Note from Jim
23rd March 2016
Hi there everybody, just a few words of thanks on behalf of the band, for your incredible support for the new album. As always, you’ve done us proud and we are all very touched that you’ve been prepared to part with your hard earned money to get ‘Girl At The End Of The World’. Many, many thanks from us all.
Just a quick cheeky plea. If you are thinking of getting the album before the tour to get familiar with the new songs, can you get it by midnight Thursday to help keep us in the Top Ten?
Yours, Cheeky Jim xxx
6 Music’s Album Of The Day
23rd March 2016
“James Leading Adele in Race For U.K. Albums Chart Crown” – Billboard
22nd March 2016
Billboard magazine writes, “James is on the verge of knocking Adele from the summit of the U.K. albums chart for what would be the British rock group’s first No. 1 in nearly two decades.
“James, which enjoyed hits with Sit Down and Laid in the early 1990s, is on top at the midway stage of the chart week with Girl At The End Of The World (BMG), the group’s 14th studio album.
“Girl is No. 1 on the Official Top 100 Albums Chart Update, some 2,000 combined sales ahead of the second-placed album, Adele’s 25 (XL).
“If James can hang on until the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday local time, it’ll be just the band’s second No. 1 following 1998’s The Best Of – James.”
#GotTheGirl photo competition
22nd March 2016
Competition time! You have till midnight on Thursday night (24 March) to show us a photo with Girl At The End Of the World at a record store of your choice – inside or outside, digital or physical, owned or borrowed! – to be in with a chance to win entry for 2 to a gig of your choice on the May tour plus signed album for 1st place (chosen by us), or a signed album and print for 2nd place (chosen by you lot with your ‘likes’ once the competition has closed).
The competition album is hosted on facebook and that’s where you can vote for your favourite once the competition has closed for new entries. At that point the general public can vote for the runner up with a ‘like’.
N.B. No purchase required, just a photo of you with the album in/outside the store.
“James on course for first chart-topping album in 18 years” – Official Charts Company
21st March 2016
News just in from The Official Charts Company: “They say patience is a virtue, and one band who [know] that all too well are British rock band James, who could be scoring their first Number 1 album in nearly two decades this week.
“Following their first Number 1 album – 1998’s ‘The Best Of’ – James are on the cusp of their second UK chart topper with their 14th studio album Girl At The End Of The World, 18 years after they last reached the top spot.
“The record is currently just under 2,000 combined sales ahead of its nearest competitor, Adele’s 25. Can the Manchester group hold onto their early lead and grab their first non-compilation Number 1?”
Homeward bound – BBC Breakfast then HMV Manchester
20th March 2016
Tomorrow the band return to Manchester to continue the celebration on home ground. First port of call is Media City for their guest appearance on BBC Breakfast – tune in between 6-9:15am.
Next stop HMV in the Arndale Centre for a short live set followed by signing copies of the album. No tickets or wristbands issued/required, just queue up before capacity’s reached.
HAPPY GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD DAY
18th March 2016
SHE’S FINALLY HERE! #GetTheGirl
Or mobilise and pick it up from your friendly neighbourhood record shop.
And if you love it, please spread the word!
The One Show
16th March 2016
The band have been invited to play on The One Show tonight, tune in to BBC One from 7pm.
If you miss it you’ll be able to catch up online, check back after the broadcast for the link.
Update: You can now watch the programme online here, for James content you want the first few mins and the last five or so.
Release week festivities!
16th March 2016
We’ve got an action packed week ahead, as we celebrate the album’s release up and down the country. Join us / tune in / etc.
Thursday 17th: BBC Radio 6 Music session on Lauren Laverne’s Morning Show. The band will play live on-air sometime between 10am-1pm.
Friday 18th: HELLO GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Chris Evans Breakfast Show hosts the band for a live session! Don’t miss it. James join Chris in the Radio 2 studios sometime between 6:30-9:30am.
HMV Oxford Street, London: Short live performance and album signing. Tickets (free) must be pre-booked for this one and they have all been allocated, but if you check our facebook event page there have been quite a few last minute spares offered. The line up will likely be Tim, Jim, Saul, Mark and Adrian Oxaal.
Sunday 20th: HMV Leeds album signing session, 3pm. You don’t need to book for this (nor can you), just queue up before capacity is reached. Band members in attendance will probably be Tim, Jim, and Saul. UPDATE (20/3): Tim and Saul will now be busking a song or two before the signing commences.
Monday 21st: BBC Breakfast appearance. BBC One between 6-9:15am.
HMV Manchester short live set and album signing session. 5:15pm. No tickets required, just queue up before it’s full. The line up will likely be Tim, Jim, Saul, Mark, and Adrian Oxaal.
Tuesday 22nd: HMV Newcastle album signing session, 5:15pm. No tickets or wristbands issued, just turn up before capacity is reached. Band members present will be Tim, Jim and Saul. UPDATE (20/3): They’ll now be busking a song or two prior to the signing session.
Wednesday 23rd: HMV Glasgow (Argyle Street), short live set and album signing session. 5:15pm. No tickets required, just queue up before capacity is reached. Line up will likely be Tim, Jim, Saul, Mark and Adrian Oxaal.
BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions performance RECORDED for broadcast the following night. If you’re quick you can still register for the BBC’s ticket ballot (a.k.a. drawing), this closes at 4pm on Thursday 17th.
Absolute Radio session (recorded earlier in the week) broadcast. Time TBC. This session will air again on the 27th, and if all goes to plan should be available to WATCH on Absolute’s website at some point too. Keep an eye out for updates.
BBC Radio Scotland The Quay Sessions performance (filmed on the 23rd) airs from 9-11pm. If you miss this you’ll be able to catch it again on the radio from 3-5pm on Sunday the 27th, or avail yourself of the online catch-up feature.
We’ll update this news post as and when as needed, keep an eye out for last minute additions.
Vote Laid for best British song
16th March 2016
Radio X are asking listeners to vote for Best British Song, and the fans are galvanizing behind Laid to try to get it to the top!
You can vote for three songs in total, so you can add your two personal faves as well and giving Laid a boost.
They’re counting down the winners live on air on 28th March so cast your vote and tune in for the results!