Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Shires new single ‘Echo’ playlisted by Radio 2, Lyric Magazine share exclusive performance video



The Shires announced ‘Echo’ as the third single to be released from their top 3 album ‘ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE’.

The track has been “B” Playlisted by BBC Radio 2 for the week commencing Saturday 7 July 2018 and is the follow up to their single Sleepwalk which was on the “A” list.

Blurb: The contagious singalong single has already become a firm fan favourite, with fans chanting the chorus during their live performances. 

“Echo is a definitely one of our more Country-pop tracks and inspired by the fun we had in Nashville. It’s the sort of song you have blaring in the car with the soft top down, singing along at the top of your voice.

There’s a line in the song about ‘Ripples in a Coffee Cup’ which is a reference to that famous scene in Jurassic Park, but also sums up the feel good vibes of this track – it’s just echoes around you until you sing along.”  Ben and Crissie, The Shires

The band release the single ahead of their appearance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, where they will be supporting Michael Bublé (Fri 13th July). Further cementing their place as the UK’s most successful Country Music act, it had been previously announced that Shania Twain has handpicked the band to appear as special guests at her UK Arena tour, beginning September. The tour will follow a headline appearance at Country Music festival, The Long Road.
The release of ‘Echo‘ continues their “incredible success” *, with their third album ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE entering the UK Album Chart at No.3 (14,319 units) pushing George Ezra to 4th place, The Shires entered the chart above rapper ‘Nines’, ‘Sting & Shaggy’ and American rock band ‘Black Stone Cherry’. The album is now on track to become their third gold album in 4 years – an accolade in the UK shared only by TV driven acts, including One Direction, Olly Murs and Little Mix.
Accidentally On Purpose topped the first two sales flashes of the debut week but their chances of becoming the second home-grown country act to have a No.1 album – following Ward Thomas in 2016 – evaporated as the week progressed.
Playing Bigger Venues but Selling Less Albums
* Previous album MY UNIVERSE also opened at No.3 in 2016 (14,913 copies sold) which went on to sell over 133,000 copies. In their 10th week at retail ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE fell off the top 100 from previous weeks No.89 (700 estimated units; 10-week total 34,500; chart run 3-14-32-41-41-32-33-54-89-below 100). It was placed at No.2 on UK Country iTunes chart (#331 UK itUnes all-genres).  By comparison MY UNIVERSE after 10 frames was at No.48 with a 10-week total of 48,500 (Chart Run: 3-7-14-27-36-45-43-45-43-48).

























With over 55 reviews of the album, including 4 Star reviews (1 star in Country Music People), and a historic performance at the Royal Albert Hall under their belt – which saw them become the first UK Country act to ever headline the venue – The Shires, are said to be “leading the charge for the Country music takeover here in the UK”.
THE SHIRES LIVE DATES

Sunday 9 September 2018 - Long Road Festival Stanford Hall in Leicestershire (Lutterworth, LE17 6DH) Ticket: £44.00 (£40.00 Ticket + £4.00 Fees) Ticketmaster UK

Shania Twain UK Tour + support The Shires
Fri 21st September 2018 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW)
General Price Tickets £68.10 (£60.00 Ticket + £8.10 Fees) / £96.50 (£85.00 Ticket + £11.50 Fees) | General Price Ticket
Front Row Package (£211.00 (£196.00 Ticket + £15.00 Fees)/ Hot Ticket Package £175.00 (£160.00 Ticket + £15.00 Fees)  Ticketmaster UK

Sat 22nd September 2018 – Arena, Manchester (Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, M3 1AR) 
General Price Ticket £95.70 (£85.00 Ticket + £10.70 Fees) Ticketmaster UK
Front Row Package £212.20 (£196.00 Ticket + £16.20 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK
Hot Ticket Package £176.20 (£160.00 Ticket + £16.20 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK

Mon 24th September 2018 – Arena, Birmingham (King Edwards Road, B1 2AA)
General Price Ticket £95.40 (£85.00 Ticket + £10.40 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK
Hot Ticket Package £175.90 (£160.00 Ticket + £15.90 Fees) Ticketmaster UK

Weds 26th September 2018 – 3Arena, Dublin (East Link Bridge, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, IE) €63.45 - €92.00 Ticketmaster UK
Sat 29th September 2018 – The SSE Arena, Belfast (2 Queens Quay, BT3 9QQ)

Tues 2nd October 2018 & Weds October 3, 2018 – O2, London (Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX)
General Price Ticket £96.25 (£85.00 Ticket + £11.25 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK
Front Row Package £212.75 (£196.00 Ticket + £16.75 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK
Hot Ticket Package £176.75 (£160.00 Ticket + £16.75 Fees) | Ticketmaster UK



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