The English band Keane releases the unreleased single ‘Love Actually’

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After the announcement of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary from their acclaimed debut album, Hopes and Fearsthe English band Keane have just released a very special single, Love Actuallyto coincide with the reissue of the classic romantic comedy with the same title.

Originally composed in 2003 for the Richard Curtis Christmas romantic comedy, Love Actually, the band has just recorded a version now, after 20 years, produced by the band and with the unmistakable voice of its singer, Tom Chaplin.

“In 2002 we were an unsigned band and our friend and manager, Adam, was working for the producer of ‘Love Actually'”account Tim Rice-OxleyKeane’s keyboardist and primary songwriter. “While making the movie, Adam He told us to write a song and that he would try to get it to Richard Curtis and that maybe we could sneak it onto the soundtrack and make our big debut..

The stars of ‘Love Actually’ at the film’s premiere in Paris, on November 17, 2003. / Stephane Cardinale – Corbis

However, Time adds that Needless to say, this never happened, but Richard has always been kind enough to say that he liked the song and would have liked to include it in the movie.. We all loved the song, but by calling it Love Actually, it was very difficult to do anything with it! In fact, in these 20 years, every time I played a new demo to my mother, her response was always ‘Hmm… when are you going to record Love Actually?’ Well, The film has now turned 20 years old, which has given us the perfect excuse to film it properly.

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“Everyone makes mistakes – even if they are understandable. When I first heard the song Love Actually made by this band of complete strangers, Keane, I thought it was beautiful. I tried in every way to include her in the movie, but in the end, she was too melancholic. and I would dare say, a little deep for the film we had made”says screenwriter and director Richard Curtis.

“Of course, I realized my mistake when six months later ‘Hopes & Fears’ reached number 1 on the charts. It’s so cool that the song is coming out now so everyone can hear it.. I have listened to it many times over the years, even more now than then. This time, my son Spike and I have made a small edit of the film to accompany the song. “I think I actually prefer that 3-minute version of ‘Love Actually’ to the long, chaotic version of the movie that’s been around for 20 years now.”.

Along with the single, StudioCanal and Universal Pictures are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the beloved Christmas classic with a new edition restored in 4K. The film will be re-released in theaters in several countries.

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‘Hopes and Fears’ 20th Anniversary Edition

Hopes and Fears is a key album in Keane’s career. The next May 10the group will reissue a special remastered version of this albumundoubtedly one of the best debut albums in history, exactly the same day it was published 20 years ago.

On the same day, the band will play at London’s O2 Arena as part of a world tour which begins April 1 in Mexico City before arriving in Europe. Their American tour will arrive in the fall and they will visit prestigious concert halls such as the Greek Theater in LA, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville or the Radio City Music Hall In New York.

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Hopes and Fears has achieved several records, since it is one of the best selling albums in England. More than 2.5 million albums in its first year and one million in the USA thanks to its classic Somewhere Only We Know. Hopes and Fears has been 9 times platinum in the UK. The album has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.


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