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CMU’s One Liners: The Grateful Dead, Queen, Aaliyah and more

By , and | Published on Monday 22 September 2014

The Grateful Dead

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Partially-dead rock band The Grateful Dead (pictured) have signed a revitalising 50th anniversary deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, Billboard has confirmed, so fancy that.

• That slightly iffy Aaliyah TV biopic ‘Princess Of R&B’ is finally going to air, via American channel Lifetime, on 15 Nov. Alexandra Shipp will play Aaliyah in the movie, its original star Zendaya Coleman having quit the film back in July.

• Guided By Voices have fallen silent again, which is to say they’ve split up. Again. Having split the first time in 2004, and then got back on the horse in 2010. “It was a hell of a comeback run”, state the band in a statement.

• GWAR have replaced late frontman and founder Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, who died earlier this year. Kim Dylla, who has taken the stage name Vulvatron, made her live debut with the band at Chicago’s Riot Fest last week.

• Queen will release a new compilation, ‘Queen Forever’, on 10 Nov as a means of making ultimate dollar from three previously unreleased and unfinished tracks. One of the new/old recordings is the long discussed duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, aptly titled ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’.

• Laminated pop man Adam Lambert (and temping Queen singer) has given away the game re his new solo LP, his first since his 2013 split with Sony’s RCA Records and signing to a new mystery label. The TBA album is, says A-Lamb, “really good”, and has him working with “an amazing executive producer”.

• “NICK JONAS HAS ARRIVED”, screams a press release. It also informs us that he will release a solo album called ‘Nick Jonas’ on 11 Nov. Here’s the video for lead single ‘Chains’.

• The nominations are out for the first ever Music Ally Digital Music Awards, which take place on 16 Oct. Check on the list here.

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