Liam Gallagher: 'I didn't want to call new Beady Eye album 'BE''

Singer reveals preferred title in this week's NME

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Liam Gallagher has revealed that the title of the forthcoming Beady Eye album – 'BE' – was not his first choice.

The former Oasis singer, speaking to NME in the new issue on newsstands now and available digitally, instead said he instead wanted to title the album 'Universal Gleam' but was outvoted by his band and label.

"[The title] is nothing to do with me," Liam said. "I wanted to call it 'Universal Gleam'. But at Columbia [their record label], a lot of people got their knickers in a twist, putting out a record called 'Universal Gleam' when we're not on [the label] Universal. So yeah, it's 'BE'. 'BE'. 'BE' who you are. 'BE' whatever you fucking want to be. 'BE'. Fucking bumble-'BE'. I find that a bit more hippy-ish than fucking 'Universal Gleam'.

Asked to explain what, exactly, 'Universal Gleam' means, Gallagher explained: "'Universal Gleam' was when John [Lennon] and George [Harrison] met up with [Beatles publicist] Derek Taylor when Brian Epstein died. They went to meet him and he just said that they had a universal gleam about them. I wanted to call it that, but other people were going, 'No no no', so I went, 'Look, call it what you fucking want.'"

Beady Eye this week (April 29) unveiled their brand new single 'Second Bite Of The Apple', which is taken from 'BE'. The album, which was produced by Dave Sitek, is due for release on June 10.

Click above to listen to the song, which comes from the Liam Gallagher fronted band's second album, 'BE', which will be released on June 10. Beady Eye will play live at Manchester Ritz on June 19 before heading to London for a show at Camden Centre on June 20. The short stint will then come to a close in Glasgow at the ABC on June 22. Tickets were only made available to fans who pre-ordered the new album.

Read the full interview with Liam and bandmate Gem Archer in the new issue of NME.

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