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SNOW PATROL / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Late Night Tales' [Release Date 28/09/2009]

CD: The 'Late Night Tales' series was launched in 2001, Often called "The Rolls Royce Of Compilations" The idea: pick an internationally known artist with great musical knowledge and depth, offer them the chance to choose and mix all their favourite "home listening" and musically inspiring acts, together with an exclusive cover recording of an al time favourite song. 22 albums later and over 1 million combined sales, Late Night Tales are proud to bring you the mighty Snow Patrol… Snow Patrol are the biggest selling act to be added to the series, with more sales than previous compilers The Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada & Jamiroquai. Snow Patrol's Late Night Tales features a totally exclusive new recording from Snow Patrol, a beautiful cover version of INXS finest 'New Sensation'. This will only ever be available on this release The CD is not just a collection of 19 tracks, but a stunning mix, blending, re editing and remixing many of the tracks featured, The CD booklet also features "in depth" track by track comments by the band themselves discussing why each track was picked and what it means to them. As with all Late Night Tales releases we feature a bonus late night tale, this time with the one and only Will Self, better known for appearances on 'Shooting Stars' and 'Have I Got News For You', Self is one of Britain's leading satirical writers.

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SKUNK ANANSIE 'Because Of You' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

C5 I 7" I 12": 5 million album sales, one of the most forthright, iconic, and confrontational female lead singers in modern musical history, a six-year back catalogue to make you quiver – Skunk Anansie are back. They return with their epic new single 'Because Of You', taken from their forthcoming 'Greatest Hits' record, 'Smashes and Trashes'. Following an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie are re-born, revitalised and as confrontational as ever, fully armed with highly charged, brand new tracks, a blistering greatest hits record and a 21-date sold out European tour. Written and produced by Skunk Anansie – Skin [Lead Vocals], Cass [bass], Ace [Guitar] and Mark Richardson [Drums] 'Because Of You' is bursting with visceral energy. Kicking off with a sinister, nape prickling guitar riff, Skin's intense vocal, which has never sounded better climbs on top, the track then hits you with a powerful wall of sound, showcasing their raw power and guile. "No one's really sounded like us since we've been away," says Skin. "I think that people are ready for a bit of in-yer-face tuneful rock music again. I see us in competition with every band that's out there and I think we're better than we were before. If we didn't feel like that, it would be sad and pathetic." The 'Greatest Hits' record 'Smashes and Trashes' is a 15-track career-embracing album. It features classic moments from their first two Top Ten albums 'Paranoid & Sunburnt', 'Stoosh' and their 1999 album 'Post Orgasmic Chill'. From the rejoiceful 'Weak' to the anthemic 'Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)' it's a timeless record brimming with hits, which is translated into the here and now in the form of their three brand new tracks; 'Because Of You', 'Tear The Place Up' and 'Squander'.

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PEARL JAM 'The Fixer' [Release Date 07/09/2009]

Ltd C5 I Ltd 7": In what is set to be one of the highlights of the year, Pearl Jam release their eagerly anticipated new studio album 'Backspacer', September 21st, produced by Brendan O'Brien. Their highly charged new single 'The Fixer' is out September 7th. Pearl Jam are a band reborn with their ninth studio album 'Backspacer', their first release with Universal/Island records. The band reunited with producer Brendan O'Brien for 'Backspacer' who produced four of Pearl Jam's earlier albums and the re-master of their seminal debut 'Ten', which was released in March. The band recently premiered 'Got Some', one of the many highlights from their new 11-track record on the debut of US chat show, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, June 1st. Their performance gained an unprecedented amount of views on YouTube and received the biggest US chat show audience figures in 5 years.


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PETER ANDRE 'Revelation' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

CD: Yes, he's back! And with a genuinely great new pop album, the culmination of more than a year's hard work and only recently completed during Peter's three month stay in Los Angeles. Peter has worked with some of the best writers & producers in the US and has come up with what may well prove to be one of the biggest albums of the year.

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MICHAEL JACKSON 'A Troubled Genius' [Release Date 21/09/2009]

CD I DVD I Blu-Ray: Michael Jackson was a truly amazing phenomenon. He was the biggest star in the history of music, but he was also bravely waging his own private battle against his own inner demons. Despite fighting to overcome criminal charges and civil law suits, Michael selflessly carried on the vital work he did for children's charities. All of this despite his own continuing fight against drug dependency, anxiety, anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder. This is the untold story of a true hero who was prepared to put others first. Michael Jackson was never afraid to use his celebrity as a force for good and this unique film provides the conclusive proof that Michael was a true modern hero. Join Michael Jackson as he tirelessly tours the globe and witness him doing what he loved to do working hard on behalf of his favourite charities and good causes. Hear Michael speak out against racism, war and oppression as he fights for the rights of under privileged children everywhere. We hear from Elizabeth Taylor who stood by Michael. In England we go backstage as Michael meets Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and in South Africa Michael comes face to face with his idol – Nelson Mandela. We also hear from other celebrity families who have suffered loss as a result of the pressures of stardom including harrowing interviews with Kurt's Cobain's grandfather and Philomena Lynott speaking out against the celebrity life style, which killed her own son. This is the Michael Jackson the media chose to ignore, the secret story of a noble champion overcoming his own adversity in his lifelong quest to do good work or others who were less fortunate.

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BANANARAMA 'Viva' [Release Date 14/09/2009]

CD: Bananarama's story starts a new chapter this summer with the release of 'Viva Bananarama' an exciting, modern new album with both feet planted on the dancefloor. 2009's new self-penned material is, once again, the result of Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward identifying the right collaborators for the right point in their career – something that they did so successfully in the 80s with Jolley & Swain ('Shy Boy', 'Cruel Summer', 'Roberts De Niro's Waiting') and Stock Aitken & Waterman ('Venus', 'Love In The First Degree', 'I Heard A Rumour', 'I Want You Back'). In 2009, they've found a perfect foil in Ian Masterson, a producer whose credits range from Pet Shop Boys to Girls Aloud and whose instinctive grasp of the Bananarama spirit has resulted in some extraordinarily good music on this new album. Sara says "working with Ian has been a revelation – we did a couple of tracks with him on the last album and he's really in tune with what we're into and with what's happening in the outside world. Some producers hit a formula and just churn out the same old stuff; with Ian it's been so enjoyable." Indeed, working with just one producer is in itself remarkable in the modern pop landscape. Bananarama are now signed to Fascination, meaning that Keren and Sara are labelmates of Girls Aloud and The Saturdays on an imprint which has become the unofficial home of the UK girlgroup. It's a great fit, but while Bananarama's style filters through the pop generations, Sara's right to feel a sense of distance from what she helped inspire. "I never looked at us as a 'girl band'," Sara remembers. "We were just a band in the same way as The Cure were a band or Wham were a band." To this end Bananarama appeared in NME as frequently as Smash Hits – a double-pronged attack on the public's sense. Of the new tunes, 'Seventeen' is an undulating, low-slung electro number which pleads "kiss me like you do in my dreams, make me feel like I was seventeen", then there's the seductive, ice-cold 'Extraordinary' and the single 'Love Comes' – a dancefloor belter with no strings attached.

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JAMES YORKSTON & THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS 'Folk Songs' [Release Date 10/08/2009]

CD I 2-CD+DVD I LP: James Yorkston returns in the company of The Big Eyes Family Players with a new album of traditional songs from the length and breadth of the Great Britain and Ireland, and one tune from Galicia in Spain. After a decade which has seen folk music morph into nu-folk, mobile phone-ad folk, mortgage-folk, smoothie-folk and so on, Yorkston has reached back into the tradition of song and place and drawn a line in the sand. In May, a new team of musicians were drawn from the Big Eye Players and other like minded souls, to record the Analogue Cat Sessions included on the limited DVD. Recorded over three days the sessions see the band revisit songs from the original 'Folk Songs' album and other traditional songs that James has either played live or recorded as b-sides. What resulted is a vibrant and alive collection of songs, ringing with new arrangements and energy. The session was filmed and six songs from the CD are included on the accompanying DVD. Also featured on the DVD is a short film about the session recording, filmed by Institute For Eyes. To round it all off James Yorkston himself made a 3min short of the recording.

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EMINEM 'Beautiful' [Release Date 03/08/09]

C5: Following the massive success of 'We Made You', Eminem releases his anthemic new single 'Beautiful' on 3rd August. 'Beautiful' is taken from Eminem's critically acclaimed No. 1 album, 'Relapse'. The album has sold over a million copies since its release last month and is the fastest selling album in the UK this year. 'Beautiful' is in the mould of 'Stan', 'The Way I Am' and 'Toy Soldiers', where Eminem tells a story in his brutal and honest confessional style – one of the reasons why he has been called the greatest lyricist of his generation. Eminem started writing the song when he was in rehab going through detox. "It brings me back to a time when I was really depressed and down," he says. "But at the same time it reminds me of what that space is like and what never to go back to. There is a lot of honesty in that song that I wouldn't want to just throw away."

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