Steps to release a new album in 2020, confirms Claire Richards

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, Ian "H" Watkins, Claire Richards and Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps headline on stage during Day 1 of Kew The Music at Kew Gardens on July 10, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns)
Steps's sixth studio album will be released in 2020, says Claire Richards. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns)

Steps fans rejoice! The pop band are set to release new music in 2020.

Appearing on UK breakfast show Lorraine to discuss how she’s the opening act for Celine Dion at the BST Hyde Park next month, singer Claire Richards confirmed that the group has “a new album coming next year,” which they’ve already started working on.

The 41-year-old went to suggest that “there will be a tour after that as well.” Although, the word “hopefully” cropped up a fair few times during the reveal, which indicates nothing is set in stone quite yet.

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Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Steps - which is made up of Richards, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Lee Latchford-Evans and Ian ‘H’ Watkins - released several hits including Tragedy, One for Sorrow, Stomp and 5,6,7,8

When H and Richards left the group, they disbanded in 2001. Ten years later, they reformed briefly to take part in a Sky Living four-part documentary called Steps: Reunion, which coincided with the release of their number-one album, The Ultimate Collection.

The second season of the fly-on-the-wall outing was dubbed Steps: On The Road Again, followed the band during a 22-date UK tour in 2012. Later that same year, they released the album Light Up The World.

After a short Christmas tour, they split once again. Then, they came back together in 2017 in honour of their 20th anniversary.

Their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor, was released in April 2017.

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“We would love to do some collaborations. We are very open to working with people,” Scott-Lee previously told Bang Showbiz.

“If I had my choice, it would be Ed Sheeran or Calvin Harris. I don’t know if either of them would accept, but that would be my choice.”