Little Boots a polished act

• KICKING off her campaign for superstardom this week is Little Boots.
The hotly-tipped electropop star, real name Victoria Hesketh, put out her shimmering debut album Hands, which features the single New In Town, this Monday.
• Pucker up – I Kissed A Girl star Katy Perry is back with a new single.
Waking Up In Vegas, the latest track to be taken from her album One Of The Boys, was released this week.
• Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros’s rare debut album Von was re-released this week.
The band’s album, orginally released in 1997 in Iceland, is now available to buy.
• VV Brown, an indie pop singer songwriter who has been tipped for the top, has released a new single.
Monday saw the release of VV’s third single, Shark In The Water, ahead of her album Travelling Like The Light.
• Singer Pixie Lott released her debut single Mama Do on June 8.
Pixie will also be appearing nationwide in support of The Saturdays, including gigs at De Montfort Hall in Leicester and Nottingham’s Concert Hall.
• Soul icon Chaka Khan has a new single out this week.
For the track Disrespectful, taken from her album Funk This, Chaka has teamed up with singer Mary J Blige.
• Orchestral pop outfit The Mummers’ new album is out now.
Tale To Tell is the first output by The Mummers, the guise of singer Raissa Khan-Panni.
• Spanish band Bastila have released a self-titled album.
Bastila was released in the UK on June 1.
• One sure to spread quickly is The Airborne Toxic Event’s new EP.
Happiness Is Overrated, the guitar group’s follow-up to their self-titled album, was released this week.
• Cool cats know that Cougar are a band to watch.
The group, who blur the lines between metal and electronica, release a double A-side of Rhinelander/Thundersnow this week.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com

Prodigy release new album

• ELECTRO geniuses The Prodigy are set to take over the charts with their new album.
Invaders Must Die, in stores now, sees the group returning to their rave roots in spectacular whistle-blowing, shape-throwing fashion.
• Also on a dance tip, remixers Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve have breathed new life into some of the best singles of recent months.
For Re-Animations Volume One, the duo of Erol Alkan and Richard Norris have reworked tracks by groups ranging from the Chemical Brothers to Peter, Bjorn And John to Franz Ferdinand to Late Of The Pier.
• One to ponder – the sparkling Katy Perry has released a new single, Thinking Of You.
The track, the third single from hit album One Of The Boys, is the first ballad to be released by the singer.
• Ready to give the charts some stick are Hockey, who released their debut single on March 2.
The band, from Portland, Oregon, make a sound similar to LCD Soundsystem playing Strokes numbers on single Too Fake.
• Brighton-based band The Brakes have released new single Hey Hey.
The track is the latest to be taken from forthcoming album Touchdown, out on April 20.
• Singer Nikka Costa, the daughter of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr producer Don Costa, has released her new album.
LP Pebble To Pearl showcases Nikka’s mixture of soul, blues, funk and pop.
• Skint And Demoralised have released a new single, This Song Is Definitely Not About You.
The harmonic indie jangler is a precurser to the full album, Love And Catastrophes, which is out in May.
• To celebrate a successful 2008, Scouting For Boys release a free four-track EP from their website on March 9.
Vocalist Roy Stride said: “This is all down to our fans, so we want to thank them.”
• Oddball hip hop collaboration XRabit and DMG$ introduce themselves with their latest LP, Hello World.
The album is available to buy from March 9.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com

Sparkling Perry

• PUCKER up – Katy Perry is set to to release her debut album on September 1.
The I Kissed A Girl singer’s may be yet to release her debut LP, One Of The Boys, but she is already a pop A-lister.
In fact, demand was so high for her debut single it had to be released early – so expect a rush for One Of The Boys.
• After 16 years and six studio albums, the formidable back catalogue of The Chemical Brothers has been dusted down and shaken up for new release Brotherhood.
As well as all time classics such as Hey Boy Hey Girl, Out Of Control and Setting Sun, two new tracks –Midnight Madness and Keep My Composure – have been recorded for the release.
• If you’re after exciting new rock music, definately check out The Maybes?.
The Liverpudlian band, who have compared to giants like Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys, release their debut album Promise on September 15.
• Fear not fans of quirky Scandanavian pop, luckily Lykke Li releases a new single Breaking It Up on August 25.
The single precedes a UK tour for the singer, who will be visiting venues including Birmingham’s Glee Club.
• Band on the run – new kid on the block Fugative’s “hip-pop” single It’s Summertime hits stores on September 15.
The 14-year-old heartthrob will also be performing around the UK – at least during the school summer holidays.
• Following the release of their album A Book Like This earlier this year, Australian duo Angus And Julia Stone release new single Just A Boy on August 25.
• This’ll get you in a sweat – Gym Class Heroes have a new single out on September 1.
The track, Cookie Jar, is the first selected from the American alternative hip hoppers’ new album The Quilt, which is also out next month.
• In an interview, US presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain have revealed their favourite songs.
Obama’s number one was The Fugees’ Ready Or Not, and McCain’s all time favourite was ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world at Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice.