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Cigarettes After Sex shares new single “Baby Blue Movie”

Author Hernan Osuna - 4.6.2024

American dream pop band Cigarettes After Sex have unveiled the third single from their forthcoming album, entitled “Baby Blue Movie.” It’s lifted from the outfit’s third album, “X’s”, set for release on July 12, 2024 via Partisan Records. Listen to the song below.

The track takes Cigarettes After Sex’s signature ethereal guitar melodies and slow-burn atmosphere and turns it into the closest thing to a pop hit the band has ever released. Bandleader Greg Gonzalez commented on the song, saying, “A “blue movie” is a term for a porn movie & so “baby blue movie” is a reference to softcore porn. I heard the title years ago & it felt really striking to me. The story of the song is intentionally meant to be more cryptic storytelling wise than the lyrics I usually write. I like the idea of leaving the listener to decide what this one could be about…”

The title, a reference to softcore adult films, is in direct contrast with the dreamy and romantic soundscape. While the lyrics reference sex and smutty desires, the feel of the music is more akin to a companion’s embrace. Scintillating whispers of love, sensuality, and mystery leave the listener to draw their own conclusions about what the song means to them.

Since the release of their returning single Tejano Blue,” alongside the announcement of “X’s” and a corresponding global arena tour, Cigarettes After Sex have racked up over 27M plays on the single, which was featured on 43 Spotify New Music Friday playlists, alongside a digital billboard in Times Square. They are currently the #249 most-streamed artist in the world on the platform, with over 25M monthly listeners. The tour – which includes venues like Madison Square Garden, The Forum, the o2 Arena and more – is off to a tremendous start with sellouts in London, Warsaw, Sydney, Athens, Brussels, Lyon, Cape Town.  In the States, dates in San Diego, Orlando, New York City and both nights in LA have sold out. Over 400k tickets have been sold internationally thus far and demand saw them adding extra shows in LA, London, Athens, Melbourne, and Sydney.

With “X’s“, Cigarettes After Sex finally takes centre stage as not just one of today’s preeminent indie bands, but as one of the most globally accomplished acts across any genre, whose often unconventional path to superstardom has helped reshape the very definition of success for artists in the modern era.

Cigarettes After Sex Live (2024/2025):

North American Dates: 

31st August – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

1st September – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

3rd September – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

4th September – TD Garden, Boston, MA

6th September – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY SOLD OUT

10th September – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

11th September – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

13th September – Kia Center, Orlando, FL SOLD OUT

14th September – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

17th September – Frost Bank Center, San Antonio, TX

18th September – Toyota Center, Houston, TX

20th September – Moody Center, Austin, TX

21st September – Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX

23rd September – United Center, Chicago, IL

24th September – XCel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

27th September – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

28th September – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA

30th September – Moda Center, Portland, OR

2nd October – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO

3rd October – Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT

5th October – Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA

7th October – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA SOLD OUT

8th October – Desert Diamond Arena, Phoenix, AZ

11th October – KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT

12th October – KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT

15th October – Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, MX

EU/UK Dates:

25th October – OAKA Indoor Arena, Athens SOLD OUT

26th October – OAKA Indoor Arena, Athens

28th October – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam SOLD OUT

29th October – Forest National, Brussels SOLD OUT

1st November – Forum, Milan

3rd November – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna

5th November – COS Torwar, Warsaw SOLD OUT

6th November – COS Torwar, Warsaw SOLD OUT

7th November – Uber Arena, Berlin

9th November – St Jakobshalle, Basel

10th November – Lanxess Arena, Cologne SOLD OUT

12th November – The O2 Arena, London – SOLD OUT

13th November – The O2 Arena, London

16th November – Accor Hotel Arena, Paris SOLDOUT

17th November – Tony Garnier Hall, Lyon SOLD OUT

20th November – WiZink Arena, Madrid

21st November – Altice Arena, Lisbon SOLD OUT

Asia Dates:

9th January 2025 – Asia World-Expo, Hall 5, Hong Kong

11th January 2025 – Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur

14th January 2025 – MOA Arena, Manila

17th January 2025 – Beach City International, Jakarta

21st January 2025 – Impact Exhibition Hall 5, Bangkok

31st January 2025 – Coca Cola Arena, Dubai

3rd February – Indoor Stadium, Singapore SOLD OUT

South Africa Dates:

4th March – Grand Arena at Grand West, Cape Town

5th March 2025 – Grand Arena, Cape Town SOLD OUT

7th March 2025 – Sunbet Arena, Pretoria

AU/NZ Dates:

11th March 2025 – Rod Laver, Arena, Melbourne

12th March 2025 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne SOLD OUT

14th March 2025 – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

15th March 2025 – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

17th March 2025 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

19th March 2025 – Spark Arena, Auckland