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NATIONAL ALBUM DAY 2021: Celebrating those music catalogues

Today (16th October) marked National Album Day, a celebration of those mystical, fantastical and downright beautiful albums that changed the course of history and the music industry as we know it.

Nevermind. Abbey Road. Pet Sounds. The Dark Side of the Moon. Back to Black. Let it Bleed. The Bends. Kind of Blue. Are You Experienced.

These are just a few genre-changing, mind-bending evolutions of music projects that were just far too ahead of their times.

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In celebration for National Album Day, what will YOU be listening to on repeat today in honour of?

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FUN FACT OF THE DAY:

[Just to further enhance my point about Adele being one of the greatest and most influential female artists at least of the decade from last nights’ discussion, as part of the National Album Day, BBC Radio 2 calculated the best-selling LPs released by female artists. Adele took the first and fifth slots, with 21 and 25 respectively. Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Shania Twain made up the rest of the top five.]

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What’s New: Your Friday Releases

So comes around another Friday, which inevitably means new music to sink our teeth into. Included, are two of the most popular musicians to surface from the industry. Let me know what upcoming project, pre-released single drops you are most excited for!

Have a gander at a few of the best picked out below:

  • Stylistic and sleek, brother of bigger sister Eilish, FINNEAS steps into the spotlight with his imperious new debut, Optimist.
  • ADELE returns to music for the first time in 6 years with her new single, Easy on Me. With a tempting new album on the horizon in November, this song has been sat on and questioned since 2019. It’s finally here – and what better way for Adele to embark on her final journey.
  • COLDPLAY brave the cold with an October release, Music of the Spheres. Imploring the narration of sustainability to ensure the future of our Universe – with a self-sourced tour to boot – their ninth studio album has an undeniably atmospheric impact.
  • Two of my faves, both THE WOMBATS and DON BROCO give us a Friday feeling with more preemptive single releases before their scheduled albums drop. A seemingly good partnership between the two, both Endorphins and Ready for the High are rife-and-ready singles – which put in a good word for the albums to do the same.

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Coldplay: Is an “Eco-friendly World Tour” a Pointless Expedition?

In a new universal chapter of sustainability for the band, Coldplay are set to go ahead with their first world tour in five years next year all part of their eco-friendly plans of reducing their carbon footprint as a music collective.

But … why even tour at all?

That’s the question. Recently, Chris Martin confessed that this was the ulterior backlash that they’ve been receiving since announcing this tour. Much to the satisfaction of those doubters, he answered quite simply, because he wants to. Which, much to the bemusement of others, I totally get. It’s been over five years since they last toured and the true connection you can feel between band and fan in a live setting is a fantastic moment that they sorely wouldn’t want to miss for another few years.

Besides, huge musicians do not even attempt to be eco-friendly or even remotely sustainable when they do their own world tours, so I say I’m all for it if bands wish to try it out.

Despite the band still travelling in their own private jets – which is, slightly ironic – Martin has informed us all that us as fans will be on “kinetic flooring,” which basically means that we’ll be powering the gig – lights and all – ourselves with our frantic movement and fanatic screaming.

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“The more people move, the more they’re helping. You know when the frontman says, ‘We need you to jump up and down’?

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

– Chris Martin

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For a carbon neutral tour tackling climate change, they also plan to:

  • provide best environmental practices like installing aerated taps and low-flushing toilets.
  • Set itself will be made of materials with perfect environment credentials like bamboo
  • Lighting effects have been “modified” to be more energy efficient
  • An app will allow fans to plan their journey with lowest possible emissions – and even get a discount code to use in the venue if they follow through with it.
  • The big ticket: Coldplay themselves will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Based on their last tour, that would work out to be 5.4 million trees around the world.

With it being a truly “atmospheric” and “ethereal” album set to be released tomorrow by the name of Music of the Spheres, the eco-friendly tour will hopefully reflect the true idealism of the album when the guys created it.

The tour is set to start in March next year in Costa Rica, a country which is known for the highest rates of renewable energy generation across the world.

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Artist Spotlight: Burna Boy

Cultivated by a fusion of dancehall, Afro-beat reggae, Burna Boy has since become one of Nigeria’s fast rising-stars.

Inspired by the affluence of Afro-beat bops from his native country and the dancehall beats from the shores of Sandy America, a genre would converge that would soon become his signature sound. Simply sultry and effortless, Burna Boy has acclimatised to global stardom since the early 2010s.

After catching his performance in New York’s Central Park live on television a few weeks back, we instantly fell for his funky Afro-beats, enjoyable stage presence and have been enjoying his music since.

Whether it’s your particular style or not, I would recommend to give his music a try. Maybe if it’s just the one time.

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Let’s Talk: What was your favourite music from the 2010s?

After having a little time to myself after work, I decided to do a little insatiable digging and scouring into the past works and creations of what we saw in terms of music in the 2010s.

After an unwilling acceptance of enjoying chart music a little too much when I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed the pump-it-loud electronica r’n’b music of Black Eyed Peas, bleary-eyed MIKA and eventually my evolution of indie music with Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks.

I always love venturing down a music wormhole of past pleasantries and gander into what my music tastes used to be like during my childhood.

And by God, how much has it changed. Now, I have no idea who enters the charts at one point during the week. It’s a world of unknown and now, a minimal disdain for all things popular music. Bleurgh.

What are your favourites of the 2010s?