Sam Smith a trans-Atlantic smash, shifts one million LP copies in US and UK
Sam Smith a trans-Atlantic smash, shifts one million LP copies in US and UK

19 December 2014

Popstar-of-great-significance Sam Smith is officially the only artist on Planet Earth to have sold one million LP copies on both sides of the...

Michael Bublé donates live takings to Nordoff Robbins
Michael Bublé donates live takings to Nordoff Robbins

19 December 2014

Since it's nearly Christmas, holly jolly Michael Bublé has done a kind thing, and given £125,000 to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The...

CMU's One Liners: Nicki Minaj, Babymetal, Male Bonding and a partridge in a pear tree
CMU's One Liners: Nicki Minaj, Babymetal, Male Bonding and a partridge in a pear tree

19 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today… • High-fashion brand Roberto Cavalli has made Nicki Minaj's face and body the face and body of its...

CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs
CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs

19 December 2014

Can it really be that another year is over? Another eleven and a half months of disputes, arguments and fallings out has come...

FlyLo, Jon Hopkins and Kaytranada in line for Radio 1's 2015 Residency
FlyLo, Jon Hopkins and Kaytranada in line for Radio 1's 2015 Residency

18 December 2014

BBC Radio 1's Residency - the station's way of giving interesting players in dance music a late-night 'in' to its programming - will...

Laura Marling trails Short Movie
Laura Marling trails Short Movie

18 December 2014

Critics' darling Laura Marling has shorn all her hair off in time to confirm details of her fifth LP, which is entitled 'Short...

Serial soundtrack released as final episode of series one goes live
Serial soundtrack released as final episode of series one goes live

18 December 2014

Despite claims made by everyone else in the CMU office, the podcast known as 'Serial' is a thing that has been incredibly popular...

CMU's One Liners: Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches
CMU's One Liners: Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches

18 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Current Matador PR man Stuart Davie will, at the end of the year, leave his post to...

Slayer's ugly Xmas jumpers are still a thing
Slayer's ugly Xmas jumpers are still a thing

18 December 2014

As is now an age-old Christmas tradition of, oh, three entire years, Slayer have made available their highly unattractive 'pentagram and skills' Xmassy(ish)...

Kasabian lead NME Awards nominations
Kasabian lead NME Awards nominations

17 December 2014

The nomination shortlists for 2015's NME Awards, always a pinpoint monitor of the nation's tastes, have been released. Kasabian lead with eight 'Eez-eh'...

CMU's One Liners: James Murphy, Rustie x AG Cook, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame and a side of chips
CMU's One Liners: James Murphy, Rustie x AG Cook, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame and a side of chips

17 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • James Murphy has packaged his previously reported "algorithmically generated soundscapes", which incorporate match data taken from machines...

Diiv bassist criticised over
Diiv bassist criticised over "toxic" 4chan posts

16 December 2014

The bassist in American band Diiv, one Devin Ruben Perez, is facing widespread disdain (not least from the rest of Diiv) over a...

CMU's One Liners: ASCAP, Iggy Azalea, Modest Mouse and some BRITs stuff. Oh, and way more than all that.
CMU's One Liners: ASCAP, Iggy Azalea, Modest Mouse and some BRITs stuff. Oh, and way more than all that.

16 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento (pictured) last week announced his retirement after seventeen years in the role and...

More people in Norwich than expected are willing to watch The Maccabees play live if it's free
More people in Norwich than expected are willing to watch The Maccabees play live if it's free

16 December 2014

Around 100 people were apparently turned away from a Maccabees-headlined gig at Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday. The show was put on by...

Marilyn Manson speaks on Lana Del Rey 'rape' video
Marilyn Manson speaks on Lana Del Rey 'rape' video

15 December 2014

Marilyn Manson has given his side of the story following the previously reported appearance of a controversial video featuring Lana Del Rey in...

REM are never ever ever getting back together
REM are never ever ever getting back together

15 December 2014

REM will never get back together, OK? Stop asking. What do you mean you weren't asking? Yes you were. Maybe you just forgot....

Guitar music not dead, claims man with guitar
Guitar music not dead, claims man with guitar

15 December 2014

If you thought we were going to make it to the end of the year without someone announcing that guitar music is not...

Ed Sheeran too wet to record a Bond theme, says Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran too wet to record a Bond theme, says Ed Sheeran

15 December 2014

Given that Ed Sheeran is seemingly the biggest British popstar of the moment, I guess we ought to start being unnecessarily rude about...

Sinead O'Connor now managed by Simon Napier-Bell
Sinead O'Connor now managed by Simon Napier-Bell

12 December 2014

Sinead O'Connor has hired herself a new manager in one-time Wham! warden Simon Napier-Bell of Snap-B Music, and has a deal already in...

BBC Music Awards presented
BBC Music Awards presented

12 December 2014

At my local tube station there's a poster board that hasn't been replenished with a new piece of promotional print for quite some...

CMU's One Liners: Little Mix, The Dø, Young Fathers and oodles more
CMU's One Liners: Little Mix, The Dø, Young Fathers and oodles more

12 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Electronica's own Dan Deacon is to release a new LP, the apparently "simpler" 'Glass Riffer', on 23...

BRITs Week to return in 2015
BRITs Week to return in 2015

11 December 2014

A whole week of BRITs goodness? A whole week! Did I read that right, a whole week?! Wow, a whole week. Yes, that's...

CMU's One Liners: Nick Jonas, Christopher Lee, Lydia Ainsworth and other fantastical tales
CMU's One Liners: Nick Jonas, Christopher Lee, Lydia Ainsworth and other fantastical tales

11 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • LA-based electronic artist Shlohmo, real name Henry Laufer, has signed with Matador imprint True Panther Sounds and...

Dolly Parton joins the Cleethorpes Rotary Club
Dolly Parton joins the Cleethorpes Rotary Club

11 December 2014

Dolly Parton has accepted an invitation to join the Cleethorpes wing of the Rotary Club, so isn't that nice? This country star's improbable twinning...

Even Morrissey won't shout at the Queen on Christmas Day
Even Morrissey won't shout at the Queen on Christmas Day

10 December 2014

Morrissey is known for his distaste for the royal family. However, he's turned down the opportunity to deliver Channel 4's alternative Christmas speech...

First artist signed to DJ Shadow's Liquid Amber label, Bleep Bloop releases EP
First artist signed to DJ Shadow's Liquid Amber label, Bleep Bloop releases EP

10 December 2014

Back in August, DJ Shadow launched his own record label, Liquid Amber. Out this week is the first release on that label by...

Bob Dylan releasing an album of covers that aren't covers
Bob Dylan releasing an album of covers that aren't covers

10 December 2014

Bob Dylan is going to release an album of songs previously recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Don't...

CMU's One Liners: Twin Shadow, Father John Misty, Bangface Weekender and other stories
CMU's One Liners: Twin Shadow, Father John Misty, Bangface Weekender and other stories

10 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Having quite recently signed a new record deal with Warner Bros, Twin Shadow has now announced that...

Kanye West raps new album at Seth Rogen in the back of a van
Kanye West raps new album at Seth Rogen in the back of a van

10 December 2014

It's hard to tell if Kanye West has any sense of humour at all (calling his daughter North West would suggest not). So...

British musician jailed over involvement in Anonymous DDoS attack
British musician jailed over involvement in Anonymous DDoS attack

9 December 2014

British producer and session guitarist Jake Commander has been sentenced to ten days in prison by a US court for his part in...

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