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CMU’s One Liners: Tom Odell, StubHub, MIDEM and even more than that

By and | Published on Thursday 6 November 2014

Tom Odell

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• StubHub president Chris Tsakalakis has stepped down from the position, leaving the secondary ticketing firm with immediate effect. The sudden announcement was, according to Billboard, not entirely unexpected within the company.

• Tom Odell has recorded a new version of The Beatles’ ‘Real Love’ for this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, which is apparently still something people want to talk about. Written by John Lennon in 1979 and eventually recorded and released by the surviving Beatles in 1996, you can see Odell plonking away at it in Dean Street Studios here.

• And as if that wasn’t exciting enough already, it has been announced that Peter Andre will soundtrack the Christmas advert for budget supermarket chain Iceland this year, with an original song called ‘Christmas Time’s For Family’. There will also be a whole Christmas album from Andre, released by Cooking Vinyl and sold exclusively in Iceland stores.

• Composer, songwriter and ASCAP chair Paul Williams is going to give a keynote interview at MIDEM 2015, which, by the way, is taking place in Cannes between 5-8 Jun. And don’t even think about trying to stop him. “Since Midem brings together the whole music and digital ecosystem, it is the ideal event to discuss innovative directions for the future of licensing”, he says.

• The new, improved and solo Nick Jonas has released a coy new track titled ‘Teacher’, this off his sophomore LP (following 2005’s God-fearing ‘Nicholas Jonas’) ‘Nick Jonas’. Haven’t times changed? Check in with ‘Teacher’ here.

• Brighton folkist Jinnwoo is now previewing his new single, ‘I Am, I Am, The World’s Oldest Man’, on the internet. Oh, and it features Malcolm Middleton on backing vocals. Listen now!

• Guitar-playing US band Torche have signalled the release of their latest LP, ‘Restarter’, on 23 Feb. “Moving forward, leaning backwards, twisting sideways and loving every new release”, confirms lead singer Steve Brooks, adding: “‘Restarter’ is moody and still very much a Torche record”. While he forgot to mention Torche’s forthcoming ‘spring 2015’ tour of Europe, which hits the UK c/o London’s Underworld on 22 May, it’s fine, because the listings for that are visible here.

• Pop Goths The Cure are throwing two big Christmas specials at which they shall play live for, oh, only ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MINUTES, giving a thick covering of “deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore”. All the Xmas bases, then. Tickets to the shows, which are at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 21 and 22 Dec, go on sale tomorrow morning. Guardian journalists need not attend.

• Interpol will back their latest LP ‘El Pinto’ (and, to a lesser extent, new single ‘My Desire’) with a series of live dates in Feb of 2015. The first is on 6 Feb at London’s Roundhouse, and the next is on 7 Feb at London’s Roundhouse. Learn of the rest of the listings here.

• The first night of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball at London’s O2 Arena (6 Dec) will feature the following: Take That, Olly Murs, OneRepublic, The Vamps, The Script, Ella Henderson, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne and Union J. The other night’s line-up is going to be clarified later today. Happy Christmas.

• Lippy popstar Jessie J is headlining some shows and all, in January. In fact, on 21 Jan (at Glasgow’s Academy) to start off. The live shebang celebrates J’s top five newest LP ‘Sweet Talker’.

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