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Peter Hook reaches 'full and final' settlement over New Order royalties
Following years of rifts and a 2015 lawsuit, New Order have wrapped up their legal battle with former bassist Peter HookNew Order have reached an undisclosed settlement with their former bassist Peter Hook, bringing an end to the long legal feud if perhaps not the antipathy between the two parties.A statement by the band about the full and final settlement reads: Continue reading..
Sep 20, 2017 4:05PM - Guardian-Music
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Soft Cell 10 of the best
In the last of this series, we look back at Soft Cells bleak but beautiful synthpop from their run of Top 3 hits to their disintegration amid drug use and nervous breakdownLikeminded art student renegades at Leeds Polytechnic in the late 70s, Dave Ball and Marc Almond originally came together to make music to accompany theatrical productions an evolution of Almonds developing interest in often extreme, sexual, graphic and confrontational performance art. Their first release, the short EP Mutant Moments, was funded by a 2,000 loan from Balls mum, and was enough to grab the attention of record label Some Bizzare, whose eccentric owner, Stevo, would go on to talent-spot some of the 80s best underground electronic groups. Their early single Memorabilia, from 1981, reveals just how much of the winning Soft Cell formula was already firmly in place.
Sep 20, 2017 1:39PM - Guardian-Music
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Foo Fighters review rip-roaring rock riffs and Rick-rolling
O2 Arena, LondonDave Grohl and co treat the O2 Arena like a Seattle dive bar during a three-hour set of fervent grunge and garage-punk with a guest appearance by Rick AstleyRick fuckin Astley, says Dave Grohl as his special guest skips offstage having just had his biggest hit done in the style of Smells Like Teen Spirit. What a bad-ass motherfucker.You couldnt imagine Bono or Axl Rose ever Rick-rolling themselves, but thats the point.
Sep 20, 2017 12:48PM - Guardian-Music
Late singer will be subject of exhibition at National Portrait Gallery next year looking at untold story of his influence on artMichael Jackson is to be the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery looking at the late singers influence on art.Almost 10 years after his death, the London gallery said the way he inspired contemporary artists was an untold story. Continue reading.
Sep 20, 2017 10:06AM - Guardian-Music
Polish company agrees to change its name to On Lemon after legal letters saying drink infringed trademarkYoko Ono Lennon has stepped in to rescue the name of her husband from fizzy pop reinvention, taking legal action to halt the sale of a lemonade called John Lemon.The Polish company which sells the beverage, set up five years ago, has agreed to change its name to On Lemon after legal letters were sent by Ono Lennons lawyers to the parent company and its distributors across Europe. Continue reading.
Sep 19, 2017 7:07PM - Guardian-Music
Charts arbiter brings together streaming and physical sales to see how todays artists compare with pre-digital starsThe million sellers club, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records have been the most popular, ensuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran are now rated alongside Elton John and Queen. Continue reading.
Sep 19, 2017 7:02PM - Guardian-Music
He may have lacked precision and showmanship, and he did write Octopuss Garden. But those who dismiss Ringo as a journeyman who got lucky wildly underestimate a rhythmic powerhouseIn 1983, the British comedian Jasper Carrott made an unhelpful contribution to Beatles legend when he coined a joke that would go down in history: Ringo isnt the best drummer in the world, he quipped. He isnt even the best drummer in the Beatles.
Sep 19, 2017 11:20AM - Guardian-Music
The former Smiths frontman sings that the news contrives to frighten you, to make you feel small and alone, on his first new track since 2014Morrissey has released his first new music since 2014, with Spent the Day in Bed, the first single from his album Low in High School.Backed by chirpy organ and strummed guitars, its a typically existentialist, Eeyoreish song from the former Smiths singer, in which he rejects the emasculation and castration of the rat race, instead recommending that you stay in bed and ignore the news, because the news contrives to frighten you / to make you feel small and alone / to make you feel that your mind isnt your own. Continue reading.
Sep 19, 2017 9:57AM - Guardian-Music
A mistake at Sonys German record pressing plant means that tracks by Canadian band Zex appear on some copies of Beyoncs latest albumBeyonc fans have waited months for her 2016 album Lemonade to be available on vinyl but some were dismayed to find a Canadian punk band playing on their copies instead of her.Thanks to a human error at the Celebrate Records vinyl pressing plant in Germany, Uphill Battle, an album by Ontario band Zex, was pressed on to the lemon-yellow vinyl instead of the Lemonade tracks. Continue reading.
Sep 19, 2017 8:31AM - Guardian-Music
How have indies favourite all-male combo favoured in the solo stakes and who is most likely to open a cookery school? We employ maths (of sorts) to find outFour band members. Four categories. But, alas, there can be only one winner here.
Sep 19, 2017 8:00AM - Guardian-Music