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Duran Duran Unveil New Single More Joy Featuring Chai

Thursday, 05 August 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Duran Duran have released a new single.

More Joy featuring Chai brings together the legendary group's trademark synth-pop with the punk energy of the Japanese band. It's the latest cut to be shared from their new album, 'Future Past', which is due out on October 22. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes said: 

“The song ‘MORE JOY!’ was born out of a crazy jam with Duran Duran, Graham Coxon and Erol Alkan.  It was such an unusual piece we weren’t quite sure if it would fit in at first.  It reminded me of one of those retro Japanese video games, which I always found quite uplifting.  We came up with the chant “more joy” early on, and that became the key to the rest of the track.  We all agreed that it would sound really great with Japanese female voices on it, and that’s when Simon had the inspired idea to ask CHAI if they would possibly collaborate with us.  To our joy they agreed, and the result most certainly brought an incredible new energy to the song.  They are so special!!

Discussing the CHAI collaboration, vocalist Simon Le Bon explained:

“Nick suggested some girlish voices on 'MORE JOY!' and I knew exactly where to find them - CHAI, post-modern, all-girl Japanese punk band, whose energy and pure sense of fun might actually blow your ears off!  We are honoured to have them sprinkle their pink neon magic spikey dust onto our song. Now it's 'MORE JOY!' (feat. CHAI). CHAI - beloved forever!” 

CHAI also commented: “We are full of joy! When Duran Duran asked us to join their new song, we listened to it and thought ‘this is lively, rock, cool and fun’, and we danced! We added our voices to their rock sound, making it even more ‘MORE JOY’! Because we are MORE JOY. Thank you Duran Duran!”

In September, Duran Duran will play a rearranged gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and appear at the Isle of Wight Festival. 

Due to COVID-19, next year they'll play rescheduled shows at Dublin's St. Anne's Park, BST Hyde Park London andLytham Festival.

Duran Duran Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri September 17 2021 - SCARBOROUGH Open Air Theatre
Sun September 19 2021 - ISLE OF WIGHT Seaclose Park
Sun June 12 2022 - DUBLIN St Annes Park
Fri July 01 2022 - LANCASHIRE Proms Arena
Sun July 10 2022 - LONDON Hyde Park

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