Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part III]

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AIR 'Love 2' [Release Date 05/10/2009]

CD: Internationally revered French electronic pop duo AIR (Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin), will release their fifth studio album 'Love 2' on 5th October. It is the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed 'Pocket Symphony', and the first production to emanate from, Atlas, their very own state-of-the-art recording Studio. Nestled in the leafy backstreets of northern Paris, Atlas provided a creative haven for the band to produce these twelve new songs. Writing and producing entirely by themselves, they have cemented their association with LA-based drummer / percussionist Joey Waronker, who had previously joined them for their intimate, three-man "Close up" tour of south-east Asia in the Fall of 2008. Stéphane 'Alf' Briat, a long-time fixture of the Paris music scene, whose work with AIR dates back to some of their earliest material, also came on board for the mixdown at Atlas. AIR's 1998 debut album 'Moon Safari' struck a unanimously harmonious chord with music lovers around the globe and has since become an electronic pop classic. Since then AIR have enjoyed many career-defining moments and accolades, both at home and abroad, and have written, produced and collaborated on a breathtaking array of music projects. With 5.5 million worldwide album sales to their credit, the band has become de facto ambassadors of modern French pop. Fans are drawn back to each new musical adventure by their inventive arrangements, and a playful yet unpredictable palette of sounds and songcraft.

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD 'God & Guns' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD I 2CD: With their first set of new studio material since 2003's 'Vicious Cycle', legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd return with 'God & Guns'. Recorded in Nashville in 2008/2009, the project was interrupted – but tellingly, not ended – by the deaths of founding member/keyboardist Billy Powell and longtime bassist Ean Evans earlier this year. Returning to the studio after the death of Powell, whose keyboards can be heard on more than half the songs on 'God & Guns', was "very difficult. I ain't gonna lie to you" says Van Zant. "But we got through it, as Lynyrd Skynyrd always seems to do. Music's a great healer. These songs needed to be out there, this record needed to be made. Gary, Rickey and myself just said 'let's go for it, let's get this thing done' " With noted rock producer Bob Marlette, input from guitarist John 5 and a wealth of material written by the band and a cadre of elite Skynyrd-minded songwriters, a remarkable album emerged. "We never really worked with producers that well, we kind of always wanted to do it our way" admits Rossington. "But Bob Marlette came on and he's such a great guy; he figured out how to talk to us musically and we became friends instantly. He had a lot of fresh ideas and ways to do things, and also wanted to capture the old sounds, too". Housed in a stunning digipak with expanded artwork, the deluxe version of the album features 6 bonus tracks. 3 studio tracks and 3 classic live tracks. With a backbone of Southern rock and country, passionate Van Zant vocals and trademark layered guitars, 'God & Guns' manages to maintain the iconic Skynyrd punch while sounding completely contemporary. Sure to attract attention in these politically divided times is the title track, which harbours a sense of menace and unwillingness to back down that harks back to Skynyrd's earliest days. The band knows the song and others like 'That Ain't My America', will have their critics, but Medlocke says listeners should get beyond the title. The title track, along with the unmistakable Skynyrd bite of the first single 'Still Unbroken' form thematic songs for an album laden with attitude, heart and purpose. "Skynyrd's about tradition" says Medlocke. "We are guys that don't go around preaching about our own personal or political beliefs, although I'm sure you could probably guess mine. In this record is personal tragedy, personal relationships and being on the road, all under that umbrella of real life. That's what we think, that's what we believe and we stand next to that title, 'God & Guns' ".

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JASON DONOVAN 'Live In Dublin' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

DVD: Filmed at The Point in Dublin in 1990, this concert captures Jason Donovan at the very peak of his success, following the release of his second album 'Between The Lines' in May of that year. He was already a record breaker in the UK being the first Australian to simultaneously hold the No 1 spot in both the albums & singles charts and the youngest artist ever to go straight to No 1. By the time of the concert he'd had 8 Top 10 singles in the UK (incl 3 No1s & 2 No 2s) and in Ireland he had just had an unprecedented sequence of 5 consecutive No 1 singles, part of a sequence of 13 Top 10 singles in three years – another record. The show contains all his classic singles including: 'Too Many Broken Hearts', 'Sealed With A Kiss', 'Especially For You', 'Everyday', 'Hang On To Your Love', 'When You Come Back To Me' and more.

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THE VERONICAS '4ever' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

2-CDs: Produced and written by Max Martin and Lukasz 'Dr Luke' Gottwald [Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Pink], '4ever' compliments its dynamic rock style with the same attitude and sassiness that made 'Untouched' so popular.

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BASSHUNTER 'Bass Generation' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: The world's most in-demand dance artist Basshunter is back with a bang this Autumn! After selling 1.2 million units in the UK & a Number 1 single and album, Basshunter is returning with his hotly anticipated new album 'Bass Generation' released 28th September. The album showcases just why the singer, DJ & producer is the king of dance! 'Bass Generation' is packed full of future anthems including the mammoth new single 'Every Morning'. Premiered on the huge Dance Nation Arena Tour 'Every Morning' reflects a more mature melodic sound for the Swedish star, including an insanely catchy guitar riff. Recorded throughout the early part of 2009, Jonas has delivered his strongest work to date. 'Day & Night' features the classic Basshunter sound of soaring synths matched with an anthemic chorus. 'Far From Home' with its melancholy lyrics tells the story of how major success isn't always what it seems, whilst with its massive hands in the air vibe 'Why' is set to be a big fan favourite at the forthcoming Bass Generation tour this Autumn. Also providing vocals on the album is an array of glittering Bass Babes! 'Bass Generation' sees the return of Lauren who performed vocals on the smash hit single 'I Miss You'! Teaming up with Basshunter again on 'Can't Deny' this huge tune gives a cheeky nod to the days of Alice Deejay. Also featured is Stunt, who had a storming Top 10 single 'Raindrops' with Sash!, on the euphoric 'I Will Learn To Love Again'. Taking things in a new direction is 'I Still Love' which gives Basshunter an electro twist and 'I Promised Myself' is pure Basshunter Gold.

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DEEP PURPLE 'Rapture Of The Deep' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: Rapture Of The Deep is Deep Purple's latest studio album, which they are still playing and promoting on their current World Tour. * earMUSIC label has just begun a series of releases at mid-price called Diamond Editions superbly packaged in slipcase with diamond design embossed trim and logo. * Deep Purple are one of the most collected Rock bands of all time and this will be seen by fans as something new to add to their CD collections.

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NAZARETH 'The Newz' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

2LP: **Strictly Limited to 50 Copies in the UK** One of the most influential rock bands from the UK, certainly the most important hard rock band from Scotland. Nazareth have delivered powerful rock music with no frills for 40 years, with an integrity and passion that their loyal fans could always rely on. Nazareth had various rock hits in the late '70s, including the power ballad 'Love Hurts' (one of the most famous rock ballads of pop rock history). Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, bassist Pete Agnew, drummer Darrell Sweet and guitarist Manny Charlton. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled debut album in 1971. Both 'Nazareth' and 1972's 'Exercises' received favourable attention by British hard rockers, but it was 1973's 'Razamanaz' that moved them into the U.K. Top Ten [both 'Broken Down Angel' and 'Bad Bad Boy' were big hit singles]. 'Loud 'n' Proud' and 'Rampant' [both 1974], produced by Deep Purple's Roger Glover, followed the same formula with good critic and audience response. Released the following year, 'Hair of the Dog' established Nazareth as an internationally popular hard rock band. Featuring their revamped version of the Everly Brothers' 'Love Hurts' (one of the cases where the cover overshadowed the original and became "the classic version"). The album sold over a million copies in the U.S. Until the end of the '70s, the band continued successfully as a quartet, releasing a series of Top 100 albums. During the '80s Nazareth survived the hype of synth pop music thanks to their notorious hard work on the road, touring constantly despite of the trends. The 90s were better years for the band, critics started to recognise their value again, especially after many hip bands declared their love for Nazareth. Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses never made mystery of their love for Nazareth (it's obvious how big is the influence of Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty on Rose). GNR even released a cover version of 'Hair Of The Dog' on their album 'The Spaghetti Incident'. In 1999, Nazareth resurfaced yet again with 'Boogaloo'. Until tragedy entered the picture. On the first date of the tour drummer Darrel Sweet died of aheart attack, the band have not released an album after this tragic event until now, thanks to the addition of Lee Agnew (Pete son) to the line up in 2007.

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PORT O'BRIEN 'Threadbare' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: Port O'Brien release their new album 'Threadbare' on 12 October 2009. The band's debut proper 'All We Could Do Was Sing' was released to an ecstatic reception last year, with critics and fans alike swept away by their tales of the sea and music filled with joyous abandon. But just as some of our favourite albums are informed by delirium and youthful adventure, others are informed by tragedy and depths of heartache. This is the odd juxtaposition for Port O'Brien's second album. Where the band's stomping debut 'All We Could Do Was Sing' was full of ragged chants and life affirming lyrics, 'Threadbare' is, as the name suggests, a much more contemplative and introspective affair yet still filled with all-encompassing, emotionally charged anthems that Port O'Brien have become known for.

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FANFARLO 'Reservoir' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD I LP: "Fanfarlo are one of those bands you wish you discovered. But on this occasion, David Bowie got there first" – The Independent. "Fanfarlo have mastered the ability to merge a sincere melancholy with a passion that really connects, strings zapping you like electric currents in the sea of kitchen sink instrumentation leading Balthazar's open-book vocal refrains. 'Reservoir' is ample testimony of their talents, and marks the long-awaited arrival proper of one of the country's most promising (not so) new bands." 8/10 – Clash magazine "Pitched between Arcade Fire's funereal art-rock and Beirut's pastoral folk, but lacking the pomposity of the former and the pretentiousness of the latter, London-based collective Fanfarlo's debut is a carefully orchestrated treat." 8/10 – NME Fanfarlo is a London-based indie pop band formed in 2006 by the Swedish musician Simon Balthazar. They make extensive use of instruments such as the trumpet, violin and mandolin as well as more commonplace instruments such as guitars and drums. Throughout 2006-2008 they released three limited edition singles and one split 7" single with Sleeping States on London-based indie labels. Their debut album, 'Reservoir', was recorded in October/November 2008 at Tarquin Studios, Connecticut, USA and was produced by Peter Katis [The National, Interpol]. Fanfarlo began touring with Snow Patrol in March of 2009, and played several shows at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

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STONE ROSES 'The Complete Silvertone 7" Singles Collection' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

7" Box: The 5 original Silvertone singles re-issued on limited edition 7" vinyls. * John Squire artworked lift off lid box * Plus 5 original single art prints * All sleeves and labels have a brand new design, and will fast become highly collectable!

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WHITNEY HOUSTON 'Million Dollar Bill' [Release Date 05/10/2009]

C5: The first single [written by ALICIA KEYS] taken from her comeback seventh studio album, 'I Look To You'.

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BACKSTREET BOYS 'This Is Us' [Release Date 05/10/2009]

CD I CD/DVD: Backstreet Boys are very proud to announce the release of their new album, 'This Is Us'. Released on the 5th October, 'This Is Us' is the seventh studio album from this groundbreaking and chart topping group that redefined the modern musical landscape, ushering in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world's radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean collaborated with a powerhouse suite of producers and songwriters on 'This Is Us' that included T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne, Soulshock and Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly. The end result is an indelible and finely crafted R&B and pop album from four talented musicians who love what they do and who maintain the rare relevance in an industry that often disposes of pop acts. The 11 songs that make up 'This Is Us' are the sounds of four skilled singers with a similar vision, who have dealt with the trials and tribulations that accompany fame at an early age and who came out as one of the most successful groups of all time. From the undeniable dance floor ready lead single, 'Straight Through My Heart' to the reflective soar of 'Bigger,' from the hook crazy 'Bye Bye Love' to the romantic yearning of 'She's A Dream,' 'This Is Us' shows remarkable growth as songwriters and continues to give us songs that has made millions smile. "We're really excited to release this new album and know that our fans are excited too. We worked with a group of amazing artists and producers that we've never worked with before, exploring new sounds and territory and know the final product turned out incredible," says Carter.

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MOTT THE HOOPLE 'The Very Best Of' [Release Date 05/10/2009]

CD: The golden age of rock 'n' roll returns! Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the legendary British Glam-Rock heroes, Mott The Hoople, one of the best-loved bands of all-time, re-unite at London's Hammersmith Apollo for five historic, sold out nights on October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th * UK five piece Mott The Hoople were together from 1969 to 1974, releasing 8 albums * Band led by charismatic singer Ian Hunter * They had 7 major UK hit singles, including the definitive version of David Bowie's 'All The Young Dudes' * Often cited as the "missing link" between Glam Rock and Punk Rock

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