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New release roundup! From Becky Hill’s massive new album to Eminem’s return

Another massive week for releases! Becky Hill has cemented her status as one of dance music’s biggest influential voices with her new album Believe Me Now?Snow Patrol have launched their new creative era with track ‘The Beginning’ and Eminem has reappeared with his self-produced single ‘Houdini’ the first taste of his upcoming album The Death of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce).

Becky Hill has released her eagerly anticipated second album ‘Believe Me Now?’ via Polydor Records/Eko Records. It’s a record which cements her status as one of dance music’s biggest influential voices and the genre’s leading boundary-breaking female artist. And it’s impossible to deny that status for the two-time BRIT Award (2022 & 2023) winning artist who is set to play a huge UK and Ireland arena headline tour, and who has exceeded 10 billion career streams to date plus six UK Top 10 smash hits.‘Believe Me Now?’ is Becky’s most authentic, career defining body of work to date. An album which sees her digging even deeper into her life-long passion for underground dance music and club culture. Whether she’s drawing on influences from the worlds of drum ‘n’ bass, anthemic house, techno or atmospheric trance, Becky’s flair for blending the heart of such genres with her soaring powerhouse vocal has produced an album that’s rich with credibility and personal integrity, yet with immense global appeal.The album features the #1 US airplay hit ‘Side Effects; ‘Disconnect’ (featuring Chase & Status) which peaked at #6 on the UK charts and was certified Gold; and the single ‘Never Be Alone’, which features Sonny Fodera and is Becky’s 22nd Top 40 track to date. The album also sees Becky working with an array of top tier and next wave producers including PARISI, Mark Ralph, Toddla T, Maur, Solardo, MJ Cole, Jax Jones and Franky Wah.KEEP UP WITH BECKY HILL: YouTube / TikTok / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Website

Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt has released his third studio album Honeymind via Interscope Records.  Honeymind begins the latest chapter of a storied career jam-packed with hits and acclaimed performances in iconic properties such as Dear Evan Hanson, Pitch Perfect, and Parade.  

Platt recently opened up about the creation of his new album, and how it got its name. “One day I ate some mushroom chocolate and went on a hike with the love of my life,” he wrote. “I thought about how to describe to him that I was just so happy to be in love with him. That my love for him somehow softens things and slows it all down.” After a moment of contemplation, he settled on “honeymind” as a suitable description for his state of bliss.  

As it turns out, matters of the heart dominate the album. “I wrote about finding real love,” Platt explains. “About being grateful for it and tending to it, and all of the work we have to do as individuals to find security in who we are, so that we’re ready for that real love when it comes along.” Although this is the first new album from Platt since 2021’s Reverie, the prolific artist never slowed down.  He completed a hugely successful solo tour following the release of Reverie which saw him headlining sellout crowds at such important venues as The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and others. Even more, last year he starred on Broadway as Leo Frank in the revival of Parade, earning him his second Tony nomination, and in the film Theater Camp, which he also produced and co-wrote. 

KEEP UP WITH BEN PLATT: TikTok / Instagram / Spotify / Facebook
Alt-pop four-piece Only The Poets have released their highly anticipated EP One More Night via EMI Records.  The album features the euphoric singles ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend’, ‘One More Night’ and ‘Gone By Now’, along with three other rip-roaring songs. The ‘One More Night’ EP sees the band at their most captivating, consolidating their electrifying synth-pop sound and illuminating the heartfelt emotion in their lyrics.“We’ve taken a lot of our influences from stuff we’re listening to now intertwined with Brit-pop and experimented with vocal layers and harmonies,” says frontman Tommy Longhurst. “At the back of our minds we’re constantly thinking about how these songs will sound live. We really wanted to go for that big, expansive stadium filler sound.” Only The Poets, comprising of Tommy Longhurst, bassist Andy “Roo” Burge, guitarist Clem Cherry and drummer Marcus Yates, have established themselves in just a few short years as one of the UK’s biggest emerging live acts. Unsigned until the start of 2023, the band’s DIY ethos saw them build things from the ground up, from playing student house parties, pub circuits and small venues to selling out 1,600-capacity venues in the UK and across Europe last year.  2024 has already seen the band kick off a massive run of 22 European shows taking in venues across the continent including Milan, Krakow, Berlin, Prague, Oslo and Krakow. In June the band will play a string of shows across London, Birmingham, and Oxford, with further dates scheduled for August around their appearance at Reading & Leeds Festivals. KEEP UP WITH ONLY THE POETS: Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Guess who’s back? Eminem returns with “Houdini,” a hard-hitting new single accompanied by a fitting video. Eminem teased the drop earlier this week in a FaceTime with David Blaine — the clip ended with the magician eating a wine glass, and the rapper declaring, “Well, for my last trick, I’m gonna make my career disappear.” “Houdini” gives fans the first taste of Eminem’s 12th album, The Death of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce), due out this summer.“Houdini” is produced by Eminem himself and – continuing the theme- features a sample and interpolation of Steve Miller Band’s 1982 hit, “Abracadabra.” The accompanying clip imagines Eminem’s antagonist character Slim Shady emerging in the present day via a “portal” — and finds himself confused and unsettled by what he sees in 2024. Determined to mold the modern era into a place more suited to his unique worldview, he sets off on a mission to do exactly that. Only current day Eminem’s alter-alter ego “Rap Boy” can save the world from Shady, along with his long time mentor- the legendary Dr. Dre. In an effort to neutralize these nefarious actions things go sideways and an unholy hybrid version of Eminem is created. Dr. Dre is less than thrilled with the results and hastily leaves the hybrid Shady to continue on his own… until a wandering stranger joins in and takes the wheel. Guess who’s back, indeed.Directed by long-running collaborator Rich Lee (“Not Afraid,” “The Monster,” “Venom,” etc.), the innovative “Houdini” video freely calls back to classic Eminem videos such as Joseph Khan’s “Without Me” and Phillip Atwell’s “Real Slim Shady”. “Houdini” is packed with cameos including Dr. Dre, Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Jimmy Iovine, Grip, Westside Boogie, Denaun, Porter, Royce 5’ 9”, Paul Rosenberg, The Alchemist, EZ Mil, Ryan Keely, Samantha Mack, and comedian Shane Gillis.KEEP UP WITH EMINEM: Instagram / Facebook / Website / YouTube

SNOW PATROL have announced their eagerly awaited return with a brand new album. Titled ‘The Forest Is The Path’, the album is the Northern Irish band’s first in six years, following 2018’s ‘Wildness’, and is set for release on September 13th via Polydor Records. It is produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele/Dave/Stormzy) and the band. Now comprising the trio of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly and Johnny McDaid, Snow Patrol offer the first taste of their extraordinary new album with first single ‘The Beginning’, as well as announcing details of a UK and Ireland Arena tour in 2025.

‘The Beginning’ is the cornerstone of the band’s eighth studio album, written on a trip to Somerset. Gary picks up the story, “The first day we wrote The Beginning, start to finish.” “And he did the vocal in one take,” says Johnny. “Straight after writing the lyrics. So it has this mind-collapsing quality to it where you feel like you’re seeing into someone’s soul.

‘The Forest is the Path’ is an album rooted in reflection, introspection and interrogation. One of its key building blocks, says Gary, was the idea of love from the distance of time. “I haven’t been in a relationship for a very long time, 10 years or more, so love from a distance to me meant the way a relationship sits in your memory from a distance of, say, 10 years. That’s not something I’d previously thought about as away to write about love. So it’s like, when you’re in love, you’re standing in the lobby of the Empire State Building. When you’ve broken up with that person, you’re out in the street. You can still see the building, but you’re not in there anymore. And when it’s 10 years later, now you’re standing in Brooklyn looking at the Manhattan skyline.”  It’s a theme addressed unblinkingly and unflinchingly on the ‘The Beginning’. 

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The rise of new wave indie-rock icons STONE reached new heights with the news that they will release their debut album ‘Fear Life For A Lifetime’ on July 12th. The news was supported by an A-Z of tastemakers including DORK, DIY, Kerrang!, NME and The Line of Best Fit, while the lead single ‘My Thoughts Go’ received Radio 1 airplay from Sian Eleri and Alyx Holcombe as well as being added to Spotify’s global MARROW playlist. Now STONE further amplify excitement for the album by sharing the new track ‘Save Me’.  

Coming from the more explosive end of STONE’s sonic spectrum, ‘Save Me’ erupts into a blistering volley of serrated riffs and battering ram rhythms as Fin Power delivers each lyric with the panicked urgency of a man at breaking point. Which is entirely apt, as his words tap into the psyche of someone who can only escape heartbreak by throwing themselves into a pit of substance abuse. It’s a prime example of how STONE are beguiling a growing following – this song, like many of their others, shares an unguarded vulnerability and truth that mirrors the experiences of many of their fans.Fin says, “Save Me is a vulnerable track that lashes out in the face of bad habits and self destructive tendencies. It’s hard hitting and we can’t wait to deliver it live this festival season.”  As with the rest of their upcoming debut album, ‘Save Me’ was written by STONE and was recorded during sessions with Rich Costey (Sam Fender, HAIM, Biffy Clyro) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Completed by Elliot Gill (guitar), Sarah Surrage (bass) and Alex Smith (drums), the STONE story dates back a decade when Fin promised Elliot that their band would make it somehow. Led by the wildly charismatic Fin, STONE have star quality and easygoing relatability in equal measure. As seen with shows with Sam Fender, Yungblud, Inhaler, The Wombats and DMA’s, you can’t take your eyes away from their on-stage antics – yet they always take the time to ensure that every fan who wants to meet them after a show will have their moment. KEEP UP WITH STONE: YouTube / Instagram / TikTok / Website

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