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NEWS: Pet Shop Boys Announce ‘Hotspot’ for 2020!

The Pet Shop Boys announce their new studio album “Hotspot”!

by Christopher Smith

The Pet Shop Boys today announced details of their highly anticipated new studio album, “Hotspot”, which will be released on 24th January 2020 on x2 Records/Kobalt. “Hotspot” was mostly written and recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles and produced and mixed by Stuart Price. It features ten brand new Tennant/Lowe tracks including previous single “Dreamland” featuring Years & Years, released earlier this year, and new track “Burning The Heather”, which features Bernard Butler on guitar.

Pet Shop Boys say of “Hotspot”: “We’ve written much of our music over the last ten years in Berlin and it was an exciting experience to work on this album in the legendary Hansa studios there and add a new dimension to our sound”. The album is the third instalment in the series of PSB albums produced by Stuart Price, following “Electric” in 2013 and “Super” in 2016. It will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available to pre-order now!

Track-listing for “Hotspot”:
1. Will-o-the-wisp
2. You Are The One
3. Happy People
4. Dreamland (featuring Years & Years)
5. Hoping For A Miracle
6. I Don’t Wanna
7. Monkey Business
8. Only The Dark
9. Burning The Heather
10. Wedding In Berlin

The duo will also play seven UK shows for their first-ever greatest hits tour – Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live – in May/June 2020. Beginning on Thursday, May 28th at London’s O2, the tour will see PSB perform at arenas across the country, ending at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday June 6th.

Full tour schedule below:
Thursday May 28th – The O2, London
Friday May 29th – Manchester Arena, Manchester
Saturday May 30th – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday June 2nd – BIC Arena, Bournemouth
Wednesday June 3rd – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Friday June 5th – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Saturday June 6th – SSE Hydro, Glasgow

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!