The James Blunt/Daniel Powter chart hegemony continues with 'Bad Day' locking horns at Number 2 behind 'You're Beautiful' for a third straight week. This also means a fifth week at the top for the James Blunt single, easing it past Crazy Frog to become the second longest-running chart-topper of the year. Indeed not since 1998 have we had two records top the charts for longer than four weeks in the same calendar year, but James Blunt and Tony Christie have both managed it in the space of a few short months.
James Blunt also reigns supreme at the top of the albums chart yet again. As reported by Alan Jones in Music Week last week, Blunt is the first artist since Celine Dion (in 1995) to top both the singles and album charts for five consecutive weeks. To find the last British act to manage this spectacular level of domination you have to look back even further - to 1975 and the dominance of Rod Stewart with the album 'Atlantic Crossing' and the single 'Sailing'. Oddly enough the last act to manage a six week duopoly were none other than John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John whose 'Summer Nights' was accompanied at the top by the 'Grease' soundtrack for six of the seven weeks it spent at the summit, way back in 1978. It is this particular record that James Blunt is gunning for next week.
On August 1st 2005, three Gary Numan albums have been made available on CD, and in stores for the first time. Living Ornaments '79 and '81 have previously been available as Mail Order only CD's and via specialist sources, however, Living Ornaments '80, gets its first ever release.
Living Ornaments '80 features songs from Gary Numan's 'Teletour' - the 'machine-music' period, when Numan was at the peak of his commercial success. Unfortunately, the multi-tracks for the 1980 show have never been located, and the show that featured on the original vinyl of LO '80, has never been released in its entirety. Recently, a recording of a complete 'Teletour' show - a live reference mix, made by the sound crew - became available, which, with some sonic tweaking, is of release quality.
Living Ornaments '80 is now a double CD, featuring the original 10 tracks from the vinyl release (newly remastered from the mixing tapes), plus this complete show - giving a total of 29 tracks.
Some reviews of Living Ornaments '80
"this is a real treat for synth lovers everywhere - the authentic sound of 80s electronic music, and one not to be missed for those who wonder where the dark side of electronic music originated from. So sit back and enjoy a lashing of tuneful, avante garde, synth pop misery - you won't regret it."
"The recording lifted from the UK leg effortlessly captured the Numan phenomenon in full flight as Gary and the band powered through turbo charged versions from his exemplary back catalogue to scenes of pure, unadulterated pop hysteria."
VISAGE have announced that they will play a rare show at Rusty Egan's new London clubnight 'Gold'. The band, now featuring original frontman STEVE STRANGE backed by contemporary synth-band Seize, will play the show on September 9th.
DURAN DURAN will release a live DVD 'Live From London' later this year. The band compiled footage from their recent five-night run of shows at London's Wembley Arena and have also packaged the DVD with a ten-track audio CD featuring additional live tracks. The DVD will be released on October 25th in the USA, October 31st in Europe and November 7th in the UK. The band will also release a special edition audio and video package, 'Greatest - Sight & Sound', featuring an audio disc featuring songs from the band's multi-platinum 'Greatest' CD and a DVD featuring tracks from the video package of the same name. The release will be available from October 24th.
??GEORGE MICHAEL has reportedly provided vocals for two tracks, 'Say You Will When You Won't' and 'Time Heals Everything' on the forthcoming BANANARAMA album. Bananarama are back in the UK charts this week with their comeback single 'Move In My Direction'.
SOFT CELL have compiled a number of their very early demos to be released via their official website. The tracks were recorded in a very rudimentary way between 1978 and 1980 and have been remastered and packaged with sleeve notes by Dave Ball. Titled: Bedsit Tapes.
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CYNDI LAUPER and KD LANG both feature on 'Pretty Little Head', the new album from up and coming artist Nellie McKay. Both artists duet with McKay - Lauper on 'Beecharmer' and Lang on 'We Had It Right' - on the record that is scheduled for an October 18th release.
A-HA's single 'The Sun Always Shines On TV' has been covered by In Strict Confidence with Melotron. The extremely limited edition release is on 3" CD and comes with a TV viewer and deluxe packaging.
SINEAD O'CONNOR has announced more details about her forthcoming album of reggae covers. The album, 'Throw Down Your Arms', will be released on October 3rd and will feature songs from Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and Lee Perry.
BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY has confirmed, in a BBC6 interview, that Bauhaus will tour the UK at the end of the year and will also record a new album.
MADONNA's new single 'Hung Up' will be released on November 7th, a week before her new studio album 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' which follows on November 14th.
Here's??some new information regarding the single "Precious" and the album "Playing The Angel" :
The single "Precious" will be released on: October 3rd (UK / Europe) October 4th (USA) ?? The album "Playing The Angel" will be released on: October 13th (Japan) October 17th (UK / Europe) October 18th (USA)
The album "Playing The Angel" contains the following??tracks: "A Pain That I'm Used To" "John The Revelator" "Suffer Well" ?? "The Sinner In Me" "Precious" "Macrovision" "I Want It All" "Nothing's Impossible" "Introspectre" "Damaged People" "Lillian" ??"The Darkest Star"
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Celebrating the success of the Top-Ten Gold selling album, 'Voice', Alison Moyet has for the first time ever recorded a unique version of her sell out 'One Blue Voice' UK live concert tour.
The concert was filmed on June 6th 2005 in front of a specially invited audience at The Hospital in Covent Garden, London. "One Blue Voice" Moyet's first ever 'live' DVD, will be released by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on 26th September 2005.
Performing with an eight-piece band including a string quartet, the material includes tracks from Moyet's album 'Voice', and songs from the acclaimed Brit nominated CD, 'Hometime'.
Moyet compositions include "Mary Don't Keep Me Waiting", "You Don't Have To Go", "This House" and "If You Don't Come Back To Me" among many others.
Alison Moyet - One Blue Voice (DVD) ???? Release date: September 26, 2005
The concert set-list, which showcases Moyet's natural vocal strength and ability, includes Michel Legrand's "Windmills Of Your Mind" and the Elvis Costello composition "Almost Blue", "Wraggle Taggle Gypsies-O!" and "Dido's Lament" from 'Voice'.
This DVD captures an exceptional talent on spectacular form. Superbly stylized and beautifully lit, Moyet proves without doubt that she still has the depth and purity to her voice millions of fans world-wide have come to adore.
Bonus tracks "Should I Feel That It's Over", "Alfie", "Only You" and "That Old Devil Called Love" are included within the DVD extras along with an exclusive interview and photo gallery.