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By and | Published on Wednesday 27 September 2017

Harry Styles

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Twitter is expanding the number of characters in a tweet from 140 to 280 so that users can more “easily express themselves” on the platform. Even though that sentence just proved 140 characters is ample. This sentence definitely isn’t required. But still – 280 characters – woooo!

• Harry Styles has recorded the first ever UK edition of Spotify’s ‘Spotify Singles’ series. He recorded a new version of his latest single ‘Two Ghosts’ and a cover of Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’ for the streaming service.

• TLC have announced that they are postponing their upcoming European tour dates due to a neck injury sustained by Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins. “Chilli and I are very disappointed that we have been left with no choice but to postpone our debut European tour”, she says. An announcement on rescheduled dates is expected shortly.

• Tall Ships have announced that they are splitting up after almost a decade together. They will play farewell shows in Bristol, Leeds and London in December.

• Wu-Tang Clan’s U-God has announced that he will publish his autobiography, ‘Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang Clan’, in March. “It’s time to write down not only my legacy, but the story of nine dirt-bomb street thugs who took our everyday life and turned that into something bigger than what we could possibly imagine”, he says. I hope he’s already written at least some of it down, because March is quite soon.

• Haim have released a short film of them performing some songs in the studio, directed by that Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s also going to direct the video for their new single, ‘Little Of Your Love’.

• Wolf Alice have released the video for new single ‘Heavenward’. Their new album is out on Friday:

• Andrew Bird has announced that he will release a new album, ‘Echolocations: River’, on 6 Oct. The second in a series of site-specific releases, this one was recorded while standing under a bridge in the Los Angeles River – as you can see here;

• Barenaked Ladies will release a new album, ‘Fake Nudes’, on 17 Nov. “I’m incredibly proud of this collection of songs”, says the band’s Ed Robertson. They’ll also be touring the UK in April.

• Sarah P has released the video for new single ‘Love Story’. “When writing ‘Love Story’, I decided I wanted it to be a love letter but not necessarily to a romantic partner”, she says of the song. “Love is way more than romance, anyway”.

• The Liverpool Sound City festival will return to the city’s centre in 2018 after a few years setting up home on a docklands site. The event says it will take over a “pioneering location offering a much more intimate experience” when it returns from 5-6 May next year.

• The Go! Team have announced that they will play their first live shows since 2015 next February. Here’s a short video to mark the occasion:

• Patrick ‘Pazza’ Wolf will play his only live shows of 2017 on 12 Dec at The Sugar Club in Dublin and Bush Hall in London on 18 Dec. The musician is currently working on a new album.

• This year’s MOBO Awards will take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 29 Nov. “We are truly excited to return to Leeds – we had an amazing experience here two years ago”, says founder Kanya King.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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