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What Doesn't Kill You makes Jake stronger

September 24, 2013


JAKE Bugg's second album will be called Shangri La.

The follow-up to his self-titled debut, which topped the chart last October and has sold close to one million copies, will be released on November 18.

Shangri La was produced by Rick Rubin at his studio in Malibu. Bugg finished recording it earlier this month with a band that included Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pete Thomas, of The Attractions, and musicians who played on Johnny Cash's series of American Recordings albums, produced by Rubin. It still sounds like me but it feels like a step forward, said Bugg. As if the first one was just a taste of what's to come.

It will be released on Jake Bugg Records through a deal with Virgin EMI. His debut was released by Mercury Records.

The first single from it will be What Doesn't Kill You, described as a blistering, urgent track and played for the first time last night by Zane Lowe on his radio show.

A spokesman for Bugg said: Lyrically, it's still grounded in his experiences of life in Nottingham but now in much sharper focus, capturing the emotional intensity of finding your feet as a teenager. Musically, it is a scorching, searing track that is over in just two minutes and it's as lean a track as you'll hear all year.

The video for the single was directed by Shane Meadows. Filmed in Nottingham last month, it features This Is England's Andrew Shim and Rosamund Hanson (Life's Too Short).

It's not the first time he's used Nottingham actors in his videos. Two Fingers featured Vicky McClure, while Seen It All starred Michael Socca. Both also appeared in Meadows' This Is England film and TV series.

Shangri La will follow just over a year after his debut album, which sent the 19-year-old from Clifton into the record books as the youngest solo male to debut at No 1 with their first release.

Since then he's also toured with Noel Gallagher and Snow Patrol in the US and Europe, opened for the Stones Roses and the Rolling Stones, toured Japan, the US and Europe and played all the key UK music festivals, as well as headlining Nottingham's Splendour festival.

He is currently nominated for two Q Awards (Best New Act and Best Solo Act) and the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. These nominations follow similar nods at this year's Brit and NME Awards. Next month, he will embark on his biggest UK tour to date.

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