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By | Published on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Ghostface Killah

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• R&B star Usher is hiding copies of his new single ‘Clueless’ in packs of Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, but only those sold at Walmart, and only in the United States Of America. This furthers an illustrious band-brand link-up that began with an Usher/Cheerios promo clip back in August. No idea.

• Ghostface Killah has made it so; that he’ll release a ‘revenge concept album’ titled ’36 Seasons’ on 9 Dec, ie the week following the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s new ensemble record ‘A Better Tomorrow’. The fourteen track set finds Ghostface “re-imagined as a hip hop superhero for the 21st century – a Staten Island vigilante inspired by a quest for personal retribution and bent on saving his community from the grips of crooked authority and urban decay”. And this is the first song to appear off it, ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’.

• Kanye West has remixed Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, a track off of the Lorde-curated soundtrack to ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’, the movie. Listen to West’s ‘rework’, titled ‘Flicker’, here.

• Christopher Owens has released a track that’s separate from his latest LP ‘The New Testament’, and titled, simply ‘America’. It was written while Owens was living in Slovenia, dreaming of moving “for the first time at the age of sixteen, while he was busking to raise money for his plane ticket”. Stream it here.

• Frankenstein’s boyband McBusted have released a new track titled ‘What Happened To Your Band’, telling the story of what happened to their band. Hear it now and fill the waiting time for ‘McBusted’, McB’s first LP as a single combined ‘mass’, on 1 Dec.

• Limited free tickets for a special screening of Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’ movie at this year’s all-Nordic Ja Ja Ja Festival, which kicks off in London with a now-sold-out day of shows tomorrow, have been released. Book yours here, and check out the full line-up for the wider three-day event here.

• Liverpool prog rockers Anathema will review “every single era” of their time as a band via ‘Resonance’, a big old show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 16 Apr 2015. Speaking with considerable gravitas, lead guitarist Danny Cavanagh says: “From the present day musical landscapes, back through time to the dawn of the group’s formation, we hope you will join us for this once in a lifetime celebration”.

• Scandinavian pop alien Yung Lean and the various boys (Yung Sherman, Bladee et al) of his bolt-on Gravity Boys mob will play ‘all the hits’ at the Barbican in London on 25 Feb, this in the wake of his latest LP ‘Unkown Memory’, which came and went earlier this year.

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