Morrissey entered the official British charts at #3 with his first single in years, Irish Blood, English Heart. It's his biggest hit to date! The album You Are The Quarry entered the album charts at #2!
PET SHOP BOYS' track 'Jack & Jill Party' - written for DEAD OR ALIVE frontman PETE BURNS - is nearing completion after being mixed by producer Bob Kraushaar. The single will be released on the PSB's own Olde English label and will feature three versions of the track; a single version, an instrumental, and an extended dance mix. 'Jack & Jill Party' will be released on June 7th and will be available on the Pet Shop Boys' Olde English label via their official website.
ICEHOUSE are making another track form their forthcoming album available for download from their website. The track is entitled 'Chemicals' and will be included on their forthcoming album 'Bi -Polar Poems' which is still in production.
ERASURE singer ANDY BELL is rumoured to be working on his autobiography for publication in October. Meanwhile Erasure are working on a new studio album and Bell is also working on some dance-influenced music that he is expected to release as a solo artist.
KAJAGOOGOO have been working on the forthcoming reissues of their albums 'White Feathers', 'Islands' and 'Crazy People's Right To Speak'. The albums are now remastered and each set of bonus tracks has been finalised and a release date is expected very soon!
BANANARAMA have almost completed work on their new album, and are hoping to release the record later this year. The duo are currently working with the Swedish production team Murlyn who are responsible for hits from Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Sugababes among others. BANANARAMA will also have their first five albums reissued in June. 'Deep Sea Skiving', 'Bananarama', 'True Confessions', 'WOW!' and 'Pop Life' will be remastered and issued with bonus tracks and mixes although none of the tracklistings is available so far...
KYLIE MINOGUE has provided the voice for Florence the cow in the forthcoming animated film 'The Magic Roundabout'. Robbie Williams provides the voice of Dougal the dog for the film that is due for release this Christmas.
SOFT CELL singer MARC ALMOND features on a limited edition 7" vinyl single by electro producers and DJ's Punx Soundcheck. The singer has written two tracks - 'Vanity, Poverty, Revenge' and 'Neo-Burlesque' - for which he has also provided vocals. The release is limited to 500 copies and was released on May 8th.
ERASURE mainman VINCE CLARKE has collaborated with HEAVEN 17's MARTYN WARE on two very different collaborations. The duo have decorated a garden shed for 'The Other Flower Show' an exhibit at London's Victoria & Albert Museum 'exploring the theme of flowers, gardens and nature' which will run from 28th May to July 11th. The pair, working under their 'Illustrious Company' banner, are also working on an eighteen-minute musical composition for The Royal Ballet for a forthcoming piece based on the Diaghilev ballet 'Petrushka' about the secret life of puppets. The performance will feature 20 dancers from the Royal Ballet and ERASURE's ANDY BELL will sing a 2 minute acapella piece at the end, to accompany the death of Petrushka.
THE CURE's forthcoming album will be called 'The Cure' and will be preceded by a single 'The End Of The World'. The eponymous album will be released on June 29th on producer Ross Robinson's 'I Am' label. The album also features guitar on several tracks from fomer band member PORL THOMPSON.
OMD, A-HA, BLANCMANGE, HOWARD JONES, TEARS FOR FEARS, HUMAN LEAGUE, THE DREAM ACADEMY, ALPHAVILLE and YAZOO are among artists featured on a forthcoming album of rare remixes from the Canadian Hi-Bias label. The twelve-track album, the second in the 'Retroactive' series features ten remixes that have never been previously released on CD and will be released on May 10th.
KYLIE MINOGUE will release another single from her 'Body Language' album in June. 'Chocolate' will be the third single from the album, and Kylie will record new vocals for the single version of the song.
ANNIE LENNOX will release a 'Best of' album in October this year. The album is expected to feature three brand new songs as well as a DVD disc of videos, performances and behind the scenes footage. Former EURYTHMICS singer Lennox will also be the subject of a BBC TV documentary set to air at the same time as the album release.
ULTRAVOX will release a new compilation on April 26th. The 2-CD release will also feature solo material from frontman MIDGE URE and is called 'Ultravox & Midge Ure - Finest'. The 30-track album features a mix of hits, b-sides, album tracks, remixes and rarities including Midge Ure's live versions of VISAGE's 'Fade To Grey' (which he co-wrote) and DAVID BOWIE's 'The Man Who Sold The World'.
THE THOMPSON TWINS' classic album 'Quick Step & Side Kick' is to be reissued shortly on CD with four extra tracks including the original 12" mixes of 'Lies', 'Love On Your Side' and 'We Are Detective'.
JOHN LYDON, the former SEX PISTOLS singer, is currently working on new material for PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED.
The newly reformed KAJAGOOGOO will be playing a couple of US dates in the summer, see their website for details. The band have also negotiated with EMI to have their back-catalogue albums 'White Feathers', 'Islands' and 'Crazy Peoples Right to Speak' remastered and reissued on CD later this year.
JANET JACKSON will release a double A-side single 'All Nite (Don't Stop)' / 'I Want You' on June 7th. Both tracks are taken from her recent platinum-selling 'Damita Jo'.
THE BLOW MONKEYS frontman DR ROBERT has completed work on his new ten-track album 'Lay Of The Land' which is due for a late-Spring release. Dr Robert is working on putting together a UK tour of arts centres and small theatres for October.