Tuesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN ‘Christmas Wish’ [Release Date 26/10/2009]

CD: Produced by Amy Sky, 'Christmas Wish' is the superb album from the four-time Grammy Award Winner Olivia Newton John.

As well as featuring Christmas classics such as 'Little Star Of Bethlehem', and 'Come All Ye Faithful', the album includes Newton John collaborating with some great artists such as Jon Secada Michael McDonald and Barry Manilow.

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JOSS STONE ‘Colour Me Free’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CDSoul songstress Joss Stone is an artist of style and substance with a unique and stunning voice. Having released three studio albums and sold over 8 million albums to date, performed on stage with such greats as James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Donna Summer and Smokey Robinson, she has established herself as an international soul superstar.

November 2nd 2009 sees the release of Joss's fourth studio album 'Colour Me Free'. This next chapter from Joss reveals new dimensions of the singer while never losing the soul roots and grace of past albums: 'Soul Sessions' (2003), 'Mind Body and Soul' (2004) and 'Introducing Joss Stone' (2007).

'Colour Me Free' is an eclectic mix of pop, soul, R'n'B, funk, hip-hop and gospel sounds. Written and recorded at Mama Stones, Joss' mother's live music venue in Devon and produced alongside Jonathan Shorten and Conor Reeves, 'Colour Me Free' is a unique album of finely crafted yet raw tracks. The lead single 'Free Me' is a pop song with an infectiously catchy chorus while 'Incredible' possesses a raw funk sound. 'Could have been You' captures urban influences and 'You Got The Love' carries strong Gospel undertones.

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]

CD I CD/DVD: Robbie Williams releases his new album 'Reality Killed The Video Star' on EMI's Virgin Records on November 9.

The album was mostly written in Robbie's home studio and was recorded in London. Amongst those who collaborated in the songwriting are Danny Spencer & Kelvin Andrews, Brandon Christy, Craig Russo, Richard Spencer and Scott Rudin, Chaz Jankel, Guy Chambers and Fil Eisler.

Of the legendary Trevor Horn's production, Robbie says; "He's added something to the record that I haven't had on previous records – his genius".

Continuing to talk about the album, Robbie says; "I want people to feel elated, I want them to dance, I want them to forget about who they are and where they are for 50 minutes – and, within those 50 minutes of forgetting who they are, I also hope people relate to the songs. This is a record that I'm very proud of – I think it's fucking brilliant. I want it to be the record that, if people think of Robbie Williams, they go, "Yeah, Reality Killed The Video Star".

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BLACK EYED PEAS ‘Meet Me Halfway’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

C5"Pure 80s-era Madonna-inspired pop brilliance" – Observer

The force is obviously with The Black Eyed Peas. After the stratospheric 'Boom Boom Pow' blasted its way to number one in both the UK and the US, killer summer anthem 'I Gotta Feeling' followed it straight to the top once again and the band went on to set a new record on the Billboard Hot 100 by being the first group to hold the number 1 spot for a staggering 25 weeks (so far) across both singles – the mighty Peas are now just one week away from spending half a year at the top.

After the euphoric celebration of hedonism that was 'I Gotta Feeling', 'Meet Me Halfway' sees Fergie take centre stage to give her man a serious talking to as she belts out a plea for compromise. Uber-producer Will.i.am guides The Black Eyed Peas new electro-fied sound, complementing Fergie's bombastic vocals with floaty synths and a thumping bassline.

The release of Meet Me Halfway precedes Fergie's starring role in the hotly anticipated 'Nine', a feature film inspired by the life of enigmatic director Federico Fellini. Having previously featured in the Tarantino Grindhouse flick Planet Terror, Fergie now finds herself acting alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren.

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SNOW PATROL ‘Just Say Yes’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

C5Snow Patrol will release the incredible new single 'Just Say Yes' on November 2nd. It is one of three brand new tracks which appear on 'Up To Now', a collection of the band's best-loved songs, which will be released on November 9th. The 'Just Say Yes' CD single will be backed with a very special Stuart Price Remix.

Snow Patrol are one of the biggest and boldest bands of the past decade. The Balearic beats of 'Just Say Yes' point towards a creative hot streak in progress. "We were listening to bands like Passion Pit and MGMT for a while," says Lightbody. "'Just Say Yes' comes from that. We've always been inspired by a love of electronic music and are obsessed with bands like LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Vitalic and Friendly Fires – especially me and Tom as we DJ a lot – but it's never been that obvious in our music until 'Just Say Yes'."

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FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ‘Relax’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

12”'Relax' identifies the 80s. When Frankie Goes To Hollywood burst onto the scene, the book on remixes, extended versions and videos was re-written.

Over 1.5 million 12" vinyl records of 'Relax' were sold in 1984, and to celebrate 25 years of a band that were the biggest phenonmena of the 80s, 'Relax' has been reworked by Chicane, Jody Den Broden, Lockout and Spencer & Hill.

These remixes bring the track into the noughties without tainting the orignal energy and excitement. Chicane's remix will be equally loved by those who bought into the original and will transport many a 25-45 year old back to 1984.

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FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ‘Frankie Say Greatest’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CD l 2CD l DVD l 2LPTwenty five years ago a virutally uknown band caused more controversy and discord with their debut single than any other infamous band before them. When Radio 1 DJ Mike Read banned 'Relax', no one could have possibly imagined the notoriety and fame that Frankie Goes To Hollywood would become. Or that the "Mike Read" episode was just the beginning. FGTH burst onto the music scene and became a pheonomena that no one has since matched.

The follow-up, 'Two Tribes', pushed the boundaries even further, now adding a political angle to their manifest and a video that made it onto the TV listings pages. 'The Power of Love' and 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome' enforced upon their peers that they had the songwriting and instrumental skills that had so far been eclipsed by their attitude and non conformist performances.

'Frankie Say Greatest' is the greatest of 'Greatest Hits' packages. A single and double CD package which includes the most popular remixes and rare b-sides captures the flavour and excitement this band had upon the music scene. Re-workings of classic tracks such as 'Ferry Cross The Mersey', 'Get It On' and 'Suffragette City' are listed alongside 'Relax', 'Two Tribes', 'Rage Hard', 'Born To Run' and 'Warriors Of The Wasteland'.

The DVD features all their incredible, heart stopping videos that were banned and inturn caused playground chatter that most bands would dream of. Featuring 'Relax', 'Two Tribes', 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome', 'Rage Hard' and exclusive interviews with Trevor Horn and Paul Morley.

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JAMIE CULLUM ‘I'm All Over It’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

Ltd 7P'I'm All Over It' is the first single featured on the highly anticipated brand new album from Jamie Cullum, 'The Pursuit'.

'I'm All Over It' is an infectious pop track written by Britain's favourite jazz man himself. Be warned, you will catch yourself humming this tune throughout your day.

 

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BON JOVI ‘The Circle’  [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CD l CD/DVD : The world's biggest rock band return with a fresh dose of uplifting rock n roll onto a planet in need of a shot in the arm. 26 years into an incredible career, Jon, Richie, Tico and David just keep sweeping all before them, fresh from being named as the world's biggest touring band in 2008, they sound as vital as ever.

The single 'We Weren't Born To Follow', is a massive piece of anthemic rock, built for stadiums, standing alongside their classics from 'Livin' On A Prayer' to 'You Give Love A Bad Name'.

"Having had 5 studio records in this decade, there are songs on each that represent the world around us," says Jon Bon Jovi of the band's enduring optimism, "And while they don't always like what they see, they try hard not to see the cup as half empty."

This is a landmark year like no other for Bon Jovi, they not only have a new album and single to launch but a forthcoming documentary 'When We Were Beautiful' by filmmaker Phil Griffin shedding fascinating light into the usually hidden world of a global rock band.

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WEEZER ‘Raditude’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CD I 2CDWeezer have confirmed the release of their seventh studio album 'Raditude' on 26 October on DGC/Interscope Records. The band have been busy in the studio crafting an undeniable batch of new songs with some of music's most renowned and desired producers and collaborators, including Jacknife Lee and Butch Walker. The record is heralded by lead track ('If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To', which is currently streaming on the band's official site and will be released as a single on 9 November.

The band released their debut album, 'Weezer', in 1994. Since christened 'The Blue Album', the record broke through on the back of worldwide hit Buddy Holly. The critically acclaimed 'Pinkerton' followed two years later, with another self-titled release (known as 'The Green Album') coming in 2001. 'Maladriot' [2002] and 'Make Believe' [2005] followed. 'Raditude' comes hot on the heels of last year's third self-titled record (lovingly referred to as 'The Red Album'), whose Grammy Award-winning single 'Pork and Beans' spent 13 weeks in the coveted #1 spot on the US' Modern Rock radio – the longest streak for a song that year. The accompanying video for the track, which features a slew of YouTube's most notable A-list celebrities, has been viewed more than 18 million times on the site.

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ELBOW ‘The Seldom Seen Kid – Live At Abbey Road[Release Date 16/11/2009]

CD/DVD: 2009 has undoubtedly been the year of Elbow’s lives, the ‘Seldom Seen Kid’ has now sold over 700,000 copies. Riding high at the start of the year having secured the Mercury Music Prize, the triple follow up of the South Bank Show Award for Best Album, a NME Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music and the BRIT for Best British Band catapulted the band firmly into the mainstream media limelight and saw them play glorious festival sets and sold out Wembley Arena and Manchester’s MEN Arena shows.

The year since the release of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ has seen Elbow stretch themselves as never before in the live arena. From their acclaimed set as part of Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall, through the Wembley show to the two forthcoming sold out shows with the Halle orchestra, the fastest selling event ever at the Manchester International Festival, the band have striven to make live performances unique and compelling. One of the most spectacular of these was their collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios that took place January 19th 2009.

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KATHERINE JENKINS ‘The Ultimate Collection’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CD l 2CDThe Ultimate Collection from the Ultimate Voice. A stunning collection of songs from the nation's favourite sweetheart. For the first time ever on one album, the ultimate collection features 17 of her greatest hits including 'Time To Say Goodbye', 'Hallelujah' and 'Pie Jesu'.

The special edition edition includes a bonus disc of live material including 'We'll Meet Again' from Trafalgar Square and the wonderful welsh medley which will have everyone singing along! The perfect collection for any Katherine Jenkins' fan and the ideal gift for Christmas.

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MANDO DIAO ‘Give Me Fire’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]

CD:   Mando Diao's forth album, Give Me Fire! is the band's first album for Universal, and has seen the band climb to new heights nearly everywhere they go. Preceeded by the single 'Dance With Somebody', 'Give Me Fire!' is the bands most accessible record to date.


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