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27 November 2014

THE ENDLESS RIVER HELPS DRIVE VINYL REVIVAL

First week UK sales on vinyl of The Endless River were the highest of any LP released since 1997, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century, according to official UK Charts data.

The BPI, the trade body which represents the UK's record labels, has just announced that annual sales of vinyl albums have exceeded the 1m mark for the first time since the Britpop era of the 1990s, according to Official Charts data released today.

The milestone was achieved at the weekend, which saw 2014 sales already comfortably ahead of the 780,674 sales posted in 2013. With the Christmas period still to come, the BPI says it's likely the final total for 2014 will rise towards around 1.2m unit sales, a level not seen since 1996, when 1,083,206 LPs were purchased.

A new generation of music fans and a mix of iconic and acclaimed new rock bands is helping to drive the revival, which sees The Endless River at Number 2 in the current Official Vinyl Chart behind the David Bowie 'Best Of', Nothing Has Changed.


19 November 2014

CHARTING THE ENDLESS RIVER

The Endless River is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany, France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.

STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries*.

Other charts include: USA – 3; Australia – 3; Finland – 4; and Spain – 6.

*The Endless River is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.


16 November 2014

'THE ENDLESS RIVER' TOPS THE CHARTS

Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River reached a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other countries.


4 November 2014

LATER... WITH WORDS

David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later... with Jools Holland, in an interview with Jools about the imminent release of The Endless River. We can expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo video for Louder Than Words too, so it should be a memorable show.

The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.


13 October 2014

PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION – THEIR MORTAL REMAINS – CANCELLED

Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their Mortal Remains, have announced today that the exhibition, due to take place on September 19th in Milan, has now been cancelled because the necessary conditions have not occurred in order to make it happen within the time frame available at the Fabbrica del Vapore. (These conditions have nothing to do with Milan's Municipality.)

Ticket holders for the exhibition should seek refunds from their point of purchase according to the procedures already communicated.


10 October 2014

'LOUDER THAN WORDS' GETS FIRST RADIO PLAY

Louder Than Words, the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.

Louder Than Words is performed by Pink Floyd. Taken from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason's 1993 Division Bell sessions it has new lyrics by writer and Division Bell lyricist Polly Samson.

David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder than words".


9 October 2014

DAVID AND NICK TALK ABOUT 'THE ENDLESS RIVER'



In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River.

This is available on the BBC iPlayer here.


22 September 2014

PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS

The Endless RiverDetails about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten international cities, including an eight-metre lit installation on London's Southbank.

The album will be released on Parlophone/Warner Music on 10 November and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

David Gilmour said:
"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Nick Mason said:
"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

The Endless River is mainly an instrumental album across 'four sides' with one song, 'Louder Than Words', with new lyrics by novelist Polly Samson.

Visit the new microsite here.


11 August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION – THEIR MORTAL REMAINS – POSTPONED

Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition, have announced today that the Exhibition, due to start on 19 September 2014 in Milan, has had to be postponed due to production delays. Building the complex Exhibition to the required specification has made it impossible to make the opening date. Tickets sales for the Exhibition are currently suspended.

Existing ticket purchases will remain valid once the new exhibition dates are announced or can be refunded at point of purchase.


7 July 2014

'THE ENDLESS RIVER'

Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River, in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer.


20 May 2014

PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF 'THE DIVISION BELL'

•   RELEASED: 30 JUNE 2014
•   PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX
•   BLU-RAY DISC INCLUDING NEW 2014 FILM OF MAROONED
•   2-LP VINYL FEATURING FULL-LENGTH TRACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
•   REPLICA 7" AND 12" COLOURED VINYL AND MUCH MORE


Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division Bell, the band's 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned. Set for release on 30 June 2014, 'The Division Bell' was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20th anniversary box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors' prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson's 5.1 audio mix of 'The Division Bell'.

'The Division Bell' debuted at No 1 in the UK and in the USA, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in eight other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.

David Gilmour said at the time: "The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive".

The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector's box set will feature a new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7" vinyl replica of single Take It Back, clear 7" vinyl replica of High Hopes, 12" blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of 'The Division Bell' and a Blu-ray disc including 'The Division Bell' album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.

Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned, the track that won a Grammy for 'Best Rock Instrumental' in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson.

Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.




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