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By and | Published on Wednesday 29 January 2020

Times Radio


The Times newspaper is launching a radio station. Its publisher News UK already has a radio division that operates Virgin Radio, TalkSport and Talk Radio. There had been speculation it might rebrand the latter under the Times brand, but it has now confirmed that Times Radio will be a separate news and current affairs station available on DAB and online. It won’t have any ads – being partly a marketing channel for the newspaper – though it will seek sponsors for some of its programmes.



More speakers and sessions have been announced for this year’s International Live Music Conference which takes place in London from 3-6 Mar. Topics to be covered include greener touring, how the live sector can better safeguard the mental health of its workforce, and what key consumer trends we might see in the live space in the next decade. Info here.

AJ Tracey and his manager Andy Musgrave have been announced as keynote speakers for next week’s AIM Connected event in London. They will discuss Tracey’s career as a proudly independent artist. AIM Connected takes place at Kings Place in London on 4 Feb. More info here.



Caribou has released new single ‘Never Come Back’. “As soon as I landed on the main synthesizer chords and the repeated refrain the rest came together very quickly and naturally”, he says. “I felt like it was my job to get out of the way and not over complicate or over think it. Sometimes the best pleasures are the simple ones”.

Sparks have announced that they will release a new album, titled ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’, on 15 May. They will also tour the UK in October, including a show at the Roundhouse in London on 21 Oct.

Rachel Aggs’ Shopping have released new single ‘For Your Pleasure’, from their new album ‘All Or Nothing’, which is out next month. “‘For Your Pleasure’ is a song about frustration, the feeling of always wanting more, needing material things to distract or gratify us”, say the band. They also have a number of live dates in April and May, including a performance at The Lexington in London on 5 May.

Half Waif has announced new album ‘The Caretaker’. “I kind of created a character”, she says in reference to the album’s title. “She’s someone who has been entrusted with taking care of this estate, taking care of the land, and she’s not doing a very good job. The weeds are growing everywhere, and she’s not taking care of herself”. Here’s first single ‘Ordinary Talk’.

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