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CMU’s One Liners: Nicki Minaj, The Saturdays, Gwen Stefani and some men too

By , and | Published on Wednesday 3 December 2014

Nicki Minaj

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Earlier this year, the release date of Nicki Minaj’s new album, ‘The Pinkprint’ was pushed back, presumably because she was still trying to force closed the metaphorical suitcase containing all of the album’s guests. You’re all presuming, right? In that suitcase are Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Lunchmoney Lewis, and Skylar Grey. You can see why that zip just wouldn’t pull shut. And how do I know all of this? Because of Instagram. The suitcase of Instagram. Jessie Ware also claims to be on a track, but I don’t see her name anywhere.

• The Saturdays have put a cover of The Waitress’s ‘Christmas Wrapping’ on YouTube. The track is taken from the film ‘Get Santa’. Whatever that is. Anyway, here it is.

• Arca has recorded a cover Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’. I know this because I am listening to it as I write this. About 26 seconds in I got a stabbing pain in my right eye, and I think it’s fair to assume that this track is the reason. Get a stabbing pain in your own eye by listening here.

• Gwen Stefani’s got a new video out for her new single, ‘Spark The Fire’. Avoid if you don’t want to see unsubtle product placement for things like cars, software and… Pharrell. Capitalists click here.

• Fleetwood Mac are going to headline next year’s Isle Of Wight festival, which is presumably why they were so confident in ruling themselves out of Glastonbury back in October.

• The very excellent ESG are playing shows at Bristol’s Trinity Centre (22 May), and London’s Oval Space (23 May), because they can. They’ll be joined on both dates by the CMU approved Shopping, and also Golden Teacher. Get tickets here.

• The gods of Wales’ Gottwood (11-14 Jun) have confirmed phase one of the festival’s line-up, and what a line-up it is… so far. Motor City Drum Ensemble, Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO, FaltyDL and Marcellus Pittman are all on it, as are Andrew Ashong, Leon Vynehall. And lots of others. Tickets on sale now!

• A still-credible-despite-everything (possibly) Tinchy Stryder has confirmed he will headline a show at London’s Islington Academy, on 6 Mar 2015. This will likely coincide with the release of his ‘Misunderstood’-featuring fourth LP ‘360º’, the release date of which is still TBC.

• The God darn Flaming Lips have only just been added as headliners for next year’s Liverpool Sound City. They join Belle & Sebastian at the top of the city festival’s bill, playing on Saturday 23 May.

• It’s been revealed in advance that Dave Stewart will scoop the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music title at 2015’s MPG Awards, which go down in London on 12 Feb 2015. “Dave Stewart embodies all the qualities of a modern music producer”, says awe-inspired MPG Awards director Tony Platt.

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