Billy Ocean to mark 70th birthday with first new album in 10 years and UK tour

9 January 2020, 14:31

Billy Ocean
Picture: Billy Ocean

By Tom Eames

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.

Read more: Billy Ocean's greatest songs

The album will be released on April 17, 2020, with the title single available from today. Listen to the new track below:

Billy Ocean - One World (Official Audio)

Not only that, but Billy Ocean will head out on his The One World tour in the autumn. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased from here.

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.