More, More, More, More, More, More, More… Some (More) Stuff

We’re soooooooooooo last week this week, with these stories BUT here is some stuff that we found out and thought you should know…

Fantasia will play her first live UK date at the O2 Indigo on 3rd May 2010 – HURRAH!

‘Fembots’, is a new track from Robyn – it is now streaming in full over at her official site.

Sarah McLachlan’s new album ‘The Law’s Of Illusion’ will be released on 14th June here in the UK.

Jennifer Lopez has a new home in the shape of Island Def Jam and will release new music soon!

The glorious Nerina Pallot has recorded a special EP called ‘Skeleton Key’ which, is initially only available on her forthcoming UK tour dates. It features 5 new songs and a cover version, Nerina debuted one of the tracks (‘Wolf And I’)from the EP on Monday during her last uStream gig until the tour has finished (with the next installment of the fabulous web cast likely to be in May).

The VERY fabulous VV Brown will be supporting the incredible Pink during her forthcoming UK ‘Funhouse Carnival Tour’ stadium dates in June. A re-release of her debut album ‘Travelling Like The Light’ is pencilled in to co-incide with the support slot. The album track ‘L.O.V.E’ is currently being used in the theatrical trailers for forthcoming movie ‘It’s A Wonderful Afterlife’ – you can see it here

A campaign called Music Matters has launched to remind people about how great music can be and also aims to remind us that we should appreciate and support the music industry legally. So far it has developed several short features highlighting the path of influential people within music, our particular favourites are the stories of the late John Martyn and Kate Bush which, are beautiful and wonderfully animated. You can find out more about the project by clicking here and watching the short clip below.

Like we said we’re soooooooooooo last week this week, so how about some thoughts on new albums released last week, this week? 

Goldfrapp‘Head First’ = AMAZING, it’s actually very good, the most accessible Goldfrapp album yet and the track ‘Dreaming’ is simply delicious. Seven of the nine tracks are ultra superb!

Gabriella Cilmi‘Ten’= It seems to be Donna Summer inspired futuristic disco with lots of breathy singing in place of proper belting it out type singing BUT we’re willing to persevere and we’re sure it’s a grower!

Mary J. Blige ‘Stronger withEach Tear’ = We don’t like to look to an artists previous outputs and compare new to old (or old to new for that matter) BUT we’ll make an exception as Mary’s ninth studio album is approximately seven million times better than her three previous outings ‘Growing Pains’, ‘The Breakthrough’ and ‘Love & Life’. The whole album is mostly upbeat and benefits from having a revised ‘international’ tracklisting – five new tracks are included and are stronger and better than those removed from the US release. There are two thunderous cover versions of Led Zepplin tracks, ‘City On Fire’ is a corker and ‘I Can’t Wait’ is a brilliantly produced number. This is a FANATASTIC album!