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CMU’s One Liners: Believe x AFEM, Queen x Adam Lambert, Nicole Scherzinger x Cats and more

By , and | Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Believe Digital is the first major distributor to join that there Association For Electronic Music, the previously reported trade body for everyone making tunes that some might deemed to be ‘EDM’. The alliance also means Believe customers will benefit from a discount from anti-piracy platform AudioLock which is offered to AFEM members.

• Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is set to play an actual (not actually actual) cat in the upcoming London return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’. Sherzy will play the bedraggled Grizabella, who sings one of the show’s best known songs ‘Memory’, a character originally played by Elaine Paige in the only slightly tedious West End show.

• Having split up for good in 2011, REM have been cleaning out some cupboards and found a load of old videos – concert footage, award acceptance speeches, TV appearances, that sort of thing. Wanna see it? Well it’ll all be shoved onto a six disc DVD boxset called ‘REMTV’, out on 24 Nov.

• Flag-wavers for Welsh post-hardcore Funeral For A Friend are releasing their new LP, ‘Chapter And Verse’, via Distiller Records on 19 Jan, the year 2015. Find all the info available on it here, and look at the band’s forthcoming live listings on this page.

• Star-spangled pop Liberace Adam Lambert, and his backing band Queen (pictured), are playing a right royal lot of shows, as one, in January 2015. The first UK date is 13 Jan at Newcastle Arena and the last is at Nottingham Arena on 24 Jan. Listings and ‘ticks’ here.

• ‘Road-trip rock’ champs The War On Drugs are doing an ol tour in 2015, to support ‘Lost In The Dream’, the LP that made them all mainstream earlier this year. The hit the Brit circuit on 19 Feb at the Manchester Albert Hall, and stay till 28 Feb, playing all the while. Details here.

• Ageing R&B dinosaur (yeah, that’s an in-joke, sorry) Usher Raymond will take his ‘UR Experience’, to UK fans’ neighbourhoods on 14 Mar 2015, for a show at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. Various other shows follow that, and you can look at which, where and when here.

• Last and most old of all, sub-bass dance kingpins Underworld have added lots of shows to twentieth anniversary live trip in the name of their milepost LP ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’. The first is at Bristol’s Colston Hall on 5 Mar, and the last on the UK stint is, in fact, at The Sage in Gateshead on 14 Mar. Get ya details here.

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