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The Shires ‘arrested’ at HMV Oxford Street Accidentally on Purpose album signing

PUBLISHED: 12:15 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 25 April 2018

The Shires 'arrested' outside the HMV Oxford Street, London. Picture: Dominic Nicholls

The Shires 'arrested' outside the HMV Oxford Street, London. Picture: Dominic Nicholls

Dominic Nicholls

Country music stars The Shires were ‘arrested’ in London’s Oxford Street.

The Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire duo had a big surprise in store for their fans at their Accidentally on Purpose album signing at HMV Oxford Street last night.

Arriving in an American-style police car, The Shires played homage to the theme of their music video for their new single Guilty and blared the track from the sirens as they arrived on Oxford Street.

Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, the UK’s most successful country act, turned up to HMV Oxford Street handcuffed to one another in black and white convict T-shirts as a stunt to promote their new album.

The Shires were assisted from the vehicle by their chauffeur, an American cop.

Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle of The Shires handcuffed together in Oxford Street, London. Picture: Dominic NichollsCrissie Rhodes and Ben Earle of The Shires handcuffed together in Oxford Street, London. Picture: Dominic Nicholls

Crowds of fans gathered to watch the band give an exclusive performance at their album signing, celebrating the release of their third album, Accidentally on Purpose.

This isn’t the first time The Shires have brought country music to the streets of London.

Last week stetsons appeared on iconic statues across the capital to celebrate the release of their new album Accidentally on Purpose.

Since it’s release on Friday, Accidentally on Purpose has been battling it out for the number one spot in this week’s UK Album Chart, with only a few hundred copies separating this week’s top three.

The album is BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week, and lead single Guilty is the second most played song on Magic.

Fresh from appearing on BBC Breakfast on Monday, The Shires will be performing on The One Show tonight.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, The Shires’ new album combines massive country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States.

The album features a track written by Ed Sheeran, anthemic love song Stay The Night.

The Shires performed at Cambridge Corn ExchangeThe Shires performed at Cambridge Corn Exchange

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