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Music News: Monday 9th July 2012

Lisa Bentley



Lily Allen Pregnant with Second Child

It has been announced that Lily Allen is pregnant with her second child. She and husband Sam Cooper already have a child, 9 month old Ethel May. Congratulations from MTTM.

Sargent and Guertin Leave the Band

Two members of the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced their departure. The two artists who played their final show at this weekend’s CBGB’s Festival released individual statements.

Guertin: “Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what’s next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?”
Sargent: “I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians. I wish Alec, Sean and Lee the best of luck with whatever CYHSY does in the future. I wish Robbie the best of luck with his musical and horticultural endeavors. As for me, I am currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016.”

Coachella Festival Ticket Taxation

West coast festival Coachella has sported some serious tax drama over the past few weeks. Indio City, home of the festival has tried to enforce a tax on tickets for the event. Festival organisers protested and eventually won their case. They threatened to move the festival to a new location if the taxation on tickets went ahead.

More Festival News

Another festival has closed its doors. MFest, the festival ran by supermarket Morrison’s was due to take place this weekend in Leeds but has had to be cancelled due to severe weather warnings. Promoters and organisers issued the following statement: “It is with our deepest regret that due to the adverse weather conditions leading up to this event in conjunction with the extreme weather warning as issued by the met office for the weekend, we were left with no other decision than to abandon this weekend’s MFEST. This was a joint decision made between the promoter, the production team, health and safety and Harewood House. We sought advice from a number of agencies including Leeds City Council before making the decision. The public’s health and safety is of paramount concern, therefore it would be irresponsible to continue however disappointed we all are. Information on ticket refunds will be issued on Monday (July 9).”

More Posthumous Albums from Winehouse

It is rumoured that more Amy Winehouse albums will be released. Earlier this week her compilation track with American rapper Nas Cherry Wine was released online.

John Lydon is Pro-Drugs….Quelle Surprise?

The Sex Pistols and PIL’s John Lydon appeared on this week’s question time in arguing in favour of the legalisation of drugs. The punk rock frontman says with the proper distribution he can see nothing wrong with the legalisation of all narcotics.

Digital Sales Improve but the Physical Copy is Slowly Dying

Good news this week for digital music as there has been a 17.3% increase in sales. However, this is bad news for physical copies of music which have sadly decreased by almost the same amount.

Album News

There has been a lot of album news this week. Anyone expecting a new album from Crosby, Stills and Nash will be disappointed. Stephen Stills has denied reports the band are making a new studio album. The Scorpions are using old unreleased tracks for their forthcoming album. Def Leppard are planning on re-recording their entire back catalogue, which begs the question as to why? Fans however will be able to buy new versions when they finally release it. After much intrigue and mystery it has been announced that The Strokes are working on their fifth studio album. Liam Gallagher has promised the follow up to Beady Eye’s debut album will have better songs. Finally Arctic Monkeys have promised a heavier fifth album. The debut solo album from Tamara Schlesinger is due for release on the 6th of August.

Christopher Owens has Quit Girls

The frontman of the band Girls Christopher Owens has announced his departure from the band. Owens issued the following statement about his decision to leave: “This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything.”

Honour For Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl is being honoured by his home town of Warren, Ohio for his services to music. Two 900lb drumsticks have been unveiled in honour of Grohl’s services to music.

Live Announcements

Asking Alexandria

Tickets for Asking Alexandria’s 2013 tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

16th January – Mandela Hall, Belfast

17th January – Barrowlands, Glasgow

19th January – o2 Academy, Brixton

10th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham

11th February – o2 Academy, Manchester

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms are touring in September.

19th September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

20th September – Moho Live, Manchester

21st September – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

22nd September – Cockpit 3, Leeds

23rd September – Unit Club, Southampton

24th September – The Croft, Bristol

25th September – Borderline, London

Juan Zelada

Juan Zelada is touring later this year. Check this guy out, you won’t be disappointed. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

20th November – Plug, Sheffield

21st November – The Cluny, Newcastle

22nd November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

23rd November – King Tuts, Glasgow

24th November – Deaf Institute, Manchester

26th November – Louisiana, Bristol

27th November – Jericho, Oxford

28th November – Komedia, Brighton

29th November – Scala, London

Night Verses

Night Verses are touring this summer.

3rd August – The Hippodrome, Kingston

5th August – Hevy Festival, Kent

6th August – 200 Club, Newport

7th August – Sugarmill, Stoke on Trent

8th August – Tunnels 2, Aberdeen

9th August – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

10th August – The Well, Leeds

11th August – The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

12th August – The George, Andover

13th August – With Rabbit, Plymouth

14th August – Joiners, Southampton

15th August – Underworld, London

Pure Love

Pure Love are heading out on tour.

18th July – Glee Club, Birmingham

19th July – Zanzibar, Liverpool

22nd July – Moles, Bath

23rd July – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

24th July – Central Station, Wrexham

25th July – Duchess, York

26th July – New Slang @ The Hippodrome, Kingston

25th August – Reading Festival, England

26th August – Leeds Festival, England

Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive are touring in October.

2nd October – Cockpit 2, Leeds

3rd October – King Tuts, Glasgow

4th October – Academy 3, Manchester

5th October – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

6th October – Asylum, Birmingham

8th October – Rock City Basement, Nottingham

9th October – Barfly, London

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing will be touring in October.

29th October – Vicar Street, Dublin

30th October – Ritz, Manchester

1st November – Forum, London

Released This Week

Clockwork Angels – Rush

Trespassing – Adam Lambert

Cheeky For A Reason – The View

Write It On Your Skin – Newton Faulkner

Is Your Love Big Enough – Lianne La Havas

A Hard Day’s Pint – The Lancashire Hotpots

Trailer Park Celebrity – Eminem

Hold Fast – The Crookes

Ghetto Barbie – Nicki Minaj