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CMU’s One Liners: Next BRIT Thing, Taylor Swift, Estelle, Marky Ramone and some more Monday morning marvels

By and | Published on Monday 16 February 2015

Big Music Project

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Remember the lottery-funded Big Music Project? You know, with those big career events and the internship funding scheme. Well it also had a battle of the bands element, which was basically a return of the old Next BRIT Thing contest. And the final is only this coming Thursday at IndigO2 with Rizzle Kicks and Laura Wright set to join Island Records’ Darcus Beese and RCA’s Colin Barlow to judge.

• Will Smith is pondering a return to music, having been in the studio with Kanye West. “I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring”, he said at a screening of his new film ‘Focus’ last week.

CMU Artist Of The Year 2014 Taylor Swift has released the video for her new single ‘Style’. Is the song brilliant? Yes. Is the video brilliant? No.

• And lo, as was foretold, Florence And The Machine have announced a new album. It’s called ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, like that video from last week. It’s out on 1 Jun, and its first single is ‘What Kind Of Man’.

• Estelle has a new album out this week. Here’s an interview she did with Jay-Z’s Life+Times blog.

• The first track to emerge from Chilly Gonzales’s new album ‘Chambers’ is here. ‘Freudian Slippers’ is its name.

• The fabulous techno quintet that is Vessels have a new single out called ‘Echo In’. Here’s the video.

• Electro duo April Towers will release their new single, ‘No Corruption’, next week. You can catch them live at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 9 Mar too. Here’s the single’s video.

• Pissed Jeans will be playing two nights at London’s 100 Club on 18-19 Aug. Tickets here and here.

• The 13th Floor Elevators will reunite for their first live show in 48 years at Austin, Texas’s Levitation festival in May. I know where’re generally pretty down on reunions, but 48 years! Come on, that’s worth some light applause.

• Marky Ramone has come up with a genius solution to the much documented Prick Watching A Gig With His Smartphone Held In The Air Problem. And it’s a solution we should all adopt with immediate effect. Though, erm, you first.

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