Stormzy’s third album will be released this year, the dusty star has announced.
The 28-year-old revealed the news on the first night of his much-delayed Heavy Is The Head UK tour in Cardiff on Sunday.
During the performance at Motorpoint Arena, a video was played to provide details on the upcoming record-breaking process.
The video shows the Croydon-born rapper in the studio, ending with confirmation the album will be out this year and available for pre-order now.
It was described by Stormzy’s team as a “personal gesture of gratitude to his loyal and supportive fans who have waited almost two years for the UK shows”.
His biggest UK tour to date, which includes three nights at the O2 Arena in London as well as shows in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow.
It was constantly delayed by the pandemic.
It has been one of the tour’s biggest casualties from the virus, with Sir Elton John, Genesis and The Rolling Stones also forced to delay live dates.
Originally from south London, Stormzy is best known for her song Shut Up, which was released freely and posted on YouTube.
His 2017 debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, was the first cranky album to hit number one in the UK and was named Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards.
This was followed by Heavy Is The Head two years later – another number one hit.
In December 2020, he signed with influential hip hop record label Def Jam after leaving Atlantic Records, joining some of the biggest names in rap music, including Kanye West, Nas, Pusha T and Public Enemy.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/stormzy-announces-third-album-as-he-begins-delayed-uk-tour-41445123.html Stormzy announces third album as he embarks on delayed UK tour