Coldplay to release Christmas single. Coldplay are going to release a special once-off Christmas single on Wednesday December 1. The track ‘Christmas Lights’ will be available through ‘itunes and everything’ from 8pm, Wednesday December 1. There isn’t a whole lot of information on the song, but in a note from the band Coldplay said ‘t is in the key of G. We hope you have a great Christmas/holidays. Yours truly, Coldplay.’ This might be just enough to tie fans over until their as-yet-untitled fifth studio album hits stores sometime next year. In the meantime, the band have two special intimate shows in Newcastle and Liverpool, U.K. and will be appearing at Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in June, 2011.
Billy Talent are back. The Canadian four-piece return this summer with their third studio album – Billy Talent III. Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, AC/DC, Mastodon) the album is set for release on July 13, preceded by single ‘Rusted From The Rain’ on June 29. Renowned for the electrifying energy of their live shows, Billy Talent will be performing at several major festivals around the world in the lead up to the album release. Here in the UK they have been confirmed to headline the prestigious Lock Up stage at this year’s Reading/ Leeds festivals, and will be making an appearance on the main stage at Download festival in June. Elsewhere other festival appearances include Coachella, Bamboozle, Rock Am Ring and Edgefest. The band are also treating their UK fans to two intimate shows in June, at the Camden Underworld and O2 Academy 2 Newcastle, whilst July will see them head out on a tour of the US with Rise Against and Rancid. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2003, Billy Talent have become one of Canada’s biggest rock bands and constant touring and incendiary live shows have taken the Toronto-based band to the upper echelon of the Rock World. 2006 saw the release of the band’s second album, Billy Talent II, it debuted at number one in Canada and Germany whilst here in the UK the album went Silver – selling over 60,000 copies. Spawning hits such as the infectious ‘Devil In A Midnight Mass’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’, the success of the album led to the band headlining sold-out tours across Canada, United States and Europe. Here in the UK the band sold out two UK tours including headline dates at Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Palais.
Catch Billy Talent live:
Tues 9 LONDON Camden Underworld
Wed 10 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2
Fri 12 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Main Stage
Fri 28 READING FESTIVAL Headlining Lock Up Stage
Sun 30 LEEDS FESTIVAL Headlining Lock Up Stage
Billy Talent are:
Ben Kowalewicz – Vocals
Ian D’Sa – Guitars
Jon Gallant – Bass
Aaron Solowoniuk – Drums
Billy Talent fans can access more information about the new album by logging on to www.billytalent3.com. Leading up to the album’s release, the new website will be constantly updated with behind the scenes video footage of the band in the studio and on the set of their video shoot as well as the latest photos. Band members will be posting regular reports from the road prior to the release of the new record. Fans will be able to pre-order Billy Talent III on the site as well as having access to a free downloadable media rich reward-based widget that they can share with friends. The more they use the widget, the more content they will get access to.
After five years, two full length albums and countless high profile tours and festival gigs, including The Leeds Festival, Reading and Lollapalooza with her band The Licks, Juliette Lewis is set to play a few dates in the UK and Europe again. With an exciting new sound and a significantly diverse collection of songs, she decided to form a different band to capture her whole new groove and launch this next musical project under a different name: The New Romantiques. “Because my next album will be so sonically different than anything I’ve done before and captures many flavors of my emotional life and voice, it needed an entirely new name. Do I have fear? Of course but it is exactly what gets me going. Because I L O V E what I’m doing’ says Lewis. After launching the new band at SXSW this year, Lewis is ready to continue the live assault that has taken her music all across the world from Europe to Japan to Turkey, Australia, North America and Canada She will play a couple of UK festivals – The Great Escape and Sound City, as well as her own shows at KOKO’s Club NME and the ‘Not In Kansas Anymore’ night at Hoxton Bar and Grill , before heading out to Europe.
Juliette will be releasing her next album ‘Terra Incognita’ in the autumn. Instrumental in creating the sound for this new record is the album’s producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, leader of Mars Volta and together they have translated her ideas into an emotionally guttural and ultimately melodic and unpredictable, new sound. There is a deep undercurrent on the entire record of contrasting themes; romance and tragedy, dreams and disillusionment. “Everything she’s feeling, it’s just right there for you,” said Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the recording. “It’s just honest. It’s her. All the music encapsulates her and it’s driven by her, and it’s made for her.” The record was mixed by the legendary Rich Cosey (NIN, Muse, Foo Fighters).
Juliette & The New Romantiques will be announcing additional album details and tour news in the coming weeks. For more information please go to: www.myspace.com/juliettelewis
Tue-May-12 Berlin Germany 1Kesselhaus
Thu-May-14 Bilbao area Spain Azkena Rock Festival
Fri-May-15 London UK Koko – Club NME – 18+
Sat-May-16 Brighton UK Great Escape Festival – Concorde 2./09.45
Mon-May-18 London UK Not In Kansas Anymore @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
21-May Liverpool UK Sound City Festival – Stanley Theatre
Fri-Jun-5 Rock am Ring Germany Nurburgring / Eifel
Sat-Jun-6 Rock im Park Germany Zeppelinfeld / Nurnberg
13-Jun Rodez France Festival Skabazac
18-Jul Istanbul Turkey Rock’n Coke Festival – Istanbul Park Circuit
19-Jul Berne Switzerland Gurten Festival
In This Moment’s single ‘Forever’ will be released on 6th April, followed by the Kevin Churko produced (Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne) album ‘The Dream’ on 13th April. This new edition of ‘The Dream’ will feature three brand new bonus tracks including a cover of Blondie’s ‘Call Me’.
In This Moment will also be appearing at this year’s prestigious ‘Give It A Name’ Festival in London & Manchester in April as well as performing on a Kerrang! sponsored ‘Give It A Name Introducing’ tour. Currently on tour in the US with Mudvayne, we can expect appearances by the band at further UK festivals over the summer and they will play all 46 dates on the Vans Warped Tour 09 alongside Gallows, Anti – Flag, Black Tide and Madina Lake.
In This Moment is fronted by the dazzling Maria Brink who is already one of the most photographed women in rock music with numerous US covers under her belt including Revolver & Metal Edge. UK press kicked off with coverage in Front magazine and the cover of Total Tattoo magazine ahead of any music press.
The band’s previous album ‘Beautiful Tragedy’ took the band on the road with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil (and to festivals such as Download and Germany’s Rock Am Ring/Rock Am Park). This new album ‘The Dream’ is a big step up for the band and promises to attract the attention of a whole new fanbase. With over 6.5 million Myspace plays to date and a growing army of fans, 2009 will be the year when In This Moment join the likes of Paramore in crossing over from critical success in the rock world, to the consciousness of the mainstream.
UK LIVE DATES:
Give It A Name & Kerrang! Introducing tour
(w/ Lights & Sounds, Versa Emerge, Whole Wheat Bread)
09/04/09 – London Islington Academy
10/04/09 – Cardiff Ifor Bach
11/04/09 – Sheffield Academy
12/04/09 – Glasgow King Tuts
14/04/09 – Newcastle Academy 2
15/04/09 – Manchester Academy 3
16/04/09 – Birmingham Academy 2
Give It A Name Festival
(w/ Enter Shikari, The Blackout, The Academy Is ..)
17/04/09 – London – Brixton Academy
19/04/09 – Manchester – Academy
Watch the video on RTV Channel.