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CMU’s One Liners: X-Factor, The 1975, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik, more

By and | Published on Monday 12 December 2016

X-Factor

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• It was the ‘X-Factor’ final last night and in the end Billy Bango beat girl group Brexit Bananas and metal outfit The Trumptown Massacre. Maybe. To be honest, the only thing I actually know about this season of ‘X’ is that the ratings tanked and Billy Bango’s winning single, co-written by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge, will only get a digital release.

• The 1975 will be opening a pop-up shop in London’s Camden Market form 16-18 Dec. They’ll only sell 1975-related stuff though, so I’m not sure what the point is.

• Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have recorded a duet for the new ’50 Shades’ film, which is apparently still a thing.

• Wyclef Jean has released the video for new single ‘I Swear’, which features Young Thug.

• Bonobo has released the video for new single ‘Break Apart’, featuring Rhye.

• At The Drive-In have released a new song in the form of ‘Governed By Contagions’. It’s taken from their first album for sixteen years, which is out next year. I’m not 100% it was worth bothering.

• Lucy Spraggan has released the video for new single ‘Modern Day Frankenstein’.

• The Unguided have announced that they will release new EP ‘Brotherhood’ on 23 Dec. It will be their first record with new guitarist Jonathan Thorpenberg. From it, this is ‘Nighttaker’.

• Justin Bieber will headline the British Summertime Festival on 2 Jul. How nice.

• Guns N Roses have added a second date at the London Stadium on 17 Jun.

• Justice have announced that they’ll play Brixton Academy in London on 29 Sep next year. I don’t think you can go though, I heard you were busy that day.

• Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize was accepted by US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, who read out a speech from the musician. “Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself ‘are my songs literature?'” wrote Dylan. “So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer”. As expected, Patti Smith also sang a song on Dylan’s behalf.



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