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Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott Announce Fifth Album 'N.K-Pop'

Thursday, 21 July 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced their fifth studio album.

The duo will release 'N.K-Pop' on September 30 via EMI, following up 2020's 'Manchester's Calling'. It was produced by long-time Heaton collaborator John Williams, who worked on the pair's previous four records.

Alongside the news, they've shared the heartfelt, moving ballad Still, the most emotional song Heaton has written, which he hopes will "raise awareness for folk who have lost a child, whether by miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy." He commented:

"I wanted to write a song for folk who have lost a child, whether by miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy. It's a common occurrence and, for every one story you may hear, there are 20 or 30 left untold. Whilst totally understandable we, together with the stillbirth charity Sands, want to direct people to talking. Many only feel able to talk to their partner about the loss, but talking to someone equally distressed can be suffocating. It has to be good to talk to people outside, because otherwise that loss can overwhelm you. I can't say that’s wrong, because grief has strange ways of shaping and defining you. As a song, Still had to be quiet, meditative, and simple in it's arrangement, to hopefully reflect and understand those emotions."

Heaton and Abbott will play stadium shows with The Proclaimers and The Lathums at St Helens' Totally Wicked Stadium tomorrow (July 22) and Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday (July 23).  

'N.K-Pop' tracklist:

1. The Good Times
2. Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two)
3. Who Built The Pyramids
4. I Drove Her Away With My Tears
5. When The World Would Actually Listen
6. Still
7. I Ain’t Going Nowhere This Year
8. Sunny Side Up
9. Baby It’s Cold Inside
10. New Fella
11. My Mother’s Womb
12. His Master’s Game

Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri July 22 2022 - ST HELENS St. Helens Totally Wicked Stadium
Sat July 23 2022 - DONCASTER Eco-Power Stadium

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