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Upcoming (media) appearances:
19 October: Weekend Wogan, BBC Radio 2, 11am new
27 October: BBC Children in Need Gala Lunch, 12:30pm new
9 November: Songs of Praise, BBC 1 (get tickets for the recording in Aldershot)
12 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC 1, 6am
13 November: Alan Titchmarshl, ITV 1, 3pm
16 November: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am
1 December: Loose Women, ITV1, 12:30pm
UPDATE: You can listen to sound clips from all the songs of the new album on iTunes. If you haven't already, download the programme and search for the album. You will then be able to listen to 90 seconds of each song (should you not wish to download the programme you can listen online here but these clips are only 30 seconds long. Click on each song to hear a preview.).
Prior to the release of his new abum you can see a behind the scenes featurette of the comercial shoot. Enjoy!
The moment we have been waiting for has come today. Michael has announced news of his upcoming new album on his Facebook page.
The album will be released on 17 November 2014. You can order the album here. See the cover, read the press release and see the highly anticipated song list here:
If everyone was listening...
|1. Bad Things|
|2. Simple Love|
|3. I Won't Give Up|
|5. Still The Same|
|6. You Needed Me|
|7. Stuck Like Glue|
|8. The Climb|
|9. Need You Now|
|10. May You Never|
|11. What We Ain't Got|
|12. If Everyone Was Listening|
|13. Let It Be Me (Michael Ball & The Overtones)|
|15. Falling Slowly|
MICHAEL BALL, double Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, is delighted to announce the release of 'If Everyone Was Listening...', his 19th studio album.
His most personal record to date, the album contains 15 hand-picked tracks that Michael chose to record himself. A mix of individual classics, award winners and chart toppers spanning the last 40 years, the collection is a snapshot of the music he plays on his Radio 2 show, 'Sunday Night With Michael Ball'.
Taking its name from the 1974 Supertramp song (a favourite of Michael's growing up) the album includes the Everly Brothers' classic 'Let It Be Me', which Michael recorded - to stunning effect - with vocal group The Overtones. Bob Seger's 'Still The Same', Anne Murray's Grammy-winning 'You Needed Me' and John Martyn's enduring 'May You Never' all receive sensitive interpretations, while Michael indulges his sassy side with a rollicking reworking of 'Bad Things', the theme song to the TV vampire drama, True Blood.
Some of the song choices were inspired by Michael's love of country music and its current stars, including Alison Krauss, whose sublime 'Simple Love' is one of Michael's favourite songs. Another little known song to get the MB treatment is Jake Owen's 'What We Ain't Got' which sits alongside a solo rendering of Lady Antebellum's duet 'Need You Now' and the quirky 'Stuck Like Glue', originally by Sugarland.
Other tracks include the Joshua Kadison song, 'Jessie' on which Michael sings all the harmonies himself, the powerful and almost spiritual 'Angel' by Sarah McLachlan, 'The Climb' (previously performed by Miley Cyrus and Joe McElderry) and of course a musicals number; in this case the Oscar winning 'Falling Slowly' from Once, the album's closing track.
TV News posted:01/09/14
Various (media) News posted:22/09/14
You have several chances to catch Michael live or on telly over the next few weeks:
He recorded an interview for Vintage TV. His episode of “Needle Time” will be broadcast sometime in November.
Also Michael will cover a special gala performance of Miss Saigon for BBC Radio 2 on 3 October at 9pm.
He will be judge at “Talent 2014” at the Criterion Theatre in London (26 October, 7:30pm) where they search for next big musical star. You can get tickets here. This will be in aid of Acting for Others.
On 1 December Michael will appear at ITV’s “Loose Women” (12:30pm).
He was also seen busking in the streets of Harrogate singing “Happy” – he did this for telly (Stars at your service perhaps?). You can see the video here:
Stars At Your Service posted:04/09/14
As you can see in his Twitter feed, Michael has joined many other celebrities for Stars At Your Service, a Channel 4 TV show. It is all in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The live show will be aired on 17 October.
This is how it all works. A good idea for a great cause! Maybe you have an idea for a "job" for Mr Ball?
As soon as we know a transmission date we will let you know.
Michael's Ice Bucket Challenge posted:24/08/14
Having been nominated to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of MNDA by Collabro, Michael took the challenge and posted the video below as proof. We would like to second his plea to donate generously as it is for a really good cause. Read more:
In case you haven't heard about it yet, this is what the Ice Bucket Challenge is all about (courtesy of Wikipedia):
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014. In the United Kingdom, people also participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
And now, here is the video. Enjoy!
More Ken Bruce in October posted:14/08/14
Once again Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce . (Yay!) You can listen to him in the week from 27 October (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).
West End Heroes & Silver Clef posted:04/07/14
On 28 September Michael will host West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre (he also hopes to sing a few songs, of course). You can buy your tickets here.
This is what the Dominion website says:
Following the phenomenal success of West End Heroes last year, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance that raised over £88,000 for the charity Help For Heroes , the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre is to once again host the event, this year on Sunday 28 September.
Michael is very much looking forward to the event:
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to take part in WEST END HEROES and to show my respect, admiration and support for the amazing men and women who‘ve literally put their lives on the line for us all It'll be a joy and a challenge to host the entire evening (as well as hopefully performing a couple of songs) and I can promise it's going to be a concert not to be missed. And, if all goes to plan there will be some wonderful surprises in store!"
Today Michael attended the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards. Enjoy some great shots at Getty's website.
Book Club and Concert posted:15/06/14
Tomorrow, on 16 June at 5:05pm Michael will review a novel for BBC Radio 2's Book Club. They tweeted this gorgoues picture.
Also on 20 September Michael will join the celebrations at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. The evening will be called A Night of Variety, Celebrating 100 years of the Alhambra Theatre and you can book your tickets here.
Ken Bruce posted:12/05/14
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce again. You can listen to him in the week from 26 May as well as from 4 August (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).
Media News posted:26/04/14
On 30 April at 11:05pm BBC One will repeat Michael's Room 101 episode but this will also be an extended version running 10 minutes longer than the original.
On 9 May between 6 - 8pm BBC Radio 2 will air Michael Ball's Eurovision: The Singers and the Songwriters where Michael "talks all things Eurovision with some of the UK's past participants."
Also while sitting in for Ken Bruce recently, Michael mentioned he would be doing that again at the end of May. Once we know the exact dates we will let you know.
Archer Street's Got Talent posted:13/04/14
On 15 April Soho's Archer Street will "host the final of Archer Street's Got Talent, where eight of their, as of yet, undiscovered singers battle it out for the grand title. And who's heading up the judging panel? None other than West End superstar Michael Ball. It's set to be a big night.
The winner will be crowned the ‘Voice of Soho'. The contest has been running for the past four months, with members of the public taking to the stage in a bid to win the £5,000 prize. "
Cork and more posted:06/04/14
On 10 April (6 - 8pm) Michael will join a host of other celebrities for the Shop with the Stars event an Fenwick's of Bond Street in London. The stars will be
manning the tills, packing bags and even being personal shoppers. This ois all in aid of Acting for Others. Read all about the event here.
Also remember that he will be standing in for Ken Bruce for two weeks (7 April - 18 April) at 9:30am, BBC Radio 2.
BBC Radio 2 announced that they will launch a pop-up digital radio station ('Radio 2 Eurovision') to celebrate this year's Eurovision Song Contest from 8 - 11 May 2014. Michael will be among the presenters. Read more.
News Roundup posted:18/03/14
Michael will present highlights of this year's Olivier Awards in a BBC Radio 2 show on 19 April at 6pm.
He also gave a short interview on the Perfect Pitch Award and hints a possible West End return before the end of the year (YAY!).
Lytham Proms Concert posted:13/02/14
Michael will be performing at the Lytham Proms concert on 3 August 2014.
Michael will be headlining the concert and he will be joined by Lesley Garrett, Kerry Ellis and Rhydian Roberts. You can find more information about the concert here and you can book tickets from Friday at 9am via the before mentionned link.
BBC Radio 2 Concert posted:07/02/14
Michael has barely finished filming "Tubby & Enid" when he was back in the BBC Radio Theatre to join fellow singers for a tribute concert for David Jacobs. It will air on 9 February at 11pm on BBC Radio 2.
Here is what the programme's website says:
Friends and colleagues from the Entertainment industry pay tribute to legendary broadcaster David Jacobs who died last year aged 87. Introduced by his friend and fellow Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce, with contributions from some of the people he worked with, and some of the musicians he loved, the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon remember "his" kind of music in a special programme from London's BBC Radio Theatre.
Media News and Taipei Concert posted:25/01/14
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 again for two weeks in April.
Tune in Monday to Friday from 7 April until 18 April, 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Also the episode of Room 101 that he has recorded on 22 October 2013 will be aired on 31 January on BBC One at 8:30pm. There was an article in the RadioTimes about this episode.
Following the huge success of the Shanghai concerts Michael will join the tour of "Do You Hear The People Sing?" again in Taipei, Taiwan. He will be singing two shows on 29 March 2014. You can buy tickets via this website.
BBC Movie "Tubby & Enid" and media news - UPDATED 01/01/14 posted:11/12/13
Exciting news! It has been confirmed that Michael will be starring alongside Imelda (Staunton) in a brand new BBC movie adaptation of Victoria Wood's play The Day We Sang.
It will be called “Tubby and Enid”, shooting begins on 6 January 2014. You can read more about this here and here. We cannot wait to see this. 90 minutes – a proper movie. Back to the roots indeed.
UPDATED - Upcoming media appearances:
15 December : Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9.30am - cancelled
22 December: Songs of Praise Big Sing Christmas Carol, BBC One, 4.35pm
26 December: Debbie McCrory, BBC Radio Cornwall, 6pm - new
29 December: Catchphrase Christmas Special, ITV1, 7pm
2 January: Michael Grade's Stars of Musical Theatre, BBC Four, 9.45pm
3 January: Don Black Tribute Concert, BBC Four, 7.30pm
15 January: The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, BBC Two, 8pm - new
A lot of Ball to look forward to!
DVD release (Toast of London) posted:01/12/13
While Michael is wowing the crowds in Shanghai (he sang “Stars” from Les Mis!) we thought we could update you on a new DVD that might be of interest for Michael’s fans:
As you could see in the video clip Michael made a guest appearance in the series “Toast of London” as himself (in his day job as West End enforcer). This series was now released on DVD (Michael’s episode is the sixth and finale one). He also features in the extras. His segment is called “My name is Michael Ball” shows how he recorded the song for the credits and plays around with it a bit. It’s only a few minutes long but highly enjoyable. Also his rather casual outfit in the recording session is a bit of a contrast to the very dapper tuxedo he wears on the actual show LOL
You can order it here.
DVD Signing and more posted:06/11/13
Again on Michael's Facebook page two DVD signings on 12 November have been announced:
"Michael will be in London signing copies of his new tour DVD "Both Sides Now' on Tuesday 12th November. Get your copy signed at one of the following locations;
Sainsburys, Dulwich (80 Dog Kennel Hill, London, SE22 8BB) from 2pm - 3:30pm
HMV, Oxford Street (363 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1DJ) from 6pm - 8pm
Also we found this announcement of a Christmas Carol concert in Putney on 12 December. But as we all know this doesn't mean anything as this appearance has not yet been officially confirmed.
Upcoming TV Appearances posted:31/10/13
On Michael's Facebook page the following TV appearances have been announced:
"Michael will be gracing your TV screens twice in the next few days.....you can catch him on Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two at 6:30pm on Friday 1st November (BBC2) and This Morning at 12:15pm on Monday 4th November (ITV1)."
Also he is listed as a contributor to The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song (8 November, ITV 1, 9pm) and as a guest on Loose Women on 14 November (ITV 1, 12:0pm).
Spamalot & DVD News posted:16/10/13
As you might have seen on Twitter Michael will make an appearance as God in the musical Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre London. You can book tickets here.
Here is the message we received to pass on to you:
Have you heard the exciting news that Michael Ball is appearing as God in Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for for charity?
Michael Ball took time out of his busy schedule to film the part of God, which will be shown during each performance of Spamalot from Monday 21th October until Saturday 26th October.
Ball steps into the heavenly robes previously worn by Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor and Christopher Biggins who have also filmed the part of God. ‘The Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods' has been created to raise-a-lot of shillings for several charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library which are supported by the actors who are playing God.
The part does not require the actor to be on stage (it's filmed and shown on a screen apparently) but Michael will make a personal appearance on 21 October.
TV, radio and pics posted:13/10/13
On 24 November Michael will appear in the new comedy series Toast of London which will be aired on Channel 4 at 10:40pm. He will go back to his roots and do some straight acting. We can hardly wait to see it!
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce again in the week commencing on 21 October. You can listen to him Monday to Friday from 9:30am on BBC Radio 2.
On 7 October Michael attended the Pride of Britain Awards held at Grosvenor House in London. There are several photos online. You can always find lovely shots at Contact Music.
Concert in aid of Shooting Star CHASE posted:03/10/13
On 8 December Michael will give a charity concert in aid of the charity Shooting Star CHASE at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 4 October and are priced between 20 and 85 Pounds.
There are VIP Meet and Greet packages available for 299 Pounds.
You can buy tickets here.
Interview clip after receiving Honorary Doctorate of Arts posted:20/09/13
Michael gave a short lovely interview after being awarded an honorary doctorate.
TV News posted:14/09/13
TMichael will be one of the guests at The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Friday 20 September (3pm, ITV1).
Also he recorded two appearances for Songs of Praise (Your Favourite Hymn and Your Favourite Carol with provisional air dates on 27 October and 22 December).
Honorary Doctorate of Arts posted:04/09/13
The Plymouth University has announced that it will award Michael with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts on 20 September. Here is the quote from their website:
"Musical star Michael Ball, multiple award-winning artists Gilbert and George, and former Secretary of State for Education Lord Kenneth Baker are to be recognised for their achievements with Honorary Doctorates from Plymouth University this year.
Michael Ball will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts on Friday 20th September, bringing him back to the city where he grew up and where he first became involved in youth theatre."
Gala at Sadler's Wells Theatre posted:04/09/13
Michael will take part in a star-studded gala evening in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School on 29 September at the Sadler's Wells in London. You can buy your tickets and read all about it here.
The line-up includes "BalletBoyz®, Steven McCrae, Royal Ballet, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Samantha Bond, Wayne Sleep, stars of the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet. "
DVD News posted:31/08/13
According to this new cover design and Amazon the Both Sides Now DVD will feature an exclusive 8-track bonus CD. It will be released on 11 November 2013 and you can order it here.
Michael to perform in Shanghai in November posted:29/08/13
The people of Sanghai are in for a treat. Michael will be returning to the Chinese metropole to headline a concert series that is devoted to the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the writers of Les Mis, Martin Guerre etc. The concerts will take place from 27 November till 1 December 2013 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Michael will be joined by Lea Salonga (his Eponine for the 10th Anniversary concert) David Harris, Amanda Harrison and Marie Zamora (wife of Alain Boublil).
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