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CMU’s One Liners: Kobalt, Bjork, Take That, Katy Perry and more

By , and | Published on Friday 10 October 2014


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Kobalt Neighbouring Rights has signed up Pitbull, London Grammar, Jess Glynne, Frightened Rabbit and German rapper Cro. “Like all our clients, they will benefit from our expertise, technology and relationships with collecting societies to maximise their earnings and timeliness of payment in this complex area”, says KNR MD Ann Tausis.

• Pop’s best trio since Big Fun, Take That, are back! Following the recent news of Jason Orange’s departure from the group, the remaining three That-ers have confirmed their next album will be called ‘III’ and will come out on 2 Dec, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! A first single called ‘These Days’ is available to stream now, here.

• Her royal Björkiness has confirmed that she is working on a new album for release next year. So hard at work is she that she missed the premier of her ‘Biophilia Live’ film at the London Film Festival last night. It’s alright though, she’ll be able to catch it at the Ja Ja Ja festival next month. You can book tickets for that here, Björk. Oh, and here’s a playlist of all the amazing artists playing that festival for you to listen to as well.

• Transgressive Records is keeping its tenth birthday celebrations going with a new show on 30 Oct at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, featuring Thumpers, Famy, Alvvays, Blaenavon and Gengahr. Tickets are on sale now and, hey, you can read our recent interview with label co-founder Tim Dellow here.

• Kim Gordon – one-time Sonic Youth, now sonic woman – has confirmed a release date of 24 Feb 2015 for her autobiography, ‘Girl In A Band’. “At the heart of the book is the examination of what partnership means – and what happens when it dissolves”, reads its synopsis.

• Ryn Weaver has finally got around to releasing a video for her track, ‘OctaHate’, which we approved of way back in July. And that is an excellent excuse to go and listen to that song again, because it’s still great.

• Japanese shoegaze act Taffy are in the UK for a series of gigs, starting with a performance at Birthdays in London tonight. They’ll play a handful of other dates around the country in the run up to their show at this year’s Sŵn festival in Cardiff. Check out a special live version of their song ‘In The Fields I Lay’ here.

Approved alt-pop artist Bea has released a ‘visual’ for her track ‘We Are Like The Hard Born’, mainly as a means of advertising her new EP ‘Good Thinking’, which is released on 21 Oct. View the vid here.

• NY-based R&Pop soloist Tei Shi is to release her new single ‘Bassically’ via Double Denim on some date or other, this following on from her approved ‘Saudade’ EP. Basically, go ahead and stream ‘Bassically’ via this link.

• Katy Perry is set to play the half time show at next year’s Super Bowl, sources have told Billboard. Of course, there were rumours that Super Bowl organisers were thinking of making their entertainment bit ‘pay to play’, though Perry apparently recently told ESPN: “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl”.

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