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Pet Shop Boys Compose Soundtrack

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The Pet Shop Boys are nearing the age of 50 but the duo is not showing any signs of slowing down their creative endeavors. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will compose the soundtrack to the film "Battleship Potemkin." The 1925 movie will be shown at a free show in London's Trafalgar Square on September 12th (via DJ Martian).

Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" has influenced many artists and film-makers over the years. The movie has widely been acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of twentieth century culture. The silent movie portrays the story of a mutiny aboard a Russian battleship amidst unbearable conditions in 1904.

Tennant and Lowe will unveil three new songs on the soundtrack. The Boys contacted German composer
Torsten Rasch to write orchestral arrangements that would fit their signature electronic sound. The instrumental tracks will be played live by the 26-piece Dresdner Sinfoniker.

"It's wonderful to be given the opportunity to write a complete soundtrack to this classic film and then to perform it as a free concert in the heart of London," said the Pet Shop Boys in a press statement. "The music is a combination of electronics and strings and, although mainly instrumental, includes three new songs."

The show is presented by the Institute of Contemporary Arts with art direction by Simon McBurney of Théâtre de la Complicité. The event is part of Trafalgar Square Summer 2004, a program of free events organized by Mayor Ken Livingstone.

June 29, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (14)

Kylie Minogue Releases New Single

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Australian pop kitten Kylie Minogue has released "Chocolate" as her new single today. The song is taken from her latest album "Body Language" and will be available on 2-track CD, maxiCD featuring the song's video and limited edition 12" picture disc.

"Chocolate" is a down-tempo pop delicacy oozing with stylish beats, seductive lyrics and the singer's sighing vocals. I was surprised this track was chosen as the third single off the album. The catchy "Obsession" might have been a better fit for radio and the TRL crowd with its hooky chorus and upbeat arrangement.

Minogue's publicist also announced that on July 12 the DVD "Body Language Live" will be released. The DVD will feature exclusive live footage from the singer's album launch party at the London Apollo.

Kylie Minogue's website now features the new "Chocolate" video and a behind the scenes look at the making of the video with Minogue and choreographer Michael Roone.

June 29, 2004 in New Music | Permalink | Comments (2)

Rufus Wainwright to Release Digital EP

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Rufus Wainwright will be releasing the EP "Waiting For A Want" on Tuesday, June 29th. The album will only be available on Apple's iTunes for digital download. He is scheduled to put out his full-length album "Want Two" later this year.

The digital EP includes "some of the more daunting tracks, the operatic, weird stuff, some heavy numbers that relate to my classical sensibilities," said Wainwright in a press statement.

The songs are taken from the recording session of his last album "Want One." The EP will include the tracks "Gay Messiah," "This Love Affair," "The Art Teacher" and "Waiting for a Dream."

EP RELEASE DELAYED (6/29): Wainwright's web site states this morning that the release of his digital EP has been delayed "due to technical difficulties." Please keep checking arjanwrites.com for a new release date.

June 26, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Prodigy Returns, Unique Download Available

"Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned," the brand new album from dance punksters The Prodigy will be released by Maverick/XL on September 14th. The album features 12 Liam Howlett penned tracks, including first single "Girls" which finds The Prodigy returning to their old skool roots, with the focus firmly on the beats.

"Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned" is marketed as "a trashy, adrenalised, sleaze-funk masterpiece."

The Prodigy are set to release a special version of the track "Memphis Bells" from the new album direct to their fans on June 28th at 18.00hrs GMT (2:00pm EDT) from http://www.alwaysoutnumbered.com

Like the concept of the Warhol/Monroe painting (featuring multiple different versions of the original work of art), fans will be able to go onto the site and create their own unique version of the track.

Through the interface which will include a printable sleeve, unique to the mix, fans will be able to choose from various bell melodys, drum options and guitar options, then have the choice of type of mix - an original mix, a headphone mix for your iPod, a bass heavy mix for DJ's and a 5.1 surround sound mix. The fans can then select which mix they require and purchase the track for £2.00.

June 26, 2004 in Music News | Permalink | Comments (1)

Spunky Sarah Emphasizes Individuality

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Newcomer Sarah Hudson gives listeners a piece of her mind on her impressive debut "Naked Truth." With her cheeky lyrics, punky appearance and uncompromising view of the world, the singer is refreshingly unique among the pop tarts of her generation.

Hudson was born "down and out" in Los Angeles right in the middle of the entertainment industry with both her parents working in the music business. She attended an all-girls private Catholic high school where inspiration for her future songwriting was easy to come by - there was sex, drugs, Mercedes and BMW's, and lots of "Daddy's little girls."

"It was there that I began my troubled existence as a member of the disgruntled youth of today," said Hudson. "I, of course, was the one with the purple mohawk, the pierced nose and the Toyota Tercel, who always felt out of place and was constantly searching for a place to belong."

She wants to encourage people to openly express themselves and to not be afraid of who they really are. "I want to let kids know that it's okay if you feel different," says Hudson. " Just continue searching and discovering who you really are and what makes you an individual."

Aerosmith's Steve Tyler sings background vocals on Hudson's infectious first single "Girl on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," which is now available on iTunes (music link). The track was co-written by Sarah with master producer Desmond Child.

The Bel-Air native combines the spunky edge of Pink with the pop sensitivity of Avril Lavigne. There is nothing fake or fabricated about Sarah Hudson. Her tumultuous California upbringing has given an edgy allure to her in-your-face pop rock that is both sensitive and brutally honest.

"Naked Truth" will appear in stores on July 13th.

June 23, 2004 in New Music | Permalink | Comments (0)