An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Monday 31 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: A security guard is in an "extremely critical" condition after being injured during an incident at the flagship edition of the Ultra dance music festival in Miami this weekend. According to local media, Erica Mack is suffering from brain haemorrhaging and a broken leg after fans with no tickets pushed down a chain link fence to gain access to the Miami event on Friday. A rep from the local fire-rescue... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Whilst new electronic duos may be ten a penny these days, Quimper sound genuinely unlike anyone else. The London-based electronic audio/visual duo (Jodie Lowther and Johnny Vertigen) make suitably spooky and uncompromising songs and soundscapes, befitting a duo who promise 'unreasonable music for unreasonable people'. Terrifying and alluring in equal measure, 'Feline' is haunted... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Miami mayor questions Ultra Festival future after stampede critically injures security guard
Thicke pulls out of Juno Awards slot
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LEGAL City Of London Police put pressure on brands to pull adverts from copyright infringing websites
Judge throws out Bieber song theft case
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Sony Corp appoints new CFO
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LIVE BUSINESS SFX share price falls following heated investor call
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BRANDS & MERCH Michelle Williams reps Playtex Gentle Glide
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Bloom.fm passes million users, web-player in the pipeline
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MEDIA BBC announces standalone Eurovision radio station
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE MPG to host training event on new industry-standard broadcast WAV format
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ARTIST NEWS Avicii, Santana and Wylef score World Cup closing song
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RELEASES Morrissey's Vauxhall And I reissue to come with live disc
Release Round-Up: Tori Amos, White Lung, Maria Minerva, Tanika and Tuff Love
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Kendal Calling, Splendour, Jabberwocky and more
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AND FINALLY... New Cure album "a sore point", says Robert Smith
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Miami mayor questions Ultra Festival future after stampede critically injures security guard
A security guard is in an "extremely critical" condition after being injured during an incident at the flagship edition of the Ultra dance music festival in Miami this weekend.

According to local media, Erica Mack is suffering from brain haemorrhaging and a broken leg after fans with no tickets pushed down a chain link fence to gain access to the Miami event on Friday. A rep from the local fire-rescue department told the Miami New Times: "She was doing what she was supposed to do, telling them to stop [trying to break into the site]. When they pushed [the fence] down and it fell on top of her... They just trampled her".

While police have begun an investigation to find those who instigated the stampede that led to Mack's injuries, city authorities have criticised organisers of the Ultra Festival, insisting that police reps had told promoters to re-enforce this particular length of fence, which is reportedly less sturdy than elsewhere around the site, and which people had allegedly attempted to cross in previous years.

Billboard quotes Miami mayor Tomas Regalado as saying: "What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided. The organisers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to re-enforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences".

Regalado went on to say that he was now seeking to stop the Ultra festival from happening in the city next year, despite its long presence in Miami alongside the dance music community's annual Winter Music Conference. The mayor went on: "This is not an accident. This is something that could have been avoided. So in the next weeks we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami".

Organisers of the festival issued a statement yesterday saying that they hoped that Mack would have a "swift and full recovery", adding: "Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorised entry. Every year the event organisers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organisers' independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel. Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organisers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities".

Elsewhere at the Ultra weekender, headliner Avicii was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with a blocked gall bladder. Deadmau5 stood in.

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Thicke pulls out of Juno Awards slot
Robin Thicke pulled out of Canada's big awards show, the Juno Awards, this weekend, after doctors ordered a "mandatory vocal rest". Though there was some speculation that he was actually stepping down from his planned slot at the awards event because of an online protest about his inclusion, stemming from the controversy that surrounded his big hit 'Blurred Lines'.

The online petition, which garnered much attention in the run up to the big Juno show, stated: "Despite the blatant sexism, degradation of women and promotion of rape culture in Robin Thicke's song and music video 'Blurred Lines', Thicke is nominated for three awards - Artist Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year, and the Juno Fan Choice Award - at the upcoming Canadian Juno Broadcast Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 30, 2014. This is not a song, nor a message, that should be rewarded".

As previously reported, the fallout of the 'Blurred Lines' debate will be the focus on one of the half day insight strands at this year's Great Escape convention, as music industry execs discuss what, if anything, can and should be done about "pop's misogyny problem". More info here.

Meanwhile, here is a list of winners of some of the flagship (ie non genre specific) categories at this year's Juno Awards

Artist Of The Year: Serena Ryder
Group Of The Year: Tegan And Sara
Fan Choice Award: Justin Bieber
Breakthrough Artist Of The Year: Brett Kissel
Breakthrough Group Of The Year: A Tribe Called Red
Songwriter Of The Year: Serena Ryder
Producer Of The Year: Henry 'Cirkut' Walter

Single Of The Year: Tegan And Sara - Closer
Album Of The Year: Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Video Of The Year: Matt Barnes - Feeling Good (The Sheepdogs)
International Album Of The Year: Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox

City Of London Police put pressure on brands to pull adverts from copyright infringing websites
The City Of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit, which was launched last year, has announced a new campaign calling on advertisers and brands to cut off the revenue streams of websites providing access to unlicensed content.

A bugbear of many in the entertainment industry, of course, is that much of the revenue for copyright infringing websites comes from advertising. The advertising industry has long said that it is trying to withdraw ads from piracy sites, and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is hoping that its new Infringing Website List will help advertisers to identify sites from which they should pull their banners.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU, said: "If an advert from an established brand appears on an infringing website not only does it lend the site a look of legitimacy, but inadvertently the brand and advertiser are funding online crime. Therefore the IWL also serves as a safety tool, ensuring the reputation of advertisers and brands are not discredited through association with illegal websites".

Lending his support, Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey added: "The creative industries are a real UK success story. They are now worth £71.4 billion a year to the UK economy and grew faster than all other sectors of UK industry in 2012. It is essential we protect our creative industries from people ripping off their content online. Disrupting the money unlawful websites make from advertising could make a real difference to the fight against copyright infringement. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved through industry, government and law enforcement working together".

One of the companies already signed up to use the Infringing Website List is banking group Santander, whose Head Of Digital Andy Muddimer talked the matter up from another angle, saying: "The damage to brand reputation when online ads appear on illegal websites is a real concern for advertisers. Following a successful pilot involving Santander and six other [ad industry trade body] ISBA members, we are pleased that the IWL is now available. This simple-to-use, online resource provides welcome reassurance which we would urge all online advertisers to pass on to the agencies they employ to serve their ads".

The new list, while a step forward, isn't a complete solution. Such lists already exist in the ad sector, and yet banners do still appear from big brands on piracy sites. This is usually because of bad management of the ad networks that actually fill a lot of the ad slots on such websites, and which put various third parties between advertiser and website.

And of course, like other PIPCU initiatives, there will likely be critics of the new list, with a focus on who, exactly, decides what sites go on it. Unless it is restricted to online operations that have been confirmed as copyright infringers in court, there will be a fear that legitimate websites that occasionally inadvertently infringe could also be included. And if the list works, being added to it could have a big impact on such sites' income. Which will require those running the IWL to proceed with care when adding new offenders.

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Judge throws out Bieber song theft case
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit being pursued by singer Devin Copeland and songwriter Mareio Overton over 2010 Justin Bieber hit 'Somebody To Love'.

As previously reported, the claimants argued that the Bieber track was very similar to a song they had written. The allegation went that Copeland had shared the original song with Bieber mentor Usher, and that there had been talk of the two men collaborating, but then all communication went quite. Later Bieber's 'Somebody To Love' appeared, with the pop tyke, Heather Bright and The Stereotypes credited as songwriters and Usher on backing vocals.

But the judge considering the case has ruled that - while there may be some themes in common between the two songs - they are not sufficiently similar to constitute plagiarism. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the judge ruled: "Although the accused songs have some elements in common with plaintiffs' song, their mood, tone, and subject matter differ significantly".

The judge also added that while there may be similarities between the tracks if you go looking for them, the average listener wouldn't consider them the same. He said: "The judge adds: "Any listener who had not set out to detect the songs' similarities would be inclined to overlook them, and regard the songs' aesthetic appeal as different. Therefore, a reasonable juror could not conclude that a member of the public would construe the aesthetic appeal of the songs as being similar".

Sony Corp appoints new CFO
Sony Corp announced on Friday that it will replace its Chief Financial Officer tomorrow, with Kenichiro Yoshida taking over from Masaru Kato.

After a little bit of optimism in 2012, the Japanese conglom will report substantial losses for its current financial year, which ends today. As previously reported, Sony's US-based entertainment businesses - including Sony Music and the Sony/ATV publishing company- have been doing alright, and most of the financial woes stem from the electronics side of the group.

More cost cutting will likely be needed across Sony Corp, and Yoshida, previously Deputy CFO, will be charged with the task of finding additional savings. Kato, meanwhile, will become Vice-Chairman of the Sony group.

SFX share price falls following heated investor call
SFX Entertainment's share price dropped by 20% at one point during a conference call with investors last week, as some questioned the status of the company and its boss Robert Sillerman.

Part of the controversy arose from pictures of Sillerman raising his middle finger and grabbing his crotch as he exited a private jet in Miami, where he was attending the Winter Music Conference. This led one investor to say that an objective of the call was to make sure that Sillerman was "still sane".

Ben Green of BD Capital then questioned the revenues of the highly acquisitive company, suggesting that it was covering up losses in its digital division, which owns companies such as Beatport and ticketing firm Paylogic.

"It looks like you guys take out some of the legacy losses of the platform company", said Green. "What is that? Is that some of the shitty deals?"

Sillerman responded: "I am not sure that we have done any shitty deals. This is a pretty modest adjustment based on non-recurring transfers and investments in upgrades. Nothing more, no less".

By the end of the call, some confidence had returned, with the company's share price only 11% down, to $6.81, by the time Sillerman hung up. Though by the end of the week, when trading closed, it had fallen slightly again to $6.73.

As previously reported, Sillerman's newish EDM-obsessed company floated on NASDAQ last October.

Michelle Williams reps Playtex Gentle Glide
Grammy Award-winning child-of-destiny Michelle Williams has teamed, on a strictly financial basis, with feminine care brand Playtex's Gentle Glide tampon range, and will represent its Play On Playbook campaign on all the social mediums. And the ad drive's main shtick is this: if you're a lady, and you encounter an "embarrassing stumble", you are encouraged to 'Play On', and bounce back with poise and grace. And not go and cry in the toilet.

As Play On ambassador, Williams will be revealing her personal 'Play On' moments on the Playtex FB page, and inviting the world's tampon-buying public to share tips on how to deal with "wardrobe malfunctions, face plants, bad dates and other little challenges". And we've all experienced one or all of those, am I right, girls?

Michelle says: "I know from experience that the best way to make it through life's hiccups is to keep your head up, shrug it off and move on. I'm excited to team up with Playtex Gentle Glide to share my strategies for overcoming life's little stumbling blocks and encourage women everywhere to embrace their own Play On moments".

Playtex Gentle Glide's Senior Brand Manager Chit Itchon gives her own inspirational take on the situation: "We are excited to work with Michelle and celebrate women from all walks of life who exemplify grace under fire. Michelle is the perfect example of the Play On woman who is comfortable and confident in herself, and isn't fazed by moments of imperfection. As a brand, our goal is for women everywhere to celebrate Play On moments and not let the little things get in their way!"

But what, I hear you ask, about the other ex-Destinys Child members who aren't Beyonce? Where are they now? Well, Kelly Rowland is writing her fifth solo LP sans a label deal, and loving it, apparently. And she has a nice advertising deal with Caress Skincare, which is nice. And original Child LaTavia is hosting First Class Fridays at Ashton's Upscale Social Club in Florence, South Carolina, this Friday.

Bloom.fm passes million users, web-player in the pipeline
London-based streaming set-up Bloom.fm has announced that it passed the million user mark earlier this month, and that it will imminently launch a web-based player extending use of the service to PC users. Expansion into new territories is also now on the agenda.

Bloom.fm boss Oleg Fomenko told CMU: "We've been blown away by the enthusiasm for the app. Reaching a million registered users in just over a year is a fantastic milestone. We want everyone to have the best possible music experience at a price they can afford and this approach is encouraging more people to pay for music. We're taking music subscriptions to the mainstream; two-thirds of our subscribers hadn't paid for a music service before we came along".

Relatively new to the streaming music party, having launched its mobile apps last year, Bloom.fm reckons that it has a business model that has more potential of going mass market than its more established rivals in the streaming music space. As previously reported, Fomenko will appear as part of the Global Digital Markets insights strand at The Great Escape this May, where he'll explain why he thinks that is so.

BBC announces standalone Eurovision radio station
BBC Radio 2 has announced the launch of a standalone Eurovision station, to broadcast around this year's big song contest in May.

The station will air Eurovision-related programmes from midday to midnight over four days from 8 May, except on the actual day of the event, when it will simulcast Radio 2's coverage from 10am to 1am.

Radio 2 Controller Bob Shennan said: "Every year, Eurovision is a moment that unites many people around the UK, as well as Europe. I'm proud to be offering a truly digital experience in 2014 with coverage across Radio 2 and Radio 2 Eurovision on digital radio. And we have an incredible line-up of presenting talent, bringing all the excitement, sartorial disasters and musical catastrophes to our listeners".

Presenters on the station have been announced as Paddy O'Connell, Scott Mills, Maria McErlane, Ken Bruce, Michael Ball, and the undisputed king of Eurovision, Terry Wogan. Though he'll not be returning to the commentary box, sadly.

MPG to host training event on new industry standard broadcast WAV format
The Music Producers Guild has announced an event next week to provide information on the new Broadcast WAV file format.

As previously reported, the MPG has been campaigning for some time to improve metadata on WAV files, specifically calling for ISRC codes to be embedded as standard to allow better tracking of music used for audio broadcast. Having gained traction with this campaign, this event aims to educate mastering engineers in using the new format before it becomes the new industry standard.

Alchemy Mastering's Barry Grint, who will lead the event, told CMU: "Our event on 9 Apr is the only opportunity mastering engineers will have to understand and prepare for this format change. Each of our [digital audio workstation] sponsors will demonstrate how the ISRC embedding process fits within their workflow, and how they are working together to ensure seamless exchange of the data between all of the workstations".

He continued: "This is a massive step forward for the industry and we really hope that mastering engineers and other recording professionals who are interested in ISRC will take the opportunity to come along and learn more".

The event will take place at the Hospital Club in London. For more information and to register, go here.

  Approved: Quimper
Whilst new electronic duos may be ten a penny these days, Quimper sound genuinely unlike anyone else. The London-based electronic audio/visual duo (Jodie Lowther and Johnny Vertigen) make suitably spooky and uncompromising songs and soundscapes, befitting a duo who promise 'unreasonable music for unreasonable people'.

Terrifying and alluring in equal measure, 'Feline' is haunted by the ghost of Delia Derbyshire and whatever lurks in the forest in children's fairytales, making it redolent of a malevolent Broadcast, or even Saint Etienne on a particularly bad trip. More nightmare pop than dream-pop, then.

Having released their debut EP in 2012, the ethereal and playful 'Feline' is taken from a new EP on Soft Bodies Records. The video, created by Lowther, is streaming on YouTube now.
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Avicii, Santana and Wylef score World Cup closing song
Move over Ricky Wilson, with your unofficial World Cup song, and your uncool job on 'The Voice', and make room for international heavyweights DJ Avicii, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean and Latin Grammy winner Aleandre Pires, who are collaborating on the Brazil-based football hoo-ha's 'real' anthem via a track titled 'Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find Away)'.

As the tournament's closing anthem, it'll act as the 'night' to the 'day' that is Pitbull and J-Lo's World Cup single, 'We Are One', and will be sung and spun live by Avicii and friends on 13 Jul at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Avicii's manager and collaborator Ash Pournouri, who wrote the damn thing, says: "In Portuguese, 'Dar Um Jeito' means to 'find a way' around obstacles and impossibilities. With this track, we wanted to send a message of optimism and opportunity with the music and the words".

Morrissey's Vauxhall And I reissue to come with live disc
Morrissey has added a sheaf of details, and an extra disc, to the 20th anniversary re-release of his 1994 LP 'Vauxhall And I'.

Out 2 Jun, the 'definitive master' edition will include a second disc consisting of a fourteen song concert Moz did at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane back in 1995. The album has five songs from 'Vauxhall And I' on it, plus non-LP track 'Boxers', and a cover of 'Moon River'.

As previously reported, Morrissey has a forthcoming LP, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business', coming forth on a TBC date.

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Release Round-Up: Tori Amos, White Lung, Maria Minerva, Tanika and Tuff Love
Queen-of-quirk Tori Amos has unveiled a first taster of her new LP, 'Unrepentant Geraldines', in a new track entitled 'Trouble's Lament'. It's about Satan, apparently.

Vancouver punk band White Lung have dreamt up a new long-length record of their own, named 'Deep Fantasy'. Set to be released via Domino on 16 Jun, it apparently finds the band in a frame of mind that's "every bit as confrontational as before, but they've managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face". What a sweet sentiment. Stream lead 'Deep Fantasy' single 'Drown With The Monster' here, and click here to play a list of tracks that inspired the LP.

Weird and wavy Estonian pop artist Maria Minerva, seen here being approved, is also in the business of announcing albums, having just named her new one, 'Histrionic', which is a word that just doesn't get said enough. Get a load of one of the LP's tracks, 'The Beginning', ahead of its release on 28 Apr via Not Not Fun.

Naughty Boy collaborator and blossoming, Brixton-based solo vocalist Tanika has an EP on its way, featuring lots of cool pop hits, not least the MNEK-assisted 'Bad 4 U'. Available on iTunes now, 'Fucking With My Heart' will have its real-life digital/tangible release on 28 Apr. In the meantime, please feel free to stream the entire EP via Popjustice. And this is the 'Bad 4 U' video, by the way.

And do you know what, another really good song doing the rounds of late is 'Sweet Discontent', by affably scrappy Scottish trio Tuff Love. It's downloadable now (for a price) on its own, and will be released via the band's new EP 'Junk' on 5 May. Give it a spin immediately, or else regret it for all time.

Festival Line-Up Update: Kendal Calling, Splendour, Jabberwocky and more
So, heaps and heaps of new additions have been made to certain festivals in the live events field. And I bet you'd like to familiarise yourself with them, preferably via an easy-peasy itemised list. And oh! Here that is:

COCOON IN THE PARK, Temple Newsam, Leeds, 12 Jul: Sven Vath, Seth Troxler, Apollonia, Enzo Siragusa. www.cocoon.net

DETESTIVAL, Queen's Social Club, 18-20 Apr: Menace Beach, hat Fucking Tank, Mike Hughes, Cult of Dom Keller, Wild Smiles, Rumpus, Seize The Chair, Baba Naga, Mistoa Polsta. www.facebook.com/detestival‎

THE ELECTRIC FROG & PRESSURE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL, Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, 3-4 May: Matthew Dear. www.theelectricfrog.co.uk

JABBERWOCKY, ExCeL Centre, London, 15-16 Aug: Liars, Kirt Vile & The Violators, Panda Bear, Cloud Nothings, Untold, Clipping, Big Ups, Mick Turner. www.atpfestival.com/events/jabberwocky2014.php

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria, 1-3 Aug: Jimi Goodwin, Frightened Rabbit, Simon And Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene), Lewis Watson, Admiral Fallow, Team Me, Black Rivers, Norma Jean Martine, Mirror Signal, The Tea Street Band, Champs, Dario G, Lauren Aquilina, Lyger, Big Sixes, Etches, Molly Warburton Trio, Gypsy Hill, Smerins Anti-Social Club, John Langan, Talisman, Will Tramp, Drop The Mustard, Zutekh, English Disco Lovers (EDL), Herbal Sessions Soundsystem, Dub Central, The Showhawk Duo, Davos, Lisbon, The Membranes, Skutch Manos, Metisa, Colt 45, MDNGHT, Berlin Berlin, You, $ista $ista, Walk, HoneyFeet, Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Skittles & Live Band, Cut Capers, Lauren Housley, Rene, Gypsies of Bohemia, Scatters the Funky Disco Pig, The Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire, Treedrum, Riot Jazz, The Dakota Jim Band, Taylor Jackson, Charlie Cooper, Thingamebob & The Thingamejigs, From a Window, Buffalo Brothers, The Big Easy, Flamingus, Flavia, The Bear around Your Neck, Whiskey Moon Face, Felix Hagan And The Family, Too Much Love, Salutation Dub Collective, The EME, Dave Rybka, Xander Smith. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 2 Aug: Fun Lovin'Criminals, Peter Hook And The Light, DJ Yoda & The Transiberian Marching Band, Courtney Pine, Dub Pistols, Broken Hands, DJ Format vs Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Alfredo, The Ramona Flowers, Radio Riddler, Si Cranstoun, Coves, The Intermission Project, CoCo and the Butterfields, The Doctorates, Comfyporn DJs. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

SNOWBOMBING, Mayrhofen, Austria, 7-12 Apr: Skream, The Martinez Brothers, Artwork, Shy FX, B Traits, Dismantle, Breakage. www.snowbombing.com

SPLENDOUR FESTIVAL, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, 19 Jul: Happy Mondays, Tom Odell, Boomtown Rats, Reverend And The Makers. www.splendourfestival.com

SPOT FESTIVAL, Aarhus, Denmark, 2-3 May: Reptile Youth, Mads Langer, Sleep Party People, Treefight For Sunlight, Go Go Berlin, Broke, Amason, Vök. spotfestival.dk

SUNDOWNDER SESSIONS, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, 4-24 Jul: The Fisherman's Friends. www.lustyglaze.co.uk/sundownersessions

New Cure album "a sore point", says Robert Smith
Robert Smith has revealed that there is a new Cure album ready to release, and that it will probably come out this summer. Although he added that this is something of a "sore point" amongst the members of the group's current line-up, because everything except Smith's vocals was recorded six years ago when some of them were not members.

The album, Smith told Xfm's John Kennedy, was recorded at the same time as 2008 long player '4:13 Dream' (the band's last release), but was held back because the singer was unhappy with his lyrics on it. With the words rewritten and the new vocals on tape, the album is ready to release, though since the music was recorded, guitarist Porl Thompson has left the group, replaced by Reeves Gabrels, and keyboard player Roger O'Donnell has rejoined. This new line-up now seemingly has a plan for another album, which this other record is holding up.

"We're in a weird predicament because I finished singing and mixing an album that was made by a band that no longer exists", said Smith. "I'm not sure [that] happens that often. [Now] this band is trying to make an album - and it's an album that I'm tempted to make - that's really different to anything else we've really done. So trying to be convinced that we should release an album that's really the second half of an album that came out in 2008 is a bit of a sore point, to be honest, amongst this current line-up".

Explaining the delay in releasing the album in the first place, he continued: "The album we brought out in 2008 was supposed to be a double album, and essentially it's the other half of that, so it's not really new. I just never sang it, because I couldn't be bothered. I just didn't think the words were good enough, [but] I've kinda rewritten it and sung it, and it's good".

He said that, despite the disputes with his bandmates, the album will now likely come out through Fiction "in that summer dead air period for albums".

"It'll be there, Cure fans will hopefully like it", he added. "And everyone else will ignore it".

 
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