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By | Published on Wednesday 4 September 2019

R Kelly


R Kelly has been released from what may or may not have been solitary confinement, depending on who you speak to. The incarcerated pop star is now among the general population of the federal jail in Chicago. His legal team now hope to secure his release from jail entirely by seeking bail at a hearing this Friday. The musician has been held in custody since his latest arrest in July.



Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has named Sandra Schembri as its new CEO. She takes over from Julie Whelan, who retires later this year, officially starting on 7 Oct. “As someone who’s always had a love of music, I’m really excited by the prospect of leading a charity that champions the positive impact it has on people’s health and wellbeing”, says Schembri.

Arena owner SMG Europe has hired Ade Dovey to join its event programming team. He was previously Head Of Programming at Mission Mars Group. “We’re delighted”, says EVP European Operations John Sharkey.



Hot Chip have released the video for the title track of their recent ‘Bath Full Of Ecstasy’ album. The promo invents a late 80s video game with the same title. “The video consists of a YouTube-style review and demonstration of the game, which features each band member on their path to save the cursed kingdom, aiming to return melody and colour, and bringing back joy, with the help of the Bubblebath Fairy, a microphone and some friendly strangers”, say the band.

Metronomy have released new single ‘Wedding Bells’. New album ‘Metronomy Forever’ is out on 13 Sep.

One True Pairing – aka Tom Fleming, formerly of Wild Beasts – has released new single ‘Dawn At The Factory’. His debut album in this guise is out on 20 Sep, which he describes as “the angry northern Springsteen record that I’d always wanted to make”.

Denzel Himself has announced that he will release new EP, ‘Gotha’, on 27 Sep. From it, this is new single ‘Birdie’.

Broen have released new single ‘Strings’, taken from upcoming album ‘Do You See The Falling Leaves?’ They’ve also announced that they will play the Shacklewell Arms in London on 6 Nov.

Tennin has released new track ‘Heal You’. The track is a collaboration with Tricky for new compilation ‘Test Of Time’, on his False Idols label.

Church & AP have released the video for recent single ‘Roulette’.



AJ Tracey has announced that he will play his biggest headline show to date at Alexandra Palace in London on 9 Nov. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

Lamb Of God have announced their first UK headline tour since 2014. They’ll kick things off at Bristol Academy on 21 Apr, finishing at London’s Brixton Academy on 25 Apr. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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