Welcome to New Music Friday, our weekly round-up of the best album releases. We pull together our highlights from the UK album release calendar, featuring new music by the biggest, best and brightest. Best of all, we only select artists with new music who you can catch live over the coming months. Check back every week for more of our curated tips, from emerging talent to stadium veterans.
RELEASE OF THE WEEK: Olly Murs – You Know I Know
Pop favourite Olly Murs returns with his sixth studio album, and first since 2016’s 24 HRS. The double album consists of 14 new tracks and a second disc featuring a selection of greatest hits.
The singer-songwriter turned presenter collaborated with rap icon Snoop Dogg for latest single Moves, which features in the film Johnny English Strikes Again.
Murs also recruited Shaggy for the album’s title track, and Nile Rodgers on guitar for the song Feel the Same.
Architects – Holy Hell
Brighton metal-core band unleash their eighth studio album Holy Hell – their first since the death of lead guitarist Tom Searle in 2016.
The band released the single Doomsday in September 2017, which was part-written by the late guitarist but unfinished – and announced new lead guitarist Josh Middleton.
In October 2018, the singles Royal Beggars and Modern Misery were released, followed by Hereafter in November 2018.
Hanson – String Theory
American pop rock band Hanson announced a symphonic tour in the UK for February 2019 to accompany new album String Theory.
Best remembered for their infectious second album, 1996’s MMM Bop, the sibling trio have gone on to release nine further studio albums.
Celebrating 25 years as a band, Hanson decided to go classical with String Theory, a record comprised of both old and new tracks set to a symphony orchestra.
See the brothers live in the UK next February. [Find tickets]
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III
American producer and DJ Steve Aoki’s fifth studio album features a who’s who of collaborators including Louis Tomlinson, BTS, Blink 182, Bill Nye, Lady Antebellum and more.
The release marks the third chapter of Aoki’s Neon Future concept albums. The single Waste It on Me featuring K-pop heroes BTS was released in October 2018.
Only Girl – Release
South London’s Only Girl returns with second EP, Release. The RnB star also released the final track from the record this week on Lemon Records.
Co-written and produced by renowned songwriting trio Adam Midgely, Gerard O’Connell and Tommy Baxter, Crave combines Only Girl’s ethereal vocals with the trio’s vintage Rhodes and RnB beats.
See Only Girl live next spring at her largest headline show to date on 4 April 2019. [Find tickets]
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