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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's World Record Attempt

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Musical duo celebrate the release of Together Again
Fans of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will help the duo achieve a world record on the day their new album is released.

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Together Again, World Record, HMV

On October 27, 2017, the vocalists will attempt to break the record for the most public appearances by a musical group in 24 hours by visiting five hmv stores in one day. They will meet as many fans as possible and sign copies of their new album, Together Again, in Blackpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and London. The record is currently held by Westlife, who visited five cities in 36 hours in 2002.

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Together Again, World Record, HMV

The race against the clock will begin at 9am at hmv in Alfie's hometown of Blackpool before they hit hmv stores in Manchester (Arndale) at 11.30am, Sheffield (Meadowhall) at 2.15pm and Nottingham (Victoria) at 4.45pm. The pair will race across the finish line by flying into the capital in a 'Ball and Boe' helicopter, where they will complete their last signing in hmv's flagship store on Oxford Street at 8pm.

"We are ecstatic (and slightly nervous) to be taking on a new challenge, especially one that allows us to meet fans all over the country,'' the duo admit.

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Together Again, World Record, HMV

Together Again follows the runaway success of the Ball and Boe debut record, Together, which was 2016's best-selling album in the UK and the Christmas number one album. It has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK.

West End, Broadway and movie classics are showcased on Together Again, with a wealth of hits including a West Side Story medley, New York New York, As If We Never Said Goodbye and Some Enchanted Evening.

There is a nod to Morecambe & Wise with Bring Me Sunshine and a homage to Bing Crosby whose vocals are merged with Ball and Boe on White Christmas.

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Together Again, World Record, HMV

In true Ball and Boe style, the pair will also soon be returning to TV screens in their own ITV Special, Ball and Boe Back Together, following the huge success of their first special in 2016. The show will feature guest appearances from award-winning singer Imelda May, and comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford.

The relationship between Ball and Boe began 10 years ago when they performed in Kismet at the London Coliseum. It was then that Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the BBC Proms and he invited Alfie Boe to join him. Both have now been signed as solo artists and a duo by Decca Records.

They will embark on a major UK arena tour, starting in Cardiff on November 30 and concluding at London's O2 Arena on December 14. Full details here.
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Why? Be part of Ball and Boe's record attempt
When: October 27, 2017
Phone: 0843 221 0265
Where: Blackpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and London
Cost: The price of the Together Again album
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