Florence + the Machine’s much lauded new album Dance Fever has debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, No. 2 on Top Album Sales and No. 7 on the Billboard 200—her fourth consecutive album in the top ten. In addition, the album debuts at No. 1 in the U.K., the band’s fourth LP to reach the top spot.
Last week, Florence Welch shared the deluxe version of Dance Fever featuring a cover of The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” and acoustic versions of four album tracks, “Cassandra,” “Free,” “Morning Elvis,” and “My Love.”
The highly anticipated original version features acclaimed tracks “My Love,” “Free,” “King” and “Heaven is Here,” all of which arrived alongside videos from acclaimed director Autumn De Wilde.
Dance Fever continues to receive critical praise. The New York Times said, “Dance Fever is a collection of haunting rock songs that are frothing for release…”, while Vulture wrote: “Over the past decade, Welch has become one of the most assured live performers in music. Her sets feel religious, filled with pop anthems that sound as imposing as age-old hymns, which she sings with her equally imposing voice while sprinting across the stage. That makes Dance Fever an apt name for her new album; that’s what her music, at its best, inspires to do.”
Vogue also said: “In an age that favors—often demands—the constant reinvention of its pop stars, there is a reassuring familiarity to Florence Welch…This wry, gently self-mocking sense of humor runs through Dance Fever, which sees Welch return to the euphoric, stadium-sized anthems that defined her earlier career.”
Following two wildly acclaimed, very intimate shows in New York and L.A. ahead of the album, Florence will tour the U.S. later this year. Today, she has confirmed second shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in addition to previously announced stops in Chicago, Boston, Austin and many more. Arlo Parks, Sam Fender, King Princess, Yves Tumor, Japanese Breakfast and Wet Leg will join as support on select dates and one dollar from every ticket sold will benefit Choose Love to aid refugees worldwide. Visit the band’s official website for more information.