David Bowie is being sued for £5 million by the estate of Gus Dudgeon, the record producer who worked on his breakthrough 1969 single "Space Oddity".
Dudgeon, who died in a car crash three years ago, was one of his era's greatest producers - working on tracks such as Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual", Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By" and 11 albums by Elton John.
For his work on "Space Oddity", Dudgeon was allegedly paid a £250 advance against a promise of a 2 per cent cut of the sales. Claiming that he had never received this, the producer had employed royalties' investigator David Morgan to begin legal action just before he and his wife Sheila were killed. The couple, who had no children, left everything they owned to charity. The Dudgeons' estate has now re-assigned Morgan to continue his work so that, if successful, extra money can be added to the charity funds.
Bowie is so far believed to be resisting the claim.
NIK KERSHAW has recorded a new track with Frou Frou singer Imogen Heap producing - her debut production job. Nik, who has in the past produced material for Imogen Heap, has recorded the song for his forthcoming compilation album featuring the best of his catalogue recordings alongside a number of new tracks. NEW ORDER's classic single 'Bizarre Love Triangle' has been remixed by The Crystal Method and is included on their new album of remixes 'CS2 Mix'. The remix will also be released as a vinyl only 12" single in the USA.
CULTURE CLUB, HUE & CRY and LEVEL 42 will all have live CDs released by River Records in May as part of the ongoing 'River Sessions' series. The ten-track Culture Club release was recorded in 1982, the Level 42 double CD features fifteen tracks recorded in 1983 and the double-CD Hue & Cry set features twenty-three tracks from 1987.
GO WESTwill play a free show as part of King's Lynn's Too Festival on July 22nd. The band have also confirmed the biggest show of their 20th Anniversary tour at Corby's Rockingham Race Track on May 1st where they will be supported by former Take That star Mark Owen. SUZANNE VEGA is the subject of a DVD documentary 'Some Journey' which is due for release later this year. The 108-minute documentary will feature live and offstage footage alongside interviews with BRYAN ADAMS, PETER GABRIEL, TALKING HEADS and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. A seperate DVD 'Retrospective: The Videos' will be released in May. BOY MEETS GIRL's 'Waiting For A Star To Fall' has been sampled for another dance rcord - the THIRD this year - from up and coming artist Mylo who mixes the pop classic with KIM CARNES' 'Bette Davis Eyes'. BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY will release a new album 'Unshattered' via Artful on May 9th.
MIDGE URE, CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT and NICK HEYWARD will all be appearing at a special outdoor show 'Live For One Night Only - The Best Of The 80s' on September 17th. The show will take place at Fontwell Park Race Track between Chichester and Arundel in Sussex and is being organised by Capital Radio's Ocean FM with a percentage of ticket sales going to charity.
DEPECHE MODE have started work on their new album, the follow up to 2001's 'Exciter'. The band are in the studio in Santa Barbara with producer Ben Hillier working on the album which is being tentatively lined-up for an autumn release.
GEORGE MICHAEL, CATHY DENNIS, U2, BOB GELDOF and MIDGE URE are among the nominees for wawrds at this years prestigious Ivor Novello Awards which take place in London on May 26th. George Michael's 'Amazing' is nominated for most performed song along with the Cathy Dennis written 'Toxic' performed by Britney Spears. U2's 'Vertigo' is up against Bob Geldof and Midge Ure's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' as International Hit Of The Year with 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' receiving an additional nomination as best selling UK single. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN have been added to the bill for the forthcoming Glastonbury Festival which takes place in the UK between June 24-26. The Bunnymen join a confirmed bill that also incudes sets from KYLIE MINOGUE, NEW ORDER, ELVIS COSTELLO, VAN MORRISON and THE UNDERTONES.
SONIA has lined up a short tour of some of the UK's Jumpin Jaks' nightclubs on a bill with boyband 911. BANANARAMA have announced on their official website that they will release their much anticipated new single in July with their new album to follow... in the meantime the Solasso Vs Bananarama remix single 'Really Saying Something' is due for an imminent release and will feature a video with the duo themselves making a cameo appearance! THOMAS LEER, one of the founding fathers of electronic music in the UK, releases a new album 'Parts Of A Greater Hole' on May 23rd on the Karvavena label. The album, Leer's first for over a decade is described as 'Twisted science, big beats, archive vinyl samples and mad professors all figure in an uncompromising soundtrack that doesn’t pause for breath across 17 tracks'. SWING OUT SISTER will play a number of US dates in June as part of their upcoming tour to promote their recent album, the excellent 'Where Our Love Grows'.
MIDGE URE, MODERN ROMANCE, THE STRANGLERS, HEAVEN 17, ABC, GO WEST, T'PAU, HOWARD JONES, KAJAGOOGOO and HAZEL O'CONNOR are among the bands who were expected to be on the bill for the upcoming 'Live & Kicking' one-day festival in Usk on July 23rd, however the festival has unfortunately been cancelled due to resistance from local residents although the promotors are still hoping to put on a similar event somewhere else in the UK.
In anticipation of the download chart combining with the singles chart, Kristian's first ever download-only single has been released. it's his own version of Tracy Chapman's classic 'Fast Car' a song that's a personal favourite of Kristian's as well as a track that he's recieved a great resp onse on when performing it live.
It can be snapped up now at all legal download stores including Virgin Megastore, MSN, Wanadoo, Napster, iTunes and Tiscali for a cost of between 69p and GBP1. You can then play 'Fast Car' on your computer, burn a CD or transfer it to a digital MP3 player.
Also, the stunning video for 'Fast Car' is now online, so don't forget to check it out at his official site.
MARC ALMOND will release another limited edition single through his official website in a couple of weeks. 'Demented, Deluded, Delirious' and 'Theatre Of Dreams' will be available as a 7" coloured vinyl single and will be limited to just 500 copies...
The two tracks were recorded with producer Mekon (Marc featured on his album 'Relax With Mekon') around the time of Stranger Things but were not included on the final Stranger Things album as the production style was too different. These are not demos, these are two excellent fully finished tracks with high production values.
ONETWO, the new project from OMD's PAUL HUMPHREYS and PROPAGANDA's CLAUDIA BRUCKEN have signed a deal with Mute Records, the home of DEPECHE MODE and ERASURE among many others, who will distribute all their forthcoming releases including their much anticipated debut album.
A-HA have announced the first dates of their forthcoming European tour in November and December. Shows have been confirmed in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the UK with more shows to be announced soon.
THE BLOW MONKEYS' former frontman DR ROBERT has put together a new Marc Bolan & T-Rex compilation, 'Children Of the Revolution', for the Demon label. Dr Robert, a huge fan of Bolan, compiled the album and also provided sleeve notes describing his own journey through Bolan's music. KRAFTWERK have announced a rare run of dates from May to July which see the innovative German band play sixteen gigs in the US and Europe, including a performance at the prestigious Montreux Jazz festival on july 4th.
ABC, GO WEST, TONY HADLEY and PAUL YOUNG have announced the first dates for their upcoming Spanish tour. The acts will play shows in Barcelona, Alicante, Madrid and Murcia with more to be announced shortly. ELVIS COSTELLO is to release a deluxe 2-CD edition of his 'King Of America' album along with a limited edition 7" vinyl single of the album's lead track 'Brilliant Mistake' on April 26th. The album includes a bonus CD of live tracks, outtakes, demos and rare material.
THE CURE frontman ROBERT SMITH has provided vocals for a track on the forthcoming solo album from former Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan. Smith has recorded backing vocals on a cover version of THE BEE GEES' 'To Love Somebody', one of eleven tracks on the album 'The Future Embrace' which is due for a June 21st release. SINEAD O'CONNOR is recording a reggae album in Jamaica with the legendary Sly Dunbar. The album will be rleased later this year and will feature O'Connor's versions of 'some of reggae's most famous protest songs', which will include Bob Marley's 'War', Peter Tosh's 'Downpressor Man' and Burning Spear's 'Marcus Garvey'. THE WATERBOYS have announced a handful of dates for 2005 including headlining a MASG (Male Abuse Survivors Group) benefit in Galway on May 7th.
TANITA TIKARAM will release a new album - her first since 1998 - in April. 'Sentimental' will feature 10 new songs including two in collaboration with NICK LOWE.