The full list of this week's key New Music Friday releases appears at the bottom of the page, but first, some highlights...
The Lathums release their eagerly-anticipated debut album How Beautiful Life Can Be this #NewMusicFriday. The Wigan indie band have developed a cult following in just three short years, resulting in a Top 20 EP, a Number 2 on the Vinyl Albums Chart and two chart-toppers on the Vinyl Singles Chart. With a multitude of physical formats selling like hotcakes, expect How Beautiful Life Can Be to come flying out of the starting blocks.
Australian actress and singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia returns with Firebird, her first album of original material in 12 years, and first overall since covers album Male in 2015. Featuring the singles Build It Better and On My Way, Firebird marks Natalie’s first album with esteemed independent label BMG.
Also releasing albums this week are neo-soul singer Nao who puts out her third record And Then Life Was Beautiful, art rock trio Public Service Broadcasting who share their fourth album Bright Magic, and acclaimed guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor who releases The Blues Album.
Coldplay and BTS headline this week’s single releases with their galactic collaboration My Universe. The second single from Coldplay’s upcoming album Music Of The Spheres, My Universe follows Top 20 hits Higher Power and Permission To Dance for Coldplay and BTS respectively.
Kelly Clarkson kicks off Christmas (in September - help!) with her new single the deliciously, passive-aggressively titled Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You), and Clean Bandit handle production of a new version of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know.