Artist News Awards One Liners Releases

One Liners: Will Young, Belle And Sebastian, Mercury Prize, more

By | Published on Thursday 14 April 2022

Will Young

RELEASES

Will Young has released new single ‘Why Does It Hurt’, which is set to feature on his new greatest hits compilation marking 20 years since he won ‘Pop Idol’. He will also be touring to mark the anniversary in October and November.

Belle And Sebastian have released new single ‘Young And Stupid’. Their new album, ‘A Bit Of Previous’, is out on 6 May.

Pussy Riot and Slayyyter have teamed up for new single ‘Hatefuck’. “Audio-visual art piece ‘Hatefuck’ is the next piece of Pussy Riot’s ongoing 2022 cycle ‘Patriarchy RIP’ that revolves around a super(s)hero character who owns magic superwoman-like qualities and uses these powers to destroy the patriarchy”, says Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova.

Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie has released ‘Give & Take’, the second single from his upcoming solo album ‘Beautiful Shade Of Grey’, which is out on 20 May. “This track is a take on the coercive manipulation between the corporate elite and the proletariat class”, he says. “An atmospheric soundscape with beautiful feel and scope”.

 has released a new version of her song ‘New Moon’ featuring Rebecca Black. “’New Moon’ is a song about manifesting a new era, a song about regaining control”, says MØ. “Rebecca Black fit so perfectly into this energy and I love what she brought to this song. I also just adore her and it was so much fun to collaborate on this!”

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch will release her new album ‘Ravage’ on 27 May. Here’s the title track.

Dub War have released new single ‘War Inna Babylon’, featuring Ranking Roger. Their new album, ‘Westgate Under Fire’, is out on 5 Aug.

Phelimuncasi have released new single ‘I Don’t Feel My Legs’. Their new album, ‘Ama Gogela’, is out on 13 May, named after a large bee from their native South Africa. “We believe our music is irresistible, you can’t sleep or chill while it’s playing”, they explain. “The same thing happens when that bee hits you hard. Once it stings you, you can’t manage it, it’s painful. It’s like our songs – once you listen, you can’t stop”.

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AWARDS

It had to happen eventually. The Hyundai Mercury Prize has been brought to an end. Filling the gap left will be a brand new award, The Mercury Prize With Free Now. I don’t really know what Free Now is, and you’ll never use the prize’s full name anyway, so we probably shouldn’t worry about it. The Mercury Prize has the money it needs to continue though, so that’s nice. The shortlist will be out on 28 Jul and the ceremony will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo on 8 Sep. Oh, and the big news is that entries are now open. Submit your albums to entries@mercuryprize.co.uk

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