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Pete Doherty arrested
Macca to re-release solo catalogue via One Little Indian
Reznor backs away from the web
In The Pop Courts
DJs arrested for stealing their own music
Allgood file lawsuit over Jacko dispute
Etta James is sued by guitarist
Rihanna subpoenaed to testify at Brown's prelim hearing
Awards & Contests
Blur, Yoko, Manics get Mojo awards
Artist Deals
Jet enter into global partnership with EMI
Release News
Warp announce 20th anniversary boxset
Mark Morrison arrested
Gigs N Tours News
AIM announces Independents Day 09
AC/DC stadium is double booked
Festival News
It's all happening on The Edge
Album review: Future Of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another (Beggars/4AD)
The Music Business
Scottish MP wants term extension back on European Council agenda
The Digital Business
Japanese authorities arrest teens over content share site
The Media Business
Capital schedule rejig
And finally...
Chastity Bono to become a man
Drummey was joking about Peaches, okay
Blur clarification
Advertising info
Consulting info
CMU Credits + Contacts

In the two years since their inception, Oxford-based Jonquil have released two full length albums ('Sunny Casinos' & 'Lions') on the highly credible Try Harder Records (Foals, Blood Red Shoes). An EP followed - 'Whistle Low' - but what's really important is that they have a brand new album, long player number three, all set for release in September. And what's really really important is that they play The Borderline on 13 Jun, that's tomorrow, with The Outside Royalty and House of Brothers. More information on that here. But before all that, we spoke to frontman and main songwriter Hugo Manuel to ask our Same Six Questions.
Q1 How did you start out making music?
On a piano. Really, I think I started hitting notes on a piano before I knew what music was. Then I'd learn the chords to songs from 'The Lion King', and sing along. I'd say 'The Lion King' was very formative, musically.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
We've just recorded this song called 'Roland Piper', which is inspired by knowing someone that you really don't like; you know, the kind of person who just makes you angry to be around. But then realising that he's actually not unlike yourself. That song will be on our MySpace any minute now.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Usually something that I've written on piano (usually 'Lion King' inspired) will get transferred to guitar or keyboard and we'll just jam the fuck out of it.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
I'd say that everytime I listen to Tortoise I get goosebumps and a little bit jealous. There is this Swedish singer called El Perro Del Mar who hasn't had half the attention she ought to have. She is really quite something, and every time I listen to her I want to sing along.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Don't start listening with the assumption that we are a folk band. God no, anything but a folk band! And please sing along, with your own made up lyrics.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your album, and for the future?
Just to play lots of shows and still keep writing all the time. I think we just generally want to make a bit of an impact this time round. Hopefully something good will happen, if not, we'll just bang out the next record straight away.


VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: The Canal Party #1 at The Grand Union
The people behind Canal Party #1 are dubbing the Park Royal as the new Ibiza - perhaps slightly ambitiously - though when the tube drivers go on strike, it probably takes as long to get there from here in Shoreditch as Ibiza. Anyway, some of the 'best of the west' London promoters are uniting for this, the first of a number of joint events planned for this summer at The Grand Union Canal terrace and courtyard. It's a brand new venture featuring some tough jocks; one of my fave's Phil 'Phlash' Asher from Inspiration Information, Stuart Patterson from East Village/Soulsonic, Matt Brown from Sancho Panza (NB SP always rock the carnival) and Barry Ashworth from the mighty Dub Pistols. With a BBQ until 8pm, and some sort of mini photo booth thing going on, there is sure to be a bit of a festival vibe here, even if the sun doesn't shine quite like it does on the White Isle. That said, the weather forecast is actually quite good, so make your way to Park Royal for an all day extravaganza with reggae, disco and proper quality house sounds until the sun goes down, and then some.

Saturday 13 Jun, The Grand Junction Arms, Canal Bridge, Acton Lane, Park Royal, NW10 7AD, 5pm-4am, £7 plus booking fee in advance from or Honest Jon's Portobello Rd. Press Info from Rosalia at FerraraPR.




Hello? Is it 2005? Earlier this week Pete Doherty was arrested for allegedly taking drugs on a flight to Geneva, and yesterday morning he was arrested in Gloucester and charged with drink driving and possession of class A drugs. Police apparently spotted Doherty driving erratically in the early hours of Thursday morning after leaving the city's Guildhall venue, where he had been playing a solo gig.

In a statement, police said: "At approximately 12.30am officers on patrol in Eastgate Street saw a car being driven erratically, it continued down Barton Street and was stopped in Derby Road. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, possession of drugs and failure to stop for police, he remains in custody at this time".

As a result, Doherty's show at the Rockhouse in Derby last night was cancelled. The show is planned to be rescheduled and all tickets for the original date will remain valid. He was due to appear at Stroud Magistrates Court at 10am this morning.

Just in case you were wondering, this is what Pete got up to in 2005:

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In another snub to poor old EMI, Paul McCartney has reportedly struck a deal with London independent One Little Indian regarding the re-release of his solo back catalogue. Macca worked with EMI on most of his post-Beatles career but left the major in 2007 to release a new album via what was then Starbucks' record label Hearmusic. At the time he said he'd continue to work with EMI on his classical projects, but it wasn't clear what he had in mind for his back catalogue, which he controls.

Well, it seems that since then Macca has become even more disillusioned with the ever evolving EMI, and at the same time was impressed with Team Indian when they worked on 'Electric Arguments', last year's third album from the former Beatles' side project The Fireman. Which has led to the indie winning the deal to repackage and re-release Macca's previous solo work, 'Frog Chorus' and all.

One of those sources told the Sun: "Paul has been unimpressed with EMI for quite some time now. He's really enjoyed working with One Little Indian on his Fireman project, so didn't think twice about giving them the responsibility of handling his solo catalogue too".

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Trent Reznor has announced that he will dramatically reduce his use of social networking sites. The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who has been particularly active on Twitter in recent months, said that he had made the decision because "it's now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture".

In a lengthy post on the Nine Inch Nails website, Reznor said: "The reason no record label knows how to market anything to new media is they don't live there. They don't get it because they don't use it. What you've seen happen with the marketing and presentation of NIN over the last years is a direct result of living next to you, listening to you, consuming with you and interacting with you. Directly. There's no handlers or PR people here, it's me and my guys - that's it. There's no real plan, even - it's just trying to do the right thing that respects you the fan, the music, and me the artist. That's the goal - a mutual and shared respect".

However, he continued: "The problem with really getting engaged in a community is getting through the clutter and noise. ... I approached [Twitter] as a place to be less formal and more off-the-cuff, honest and 'human'. ... So when you see the new accounts that pop up daily on Twitter ... spewing hate at [his fiancé] Mariqueen and I, take a moment to visualise the sad couple [of] people behind them. I will be tuning out of the social networking sites because at the end of the day it's now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture ... the experiment seems to have yielded a result. Idiots rule".

To read the post in full, go to,731489

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Well, this is an interesting way of going about credit card fraud - a remix of the original concept if you like. A group of ten DJs from around England have been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently acquiring some £200,000 by using stolen credit cards to buy their own music off online music services like Amazon and iTunes.

It's alleged that the DJ types, who range between the ages of 19 and 46, uploaded some tunes they'd made to the digital music stores. Then they went online using 1500 different stolen credit cards and bought their own music, spending some £450,000, and earning themselves £200,000 in royalties. Simple.

The group hail from London and the Midlands, and were arrested as part of a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and the FBI.

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That promoter who was trying to block Michael Jackson's Dome residency has now formally sued the singer. I think he's given up trying to stop the O2 shows, and is now looking for forty million in damages instead. Which will add to the overall Jacko O2 budget a little.

As previously reported, New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment Inc claimed last month that Michael Jackson's much hyped O2 residency conflicts with an existing contract it entered into with the singer's management last November regarding an "all the Jacksons together" reunion show scheduled for July 2010, which is due to be webcast globally.

They say their agreement prevents Jackson from doing any other live shows before the reunion, so to enhance the value of his involvement in their production. When announcing his intent to sue last month, AllGood's Managing Partner Patrick Allocco said he had issued a cease and desist after hearing of Jacko's O2 plans, but that neither the singer's people nor the residency's promoters, AEG Live, had responded to their correspondence.

AllGood have now filed legal papers in the Manhattan court, accusing the singer and his manager of breach of contract. AEG are also named, based on the allegation that they were aware of the AllGood deal before contracting Jacko to the O2 shows, but "due to their dominance and power in the live performance industry, coerced and/or induced DiLeo and Jackson to disregard the agreements with AllGood and to work with it instead".

AEG have declined to comment on the litigation.

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Etta James has been sued by a guitarist who claims he was hired for the whole of the soul star's recent year-long tour, but then soon dropped. James' tour kicked off in March 2008, though early on James fell ill and a number of gigs were cancelled as a result. Musician Leo Nocentelli says he had a verbal commitment from the singer that he would be employed on the whole tour but that he wasn't informed when gigs were cancelled due to the singer's ill health, and was then dropped completely when the tour resumed. According to, he alleges that once he realised the tour had resumed he contacted the singer's people to ask whether he still had a job, and was told that he "should have figured it out" by now. He's suing for £33,000 for breach of contract.

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Rihanna's lawyer has confirmed she has been subpoenaed to testify at her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown's assault case. Donald Etra told reporters yesterday that the court papers had arrived on Tuesday. She has been told to report to court to testify on 22 Jun, at the previously reported prelim hearing that Brown's lawyers failed to get postponed. As also previously reported, Etra had previously said Rihanna was willing to testify in Brown's case if asked to do so. Brown, of course, is accused of beating Rihanna to a pulp after the then couple fell out following a pre-Grammy party.

Etra has told People magazine: "Rihanna was served [the subpoena] at my office by LA DA investigators. If the preliminary hearing indeed goes forward, she is now legally required to be there, she will be there, and will answer all questions truthfully".

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The Mojo Awards have taken place in London, and amongst those honoured this year were Blur, who got the Inspiration Award, Manic Street Preachers, who took the Maverick gong, and Yoko Ono, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first music prize she has ever won, reportedly.

Asked how late husband John Lennon might have reacted to her honour, Ono replied: "He would have said, 'I told you so, man.' He was the only person who was really believing and promoting my work. Without that I might have been pretty discouraged". Mojo editor Phil Alexander said of her: "She may have been married to one of the most famous men in the world, but she also helped change music as we know it in her own right. First, by introducing avant-garde sensibilities to her husband but, just as significantly, by continuing to push the boundaries of what was deemed the norm way after that".

Other acts honoured on the night included Fleet Foxes, who got Best Live Act, Elbow, who took Best Song for 'One Day Like This', and Paul Weller, who received Best Album. Johnny Marr was given the Classic Songwriter Award, Mott The Hoople were admitted to the magazine's Hall Of Fame, and Island Records' Chris Blackwell got the Mojo Medal.

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Australian rockers Jet have announced a "global partnership" with EMI. The deal will see the major's increasingly active label services division manage the marketing, distribution and licensing of the band's third album 'Shaka Rock', which is due for release in late August. The album will actually be released by the band's own label, Real Horrorshow Records, in partnership with Five Seven Music, a new division of their manager Allen Kovac's US-based company Eleven Seven Music. Eleven Seven has an ongoing distribution partnership with EMI. Jet previously worked with the major in their home territory, though distributed their previous two albums through Warner worldwide.

Confirming EMI's involvement in the release of 'Shaka Rock', Kovac told reporters: "Jet is a band that transcends borders, which is why they are one of the handful of modern artists with a global footprint due to their compelling music and presence. We are thrilled to launch our imprint Five Seven Music with 'Shaka Rock' in conjunction with Jet's Realhorrorshow Records as well as to launch our first major project with our partners at EMI Music around the world".

EMI's Ronn Werre added these words: "We're thrilled to work with Jet and Allen's team to bring this stellar album to the world. They've made a fantastic record and our team around the world is ready to connect the band with both existing and new fans on a variety of platforms in some very innovative ways".

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As part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebrations, Warp Records have announced details of a very special boxset. Pre-orders for the box are being taken now, and if you order before 5 Jul you'll get yourself a 15% discount. If you wait, you'll not only miss out on the discount but maybe the whole thing, because it will be super, super limited edition.

Inside the box will be a 192-page book listing the entire Warp catalogue with foreword by the label's co-founder Steve Beckett, a double CD of Warp's best tracks, as chosen by fans and Beckett, a double CD of Warp artists covering other Warp artists, a specially-commission hour long mix by Osymyso, created from sections, samples and fragments of Warp music, three 10" vinyl discs of unreleased material, and two 10" vinyl discs of loops for your mixing pleasure. What's more, the entire package is a very beautiful thing.

If you pre-order now, it'll set you back £85, which is a snip, if you ask me. For more information and to place your order go to

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Former chart-topper (a very long time ago now) Mark Morrison has begun work promoting his latest album, due out in September, by getting arrested for assault. Apparently Morrison was involved in an incident in west London on Wednesday evening.

In a statement, police said: "Police were called to the lobby area of Warren House, Beckford Close, London W14 at 21.50 on 10 Jun 2009 to a report of an assault".

Mark Morrison's new album, 'IAMWHATIAM', is due for release in September.

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AIM have announced that their Independents Day programme, originally debuted last year, will take place this year from 6 -10 Jul. The Association are working with Live Nation and their member labels to present a series of gigs, set to take place at London's ICA, at which each night will be curated by a different label, who will showcase their own acts. Oh, apart from one, which will be curated by Rough Trade (the record shop not the label).

Here's the line up:

6 Jul - Bella Union
- Sleeping States
- Here We Go Magic
- Chimes and Bells

7 Jul - Rough Trade
- Terry Lynn
- Cymbals Eat Guitars
- Joe Gideon & The Shark

8 Jul - Beggars Group
- St Vincent
- Blue Roses

9 Jul - Fat Cat / One Little Indian
- The Twilight Sad
- We Were Promised Jetpacks
- Kill It Kid

10 Jul - Ninja Tune
- Daedelus
- DJ Food
- Grasscut
- King Cannibal
- Cursor Minor

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Rooms get double booked all the time, though when you double book a 55,000 capacity stadium more people will probably notice. It turns out that plans for AC/DC to play the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne next February may be scuppered because the Australian Football League, who have an ongoing contract with the venue, have pre-season matches planned to take place at the complex on the three dates the band are due to play. An alternative venue is now being sought for the three gigs, two of which have sold out, though the two obvious alternatives aren't available - the Melbourne Cricket Ground is, unsurprisingly, hosting some cricket matches, while the Skilled Stadium is being redeveloped. So any one reading this in Melbourne with a big garden, give AC/DC a call.

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Everyone knows the Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest arts festival on this God damn planet, and everyone knows that within it is the world's premiere comedy festival. We all know that right? I know I do. Though we do publish the biggest review paper at it, so I suppose I would. But did you know that the music strand of the Edinburgh Fringe is huge, and that you could easily fill three days at the festival just seeing a brilliant and very eclectic mix of music shows, taking in folk, classical, jazz, rock, pop and some really weird shit? Well, you could. You really ought to pay more attention when we run the CMU At The Fringe slot here in the Daily in August.

Anyway, at the core of the Fringe's music programme is The Edge, which is almost a festival in its own right, which is why it's here in the 'festival news' slot. Throughout August a barrage of great gigs will take place across Edinburgh as part of The Edge, which is made by the same people as T In The Park. And on the bill this year are Calvin Harris, Malcolm Middleton, Broken Records, Frightened Rabbit, Mum, Enter Shikari, David Byrne, The Streets, The Bluetones, Emiliana Torrini and frequent Fringe favourite Amanda Palmer. And if you don't believe me, then go to where you will find undeniable proof that this is, indeed, the case.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Future Of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another (Beggars/4AD)
The second album from the masters of punk with wit, hooks and rhythm is another stripped, simple, impassioned affair that clocks in at just over half an hour, keeping to a well-expressed point, with no chance for reflection along the way. God, more bands should be like this. 'Travels With Myself And Another' is an album that could teach Newton a thing or two. All notions of resistance and friction are forgotten, as each joule of potential energy stored in Jack Egglestone, Andy Falkous and Kelson Mathias is transformed into something powerfully kinetic - these three guys have the dynamism of the Hoover Dam. Opening track 'Arming Eritrea' may bring to mind Biffy Clyro early on, but Future Of The Left thankfully lack the pretension that mars the viscera of Kilmarnock's most famous exports. And Falkous' vocals could never be mistaken for anyone else, all enraptured in cynicism, pessimism and spite, yet so excited for it all. It's as if Scrappy Doo smoked 40 a day, and was taught the ways of the world by Charles Manson rather than Scooby. Which I think is what we all wanted to happen really. Few bands mix humour, anger and brilliant music so well, and all in 30 minutes. In a perfect world - the future for British music. TM
Release Date: 22 Jun
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A British MP has called on the current Czech Presidency of the European Union to put the good old copyright term extension debate onto the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the European Council.

As previously reported, the European Parliament has already voted in support of proposals to extend the copyright term enjoyed by sound recordings, probably to 70 years, but it is yet to be discussed by the European Council, the really powerful bit of the European institution that consists of representatives of the governments of each member state.

The whole issue was due to go to the Council previously, but stumbled at a meeting of COREPER, the committee of permanent representatives who prepare papers for the main body. It stumbled because some countries object to the idea of extending the copyright term at all, while others, including Britain, want a better deal for actual musicians in terms of their automatic share of any royalties that come in between 50 and 70 years. Backstage negotiations are ongoing in a bid to find enough consensus to move the issue onto the main European Council.

But yesterday Scottish Labour MP Michael Connarty said that he thought the issue should be passed straight onto the Council now, and called on the Czech Presidency of the body to put it on the agenda. He told the House Of Commons: "I just want the Czech Presidency to allow democracy to proceed in Europe and put copyright term back on the agenda. I raised this at the meeting of 27 Parliamentary representatives in Prague last month and the common view is that Ministers from Member States should have the opportunity to decide. The European Parliament has already voted, by a big majority, to support session musicians and others with the Term of Protection Directive. It is now time for the Council of Ministers to be given that opportunity in their meetings next week chaired by the Czech Presidency".

Speaking for the government, Harriet Harman said she would make sure relevant UK ministers were made aware of the points Connarty raised.

As much much much previously reported, the record industry wants the sound recording copyright term extended from the current 50 years to 95 years, to bring it in line with the US. Moves are afoot at the European level to increase the term, though possibly only to 70 years, and only if political types are assured that musicians as well as record companies will benefit.

Many musicians, of course, don't receive any cut of record sale income on recordings they were involved in, either because they were never contracted to get a share, or because their contractual cut is conditional on their record company recouping on its original investment, which in many cases they don't. However, all musicians involved in a recording are automatically due a nominal cut of broadcast royalties oblivious of their contracts with record companies, studios or other artists.

Politicians want more such automatic royalty rights for musicians in the 50-70 year period of the copyright term; though the current proposals only allow for that on recordings that were made before the term extension itself, while British ministers want that to be a permanent arrangement. This, along with all out opposition to term extension from some governments, is behind the delay in moving the term extension debate in Europe forward.

As also previously reported, the UK record industry, recording royalties body PPL and the Musician's Union support the European proposals as they currently stand, though the Featured Artists Coalition has said that UK ministers are right to insist on a better long term deal for musicians in the extra term period. In fact FAC have gone as far as to suggest ownership of recordings should revert to the artist oblivious of previous contracts once fifty years are up.

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Japanese authorities have questioned five teenagers over a bulletin board they run called One Touch which, it's alleged, assists in the distribution of unlicensed music. One of the teens questioned by police after a complaint was made by Japanese rights society JASRAC was just 13. According to Billboard, the formal questioning of the five kids behind the service follows the arrest of a student and 54 year old doctor who were accused of making unlicensed content available via the One Touch board.

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Capital Radio are having a schedule rejig, mainly because Margherita Taylor, who has been doing daily shows on both the pop station and its sister outfit Classic FM, is leaving her Capital morning show. Roberto, who currently does afternoons, will take over the morning slot, late night host The Bassman will move to afternoons, and new recruit Dave Kelly, formerly of Galaxy Radio, will move to the Capital late night show. Taylor will continue to present a weekend breakfast show for the London station.

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According to reports, Cher's daughter Chastity Bono is to become a man. The writer, musician and gay rights activist has apparently confirmed via her publicist Howard Bragman that she is to undergo gender reassignment surgery, after considering doing so for a while.

Bragman told "Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honour his true identity. He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago. We ask that the media respect Chaz's privacy during this long process".

Neil Giuliano of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says: "Chaz Bono's decision to live his life authentically represents an important step forward, both for him personally and for all who are committed to advancing discussions about fairness and equality for transgender people. Coming out as transgender is an extremely personal decision and one that is never made lightly. We look forward to hearing Chaz's story in his own words in the future".

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Recent reports claimed, with a completely straight face, that Chester French's Max Drummey had admitted that his short- lived marriage to Peaches Geldof was a sham, a stunt, and nothing more. I think it was obvious that he was not being serious. You can tell, look what he said: "It was totally a publicity stunt. 100%. I have Peaches on retainer. She's my friend for money. She also orchestrates publicity stunts for me, I've garnered so much amazing publicity from amazing people."

He's now sent out a statement making it clear that it wasn't serious, saying: "My comments made regarding my marriage were not intended to be taken seriously. I apologize for those comments as well as the obviously stupid, obviously false things that I said regarding Chris Brown. These statements reflect neither reality nor my opinion. It was wrong to make them. I am sorry".

And what did he say about Chris Brown? This: "We're guys who have been hurt by women and I'm glad people like Chris Brown are finally taking it back and hurting women".

So yes, obviously joking. But obviously not remotely funny.

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Thanks to everyone who pointed out that yesterday's Blur story incorrectly stated that their debut single was 'Popscene'. Of course it wasn't. Their debut single was the double A-side, 'She's So High/I Know'. Everyone knows that. What we meant to say was that 'Popscene' was their debut stand-alone single and that its inclusion on the new compilation, 'Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur', will be its first appearance on a Blur album.

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