Three years after they staged one of the most successful comebacks of the decade, enduring British pop legends Steps – aka H, Claire, Faye, Lee and Lisa – return once again with their sixth album, What the Future Holds, out this Friday (27 November 2020) via BMG, and a huge arena tour across the UK and Ireland in November / December 2021, with 4 extra dates announced this week.
Steps have also announced that their third single will be To The Beat Of My Heart, which will be played for the first time on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show and is available to stream / download now.
If you thought 2017’s hi-energy Tears on the Dancefloor album, which was led by the giant glitter ball-sized banger Scared of the Dark and concluded with an arena UK tour that shifted over 200,000 tickets, was a step into the big leagues then brace yourselves because this new album’s first single, the album’s thundering, gloriously dramatic title track, was written by pop queen Sia. Built around a typically Steps-esque bittersweet refrain of “one foot in the past and one foot in the future”, it felt like the perfect statement for a band who have taken a wave of nostalgia and alchemised it into an album full of future anthems. What The Future Holds quickly hit the top spot on iTunes and has been streamed over 2 million times.
Alongside Sia, the versatile album also sees them reunite with the likes of Fiona Bevan (Ed Sheeran), Ina Wroldsen (Shakira) and Karl Twigg, who worked on their first three albums, plus experiment with the likes of Hannah Robinson (Kylie). “We will never forget the past with Steps, it’s what made us,” says Steps, “but we’ve got to look to the future too.”
If What The Future Holds represented the future for Steps, then the current single, Something In Your Eyes, gleefully celebrates the past via a classic, ABBA-esque chorus, a joyous key change and a brilliantly unexpected staggered outro. “It’s so much fun, it’s a real nod to old Steps, but it works so well alongside What The Future Holds. You can’t help but sing along to it and feel uplifted by it.” add Steps. Something In Your Eyes premiered on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show and has since been added to the Radio 2 playlist.
The What The Future Holds album will be available on all digital platforms plus CD, Vinyl (including a limited edition transparent pink edition) and Cassette (including a special collector’s box with five separate transparent pink solo cassettes with an intro from each band member). The album can be preordered now from the Steps Superstore here. As well as the two singles, last month they revealed another taster of the album with the launch of Under My Skin. The track is an instant grat and can be downloaded immediately when fans pre-order the album on iTunes. Other hotly anticipated tracks include the atmospheric, mid tempo Clouds and the throbbing melancholia of To The One.
Steps have also announced their sure-to-be epic What The Future Holds 2021 Tour headlining 18 arena shows across the UK including two dates at London’s The O2. Steps will be joined on the tour by the brilliant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as special guest.
Launching during the halcyon days of pop in 1997 with their line-dancing classic 5,6,7,8, Brit award winners Steps set about re-turfing the music landscape via 14 UK top 10 singles and three multi-platinum albums in three years including #1’s Tragedy and Stomp. Fast forward twenty years, the band returned with the mighty Tears On The Dancefloor, which hit #1 on the physical and iTunes album charts and went Gold within a matter of weeks, becoming the second biggest-selling independent album of 2017 in the UK behind Stormzy.
Their subsequent ‘Party On The Dancefloor’ tour saw the band sell out twenty-two arenas. 23 years on from their debut, 2020 sees them return with What The Future Holds.
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