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9 January 2020, 14:31
Billy Ocean will mark his 70th birthday later this year, and he plans to celebrate in style.
The popular singer has announced plans for his first album of new material in 10 years, titled One World.
The album will be released on April 17, 2020, with the title single available from today. Listen to the new track below:
The album sees Billy reunite with longtime producer Barry Eastmond, who wrote and produced many of Billy’s biggest hits including 'When The Going Gets Tough' and 'Love Zone'. Billy co-wrote all 12 tracks on the album.
The tour dates in full:
Fri September 18 2020 - GLASGOW Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sat September 19 2020 - HARROGATE Harrogate Convention Centre
Mon September 21 2020 - LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
Wed September 23 2020 - LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Thu September 24 2020 - CARDIFF St Davids Hall
Sat September 26 2020 - OXFORD New Theatre
Sun September 27 2020 - STOKE Regent Theatre, Stoke
Tue September 29 2020 - IPSWICH Regent Theatre
Wed September 30 2020 - NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
Fri October 02 2020 - BOURNEMOUTH Bournemouth Int'nl Centre
Sun October 04 2020 - LONDON London Royal Albert Hall
Fri November 06 2020 - BRIGHTON Centre
Sat November 07 2020 - SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
Mon November 09 2020 - LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru Theatre
Wed November 11 2020 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall
Fri November 13 2020 - MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Sat November 14 2020 - BLACKPOOL Opera House
Mon November 16 2020 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Tue November 17 2020 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Thu November 19 2020 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri November 20 2020 - BATH Bath Forum
Sun November 22 2020 - SHEFFIELD City Hall
Billy said: “One World is my first original studio album in over 10 years. It’s like a landmark for my 70th birthday! I feel this album reflects my maturity, and the many genres of music I’ve been exposed to - coming from the Caribbean as a little boy influenced by calypso music, to growing up in the East End of London, where music was so wonderfully diverse.
"I truly feel One World has captured all of my musical influences over the years. The album reflects my thoughts, and the way that I feel at 70 years old, but most of all I hope that it will make people stop and think about life and its meaning.”
It was recently announced that Billy Ocean will receive an MBE for his services to music.