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News Round-Up – 8th March, 2018

New Music

Blossoms announced that their new album Cool Like You will be released on April 27th on Virgin EMI and will follow the band’s eponymous debut album from 2016. Blossoms are also scheduled to go on tour this spring, which will include a date at Leeds O2 Academy on May 7th. ‘I Can’t Stand It’ is the first single promoting Cool Like You.

Sade released new music for the first time in more than seven years (her latest record Soldier Of Love came out in 2010). The singer’s newest song ‘Flower Of The Universe’ comes from a soundtrack to ‘Wrinkle In Time’, a film starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling. Two different versions of the song are available to listen – an acoustic ballad and producer’s No I.D. remix.

Neko Case is yet another artist teasing new music and announcing tour dates. Her latest record was released in 2013, while in the past few years she has been working with other artists, most notably, New Pornographers. Nevertheless, Neko Case decided to share some new solo material – her new album Hell On will be available on June 1st, while the tour will begin on May 27th in George, WA at Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Tour Announcements

Arctic Monkeys are set to perform six European headline shows this summer, on top of their festival dates which were released earlier this year. They will begin the tour on May 22nd in Berlin and will also visit Rome, Paris, Milan, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. The band hasn’t revealed any UK dates yet, but the fans can expect Alex Turner and his bandmates to make that announcement sometime in the coming weeks.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are rumoured to go on tour together in 2018, after a glitch on both Ticketmaster and Beyonce’s Facebook page caused to reveal the time and date of their first performance, on July 30th in Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Center. No official confirmation was given by either Beyonce or Jay-Z, while the announcements were swiftly taken down from both sites. However, the pair’s joint ‘On The Run 2’ tour is still expected to happen, with some people suspecting that the leak was an intentional marketing measure.

Another joint tour announcement comes from Spoon and Grizzly Bear who will be co-headlining the upcoming US concert dates. The tour kicks off in Boston, MA on June 18th and will include six other dates (Port Chester, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbia, and Minneapolis).

Music Industry News

 has officially confirmed that it will be shutting down its free weekly print magazine. Keeping the print edition didn’t seem to be sustainable anymore due to rising costs of production and growing market competition. NME was printed for the first time 66 years ago, moving to a free, ad-funded model in late 2015, and its final free edition will be published on Friday (March 9th). The magazine will now concentrate on developing and improving its online presence via

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