UK pop icon Will Young has released his long-awaited seventh studio album Lexicon. It is Will’s first full-length record since 2015’s chart-topping 85% Proof and is also his first release through an independent label. The former Pop Idol star has spent the last two decades at the heart of pop and remains a renowned household name, so far achieving four #1 albums.
Unlike records he’s made in the past, Lexicon isn’t what Young calls a “heart-pulling album“; in fact, it’s been filled with fun and freedom: “I revel in the music”. The joyfulness around making Lexicon lit a real spark of creativity for Young and the album provides a sense of new beginnings, of liberation and freedom. “They’re things that could have been in place a lot sooner but they wouldn’t have been able to because I hadn’t got there. It just takes some living. It’s living, it’s having a breakdown, it’s reassembling the pieces, literally, day by day. It’s really hard work,” Young explains. “But then once it’s reassembled, it’s strong.”
In the period between releasing albums, Young has been working as an active and vocal campaigner for the LGBTQ movement, including the promotion of all inclusive children’s books on Cbeebies. Additionally, the second season of his hugely popular LGBT podcast Homo Sapiens, that he co-created and co-presents with filmmaker and friend Chris Sweeney is out now.
To celebrate the release of Lexicon, Will is also embarking on a huge 21-date UK tour, which is due to kick off this October. The tour covers a wide range of locations across the country, including London’s historic Eventim Apollo. Tickets are available now.
Will Young’s critically acclaimed seventh studio album Lexicon is out now and available to purchase and stream in digital and physical formats.