Jools Holland TV performance and BBC Top Gear reminder

Jamiroquai will be on the BBC Jools Holland show on Tuesday 25th April.  A 30 minute 'live' broadcast is shown on the Tuesday followed by the full show on Friday 28th.

Don't also forget that Jay appears (and drives) on BBC television show Top Gear which is shown in the UK later this evening (Sunday) and available online after the broadcast.

Toby Smith - 1970-2017

Toby Smith

It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017.  He was an original member of the band until 2002 when he left to spend more time with his family.  He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider.  This is a very sad day for all Jamiroquai fans. Much love to his wife, children and the rest of his family.

Too Young To Die x

Update: Jay has posted a message on the bands Facebook page and tweeted "We will always miss you Toby, without you there would be no Jamiroquai".

Jay filming for BBC Top Gear TV show

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Jamiroquai have tweeted that Jay is filming for BBC television show Top Gear today (12 April) together with a short video of him driving an Audi car as a "warm up".  The show is set to be broadcast on BBC 2 on 23rd April.

Automaton enters UK album chart at number 4

After a great first day of sales Jamiroquai unfortunately slowly edged down the Official UK Albums Chart during the week to end at number 4.  The UK chart is based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl and weighted audio streams.

This beats Rock Dust Light Star (in position, but not sales - please continue reading..), which entered the album chart at number 7 back in November 2010.  All other albums have charted higher in their first week of release.  The chart commentary from writes...

"Jamiroquai's first album in more than six years, Automaton is the highest of nine debuts this week, opening at No.4 (22,277 sales). Their eighth studio album, it fails to match the top three placings of their first six but surpasses the seventh, Rock Dust Light Star.

However, your take on whether it is bigger than its predecessor depends on whether you are ranking by chart position, in which case it is, or first week sales, in which case it isn't, as Rock Dust Light Star's No.7 opening/peak was attended by sales of 34,379 in an extraordinarily competitive week which saw seven debuts in the Top 10.

In fact, Automaton's first week sales are the lowest for a Jamiroquai studio album since 1994, when second album The Return Of The Space Cowboy sold 20,191 copies in debuting at No.2. Their fourth album, Synkronized secured their biggest first week sale of 98,834 copies, becoming the second of their four No.1 albums to date. Despite its brisk start, Synkronized - which features the hits Canned Heat, Supersonic and King For A Day - is far from being their biggest seller, with overall sales of 563,487 to date placing it far behind 1996 predecessor Travelling Without Moving. Their only million seller thus far, Travelling... had first week sales of 65,263 copies, and spent a fortnight at No.2 (behind first REM, then Kula Shaker) but never reached No.1. The only Jamiroquai album to spawn three Top 10 hits - Virtual Insanity, Cosmic Girl and Alright - it had very long legs, and has thus far sold 1,219,197 copies. Its fourth single, High Times, secured a lesser No.20 peak but lent its name to their subsequent compilation High Times: Singles 1992-2006, which reached No.1. It jumps 130-84 (1,303 sales) this week and is their second biggest seller, with to-date sales of 893,324."

Nights Out In The Jungle video?

During an interview on BBC Radio 5 today (Thursday) Jay spoke a little about another music video that hasn't (yet) been seen - for Nights Out In The Jungle.

"...there is a video for that.  It's me sitting in... which was going to be for Cloud 9, but uncannily you put this track to it and it's basically me just going around town, in the back of a car, in black leather, in the back of an old '76 Rolls Royce."

Listen to the interview at the BBC Radio website to hear a good conversation with Jay about the new album and more.

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