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12 Sep 2005 - Dannii on Kylie

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Dannii Minogue ?? Kylie Minogue
Dannii Minogue has confessed her sister Kylie is still some way from a full recovery from breast cancer but is already talking about getting back to live performing.

Dannii, who is due to fly to Paris in the coming days to look after Kylie, has also once again praised her sister's spirit during her battle against the illness. Kylie's boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez, is currently in Romania filming his new movie, "Blood And Chocolate" , prompting Dannii to fly out to France.

Before leaving she explained: "Kylie has been taking a lot of her strength from her fans' support. To be honest she is bowled over by the love she has been getting from her friends and her fans. I don't know how she got to be such a strong person but she's a real fighter. She is already talking about getting back on stage. Kylie's not better yet - but she will be. I see her all the time and I'm going to Paris in the next few days to be with her while her boyfriend Olivier is away filming."
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12 Sep 2005 - Out Of The Darkness...

The comeback single from The Darkness is to be called "One Way Ticket", it has emerged. The track, which will precede the band's long-awaited follow-up to their globe-straddling debut album "Permission To Land", is due for release on November 14.
Two weeks later, the band's second album, which is currently untitled, is due to be released.

"One Way Ticket" will be the first piece of music to be released by The Darkness since the acrimonious departure of founding member and bass player Frankie Poullain. Poullain left the band in May, with The Darkness citing "musical differences". Poullain has since been replaced by the group's former guitar tech Richie Edwards.
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Pussycat Dolls
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Don't Cha

It was an old roommate of actress Christina Applegate who first formed the Pussycat Dolls dance troupe, their old fashioned burlesque routines quickly becoming a cult attraction in Los Angeles clubs such as the Viper Room and the Roxy. Part of their appeal was the fact that on any given night a "name" celebrity might join them onstage to perform and this led to them having extensive contact with the music industry (the girls ending up with a starring role in Pink's 'Trouble' video. With such a powerful brand name behind them and with the appropriate connections it was perhaps inevitable than an enterprising producer would hit on the idea of turning them into a full blown musical act - and the result has been an instant smash hit album in the US and this week a massive Number One hit single in the UK.

First of all it is worth commenting on just what a departure from the norm they represent.

Time and again US A&R men have shown themselves to be devoid of imagination, resulting in every US girl group for a generation to be rigidly based on the formula pioneered by the Supremes back in the 1960s. Everyone, from En Vogue through Jade, TLC and Destiny's Child has stuck to the format (and all with success of course). From the moment you see them you know the Pussycat Dolls are different and at the risk of making them sound a different kind of throwback, they have "new Spice Girls" written all over them, each girl being defined with her own personality and own sense of style, all fitting into the group structure overall.

So with the image out of the way, what about the music. Well the truth is that at the moment there is just one thing that will sell in America and that is an R&B/Rap hybrid. Hence I personally have to confess to feeling incredibly disappointed when first hearing 'Don't Cha' after reading so much about how it had taken America by storm. Don't go expecting a chirpy pop song, this is just about as R&B cool as it is possible to get. It ain't a bad record by any stretch of the imagination but as much as their image pushes the boundaries the music of the Pussycat Dolls treads little in the way of new ground. Still enough negatives, there are plenty of positives here. Amazingly the Pussycat Dolls are the first US group to top the British charts since the Black Eyed Peas way back in 2003 and the first American all-girl act to do so since the all-star combo of Christina, Mya, Pink and Lil' Kim hit the top with 'Lady Marmalade' in 2001 - their retro stockings and suspenders cavortings of course not a million miles from the image of the Pussycat Dolls in the present day. For the second week running as well the Number One single features a guest starring role for a male artist who had in the past never quite ascended to the top. Step forward Busta Rhymes whose star turn on the record gives him his biggest hit ever, one place higher than 1999s 'Turn It Up/Fire it Up'.
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To coincide with today's release of the new Simple Minds album "Black & White 050505",??Simple Minds will be special guests on "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" on September 23rd. The show will go out on BBC1 television at 10:30pm.

Other guests on September 23rd: French film star Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Tate, whose recent BBC TWO comedy show was a great success, singer Ricky Martin (talking).

Jim Kerr will also be interviewed on The Johnnie Walker Show on BBC Radio 2 between 5-7pm on Friday September 16th. Click on the BBC Radio 2 website page for more details:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/walker/
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09 Sep 2005 - 80's News

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MORRISSEY
was honoured at this week's GQ Magazine awards in London, where he received the Best Solo Artist accolade.

DEPECHE MODE have announced dates for the US leg of their forthcoming 'Playing The Angel' tour. The band will kick off the twenty-two date US and Canadian tour on November 2nd and finish on December 8th.??The band will release two versions of their forthcoming new studio album 'Playing The Angel'; a standard 11 track CD and a deluxe version which includes a bonus DVD. 'Precious' will be released on two CDs and a DVD single.

EURYTHMICS
are to release a new career-spanning retrospective 'The Ultimate Collection' which will also feature two new songs from the duo; 'Was It Just Another Love Affair' and 'I've Got A Life'. The album is due for a November release and 'I've Got A Life' will be released as a single on October 31st.

CHINA CRISIS
will play a rare gig at Liverpool's Institute of Performing Arts on September 16th. The gig will be filmed and recorded for possible live release.

SHAKATAK
filmed their recent Japanese show at the Tokyo Duo Music Exchange for a forthcoming live DVD release. The band have also just released a 2-CD live CD 'Easier Said Than Done'.

THE B-52s' singers, KATE PIERSON and CINDY WILSON, have provided vocals for a new track, 'Take My Time', from dance act Junior Senior. The track will feature on the forthcoming Junior Senior album 'Hey Hey My My Yo Yo'.

RICK ASTLEY has added an Irish show to his forthcoming dates and will play at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on November 27th.

KYLIE MINOGUE's 'Showgirl' tour had been captured for a DVD release which is expected to be released in time for Christmas.

JESUS JONES have had their single 'Right Here Right Now' sampled by remixer Robbie Riviera for a forthcoming single 'Right Here' which is due for an October 24th release date...

T'PAU, CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT and THE REAL THING have all been confirmed to appear at RUSTY EGAN's London clubnight 'Gold' during September.
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