Three decades have passed since the release of Take That’s debut album, and they are not yet finished.
I’m happy to announce that the boy band has been in the studio to work on the new album.
Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald plan to release it next year and then go on a giant world tour.
In an exclusive conversation with Bizarre, Gary said about the prospects for another album: “We’ve kind of already started. We have learned to work remotely because we live in different parts of the world.
“So I’ll send the chorus and say ‘let me know what you guys think’ and then it’ll come back in a few days with a little more written on it.
“You will hear the single shortly before next summer and the album will be released around October. And the next year we postponed all this for the sake of a world tour. We haven’t done a world tour in years. So we’re going to take this new album everywhere, and there will be some unexpected places where we haven’t toured yet.”
Mark recently resumed his solo career, with Howard performing as a DJ.
Gary has been working on his wine brand and launched Gary Barlow Organic Rose available from Morrisons or garybarlowwines.com.
The pals have also been working together again on their upcoming film The Greatest Days.
But the flow of money does not mean that their ambitions have faded.
Gary continued: “We are full of ambition and ready for hard work. Music is not repetition, so we always want to feel like we are moving forward and chasing new dreams.
“We’ve done a lot as Take That, but we haven’t achieved everything we wanted to. I believe we still have years.”
And while the trio worked on their movie, former bandmate Robbie Williams was working on a biopic he was quick to tease the other guys about.
When asked who would play him in the Robbie movie, Gary joked: “He has to be very tall and very thin. Rob really teased us about this. He said, “Wait until you see who we’ve chosen for you,” bugger.
“We can’t wait to see this. Rob has had a colorful life and this story needs to be told. And what’s great is that we also have our own movie with our songs and you’re like, “Wow, after so many years, we both have movies.” This is a good place”.
IS ED’S PLAN GOOD FOR THE MATH TOUR?
Ed Sheeran is no stranger to selling out stadiums to screaming fans.
But the Bad Habits singer says he really longs for some peace and quiet in his dressing room before taking the stage to entertain thousands of people with his chart-topping hits.
And he has a daring idea how to get it on his current maths tour, which will take place at Wembley for five nights from tomorrow.
Speaking to Australian radio, he said: “I really wanted to build a dressing room under the stage because I used to really throw 50 people in my dressing room before a show.
“But the older I get, the more exhausting it gets when you catch up with someone you haven’t seen for three years.
“Then you have to catch up with someone else and then someone else and then go and do the show.
“So, I was just going to tell people that my dressing room is under the stage, so I’m going to put up with it.”
It’s hard to be so popular.
LORDE ALBUM OF PAIN
LORDE says it was “painful” to see the lackluster response to her third studio album, Solar Power.
The Royals singer released the record in August and said she’s been through a lot of emotions since then.
In an email to fans, the singer, who will perform at the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage on Sunday, said: “It’s been a year since I announced the release of ‘Solar Energy’. I can honestly say that this has been the highest highs and lowest lows year I have ever experienced.
“It took a while for people to get the album, and the response was really confusing and painful at first.”
On the positive side, she has overcome her fear of touring.
Lorde added: “I used to sit alone in my hotel room on show days, binge watching Bake Off, (sleeping pills) Ambien and vitamin D by the bed, my skin was pale, my stomach clenched with fear.
“These days, I walk out the door in every city, walk for miles, eat ice cream, find tiny wine bars, try on vintage clothes on secret streets, laugh with my friends, and play all the best and best shows for you as a result.”
LOUIS ALBUM KEEP IT REAL
It was the singing competition that helped make Louis Tomlinson a household name, and now he’s reaching out to another reality TV star to help him get back on the charts.
I can report that the former One Direction star has been writing songs with Scottish musician David Sneddon, who in 2002 won the first series of BBC One’s Fame Academy.
The couple also teamed up with singer Theo Hutchcraft, best known as a member of the Hurts, to write four songs intended for Louis’ second album.
The fruits of their labor were tracks Silver Tongues, Pre-tender, Saturdays and one with the verbose title She Is Beauty, We Are World Class, which is believed to have been written about his longtime girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
Louie’s second album has been in preparation for a long time, and a lot depends on him, given that his former bandmate Harry Styles has already released three records and collects tickets to stadiums around the world.
Louie’s 2020 debut, Walls, peaked at No. 4 and shortly after, he left Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, which has since closed.
Since the release of “Stop Living The Lie” – his only No. 1 hit – nearly two decades ago, David has moved away from singing and has focused his talents on writing tunes for other artists.
Notable people who have released songs he co-wrote include Lana Del Rey and Lewis Capaldi.
Perhaps bringing him on board is just the push Louis needs.
FROM HIS MICK’S BED
SIR Mick Jagger was in great shape when he returned to the stage for his first performance since contracting Covid.
The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone one show and cancel another, but he made a quick recovery and made a triumphant return to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy, just eight days after testing positive.
He was joined by bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, who managed to avoid contracting the virus.
This week they will travel to London to perform in Hyde Park on Saturday and Sunday 3rd July.
This should give the fans a lot of fun.
GREEN LIGHT FOR DUA
Dua Lipa streamed the Spotify logo in her bright green dress as she performed at the streaming giant’s party in Cannes.
She flew to the south of France to sing some of her biggest hits, including “New Rules” and “Levitation”, at a VIP party held as part of the Cannes Lions festival for the creative industries.
Rapper Post Malone also performed.
Over the past four months, Dua has been performing across North America and Europe as part of her Future Nostalgia tour, which continues on Sunday in Norway.
Considering she’s usually a VIP at Glastonbury, I’d be surprised if she doesn’t stop by the festival before her flight to play her gig in Oslo, Norway.
After all, as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, it’s only a matter of time before she headlines.
Lew to go crazy
THIS year, Glastonbury Young Talent winner Lewis McLaughlin has an impressive place in the festival line-up.
The Scottish singer, who Radio 2’s Zoe Ball called great, will perform at the eccentric The Rabbit Hole tomorrow at 3:00 pm.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this area of Worthy Farm has hosted some of the wildest nights in Glasto’s history.
This year promises to be the same, with a truly stellar cast of weird and wonderful performers.
Trust me, he definitely deserves attention.