Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records, and announced details of his debut album, which will be released on 3rd October 2005, and entitled 'Electric Blue'.
The first single release will be 'Crazy', released on September 26th. The single will come on three formats, with club remixes from Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC and King Roc. It will also feature additional non-album tracks and the video.
The album features 14 brand new tracks, including two duets, with Claudia Brucken (of Propaganda and Act) and Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters), and encompasses a variety of musical genres.
'Electric Blue' was co-written and recorded throughout 2004 and 2005 with Manhattan Clique (Philip Larsen & Chris Smith) who have worked with Erasure, Moby, The B-52's, Stereophonics and Goldfrapp in recent months.
As one half of Erasure, Andy Bell has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide, and chalked up over 30 hit singles. Latest album 'Nightbird' received huge critical acclaim, as did a recent sold-out European and North American tour.
Live dates are being planned for late 2005/early 2006, and the trio are also planning a series of PA's and DJ gigs around album release.
ALISON MOYET, LISA STANSFIELD and SWING OUT SISTER will all play at one of the UK's best known landmarks, the Tower Of London. The shows, featuring Alison Moyet on July 14th and Lisa Stansfield and Swing out Sister on July 16th, are part of the Tower's first ever music festival.
HOWARD JONES will be playing a handful of US dates with THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS at the end of July. Meanwhile there will be a new HJ compilation released in the UK on July 4th featuring all the usual tracks but with the addition of the videos for 'What Is Love' and the US video for 'Like To get To Know You Well'. ABC have announced a couple of US dates, their first for many years, in August. The band are expected to play two House Of Blues shows with more US appearances in the pipeline.
A-HA will play their first US concert since 1986 when they play at New York's Irving Plaza in September... more dates are expected soon.
THE CURE are to be reunited with former member PORL THOMPSON for their forthcoming festival dates this summer... Thompson's return (his second as he was part of the band from 1976-1978 and then again from 1983-1993) comes on the back of the exit of longterm bandmembers ROGER O'DONNELL and PERRY BAMONTE at the end of last month. PETER MURPHY has announced three low-key UK dates in July; the former BAUHAUS frontmanwill play shows in Dublin, London and Nottingham in support of his new album 'Unshattered'. SIOUXSIE SIOUX has been awarded the prestigious Mojo Icon Award at the UK magazine's annual awards. Other winners include PAUL WELLER who took the Songwriter Award, GANG OF FOUR who received the Inspiration Award, MADNESS who got the Hall Of Fame award and THE POGUES whose album 'Rum Sodomy & The Lash' was awarded the Classic Album award. ERASURE's ANDY BELL has announced that the first single from his forthcoming solo album will be called 'Crazy' and will feature a mix from VINCE CLARKE...
DEPECHE MODE will be the first act to play at the new Wembley Arena in London with a show on April 3rd next year, the final date in a planned 39-date European tour which starts in January following a six week US tour between October and December this year which will be released shortly.
TEARS FOR FEARS are planning an anthology of their work for later this year. The project was originally going to be a collection of previously released material put out by the band's former label, but the duo themselves have got involved to upgrade the release to a double album which will also feature a new track 'Floating Down The River') as well as solo material and live tracks. The band are also considering recording one of their forthcoming US concerts to be released as a live video.
Kylie Minogue is "eager" to get back to work and touring, but is still some way from full health, according to reports emerging from Australia. The pop star's homecoming leg of her 'Showgirl' tour was due to commence last month, but had to be pulled after the singer underwent surgery for breast cancer.
A statement on Kylie's official website, on behalf of the company behind her live shows, explained that her health remains the main concern but that an announcement on rescheduling maybe just "a few weeks away". The statement reads: "We know you're all eager for news on the rescheduled dates for Kylie's 'Showgirl' tour and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience. However, Kylie's health is our main concern at this point in time, and we're sure you'll understand when we say that none of us want to have her back on tour prematurely. Kylie's health and recovery remains the number one priority for The Frontier Touring Company right now. The latest news from Kylie's doctors indicates that a definitive answer on 'Showgirl's rescheduling is still a few weeks away. Kylie loves performing in Australia and is as eager to be back on stage as you are to see her."
Meanwhile, the Aussie pop rocket is reported to now be in her London home with boyfriend Olivier Martinez. However claims in certain newspapers that she requires no more treatment appear to be wide of the mark. A spokesperson for the star said: "These type of stories are out of control."