ensemble, all of which you can hear if you listen really closely.

The video displays Hayley in her true form, which couldn’t be anything other than part-butterfly, as she emerges from a chiffon chrysalis with chives protruding from her lower eyelids. And you thought you knew Paramore! Ha. Think again! ‘Petals For Armor’ will get a full release on May 8.

Gorillaz

And finally, it’s something new from Gorillaz! They announced a new project this week called Sound Machine, which finds the primate gang working with a range of artists in the studio and dropping hot new tracks as soon as they’re finished. No promo, no album cycle faff, just music as it happens!

The first result of this process is Momentary Bliss, which mixes the anarchic punk of Slaves with the chaotic rap of Slowthai. The accompanying scenes are shot in-situ, with the cartoon characters interacting with the real people. How DO they do that?! Check it out!

You are welcome. Happy Friday!

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This Week’s Top Tickets: The Lumineers, Khalid, Tame Impala, The Divine Comedy, Gary Numan, The Darkness, Stereophonics, Elvis In Concert and more

Earlier this month, the Lumineers announced their return with news of a new studio album and accompanying tour dates across the UK and Europe in November. Khalid, meanwhile, has lined up dates for the European leg of his ‘Free Spirit’ Tour, which shares its name with the Texas singer’s new album.

There’s also tour dates announced by the Divine Comedy and the Darkness, with the former hitting the road in October following the release of their 16-track double album, ‘Office Politics’, while the latter have confirmed winter dates in support of their upcoming album, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’. Electro pioneer Gary Numan will celebrate the 40 years in music with his (R)EVOLUTION Tour this autumn and Stereophonics will warm up for their summer dates with shows in Leicester, Hull, and Llandudno.

The Lumineers

The pop-folk quintet will release ‘III’ on September 13, with a UK and European leg of a world tour following in November. The band will call at arenas in Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin and London, where they’ll take over the O2 Arena on November 27 for their biggest show to date. Tickets go on general sale at 9am local time on April 12.

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Khalid

Following stops in Europe, the Texan singer will bring his ‘Free Spirit’ World Tour to London’s O2 Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, 3Arena Dublin and Belfast’s SSE Arena between September 17 and 25. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday April 12.

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Tame Impala

The Kevin Parker-led band, who recently released Patience, will headline London’s O2 Arena on June 8, Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom on June 24 and Dublin’s 3Arena on June 26, alongside their performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 12.

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The Divine Comedy

The band have autumn shows planned in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, and London, where they’ll play Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 12.

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Gary Numan

The electro pioneer will celebrate 40 years in music with his (R)EVOLUTION Tour throughout the autumn, culminating at London’s Roundhouse on October 24. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 12.

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The Darkness

The Darkness will tour the UK and Ireland in November and December in support of their upcoming album, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 12.

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Stereophonics

The Welsh rockers will warm up for their summer dates with shows in Leicester, Hull and Llandudno in May. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 12.

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Elvis In Concert

The Elvis In Concert Live On Screen experience, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will head to arenas in Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow and London between November 25 and December 1. Tickets go on sale from 9am on April 12.

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Also announced this week:

Hot Chip, Old Dominion, 5ive, A1, 911, Damage, Tedeschi Trucks Band, JP Cooper, the Midnight Beast, the Zutons, Jethro Tull, Cirque Du Soleil: LUZIA, Ocean Colour Scene, Nilüfer Yanya, Ben Phillips, Little Comets, Ludovico Einaudi, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, SUNN O))), Shura, Beirut, PUP, and moreHead here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Sacred Paws, Tame Impala, Marvin Gaye, Angie McMahon

Although perilously tempted to include Lighthouse Family’s comeback in this week’s blog post, I have since been informed by the official Office Nark Police that that would be an incredibly lame thing to do. Hence, you’re not going to find out that anything about their new album or new tour. No Ocean Drive for you.

Sacred Paws

What a delightfully fun band. In a world where the Antlers are celebrating 10 years of the heart-breaking ‘Hospice’ and Daughter’s Elena Tonra can’t stop drowning herself depressedly in alcohol on her latest project ‘Ex: Re’, I am a firm believer that Sacred Paws are the antidote to all the sadness around us in 2019.

Aside from the upbeat, jangly guitars and an indie-pop rhythm section, they’re even having fun in the video. How can I join?

Tame Impala

Tame Impala have released a new single, and it’s SO Tame Impala. Their first new material (apart from the endless side projects members partake in) since 2015’s ‘Currents’, think peak Kevin Parker vocals, a groovy bass line and some retro disco keys, and you’ve got yourself a psychedelic triumph. Nice one, lads.

While it’s hoped to be the first sign of a new album, nothing’s been confirmed. Fingers crossed!

Marvin Gaye

What’s going on? I heard through the grapevine that some previously unreleased Marving Gaye material is dropping this spring. ‘You’re The Man’, a double LP recorded in 1972, will arrive through Motown/UMe on March 29, followed by a CD release on April 2 — which would have been the legend’s 80th birthday.

There simply ain’t no mountain high enough for that guy to climb, even posthumously.

Angie McMahon

McMahon won the Grulke Prize at SXSW last week —a title given to the most notable developing artists from outside the US. But prestige is nothing something that’s prevalent in her new single, which is about being bored, eating pasta, and playing with dogs. This couldn’t be more relatable to my entire life if she tried. It also helps that the song is super accessible, with a volta midway through turning that frown upside down.

“I spend so much time eating pasta,” she sings. Same, girl. I got you.

Catch McMahon at her one-off UK show at the Lexington in London on May 28.

HAPPY FRIDAY ONE AND ALL. I’m off for a week now. Laters.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Citadel Festival

CITADEL FESTIVAL

Tame Impala will headline this summer’s Citadel Festival, with the festival set to take over Gunnersbury Park in London on July 15.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 12pm on February 9, prior to general sale at 12pm on February 12.

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This Week’s New Releases: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Morrissey And Sia

Today sees the release of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ final LP. ‘Soul Woman’ arrives almost a year on from the soul vocalist’s death at the age of 60.

We also have a new offering from Morrissey, who has finally followed up 2014’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, and Sia, who has put out her first Christmas album.

If that isn’t enough for you there’s plenty more to shake a stick at below.

Aquilo – ‘ii (Side A)’ (Island)

Barenaked Ladies – ‘Fake Nudes’ (Vanguard/Concord)

Brooke Bentham – ‘This Rapture’ EP (AllPoints)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Rest’ (Because Music)

Fieldy – ‘Bassically’ (Fieldy)

GBH – ‘Momentum’ (Epitaph)

Ghost Atlas – ‘All Is In Sync, And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About’ (Ghost Atlas)

Godflesh – ‘Post Self’ (Avalanche)

Green Day – ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’ (Warner)

In Flames – ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ (Nuclear Blast)

Jaden Smith – ‘SYRE’ (MSFTSMusic/Roc Nation Records)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – ‘Wembley Or Bust’ (Columbia)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Polygondwanaland’ (self-released)

L Devine – ‘Growing Pains’ EP (Warner Bros.)

Mavis Staples – ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (Anti-)

Milk Teeth -‘Go Away’ EP (Roadrunner)

Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ (BMG)

Omar Souleyman – ‘To Syria, With Love’ Remixes EP (Mad Decent/ Because Music)

Paloma Faith – ‘The Architect’ (RCA)

Queen – ‘News Of The World’ (40th Anniversary Edition) (Universal)

Robyn Paige – ‘Genesis’ EP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – ‘Soul Of A Woman’ (Daptone)

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic)

Talib Kweli – ‘Radio Silence’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’ Collectors Edition (Caroline)

Tigertown – ‘Warriors’ EP (Neon Gold/Atlantic Records)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ (Sony)

Tokio Myers – ‘Our Generation’ (Syco)

Tom Chaplin – ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’ (Island)

Tove Lo – ‘Blue Lips’ (Polydor)

T-Pain – ‘Oblivion’ (Nappy Boy/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records)

Trudy and the Romance – ‘Junkyard Jazz’ EP (B3SCI)

Virgil and Steve Howe – ‘Nexus’ (InsideOutMusic/Sony)

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Staff Picks: Milly McMahon

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Best Albums of 2015

Jamie Woon – ‘Making Time’

A irreverent and experimental progression from his outstanding debut LP, Woon’s sophomore album is a life-enhancing experience. Fusing international rhythms and flavours, Woon invites his listeners to explore beyond the boundaries of what they have come to expect from chart music. Disregarding any musical trends or pre-determined expectations that may have affected his creative freedom, ‘Making Time’ is original and brave. Woon is an artist in every sense of the word.

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’

Creating music exciting and interesting enough to satisfy his die hard fans and those new to his expertly crafted sound, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ album is Kevin Parker’s greatest to date. Representing just how magical his signature psychedelic aesthetic can feel, ‘Currents’ presses the pause button on time past and present, hypnotising and then guiding listeners softly away from reality.

Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’

The most exotic and timeless creature of current chart music coined an album more ethereal and ambitious than her previous three LPs for 2015. Including a Burnt Norton interlude from T S Eliot, the epic and opulent offering Salvatore, inspired by her Italian lover, and unforgettable High By The Beach, Del Rey reinstates herself as the pioneer of cinematic romance. Like some character from a dark David Lynch film, Lana fearlessly throws herself into a make believe world of sadness and seduction.

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

Abel Tesfaye is unstoppable with his salacious, powerful R&B anthems. ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ paired him with Lana Del Rey, Sia and Ed Sheeran, introducing a more reflective and wide spanning arrangements of songs that reflect a confident sound engineered for a bigger audience. Still hedonistic as hell, I love Abel’s ability to say the most gnarly of things in the most beautiful of ways.

Florence and The Machine – ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’

If Foals created one of the best orchestral albums of the year with ‘What Went Down’ flame haired Flo most definitely created the most accomplished instrumental LP of 2015. Charged with a ferocious array of fury, angst and elation, Flo howls with elegant emotion on this quintessentially British compendium of crashing melodic tides. Conjuring an existential experience, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is fuel for running, crying, kissing, screaming and just sitting quietly.

Best Songs of 2015

Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky – Good For You

Selena steps up her game, collaborating with the illest rapper in the industry, the inimitable A$AP Rocky. Seductive and intriguing, the simple structure of Good For You builds with a distinct and sinister playfulness, capitalising on Selena’s innocence and Rocky’s uncensored sexual desire. The stripped-back sound and understated video make the song difficult to forget. Mesmeric and affecting, Good For You was a love it or hate it moment for the ex-Disney starlet. I LOVED it.

Drake – Hotline Bling

Arguably the best styled music video of the year, Drake’s Hotline Bling cast a magical spell over us all. Inspiring countless memes, copycat dances and slogan tees, Hotline Bling is Drake at his best, salsa-ing brazen in the face of his haters. Completely addictive, the lyrics run incessantly through the mind, on loop when experienced just once. Drake is a concept, a brand, a movement and so much more than just an artist. Hotline Bling epitomises his aesthetic, which is a luxe lifestyle we’re all busy buying into right now

Years and Years – Shine

Years & Years coined the most phenomenal pop album of 2015. Their debut LP ‘Communion’ is a truly brilliant body of work. Bursting with romantic optimism, Shine feels like a flash of melodic euphoria, dripping in colour and bursting with happiness. Transporting listeners to a place a of beauty, Shine is a serotonin-drenched gift of a track.

Foals – What Went Down

Stepping back up to the microphone to reclaim ownership of their vast international arena crowds, Foals unleashed a powerful thrash of a track in What Went Down. Unmatched by any other band attempting to rival their high octane productions, the poetic lyrics, deeply stirring vocal and instrumental arrangements are potent. The orchestra of anarchy Foals conjure is a dark, heady storm of provocative crescendos. This is fight music.

Adele – Hello

It is only good, right and true that the queen of hearts should return to our airwaves with a song so intense it quickly conjures memories of each profound moment our hearts have ever broken. Adele’s Hello tells the tragic story of romance wrecked and forgotten, the tear-stained losses we have all endured. Adele’s rich and bold vocal tones scream with passion, expressing the frustration we have all felt and struggled to repress. Adele liberates our hurt, with an effortless finesse so delicate it is truly masterful. Hello is the heart’s swan song, sung without fear that lovers past might hear.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Tom Jones, Vintage Trouble, Suede, Tame Impala And Tremonti

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TOM JONES

The legendary vocalist will introduce his new autobiography, ‘Over The Top And Back’, with shows at Birmingham Symphony Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and Manchester’s Lowry this October. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £35.00 and £40.00 plus fees.

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VINTAGE TROUBLE

Currently on the road supporting AC/DC worldwide, the LA rock ‘n’ roll four-piece will continue to rack up the miles in support of their latest album, ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’, with shows in Gateshead, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Scarborough and Bristol, culminating at The Forum in London on November 17. Tickets on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £18.50 (£20.00 in Glasgow and London), plus fees.

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SUEDE

Suede will premiere their upcoming new album, ‘Night Thoughts’, with two special shows at London’s Roundhouse on November 13 and 14. Tickets on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £32.50 plus fees.

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TAME IMPALA

The Melbourne-based band will follow up the release of their third album, ‘Currents’, with shows at Manchester Arena on February 11 and London’s Alexandra Palace on February 12. Tickets on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced from £17.50 (£25.00 for London), plus fees.

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TREMONTI

Tremonti return for shows at Birmingham’s Institute, Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms, Manchester’s Ritz, the O2 Academy Bristol and The Forum in London, between December 11 and 16. Tickets are on sale at 9am tomorrow, priced at £17.50 (£20.00 in London), plus fees.

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Check out Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest announcements.

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Top Tours This Week!!

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U2

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE European tour will culminate with two shows at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on November 18 and 19 and four shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.
http://www.stereoboard.com/u2-tickets
Tickets on sale at 9am on September 14, limited to two per purchaser and priced from £30.00 to £165.00 for Belfast and from €30.00 to €185.00 in Dublin, plus fees.


Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones will introduce his new autobiography, ‘Over The Top And Back’, with shows at Birmingham Symphony Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and Manchester’s Lowry this October.
http://www.stereoboard.com/tom-jones-tickets
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £35.00 and £40.00, plus fees.


Suede

Suede will premiere their upcoming new album, ‘Night Thoughts’, with two special shows at London’s Roundhouse on November 13 and 14.
http://www.stereoboard.com/suede-tickets
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £32.50 plus fees.


Tame Impala

The Melbourne-based band will call at Manchester Arena on February 11 and London’s Alexandra Palace on February 12.
http://www.stereoboard.com/tame-impala-tickets
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, prices start from £17.50 (£25.00 for London), plus fees.


Prides

The Scottish Trio head out on a marathon UK and Ireland tour this autumn, calling in Ayton, York, Stoke, Liverpool, Falmouth, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Brighton, Oxford, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Norwich, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast, between October 26 and November 26.
http://www.stereoboard.com/prides-tickets
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £11.00 (£12.50 in London), plus fees.


Tremonti

Tremonti will return for shows at Birmingham’s Institute, Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms, Manchester’s Ritz, the O2 Academy Bristol and The Forum in London, between December 11 and 16.
http://www.stereoboard.com/tremonti-tickets
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced at £17.50 (£20.00 in London), plus fees.


Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend will unplug for seven intimate An Evening With… performances, in Leeds, Brighton, London, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Salisbury, this October.
http://www.stereoboard.com/devin-townsend-tickets
Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday, priced at £18.00 (£25.00 in London), plus fees.


Vintage Trouble

The LA rock ‘n’ roll quartet will continue to rack up the miles in support of their latest album, ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’, with shows in Gateshead, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Scarborough and Bristol, culminating at The Forum in London on November 17.
http://www.stereoboard.com/vintage-trouble-tickets
Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £18.50 (£20.00 in Glasgow and London), plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

No Devotion, One OK Rock, Netsky, We Came As Romans, The Duke Spirit, Tove Styrke, Oh Wonder, Turnover, Clean Cut Kid, Lauren Aquilina, East India Youth, Nordic Giants, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Jodie Abacus, Palma Violets, Mini Mansions, Cat Power, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, Crazy Town, Toddla T, The Arcs, Saycet, Silent Hill Live, Braids, The Sheepdogs, The Lemonheads, BØRNS, Life Of Agony, Autumn Rain, Big Scary, In This Moment, INFINITE, Alison Wonderland, Frankie Boyle, Valeriya, Black Tongue, Delamere, The Amazons, Wreckless Eric and more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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Comedian Kevin Hart Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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On his first week in the chart Kevin Hart has taken the #1 spot from Stereophonics, who have dropped to #8. Also doing well in their first week are Hozier, Bring Me The Horizon and The Libertines, who have come in at #3, #4 and #7, respectively.

However, sadly we bid adieu to The CourteenersReading Festival, Calvin Harris (Tennents Vital and Glasgow Summer Sessions), WWE NXTJames BayFall Out BoyThe 1975Years and YearsDisney On IceBBC Radio 2 Live and Foals, who have all left the top 20.

However, we give a very warm welcome to chart newbies RunrigOliver HeldensFifth HarmonyMOBO Awards and Babymetal.

3. Hozier
5. U2

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

1. Tom Jones

2. Tame Impala

3. Suede

4. The Maccabees

5. Frankie Boyle

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