Ahead of their live performance on The Graham Norton Show tomorrow night with the iconic Michelle Visage, pop legends Steps have announced their brand new album What The Future Holds Pt. 2, will be released later this year. Hot on the heels of part 1, part 2 will be available to buy in CD (both standard and deluxe versions), vinyl, cassette and on digital formats. Spanning 15 tracks, the album includes 10 brand-new unheard songs, special stripped-back acoustic versions of previous singles and the revamped single mix of Heartbreak In This City, featuring Primetime Emmy Award winner Michelle Visage, which hit #1 on the UK iTunes chart last month. Pre-order the new album here, for an instant download of the brand-new acoustic version of Heartbreak In This City with Michelle, which is also released today.
The band announced the exciting album news on a YouTube Rodeo livestream event this morning in which they premiered the music video for Heartbreak In This City with Michelle Visage. The video features a classic Steps dance routine choreographed by Mark Jennings and was directed by Harold Strachan, who also directed the video for previous single To The Beat Of My Heart. Produced by Ben Hutchinson for Submarine Films, it was predominately shot in Manchester and in keeping with current restrictions, Lisa Scott-Lee filmed her scenes in Dubai with a local crew, with the UK team overseeing by Zoom. Watch the video here.
Of the album release, Lisa Scott-Lee said,“We couldn’t have been more thrilled about the reaction to our What The Future Holds album last November, and the ongoing love from fans for all our single and video releases since”. Band member Faye Tozer added: “While lockdown has been really tough, we were fortunate enough to use the time to record a load of brand-new songs for you all! What originally started as a deluxe version of the album has now become a full new record”. Claire Richards continued“We see What The Future Holds Pt. 2 as the perfect companion piece to the original album. The new record is classic Steps but also explores some brand-new sounds”. Ian ‘H’ Watkins added: “Some of our favourites include ‘Take Me For A Ride’ which has a proper 80s vibe (written by Mark Topham and Karl Twigg, who co-wrote One For Sorrow, Stomp and Deeper Shade Of Blue and is their first joint song in nearly two decades) and ‘A Hundred Years of Winter’ which is an icy electronic anthem written by our friend, the brilliant songwriter Darren Hayes from Savage Garden. Lee Latchford-Evans continued,“there’s also ‘Living In A Lie’ which reunites us with Thomas G:Son who wrote ‘Something In Your Eyes’ which was a huge fan favourite on Part 1 of the album, and brings classic Steps pop drama and key changes. Another of my favourites is ‘Trouble & Love’ which was written by Fiona Bevan and Carl Ryden who were behind our 2017 comeback single ‘Scared of the Dark.”
What The Future Holds went Silver within the first month of its release and was the most downloaded album in the UK over the Christmas period. The five-piece will also be heading on their sure-to-be epic What The Future Holds Tour in November, headlining 18 arena shows across the UK including two dates at London’s The O2 and will be joined by the brilliant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a special guest.
What The Future Holds UK Tour Dates:
Nov 2 – Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
Nov 3 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Nov 5 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Nov 6 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Nov 8 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Nov 11 – Manchester, AO Arena
Nov 12 – Manchester, AO Arena
Nov 13 – Aberdeen, P&J Live
Nov 15 – Belfast, SSE Arena
Nov 18 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Nov 19 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Nov 22 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Nov 23 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Nov 25 – Brighton, Centre
Nov 26 – London, The O2
Nov 27 – London, The O2
Nov 29 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Dec 1 – Bournemouth, International Centre
To buy tickets, please visit aegpresents.co.uk/steps