New Music Friday: Olly Murs, Simple Minds and more release new albums

It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new tunes fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to Olly Murs, Simple Minds, Cliff Richard and more.

What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can also listen to a lot of the new releases live! We’ve found the artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win, you’re welcome!

Olly Murs – 24hrs


X Factor-bred megastar Olly Murs has released his fifth studio album 24 Hrs today and it’s one of his best yet. We love Olly’s uplifting pop and we simply cannot wait for his extensive UK tour next spring. Who’s coming? If you’re looking for tickets, there’s a few limited ones left here.

Simple Minds – Acoustic


We all know Simple Minds from the infamous Breakfast Club with John Hughes pumping his fist in the air to Don’t You (Forget About Me). But Simple Minds are not just a one hit wonder, the Scottish rockers have long become a stronghold in the UK’s rock scene. Now they are back with a new acoustic album which they’ll take on the road next summer. Tickets are available here.

Cliff Richard – Just… Fabulous Rock’n’Roll


British musician Cliff Richard is taking a walk on the rock’n’roll side of life with his latest record. If you feel like dancing your socks off to a list of seriously catchy tunes, get your hands on his new album, or even better see him live.

David Bowie – Legacy


There’s a brilliant collection of David Bowie’s greatest singles out today. It follows on from his 2014 greatest hits compilation Nothing Has Changed but now has tracks from Blackstar included. And what would a best of album be without a hidden gem? A previously unreleased version of the 1971 Life On Mars mixed by Ken Scott (its original producer). The ultimate David Bowie musical Lazarus is now open at Kings Cross Theatre. Tickets are available here.

Pink Floyd – The Early Years – cre/ation


Calling all Pink Floyd lovers, Sony’s Legacy label has released a highlights package with 19 out of 27 tracks previously unreleased, including rarities, early versions, BBC radio sessions, B Sides and live recordings. It shows the evolution of Pink Floyd up until one year prior to the release of Dark Side Of The Moon. You can see all things Pink Floyd with an audio-visual journey through the band’s entire history at the Victoria & Albert Museum next May. Tickets are available here.