Sunday, November 22, 2009

Music News & Notes

Blur to Release Live CD With UK Paper

A special prize will come to readers of the today's Sunday UK newspaper the Sunday Times.

Following in the steps of everybody from Prince to Sigur Rós, Blur is set to release a free CD with a UK newspaper. The November 22 edition of the Sunday Times will come bundled with a 10-track disc featuring songs recorded live during Blur's summer reunion tour.

According to the Times, you'll be able to download five additional free songs on iTunes on November 29, too.

Tracklist for the CD is below:

Blur Live 2009:

01 She's So High
02 Girls & Boys
03 Badhead
04 Beetlebum
05 Parklife
06 Out of Time
07 Song 2
08 Pop Scene
09 Tender
10 The Universal

Interesting comcpet, heck, can we get 'special' Sunday newspapers here in the US?


SUSAN Boyle's debut album is set to top the charts next week.

Singing sensation Susan Boyle, who is releasing her first record entitled I Dream A Dream, was yesterday celebrating after it became the largest global CD pre-order in the history of internet ­website Amazon.

Tens of thousands of copies have been sold – even though it is not being released until November 23.

The cover features the 48-year-old ­Scottish star ­smiling in a sparkly sequin jacket.

Susan became an overnight ­reality TV and internet star after her appearance on ITV show Britain's Got Talent on April 11. She was initially dubbed the Hairy Angel because of her unkempt looks, but has since had a full makeover.

“Eight months ago, no one was aware of the talents of Susan Boyle,” said Julian Monaghan, head of music buying at “Now, she has generated more Amazon pre-order CD sales g­lobally than any other artist. That is an incredible achievement and is ­testament to the fact that she has captured the hearts of people all over the world.”

Susan, from West Lothian, stunned audiences with her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream, from Les Miserables.

She came ­second in the show, behind dance troupe Diversity, but won fans worldwide including actress Demi Moore, 47, and singer Elaine Paige, 61.

At first Susan struggled with fame and checked into The Priory for exhaustion. But she has made a recovery and recently told fans: “What I’ve enjoyed the most about my new career is the ability to travel and meet new people.”

Steve Barnett, chairman of Susan’s Columbia Records label, said: “One of the things that is so unique about Susan is her ability to touch people around the world.”


Jackson moonwalk glove sells for $350K

The shimmering, white glove Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off for $350,000 on Saturday.

Winning bidder Hoffman Ma of Hong Kong will pay $420,000, including taxes and fees, for the rhinestone-studded, modified golf glove Jackson wore on his left hand for his moonwalk on Motown's 25th anniversary TV special.

The glove was the top item in a collection of Jackson memorabilia on the block at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

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