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MACKLEMORE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN AND U.K. LEG OF THE BEN TOUR FOR SPRING 2023 & REVEALS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘FAITHFUL’ FT. NLE CHOPPA

SHARES ARTWORK FOR FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM,
‘BEN’ TO BE RELEASED MARCH 3, 2023 
PRE-ORDER/ADD/SAVE

ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN AND U.K. LEG OF THE BEN TOUR FOR SPRING 2023

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, 10th November at 10am LOCAL.

REVEALS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR
‘FAITHFUL’ FT. NLE CHOPPA – WATCH

Multi-diamond certified, GRAMMY Award® winning artist Macklemore revealed today the official album artwork and pre-order/add/save link for Macklemore’s forthcoming studio full-length titled BEN, to be released on March 3, 2023. Pre-order/add/save BEN HERE
 
The official music video for his latest track ‘FAITHFUL’ ft. NLE Choppa is also out now. Directed by John C. Peterson and with his wife Tricia Davis as the creative director, the video cleverly depicts the dark forces of addiction and stars both Macklemore and NLE Choppa. Watch HEREListen to ‘FAITHFUL’ ft. NLE Choppa HERE.
 
‘FAITHFUL’ ft. NLE Choppa is the third track to be released this year as part of this new era. An honest and raw insight into his own journey through relapse and recovery, this latest track offers a glimpse into the struggles and inner turmoil when dealing with addiction.
 
Speaking on his latest single, Macklemore shared: “I wrote FAITHFUL after a 2020 relapse that brought me back to a familiar darkness I  naively thought I had escaped.  It’s a personal song for me, reflecting on my struggles with addiction. As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be clean, and yet the disease I have is always present, it always follows me. The record explores the presence of addiction in every facet of my life, and how pervasive and insidious it can be.
 
On collaborating with NLE Choppa, he added, “I love what Choppa did with his verse.  He brought the song into his world, writing from the perspective of a supportive friend and showing up in a desperate time.  I thought the song would push him out of his comfort zone, but honestly he sounded right at home in the pocket and brought a whole new concept to the record.  It’s been refreshing spending some time with him.  I’m hella impressed not only by his pen, but his his perspective on life and quest for spiritual growth.”
 

Macklemore has also announced his first leg of THE BEN TOUR which starts in April 2023 in Europe and the U.K. for a full list of dates and more information, go to: https://macklemore.com
 
Last month, Macklemore celebrated the 10-year history since the release of the accolade and award-laden global debut The Heist. The RIAA organization also honored Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as one of the most successful duos of the last 65 years of RIAA Gold & Platinum history and officially certified ‘Can’t Hold Us’ DIAMOND.
 
Diamond certifications make up less than 1% of RIAA’s Gold & Platinum program. These are awarded for 10 million sales and streaming equivalents earned in the United States alone with only 19 acts having more than one Diamond single in RIAA history. ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ ft. Ray Dalton marks their second Diamond Single Award (following 2015’s ‘Thrift Shop’ ft Wanz) from the same album, an incredibly rare accomplishment.
 
Earlier this year, Macklemore released ‘CHANT’ Ft Tones and I, and ‘MANIAC Ft Windser, both from his larger body of work titled BEN which will see its global release on March 3, 2023
 
Macklemore recently completed a North American Stadium tour with Imagine Dragons and plans to announce more U.S. headlining tour dates soon.
 
THE BEN TOUR – EU/UK
04/04 – 3Arena – Dublin, IE
04/07 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
04/09 – O2 Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
04/11 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
04/12 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
04/16 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, NL
04/17 – Forest National – Brussels, BE
04/18 – Zenith – Paris, FR
04/21 – Palladium – Cologne, DE
04/22 – Verti Music Hall – Berlin, DE
04/24 – Zenith – Munich, DE
04/25 – Stadhalle – Offenbach, DE
04/27 – Edel Optics Arena – Hamburg, DE
04/29 – EXPO XXI Hall 1 – Warsaw, PL
04/30 – Stadhalle – Vienna, AT
05/02 – Samsung Hall – Zurich, CH
05/04 – Alcatraz – Milan, IT
05/07 – Vega Main Hall – DK
05/09 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NO

About Macklemore
Multi-platinum and GRAMMY® award winning artist Macklemore has made history with a combination of commercial success, critical acclaim, and international appeal, with a total of 13.2 BILLION COMBINED STREAMS to date, Macklemore is one of the most successful independent artists of the 21st century. ‘GEMINI’, Macklemore’s first solo effort in 12 years, was released in 2017 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the charts for Rap, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Independent Albums, featuring Platinum-certified singles, “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey), “Good Old Days” (featuring Kesha), and “Marmalade” (featuring Lil Yachty). ‘GEMINI’ followed two releases with producer Ryan Lewis: the multiple-GRAMMY award winning and multi-platinum album, ‘The Heist’ (which spawned two #1 singles, the Diamond-certified “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” and 2016 release “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”, which featured the Platinum-certified single “Downtown“. Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 5 BILLION times and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single (“Thrift Shop”). A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources, and creative pursuits to have an impact on racial and social justice issues. Macklemore is a co-founder of The Residency, a hip hop and youth development program that has become one of the preeminent opportunities for young aspiring artists in the region. Drawing on his personal battles with drugs and alcohol, Macklemore has consistently used his art and platform to raise awareness around issues of addiction and recovery. In 2016 he was featured in an MTV special with President Obama about the opioid epidemic in America and was the first non-administration official ever to participate in the Presidential Weekly Address. In 2021, Macklemore launched Bogey Boys, a golf and lifestyle clothing brand that has gained quick momentum and made waves in the golf and fashion worlds. He is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders, of Major League Soccer and Seattle Kraken, of National Hockey League. He currently serves on the board of directors for MusiCares, The Residency and The Underground Museum in LA.
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