The Shires have just fixed their place into UK country music history following the announcement of their second Gold disc in under 12 months.
Their hit album ‘My Universe’ has now sold over 100,000 copies in the UK in well under a year. This latest album hasn’t been out of the Top 60 since its launch last October, and continues to jump back into the Top 20. The Shires, who are also playing 11 dates across the UK through April to May with a final date at London Palladium on May 2nd, says on their impressive achievement: “We are thrilled ‘My Universe’ has been certified Gold in the UK. Thank you to all our fans who continue to support our music and the UK Country movement, which continues to grow and thrive. There is so much great UK Country talent coming out of the UK right now, with the USA starting to take notice of what we and other acts are doing. It’s a great time to be making Country music!”
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Also released today is their next single ‘Drive’. Decca’s Managing Director, Rebecca Allen, said of their latest single “Drive is one of those tracks that has potential to break not just the UK, but it will no doubt resonate with USA Country Radio too. Kip and the band have written a modern country pop classic and I’m sure when the time is right the USA label Big Machine, will launch it into the stratosphere.”
The Shires have received great critical acclaim in the UK press, with the Metro calling them “two genius singer-songwriters” and Daily Mail announcing that “their place in the vanguard of home-grown country is assured”. The success of the country duo looks set to mark a strong year for UK country music over the next year.
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