Friday, 3 March 2017

UK’s most successful Country act, The Shires snag 2 GOLD ALBUMS in 12 months

UK’s most successful Country act, The Shires, do the double!


Hit second album ‘My Universe’ certified Gold alongside debut ‘Brave’
 Shires release stadium sized country rock single…
‘Drive’ with potential to break on both sides of the pond

“Two genius singer-songwriters” - Metro
“A fantastic second album” - Sunday Express
“Their place in the vanguard of homegrown country is assured” - Daily Mail

UK Country superstar duo, The Shires, are today (March 1) presented with their second GOLD disc in just 12 months as they officially announce their hit album MY UNIVERSE has sold more than 100K copies in the UK.
This unprecedented achievement further cements the band’s position as the UK’s most successful Country act.
The Shires are the fastest selling UK country act ever – going Gold with two albums within a year of release as well as reaching this level of sales with ‘My Universe’ a mere 20 weeks after its release.
The new album has not left the Top 60 since release in October last year, and has been back up in the Top 20 numerous times.
Stack Em’ High Sell Em’ Cheap: Since December the album both physically (CD) and digitally has been heavily discounted in Tesco, HMV iTunes and Amazon UK ranging from £5 to just £3.50!

The Shires - My Universe

Release Date: 30 Sept 2016
Label: Decca (UMO)
12 Tracks/ Time: 43:31

230,000 monthly listeners on Spotify

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks (dated March 1, 2017):
"Beats To Your Rhythm": 1.45 Million
"My Universe": 641K
"A Thousand Hallelujahs": 480K
"Daddy's Little Girl": 406K
"Not Even Drunk Right Now": 188K
"Drive": 169K

Official UK Top 100 Albums 21-week Chart Run:
Current Chart Position #29 after 21 weeks (chart week Ending 02 March 2017) with estimated sales 2,500 (21-week total estimate 99,500)
No.3 debut (14,913 sales).
2nd frame #7 (7,036 sales; down 53%)
3rd frame #14 (5,252 sales; down 25%)
4th frame #27 (3,800 sales)
20th frame #17 (estimated sales 3,200) boosted by an interview and performance on Michael Ball’s show on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday Feb 12, 2017. Listen back BBC Page (1 hour 26 minutes in) or The Shires in Session Clip performing their new single Daddy's Little Girl and a stunning version of Dusty Springfield’s You Don't Have To Say You Love Me in Michael's Musician's Circle. The Shires respond to BRITs snub! (BBC Clip)


Commenting on this incredible achievement The Shires stated: “We are thrilled ‘My Universe’ has been certified Gold in the UK. Thank you to all our fans who continue to support our music and the UK Country movement, which continues to grow and thrive. There is so much great UK Country talent coming out of the UK right now, with the USA starting to take notice of what we and other acts are doing. It’s a great time to be making Country music!”

The Shires also announced (Weds 1 March) the release of their next single ‘Drive’. The country-rock tinged single, with its delayed guitars and stadium sized drums is the latest single from the UK Country superstars who landed three consecutive A-list on BBC Radio 2 for previous singles releases including; ‘Beats To Your Rhythm‘, ‘My Universe‘ and 'A Thousand Hallelujahs’. Co-written with USA Country music star Kip Moore, the song has potential to break across the pound as well as the UK. Discussing the tracks potential Decca’s Managing Director, Rebecca Allen stated: “Drive is one of those tracks that has potential to break not just the UK, but it will no doubt resonate with USA Country Radio too. Kip and the band have written a modern country pop classic and I’m sure when the time is right the USA label Big Machine, will launch it into the stratosphere.” 
The Shires celebrated a landmark year in 2016 with the release of their new album 'My Universe' which stormed the Official UK Album Chart, landing at No.3 (14,913 sales), and becoming the fastest-selling UK Country album of all time. The duo received endorsements from celebrity fans including Robbie Williams, as well as resounding support from the media, including BBC Radio 2, being made Album of the Week at the station and landing three consecutive A-list singles; ‘Beats To Your Rhythm‘, ‘My Universe‘ and 'A Thousand Hallelujahs’. A packed summer festival schedule also included their first Headline performance at Glastonbury, on the Acoustic Stage.
Last year The Shires also joined the ranks of prominent US Big Machine Label Group Country artists Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett by signing an exclusive recording deal with the leading US Country music record label (Dot Records).
The Shires are undoubtedly seen as the trailblazers of the UK Country music movement in the USA as well as the UK, which saw a sea change in recent years, with the British public fully embracing the genre.
2017 has already seen the band appear on BBC One’s ‘One Show’ and with imminent plans to focus on expanding their presence in the USA, as well as another big UK Headline Tour, 2017 is already shaping up to be another landmark year for UK Country, with The Shires leading the way.

The Shires 2017 UK tour Dates

Tue 18th April 2017 - The Shires Opera House, Blackpool (Church Street, FY1 1HW)
Wed 19th April 2017 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen (Esplanade, Sea Beach, AB24 5NR)
Thu 20th April 2017-  Usher Hall, Edinburgh (Lothian RD, EH1 2EA)
Sun 23rd April 2017 - Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth (Westover Road, BH1 2BU) £22.00 (£20.00 TickSet + £2.00 Fees)/ £35.75 (£32.50 Ticket + £3.25 Fees) | £35.75 (£99.00 Ticket + £9.90 Fees)
Mon 24th April 2017 - G-Live, Guildford (London Road, GU1 2AA)
Tue 25th April 2017 - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL) £22.00, £27.50, £35.75 £35.75
Thu 27th April 2017 - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (Station Road, SS0 7RA)
Fri 28th April 2017 - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (The Leas, Kent CT20 2DZ) Tickets £29.15 - £40.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee*
Sun 30th April 2017 - Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (Theatre Square, NG1 5ND)

Mon 1st May 2017 - Regent Theatre, Ipswich (3 ST Helens Street, IP4 1HE)
Tue 2nd May 2017 - London Palladium, Westminster (Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF) £23.65 (£20.00 Ticket + £3.65 Fees) & £40.15 (£35.00 Ticket + £5.15 Fees)

Thurs 8 June 2017 - Sun 11 June 2017 - Isle of Wight Festival, Newport Ticketmaster UK
Sun 30 July 2017 - Taverham Hall Preparatory School, Norwich (ENTER ARENA via Sandy Lane (Costessey Rd), NR8 6TA) Event Doors Open at 2:00PM; Starts at 2:15PM | Ticket Price: £35.00 - £70.00*
Outside Live are delighted to present the UK's Number One Country Act The Shires for a special daytime picnic concert at Taverham Hall, Car Park Opens: 1.30 pm Arena Gates Open: 2.00 pm
TICKET PRICES: Extra Early Bird Tickets - £30 (sold out) | Early Bird - £35 - on sale now | General Tickets - £40 (from 1st April)
Gazebo Pitches - £36.99 (gazebo not provided, entry ticket still required per person) | VIP Tickets: £65 per person
Fri 11 August 2017 - Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, Summer Nights
Sat 12 August 2017 - St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff

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