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Katy Perry’s label have made a different ‘Witness’ cover for the limited edition vinyl version

Fans of Urban Outfitters, Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ album and cumbersome, outmoded ways of listening to music rejoice because you can get Perry’s latest opus on double vinyl with an ‘exclusive’ cover from the aforementioned emporium.

This picture below is the new artwork, obviously.

To be honest, you might be best getting it online rather than traipsing around the real world because obviously every shop is different. Also, it seems to only be in the US, apols.

That’s it really.

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Lady Gaga played some songs in a specific order on the first night of the Joanna tour

The singer, Lady Gaga, ‘kicked off’ her Joanne tour last night in Vancouver and from the looks of the setlist did quite a lot of the hits, which is nice.

Poor ‘Artpop’ though.

Here is said setlist:

Act 1
1. Diamond Heart
2. A-Yo
3. Poker Face
4. Perfect Illusion

Act 2
5. John Wayne
6. Scheisse
7. Alejandro

Act 3
8. Just Dance
9. LoveGame
10. Telephone

Act 4
11. Applause
12. Come to Mama
13. The Edge of Glory
14. Born This Way

Act 5
15. Bloody Mary
16. Dancin’ in Circles
17. Paparazzi (A Capella)
18. Angel Down
19. Joanne

Act 6
20. Bad Romance
21. The Cure

Encore
22. Million Reasons

Not bad, not bad.

You can see various pictures and dodgy live videos here, plus there’s a ‘review’ here from Vancouver Sun that’s literally just a compilation of tweets from people who were there.

Most importantly this is what the merch looked like. Lots of rhino horns as you’d expect…

The tour winds up in Europe towards the end of September and includes London’s O2 on October 9 and 11.

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Sia’s releasing an album of new Christmas songs later this year, ie before Christmas

Perpetual wig-wearer Sia will release a Christmas album later this year (maybe near Christmas, who knows) as part of a new deal she’s ‘inked’ with Atlantic Records.

The album will feature all new ‘holiday’ (Christmas) songs co-written with Greg Kurstin. Anything close to ‘Underneath The Tree’ would be great, cheers guys.

Speaking of Sia’s move from RCA to their label, your friends and ours Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Records Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, said the following words (as reported here):

“Sia is a once-in-a-generation artist. Her extraordinary gifts as a singer and songwriter, her revolutionary approach to the art of performing, her groundbreaking videos – everything she does comes from a deep wellspring of inspiration and imagination. Sia is that rare artist who has formed her own singular, boundless musical universe. We are so happy to welcome her into the Atlantic family and to be joining Sia on her amazing musical journey.”

That’s nice isn’t it.

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BLIMEY: Nadine Coyle’s going to release some Brian Higgins-produced music on Virgin EMI

Basically, right, Nadine ‘Nadine’ Coyle’s signed a new record deal – with Virgin EMI (!) – and has recorded some new material with Brian Higgins (!!) that is likely to be released this time.

This is reasonably exciting news for a grey and surprisingly cold Monday morning. All of it was communicated in a much lengthier way by your friend and ours Dan Wooottton, and he managed to get some quotes too:

“I’m so excited to be releasing music again,” the ‘Insatiable’ hitmaker mused. “I’m nervous but really happy to be sharing them finally.”

Is it a dream come true to sign a solo deal with a label as brilliant as Virgin EMI?

“It’s a dream come true to sign a solo deal with a label that’s as brilliant as Virgin EMI,” she confirmed. “The team really share my vision for the album and I can’t wait to start performing again.”

So there you have it; an album, ergo a single and video and after that — who knows? We live in exciting, unpredictable times.

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Julia Michaels is releasing a seven-track “mini-album” thing next Friday

Linkin Park collaborator Julia Michaels has announced she’ll release a “mini-album” on July 28 – ie NEXT FRIDAY! – and it’s called ‘Nervous System’.

The image contained within her Instagram post shown below is the “mini-album”‘s artwork:

Very pleasant. Is she taking her coat off or putting it on, do you think? But then, in a spiritual sense, are any of us really putting on or taking off our coats? Can we ever truly take off a coat, and by the same token can we ever really say we are totally wearing one? Do we wear the coat or does the coat wear us? If the coat is ever physically removed, are we still in a sense wearing the shadow of a coat?

Here’s the tracklisting:

  • Issues
  • Uh Huh
  • Worst In Me
  • Make It Up To You
  • Just Do It
  • Pink
  • Don’t Wanna Think

This will likely be highly above average let’s be honest.

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The BBC are launching a new music TV show made by James Corden’s production company

A new six-part, primetime music TV show is being launched by the BBC this autumn, it’s been announced.

Each episode will be 30 minutes long and – according to Music Week – will feature live performances, sketches and interviews.

(‘Sketches’.)

Independent production company Fulwell 73 (who make James Corden’s stuff, among other things, and made Corden a partner earlier this year) has been commissioned to produce the series, while specific details about what the shows might include will be ‘unveiled’ later in the summer.

Your friend and ours Bob Shennan, director of BBC Radio and BBC Music, said the following words:

“The BBC is the biggest music broadcaster in the UK and we are always looking for new ways to bring music to our audiences. This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best UK and international bands and artists and we’re looking forward to working with one of the world’s most innovative and creative TV production companies.”

Gabe Turner, who works for the “one of the world’s most innovative and creative TV production companies” had this to say about it all:

“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC on such an exciting series. The BBC’s heritage in creating and broadcasting world class music TV is second to none – their classic music shows were a big part of our childhoods growing up as fans devouring everything pop culture. The range of genres and different styles that people are listening to now is more diverse than ever before, and it’s a great time to be making a show that gives a mainstream TV platform to the most exciting stuff out there.”

This could go either way but it’s a grey Wednesday so let’s try and remain positive shall we.

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Lana Del Rey’s announced a London show SIX DAYS FROM NOW

Former Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena frontwoman Lana Del Rey has announced she’ll be singing some songs at the Brixton Academy — that’s in London, geography fans — on Monday July 24.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, aka Wednesday, at 12pm, which is a reasonable hour at least, but there’s some sort of pre-sale nonsense going on over at her official store.

The last minute ‘gig’ is to coincide (not really a coincidence is it) with the release of ‘Lust For Life’, which is out this Friday.

The end.

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Sky Ferreira’s got a new music team around her and is excited about what’s to come

Interdisciplinary popcultural grandmaster Sky Ferreira has given the world an update on what’s going on with her music and it’s about 80% good news.

WARNING: The following Instagram post and lengthy caption includes the dreaded word “soon” in relation to music being released. It’s still worth a read though.

I have been very quiet about what's going on with my music for a few reasons. Mostly it's because I've been working on it. I have been working on several other projects. I'm very excited about it all. I was genuinely stuck at the mercy of other people before (for almost years at this point).No matter how hard I tried,it was beyond me.I couldn't say anything because of the possibility that it would make things worse. Being silent or "politically correct" wasn't much help either. It felt way worse tbh. It has been genuine tasking on my soul & so frustrating. I stuck to my guns & that makes the process a lot longer than you would expect it to. There are so many factors to it all that would be silly to get into. I didn't wait this long to put out something that meets the bare minimum for some.GOD BLESS a majority of those people are now out of my way & those problems are being fixed. For the first time in a very long time I have a support system to help me (music wise). It's only up from here. I'm starting to be in a good place creatively/overall & I'm very excited to put out new stuff & I can't promise that you'll like it ~~everyone is different~~BUT I can promise that anything I put out myself is & will be whole hearted & 100000000 dedication. I am planning on making something and putting out something soon. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 xoxoxoxoxxx ****Also I gotta point out something: I don't know why this happens every time I make a record after a decade (yoinks) of doing this because…I MAKE POP MUSIC?!?? It's not THAT complicated?

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“I MAKE POP MUSIC?!?? It’s not THAT complicated?” would make a good t-shirt wouldn’t it. Or perhaps a tote bag.

Either way, this all sounds quite promising.

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Kesha’s new single is called ‘Pray’ and it’s out tomorrow

The artist now known as Kesha, aka Kesha, will release a new single tomorrow and the name of said single is ‘Pray’.

It’s unlikely to be a Take That cover, but imagine.

We know this all to be true because she said so herself via a video uploaded to her Twitter in which she also thanks her fans for helping her through everything that’s happened over the last few years.

Here’s the video:

WELCOME BACK KESHA!

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Jennifer Lopez has popped a song called ‘Ni Tú Ni Yo’ onto the www

Jennifer Lynn Lopez, aka Jennifer Lopez, also known as Jenny From The Block, furthermore known as J-Lo, has popped a new song called ‘Ni Tú Ni Yo’ onto the world wide web.

The title translates as ‘Have You Remembered To Put The Bins Out?’.

The song was ‘premiered’ at the Macy’s 4th July celebration in New York and features your friend and mine, Gente de Zona.

You can listen to it right here if you like:

The song’s taken from the ‘Papi’ hitmaker’s forthcoming Spanish-language album, which is out in September.

A nice big RedOne-esque banger would be nice at some point soon wouldn’t it? Perhaps featuring Pitbull?

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