April 13, Belfast, Northern Ireland Sean Paul performs during MTV Presents Titanic Sounds in Belfast to celebrate the Titanic Belfast attraction at Titanic Slipways.
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ON THIS DAY
Sunday, April 20 1997 Michael Jackson attends the unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris. The figure sports clothes provided by the King of Pop himself.
CHARLIE ASHCROFT (AMAZ- ING RADIO/ARTROCKER) The Kill Van Kulls • Songs For Sinners Self-released
The Mancunians’ new EP continues the momentum generated by
their two previous singles, with lead track Impossible Man a rousing slice of synth-soaked pop. The Kill Van Kulls deal in huge choruses throughout. Heartstrings duly tugged.
MILLY MCMAHON (I-D) Decibels • The Lesser Warp
Scattering fren- zied vocals over wild galloping tempos, Decibels’
new single The Lesser is more than just a clever pop song. Auspiciously condensing a pletho- ra of musical genres into one sin- gle synth-socked anthem, electro- pop meets new wave post punk in the form of five boys from Northamptonshire.
JOE GEESIN (RECORD COLLECTOR) Bogdana Chivas • Great Life Rivendell Records
Bulgarian-born Chivas is a breath of fresh air, mix- ing Hendrix-like
guitar with a modern angular harshness typified by Alanis Morissette. This debut single typi- fies her melody, power, and her readiness to tackle sensitive sub- jects, in this case prostitution.
STUART HAMILTON (BLUES MATTERS) Joan Osborne • Bring It On Saguaro Road
Osborne returns to her roots with a record chock full of blues and soul
classics. She takes on songs from Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson and more, and comes out a winner. I’ve been hoping for this her entire career, and it’s more than worth the wait.
CAMPAIGN SUPERNOVA NORAH JONES • Little Broken Hearts
SINGLES Lead track Happy Pills was launched
in March and the video to accompa- ny it premiered on VH1 in the US last week. Two exclusive Dave Sitek remixes are being released on limited seven-inch vinyl for Record Store Day.
RADIO Happy Pills is currently playliisted at
TV Norah is confirmed to perform on Later With Jools Holland.
OUTDOOR Backlit portrait sites and mega-4
sites have been booked for display around release.
LIVE Two shows at the Royal Festival
Hall are scheduled for June 1 and June 2.
DIGITAL & PRESS An extensive digital marketing
and press advertising campaign is set to impact in the run up to release and beyond.