Hit Parade is the sixth solo studio album by Irish singer Róisín Murphy, released on 8 September 2023 through Ninja Tune. It was produced by DJ Koze and was preceded by the singles "CooCool", "Can't Replicate" (exclusively as a 12-inch single), "The Universe", "Fader" and "You Knew". "CooCool" was released alongside Murphy's announcement she had signed to Ninja Tune. Murphy will play select shows in North America following the album's release.
The album received acclaim from critics, with some calling it her best work yet and one of the best records of the year. Several critics acknowledged and felt that Murphy's August 2023 Facebook comment about puberty blockers and young trans people had negatively affected the preceding "goodwill" toward the album. Hit Parade became Murphy's highest charting album on the UK Albums Chart, peaking in the top five, and debuted in the top ten in Germany as well as the top twenty in Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland.
Background and recording
In a statement, Murphy expressed that the music was worked on remotely, with her in London and DJ Koze in Hamburg, over the course of several years, and "both in a personal, private place when working on the songs", which "brought out a more intimate approach to the songwriting" for Murphy and allowed her to tell "this album secrets", and Koze had "total freedom" and was not "distracted by presence". She called the resulting album "joyful" as she has "never been happier", and the music "so vibrant and alive" and "exploding with colour".
Murphy was photographed by Connor Egan, who they collaborated together with Beth Frey on the colourful artwork, with Bráulio Amado serving as graphic designer.
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