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LILY ALLEN

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'Not Fair' C5 / 7"  Release Date 11/05/2009

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The single, the second to be taken from her number 1 album 'It's Not Me, It's You' is the follow-up to the No 1 single 'The Fear'. The video sees Lily performing on a 70s styled country & western TV show. The formats of 'Not Fair' feature new song 'Why', and the Hervé mix of previous number 1 single 'The Fear'.

BEN'S BROTHER

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'Battling Giants' CD Release Date 11/05/2009

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Ben's Brother's new album 'Battling Giants' is released through Island Records on 11th May. Ben's Brother is London-born Jamie Hartman. His debut album, 'Beta-Male Fairytales' sold over 75,000 copies in the UK and the single 'Let Me Out' was nominated for 'Best song musically & lyrically' at the 2008 Ivor Novellos. Jamie is also on the judging panel for this year's Ivor's-an honour only bestowed upon the UK's premier songwriting talent. Jamie has also written with an array of the UK's premier artists, including the likes of Will Young, Lemar, Beverley Knight, McFly, Jack MacManus, Emma Bunton, Natalie Imbruglia, David Jordan and Tom Baxter. He also wrote Will Young's hit 'All Time Love' which was an airplay number 1, a top three hit, and nominated for best single at the 2008 Brits. The album features performances from Jamie's friends Joss Stone [on 'Stalemate'] and Jason Mraz [on 'Battling Giants']. The first single from the new album, the incredibly infectious 'Apologise', was co-written by Natalie Imbruglia.

PLACIDO DOMINGO

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'Amore Infinito: Duets' CD Release Date 11/05/2009

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'Amore Infinito' is the new album by Plácido Domingo, who calls it one of the most important recordings of his career. Before Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II, he began writing poetry during years as a quarry worker, playwright, actor, seminary student and priest. Now Domingo, out of deep respect and reverence for "the greatest human being I have ever known", has created this collection of settings as a personal affirmation of faith and tribute to the late Polish pontiff. It was after his last performance for John Paul II at the Vatican that the legendary tenor expressed to His Holiness a wish to select some of his poems for musical setting. The great singer and a group of composers – including Maurizio Fabrizio, Antonio Galbiati, Fio Zanotti, Kaballà and Domingo's son Plácido jr. – looked for themes of universal significance, such as a mother's love for her children, to inspire melodies of deep emotional appeal. With lyrics in Italian, Spanish and English, these heartfelt melodies are accorded a further degree of spiritual uplift by the orchestration of Jorge Calandrelli – a central figure in the production of this album – performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Nick Ingman. Along with solo songs, there are also a number of duets, for which Domingo has invited as collaborators some of today's most exciting vocal talents – Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins and Vanessa Williams. Celebrating the eternal power of love, the new album is also utterly contemporary. "This recording has enormous significance for me," says Plácido Domingo. "It will speak not only to religious people but to anyone who respects that uniquely great man, John Paul II, who chose to dedicate his life to the service of humanity and of God."

PASSION PIT

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'Manners' CD  / LP  Release Date 18/05/2009

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"One of the albums of 2009." – NME "Passion Pit are all set to make the transition from blog buzz band to one of 2009's crossover success stories." – Dazed & Confused "Any fan of the Postal Service, Cut Copy, Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem will love this." – Sunday Times Culture "Passion Pit head the list of new bands to look out for in 2009." – Guardian Guide Following the release of the 'Chunk of Change' EP which garnered plaudits from the likes of Dazed and Confused, NME, Guardian and Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Rob da Bank, Passion Pit now release their debut full studio album 'Manners' on 18th May. An debut that delivers on the blissful and bright promises of early fan favourites like 'Sleepyhead' – it took nearly two months of "explosive" off-the-cuff sessions with producer Chris Zane [Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen] to get there – everything was written and recorded on the fly – but 'Manners' is exactly that, an irresistible, filler-free glimpse into the mind of a man who'd like to unleash his very own Pet Sounds someday. Check the carefully-sculpted songwriting on display: the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children's chorus (straight outta P.S. 22 in NYC) of 'Little Secrets' and forthcoming single 'The Reeling', the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of 'Moth's Wings', the ecstatic, riled-up climax of 'Folds in Your Hands'. All part of a greater plan, the next step of which is taking Passion Pit's live show to a level that matches, and eventually exceeds, Manners' ambition and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Because when Angelakos says he wants to be the next Randy Newman, he's dead serious. And when he adds that Passion Pit is "a band with a lead songwriter, not just Michael Angelakos and these guys," it's clear he's just getting started.

HEY MONDAY

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'Hold On Tight' CD Release Date 18/05/2009

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Barely out of high school and discovered at a regional music conference where, Cassadee, the band's firecracker of a frontwoman would sing for anyone willing to listen, she attracted the attention of record label scouts at a time when most of her friends weren't even old enough to drive. Less than two years later she's preparing for the release of her band's first album, 'Hold On Tight', a joint venture between Columbia Records and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's Decaydance Records. Produced by S*A*M and Sluggo [The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes, Metro Station], the album is a free-spirited spin through life's post-adolescent twists, turns, trials and triumphs. "We have a variety of styles, but they're all pretty-much fast and upbeat, because we wanted a fast, upbeat and happy kind of record that makes you tap your feet and puts you in a good mood," explains Cassadee. "There are heartbroken songs, being in love songs, a song about someone who parties too much… If it's not all about me, then it's about someone very close to me who I can feel for. I just wanted to tell a story, to make it like a movie where you can really get to know someone. I wanted people to really get to know me through the lyrics." Forming a songwriting tandem with lead guitarist Mike Gentile, Cassadee's vocals pierce Hey Monday's guitar-driven underbelly like melodic daggers, her lush, vibrant voice spiraling amidst the tracks like an aerobic workout. Forging her musical path, Gentile and rhythm guitarist Alex Lipshaw riff with an infectious sense of urgency and a propensity for hyperactive pop-rock, and bassist Jersey Moriarty and drummer Elliot James elevate the bottom end with a heave-ho so dynamic, it shakes the album at its very foundation. From the racing guitars that run rampant through the hot summer sun of 'Arizona,' to the more anxious styling of 'Homecoming' and the empowering ballad 'Candles,' Hey Monday deliver an album that embraces the youthful energy of the musicians that created it. Spiteful breakup songs and bitter observations that an ex has moved on mingle with muffled expressions of independence and a quest for one's self in the world around us. Hey Monday can see the light, and it is shining bright before them. Who said the weekend needs to end?

BRITISH SEA POWER

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'Man Of Aran' 2D Release Date 18/05/2009

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British Sea Power have written and recorded a new soundtrack for the 1934 film 'Man Of Aran'. Available as a CD and DVD package, featuring the film and BSP's soundtrack. The BSP 'Man Of Aran' package includes two discs – the re-scored Man Of Aran DVD, plus the soundtrack by itself on CD. "It's a wonderful film", says BSP guitarist Noble. "The images vary between huge drama and a brilliant kind of ridiculousness – check out the amazing foot-wide bobbled berets that the fishermen wear. It's a great look, like a 1930s Irish version of Jack White or Kraftwerk. It's a film that's also relevant to the current era – a time when the idea of living a simpler life is in the air. The film shows something I'd like to think I could do, but know I never will". 'Man Of Aran' is a powerful and provocative dramatised documentary from the late American filmmaker Robert J Flaherty. In a series of startling black and white sequences, the film presents daily life on the inhospitable Aran islands on the west coast of Ireland. The film was both celebrated and controversial on its release. The film was created from half a million feet of film shot by Flaherty while living closely with the islanders. But 'Man Of Aran' isn't a straightforward documentary. The 'family' at the centre of the film weren't related, rather a group of islanders cast as the family unit by Flaherty. The fishing expedition for basking sharks which forms the film's dramatic heart was based around methods that hadn't been employed on the Aran Islands for decades. Blending reality and staged elements, Flaherty arrived at a compelling document that captures the elemental power of the island's past and present. The film won the Grand Prix at the 1935 Venice Film Festival and the eminent film critic Pauline Kael described it as, "The greatest film tribute to man's struggle against a hostile nature".

JARVIS COCKER

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'Further Complications' CD / LP Release Date 18/05/2009

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"Jarv recruits Steve Albini and goes all alt-rock on us. One question: why didn't anyone hook 'em up sooner?!" – NME Recorded with producer Steve Albini in Chicago in late 2008, 'Further Complications' will be released through Rough Trade

MADNESS

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'The Liberty Of Norton Folgate' CD Release Date 18/05/2009

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The salesnotes were rubbish, this is taken from Wikipedia: 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' is the upcoming album by the British ska band Madness. It will be their ninth studio album. The band have been working on the album for close to three years and it will be their first album of new material since 1999's 'Wonderful'. A shortened version of the track 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate' was made available on YouTube in mid May 2008. In December a boxset of the album was offered for pre-order on the Madness website; those who ordered were entitled to a digital download of the album on December 20th. Twenty three tracks were recorded for the album, although fifteen made it on to the album to be released in May. The twelve tracks issued in the digital download leaked onto the internet on December 25, 2008. During concerts in both Sydney and Melbourne at the end of March, 2009, Suggs stated that 'Dust Devil' would be the first single off the new album. It is rumoured that the single will be released on the 11th of May, one week before the album. Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who have worked with Madness on all but one of their albums have produced the album. Recording sessions also took place in Toe Rag studios in late 2006 with Liam Watson who engineered and mixed 'Elephant' by The White Stripes.

DUB PISTOLS featuring ASHLEY SLATER

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'Back To Daylight' 7" Release Date 18/05/2009

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Dub Pistols kick off 2009 with a sublime single featuring Ashley Slater (Freakpower) on the A side and Gregory Isaacs on the B side. Globally renowned live band Dub Pistols, with three great albums in their back catalogue, release their finest work so far. New single features top remixes from Bassline House gurus Redlight, Justin Robertson, Access Denied and Dub Pistols. Also available is brand new track 'Six Months' with Gregory Isaacs. Forthcoming album 'Rum & Coke' follows 2007's critically acclaimed 'Speakers & Tweeters' [Album Of The Issue DJ / iDJ]. It includes collaborations with Lindy Layton [Beats International], Gregory Isaacs, Justin Robertson, Rodney P and Ashley Slater.

GOD HELP THE GIRL

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'Come Monday Night' Ltd 7" Release Date 18/05/2009

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*First release from Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch's new musical project 'God Help The Girl', featuring the vocals of Catherine Ireton. * 'God Help The Girl' is a story set to music, which Murdoch has been working on intermittently for the last five years and his first new music since Belle & Sebastian's seventh album, 'The Life Pursuit' in 2006. * 'Come Monday Night', an orchestrated pop song from the pen of Stuart Murdoch, is the first single release from the 'God Help The Girl' album, to be released by Rough Trade. * 'Come Monday Night' also features an orchestra conducted by Rick Wentworth as well as Stuart, Stevie, Bob and Richard from Belle & Sebastian. The B side is the sublimely titled 'Howard Jones Is My Mozart'.

MALCOLM MIDDLETON

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'Red Travellin' Socks' Ltd 7" Release Date 18/05/2009

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* First single from the new Malcolm Middleton album 'Waxing Gibbous' featuring a previously unreleased b-side. * 'Red Travellin' Socks' is an upbeat Springsteenesque pop classic. * Limited edition (500 copies), red vinyl 7" b/w a previously unreleased b-side.

WHITEST BOY ALIVE

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'1517' 12" Release Date 11/05/2009

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Berlin based 4 piece The Whitest Boy Alive lead by vocalist Erlend Øye have just released their stunning second album 'Rules'. With '1517' they are now unleashing the first 12" taken from it. Featured is a vinyl exclusive remix by Morgan Geist. The Metro Area producer turns the song into a huge house track building the tension over 10 minutes. Also included are original, instrumental and accapella. Nicely packaged in a high quality picture sleeve – just as you'd expect it from The Whitest Boy Alive.

STEVE EARLE

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'Townes' CD / 2CD  / 2LP Release Date 11/05/2009

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"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." – Steve Earle [1995] Steve Earle's new album Townes, is his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade, on New West Records. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle's friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt and features several guest appearances. The track 'Lungs', was produced and mixed by the Dust Brothers' John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman on electric guitar. Earle's wife, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, is featured on backing vocals on 'Loretta' and 'To Live Is To Fly'. Three songs, 'White Freightliner Blues', 'Delta Momma Blues', and 'Don't Take It Too Bad', feature a bluegrass band consisting of Dennis Crouch, Tim O'Brien, Darrel Scott and Shad Cobb. And Steve's son Justin Townes Earle features on 'Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold'. When speaking about Townes, Earle stated, "This may be one of the best records I've ever made. That hurts a singer / songwriter's feelings. Then again, it's some consolation that I cherry picked through the career of one of the best songwriters that ever lived."

THE TURTLES

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'Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits' CD Release Date 11/05/2009

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"With Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, The Turtles possessed two strong lead singers – of a visual mold riotously at odds with rock star stereotypes – and their combination of careful song selection and self-mocking humour made them successful and endearing." – Rolling Stone Here is a newly formulated package from one of America's most beloved pop bands from the '60s, The Turtles. Newly remastered from the original tapes, this collection features twenty of The Turtles' classics, including 'Happy Together', 'Elenore', 'She'd Rather Be With Me', 'You Baby' and 'It Aint Me Babe'. Also included, for the first time, is The Turtle' musical contribution to a 1967 Camaro commercial.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

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'Forever Divas' 2CD Release Date 11/05/2009

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'Forever Divas' is the latest instalment in Klone's very popular 'Forever' series. It's a double CD with full length club mixes of 18 tracks (many of them exclusive to this album). This time the focus is on tracks made famous by great female vocalists new and old and now energized into dancefloor anthems. Tracks made famous by current chart divas like Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Duffy and Nelly Furtado ['Bleeding Love', 'Umbrella', 'Mercy' and 'Say It Right'] duel for position with classic gems originally brought to us by such great vocalists as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Rush, Cher & KD Lang ['Hero', 'Without You', 'The Power Of Love', 'Just Like Jesse James' & 'Constant Craving']. Quality is assured with great producers like Klubkidz, Liberty City and Ian Anthony Stephens at the controls and a selection of our own great Klone divas including Sam Solace, Princess Paragon, Abigail and Tamara alongside great guest artists like Cheryl Barnes, Karen Danzig, Natalie Powers and more.

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