Words: Issy Aldridge
The Fangirl Times is our new segment where we give you a concise round-up of the news you might have missed this week. Every Sunday, we share the biggest fandom events, ensuring that you stay up to date and in the loop with everything you need to know. You can read last week’s entry here.
Following in the footsteps of fellow bandmate Ashton, Luke Hemmings has announced that he’s been working on new solo material. The Aussie native took to Instagram on Monday (28th June) to cryptically announce the beginnings of a new era:
“I couldn’t be prouder to introduce you to “When Facing the Things We Turn Away From”; a project that grew out of a year of enforced stillness. I’m so grateful for the journey this album has taken me on and I’m so thankful to have had this creative outlet during my time at home. Lyrically and sonically, this album has allowed me to decipher the last 10 years of my life and help me make sense of the person I am today and how I got here.”
“It will be released everywhere August 13. Today, you can hear a first taste of the album; “Starting Line”. Thank you to my brothers in 5sos for your support and allowing me to pursue this project. Endless love to you.”
When Facing The Things We Turn Away From will be out later this year.
If your FYP has been filled with piano covers of Chiquitita recently, then the following news will come as no surprise.
ABBA Gold, the Swedish band’s greatest hits album has spent a record-breaking 1000 weeks in the UK’s albums chart. Boasting hits including Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), the group remain one of the most popular artists of the seventies.
Abba Gold is now one of the best-selling albums of all time, only beaten by Queen’s Greatest Hits album. The two groups battled it out for chart dominance throughout the latter half of the seventies and early eighties.
Speaking on the brilliant news, Benny Andersson said that the title was, “not bad for four old turnips!”
ABBA’s vast catalogue soundtracks the ever iconic Mamma Mia film series, with the latest instalment released back in the Summer of 2018.
The popular British dating show made its return to television screens across the country this week, promising drama at every single turn. Eleven new islanders entered the villa in Majorca, with Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling returning to their former roles.
But following the show’s eighteen-month break due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the new series has already caused a stir on social media. Contestant Chloe’s attitudes have ruffled feathers country-wide, with the programme being forced to take action to condemn the online trolling which emerged.
The statement comes following the suicides of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, as well as host, Caroline Flack.
The dating show has become a British summer staple since its first series back in 2015, and has since inspired an Australian version.
Love Island UK is on ITV2 every night at 9pm.
The concert film proves popular with fans as the world awaits its return to unrestricted live music.
Olivia Rodrigo goes from strength to strength with her latest audio experience. The thirty-minute long livestream premiered on YouTube earlier this week, where the Traitor singer performed tracks from her recently released album. Since the lead single’s success in January of this year, Rodrigo has cemented herself as a heartbroken teen’s dream. Her ballad-like tracks, coupled with the angst of hits like Jealousy Jealousy and Good 4 U have seen her tipped as the next ‘one to watch’.
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