Ooh, new U2

• IRISH superstars U2 have released their new album, No Line On The Horizon.
The LP contains the hit single, Get On Your Boots.
• American Idol Kelly Clarkson has released her latest album, and it’s All I Ever Wanted.
The new release contains her latest single, My Life Would Suck Without You.
• Starsailor, the band behind the hit Good Souls, are back after a four year absence from the charts.
Their latest long-player, All The Plans, is out now.
• Former Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has released a new LP.
Some 13 years in the making, The Ghost Of You And Me is finally available to buy.
• Irish singer Mary Coughlan has put out a new album, The House Of Ill Repute.
The album is her first studio effort since 2002’s Red Blues.
• Paris-based West African Daby Toure and London-based American Skip “Little Axe” McDonald have collaborated on a new EP.
Call My Name is a mixture of African influences, rock, blues, funk and reggae.
• The mouth-watering Hot Melts have cooked up new single.
The frenzied Edith was released on March 9.
• The trousersnake Juston Timberlake has lent his support to rapper T.I.
The pair’s single Dead And Gone, which features on T.I’s album Paper Trail, is out now.
• Teen Taylor Swift, who was the biggest-selling US artist of 2008, has released her new album in the UK.
The pop-meets-country collection Fearless contains her current single, Love Story.
• Result! The Score have released their debut single and album.
The British rappers’s first single We Got You is in stores now, ahead of the album Opus’s release on March 16.
• Pop royalty have gathered for Pop Princesses 2009.
The album, which is in stores now, features songs from Lady Gaga, Girls Aloud, Pink, Sugababes, Duffy, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Gabriella Cilmi, Alesha Dixon and many more.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com.

Mexicans wave hello

• MEXICAN acoustic duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela are due to follow up their cult classic debut album in 2009.
The pair have left their adopted home of Ireland to fly to Ixtapa in Mexico to record their second studio album, due to be released in Summer 2009.
• The new album from Colin Blunstone, formerly of The Zombies, is also in the pipeline – however its release has been delayed due to an exploding mixing desk.
Fans waiting for the release of The Ghost Of You And Me are now likely to have to wait until March for the album, which has been a Guns N’ Roses-esque 13 years in the making.
• 2008 surprise package Frightened Rabbit are to release a live album titled Quietly Now! in the New Year.
The acclaimed Scottish indie rockers will follow up their album The Midnight Organ Fight with the recording made at the Captain’s Rest in Glasgow.
The band will also play fates at The Musician, Leicester, and Glee Club, Birmingham, in March next year.
• West Yorkshire band Random Hand will release an new album, Inhale/Exhale, next February.
The up-and-coming ska-meets-metal band are also playing in Nottingham and Birmingham in the New Year in support of Reel Big Fish.
• Folk’s brightest young star, Benjamin Taylor, releases his new album The Legend Of Kung Folk Part One (The Killing Bite) next April.
The artist, the son of stars James Taylor and Carly Simon, is being tipped for big things with the release.
• Teitur, the most promising musician to come from the Faroe Islands probably ever, is to make his UK debut next year.
The artists will release his debut album The Singer and single Catherine The Waitress early in 2009.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com