Billy Ocean 2020

NEWS: Billy Ocean Celebrates His 70th Birthday with a New Album!

Billy Ocean returns with a UK/US tour and a brand new album, “One World”

As Billy Ocean celebrates his 70th birthday this month, it has been announced that he will release his first album of new material in 10 years, “One World”. The album will be released on 17th April 2020 with the title single available from today. Later this year Billy will head out on The One World tour which follows the recent news that he has been appointed to MBE for his services to music at this year’s New Year’s Honours.

The album sees Billy reunite with producer Barry Eastmond who wrote and produced a number of Billy’s biggest hits including “When The Going Gets Tough” and “Love Zone”. Recorded over the summer of 2019 in studios in Manchester and New York Billy co-wrote all 12 tracks on the album. This release follows a spectacular few years for Billy. In 2018 he was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in recognition of his international success and the enduring popularity of his music and recently his iconic music videos have all been restored from original tapes and released in HD.

In 2016, the album “Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean” debuted at No.4 on the UK albums chart, remaining in the top 10 for 3 weeks. It has since been certified Silver. Billy says “One World’ is my first original studio album in over 10 years. It’s like a landmark for my 70th birthday! I feel this album reflects my maturity, and the many genres of music I’ve been exposed to – coming from the Caribbean as a little boy influenced by calypso music, to growing up in the East End of London, where music was so wonderfully diverse. I truly feel ‘One World’ has captured all of my musical influences over the years. The album reflects my thoughts, and the way that I feel at 70 years old, but most of all I hope that it will make people stop and think about life and its meaning”.

Billy Ocean is a Grammy Award winner with worldwide sales of over 30 million records. He hit the number one spot across three continents in the 70s and 80s, counting no fewer than six UK top 10 singles. “Caribbean Queen” stormed to number one on both the US singles chart and US R&B chart and is amongst Billy’s six US top 10 singles. With top 10 albums the world over, Billy has notched up an impressive three Platinum albums (including two which are certified 2x Platinum). Billy’s other hits include “Love Really Hurts Without You” (1976, UK No.2 US No.22), “Loverboy” (1985, US No.2, UK No.15), “Suddenly” (1985, UK and US No.4), “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (1986, US No.1) and “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988, US No.1, UK No.3).

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Written by Christopher Smith

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!