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One Liners: Rufus Wainwright, Isle Of Wight Festival, Drake, more

By | Published on Friday 3 April 2020

Rufus Wainwright


Rufus Wainwright has announced that he is postponing the release of his new album, ‘Unfollow The Rules’, to 10 Jul, as the warehouse holding CD and vinyl stock of the record is currently closed due to COVID-19. “You know that I am an old school guy and for me the physical product is extremely important”, he said. “I am incredibly proud of this album and the way I want you to experience it ideally is listening to it from front to back in the comfort of your living room, reading the lyrics, and looking at the booklet that I carefully designed”.



The Isle Of Wight Festival has released a limited edition t-shirt to raise funds for Wightaid – a charity supporting various initiatives on the Isle Of Wight, currently providing support for those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. “We are extremely grateful that the Isle Of Wight Festival family have joined us at this critical time”, says Wightaid founder Geoff Underwood. “The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the island community in many unfortunate ways and their support to our ‘Crisis Fund’ will ensure the most critical charities get the support they need”.

Music education charity London Music Masters has announced that it will not charge fees – normally £2750 – for its Teach Tech instrument teaching course for 2020/21, in response to the impact COVID-19 is having on the arts. More details and how to apply here.



Drake has released new single ‘Toosie Slide’. It’s basically a 2020 version of DJ Casper’s ‘Cha-Cha Slide’.

The 1975 have released new single ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’, featuring Phoebe Bridgers. The release date for the band’s new album, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, has been pushed back again and has now been set for 22 May.

Having released them on vinyl earlier this week, Frank Ocean‘s two new tracks, ‘Cayendo’ and ‘Dear April’, are now available on streaming services.

Hayley Williams has released new single ‘Over Yet’, another track from her upcoming solo album ‘Petals For Armor’.

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien – as EOB – has released new solo track ‘Olympik’. His new album ‘Earth’ is due out on 17 Apr.

Mavis Staples has released new single ‘All In It Together’, produced by and featuring Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. All proceeds from the song will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City – a Chicago organisation ensuring the elderly have access to the essentials needed to fight COVID-19.

Sonic Boom has released new single ‘The Way That You Live’. The track is taken from his first album as Sonic Boom for 30 years, ‘All Things Being Equal’, which is out on 5 Jun.

Iceage have released new single ‘Lockdown Blues’. It’s “an attempt at addressing this troubled new reality during COVID-19”, say the band. “We’ve felt the urge to touch base now that the physical touch has been suspended and contribute an effort to raise spirit in the face of adversity”. Profits from Bandcamp sales of the track will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Jenny Hval has released new track ‘Bonus Material’. It is, she says, “an unfinished track about unfinished substances leaking into one another”.

Soko has announced that she will release new album ‘Feel Feelings’ on 12 Jun. Watch the video for new single ‘Are You A Magician?’ here.

Martin Terefe has released new single ‘Breaking’ along with a video lifted from the film that accompanies his forthcoming album, ‘The Involuntary Gardner’.

MJ Hibbett And The Validators have announced that they will release new EP ‘People Are All Right’ on 27 Apr as a badge. “It’s easier to wear than a seven-inch single, nicer to look at than a CD, and less likely to get tangled up than a cassette”, says Hibbett. “It’s also much easier to post!” The badges all come with a download code on the back (before you try putting it on your turntable). More details here.

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