Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Imelda May Premieres Empowering New Video For Female Anthem ‘Should’ve Been You’

Imelda joins everyday superwomen on political March through Brixton

Inspired by Women’s March and in reaction to Trump administration
 “I wanted to ask the question 'who takes care of us? We are 50% of the world and it’s the people in power’s responsibility to take care of women as well” Imelda May

Imelda May (C): Event Women's March | Photo Credit Eddie Otchere

Tuesday 4 April, London – Irish superstar Imelda May has today released a powerful music video for her new single, ‘Should've Been You’. Inspired by the recent Women’s March, Imelda herself created the concept for the video, which was filmed in Brixton, London, by director Laura Scrivano. Shot in one continuous take, the video sees Imelda and a group of everyday 'superwomen' – real Imelda May fans who responded to a Facebook post – march through Brixton Market holding placards with messages of solidarity and empowerment. It follows Imelda’s appearance at the Brit Awards wearing her #dresslikeawoman outfit.

Imelda reveals, “I wrote Should've Been You as a personal story of heartbreak, regret and eventual empowerment but when making this video I wanted it to reflect current feelings of solidarity amongst lots of women worldwide in response to events unfolding around us such as the Trump administration’s approach to affordable health and maternity issues. I wanted to ask the question 'who takes care of us? We are 50% of the world and it’s the people in power’s responsibility to take care of women as well. It still seems like it’s a man’s world and in 2017 that’s shocking.And I have a young daughter, which changes your perception of how you want things to be. You want to leave her a better world, you think ahead that way.”

Imelda continues, “The women in the video, who were predominately made up of my fans, represent a cross section of wonderful everyday women – superwomen from all walks of life. They are not victims or aggressive towards men but are powerful and positive representations of the female spirit and solidarity. I am very proud of it. We worked hard, had fun, had many laughs and all before most ran off to do the school run! They all made me feel proud to be a woman!”

The track is taken from her hotly anticipated forthcoming fifth studio record,  ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ - produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett and featuring musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck (on ‘Black Tears’) and piano legend Jools Holland – it is fast becoming one of the most anticipated albums of this year. Praised by publications including Mojo (“A powerful new direction”) Uncut, The Mirror (who described her new music as “Raw and real”) to the Mail On Sunday (who made it Album Of The Week, gave it four stars and stated: "Great albums tend to be growers, but this one grabs you at first acquaintance"), The Daily Telegraph (comparing it to Bob Dylan’s classic album ‘Blood On The Tracks’) alongside support from US industry publication Billboard Magazine as well as UK tastemaker music publications from Foxes Magazine to The Four Oh Five.

Bob Dylan also recently revealed he is a fan of Imelda, including her alongside Iggy Pop and Valerie June as his favourite recent artists, in a rare interview with Bill Flanagan, published on his 

Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson and can count high profile artists including Bob Dylan and Bono amongst her fans. Her previous album ‘Tribal’ debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK.

Imelda has also announced her extensive 2017 UK Headline Tour in May, including a night at The London Palladium. A string of shows in the U.S. and Canada in June follows, including three dates as support for
Elvis Costello.

Release Date: 7 April 2017

Label: Decca (UMO) / Verve Int'l
11 Tracks/ Time: 44:05 
Genres: Alternative Rock

Amazon UK - Standard | Deluxe
UK iTunes - Standard | Deluxe
HMV Life Love Flesh Blood (Deluxe Edition, Includes Bonus Tracks) - Standard

Deluxe Track List:
1. Call Me   2. Black Tears 3. Should've Been You 4. Sixth Sense 5. Human 6. How Bad Can a Good Girl Be
7. Bad Habit 8. Levitate 9. When It's My Time 10. Leave Me Lonely 11. The Girl I Used To Be
12. The Longing 13. Flesh And Blood 14. Game Changer 15. Love And Fear

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Imelda has an extensive 2017 UK Headline Tour in May, including a night at The London Palladium.  

MAY 2017
Thu 4th May 2017 - Regent Theatre (Ipswich; 3 St Helen's Street, IP4 1HE)
Fri 5th May 2017 - St David's Hall (Cardiff; The Hayes, CF10 1AH)
Sat 6th May 2017 - The Corn Exchange (Cambridge; Wheeler Street, CB2 3QB,
Mon 8th May 2017 - Cliffs Pavilion (Southend-On-Sea; Station Road, SS0 7RA)
Tue 9th May 2017 - G-Live (Guildford; London Road GU1 2AA)
Thu 11th May 2017 - The Hexagon (Reading; Queens Walk, RG1 7UA)
Fri 12th May 2017 - Pavilion Theatre (Bournemouth; Westover Road BH1 2BU)
Sat 13th May 2017 - Theatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham; Theatre Square, NG1 5ND)
Mon 15th May 2017 - The Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool; Hope Street, L1 9BP)
Tue 16th May 2017 - Barbican Centre (York; Paragon Centre, YO10 4NT)
Thu 18th May 2017 - London Palladium (Westminster; Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF)
Fri 19th May 2017 - Colston Hall/ Lantern (Bristol; Colston Street, BS1 5AR)
Sat 20th May 2017 - The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester; Lower Mosley Street, M2 3WS)
Mon 22nd May 2017 - Symphony Hall (Birmingham; Broad Street, B1 2EA)
Tue 23rd May 2017 - Usher Hall (Edinburgh; Lothian RD, EH1 2EA)
Wed 24th May 2017 - Royal Concert Hall/ Strathclyde Suite (Glasgow; Renfrew Street, G2 3NY)
Fri 26th May 2017 - The Sage (Gateshead; St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR)

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