Blur Set For Seventh UK No 1 With ‘The Ballad Of Darren’
Blur look likely to score their seventh UK No 1 album with new record The Ballad of Darren currently outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined, according to the Official Charts Company.
Blur previously hit the top spot with Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999), Think Tank (2003) and The Magic Whip (2015). Out of their previous eight studio albums, only the band’s first two records, 1991 debut Leisure (7) and 1993’s ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’: How Blur Kickstarted A New Era In British PopModern Life is Rubbish (15) have failed to hit the top spot.
The Ballad of Darren would also mark frontman Damon Albarn’s second UK No 1 album of the year so far following the latest Gorillaz hit, Cracker Island.
Meanwhile, tomorrow sees a very special global performance of their highly-anticipated new album The Ballad of Darren – live streamed via Driift from London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday 25 July 2023 at 9pm BST. Tickets and information here.
The one hour show – titled Blur Present The Ballad of Darren – is the first and only time the band will play the complete album live from start to finish. The performance will allow fans around the world to experience the new record – together, live – with this intimate one-off event, streamed live from London.
Produced by Driift, the fully-live one-hour performance of The Ballad of Darren will be streamed worldwide at 9.00pm London-time (BST), before being rebroadcast three more times to allow fans around the world to watch at time more convenient for their timezone. Following that, the show will also be available to watch On Demand for another 2 days, timings as follows:
Live: Tuesday 25 July 9.00pm BST
Rebroadcast #1: Tuesday 25 July 8.00pm EDT
Rebroadcast #2: Tuesday 25 July 8.00pm PDT
Rebroadcast #3: Wednesday 26 July 8.00pm AEST
On Demand: Wednesday 26 July at 1.00pm BST – Friday 28 July at 1.00pm BST
Livestream Tickets are on sale now here.