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Katie Melua - 'Golden Record'

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Amassing fifty-six platinum certifications over a glittering twenty year career, Katie has become one of Britain’s highest-selling recording artists after bursting into the national consciousness with her chart topping debut 'Call Off The Search' and releasing eight consecutive top ten UK albums, most recently, including 2020’s 'Album No.8'. 

Her new record, 'Love & Money' will be released on 24th March via BMG. The news follows the recent announcement of Katie’s upcoming UK & EU tour in April and May, which includes a landmark show at The Royal Albert Hall in London on the 16th May.

Produced by Leo Abrahams, 'Love & Money' was recorded at Peter  Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the summer of 2022 while Katie was pregnant with her newborn son. An exquisite collection of songs sculpted by the gratitude of their creator and the positivity found in a new relationship, it also deals with self-acceptance in the face of change and her attempts to let go of “that background belief that  happiness carries less weight than its opposite.”

This is perhaps brought home most profoundly in first single and album opener ‘Golden Record’, premiered by Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2, which sees Katie reflecting on her place in the world; the bonuses and  challenges of being a woman in the music industry and the delicate balance of career and family, all brought to  life in a crescendo of personal acceptance and catharsis.

Speaking on the single, Katie said, “It’s about the scene changing and being a woman in the music industry and how strange and lucky I feel to have a job I’m addicted to. This approach for nearly twenty years led me to being very dogmatic and leaving very little space for my life at home. Before I knew it, the years had flown and I was 36, newly divorced, still pedalling like mad with music, while around me, friends were all married, making babies.  And while the draw of making records and getting up on stage still did everything I thought I needed for my soul, I knew not having a stable relationship at home and starting a family was gradually gnawing away at me. Writing ‘Golden Record', it was like I was finally making peace with it all, accepting how things have changed in the  industry, being happy with my lot at home and ready to face the fear of letting go of the forever funfair of the  music industry.” 

The album will be available digitally, on vinyl and standard and deluxe CD formats. The deluxe CD includes four bonus tracks including a stunning duet with German recording artist Philipp Poisel.

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