Metallica’s precious metal

• A NEW studio album by the biggest metal band ever? What an attractive proposition.
The long-awaited Death Magnetic has now hit stores worldwide.
The band’s brilliant tenth studio LP, and first for five years since 2003’s St Anger, is a furious, frenzied return to the sort of face-melting metal music that has won them legions of fans across the globe over the last 25 years.
• Stylish singer Ne-Yo’s slick new LP Year Of The Gentleman was released this week.
The album, which contains the Las Vegas native’s chart-topping single Closer, is a collection of polished R&B strongly influenced by the sharp style of the Rat Pack era.
• The Streets is back on the road next month, including trips to Birmingham and Nottingham, as promotion for anticipated new material.
The rapper, real name Mike Skinner, has a new album and single, both titled Everything Is Borrowed, out at the end of September.
But be sure to buy your own copy, and not just borrow them from a friend.
• Asian dance producer Shri has a new album out called Seven Steps on September 22.
The solo album by Shrikanth “Shri” Sriram, best known for his work alongside DJ Badmarsh, mixes traditional Indian instrumentation with funky, bass-driven dance.
• Scouse rockers The Rascals are up to more mischief, in the form of single I’ll Give You Sympathy.
The release, set to hit stores of September 29, is a hard-hitting live favourite taken from their current album Rascalize.
• Quirky Los Angeles-based five-piece Iglu & Hartly follow up their new single In This City with album And Then Boom on September 22.
As well, the group will be toruign the UK throughout September and October, including trips to Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester.
• Emotive singer/songwriter Daniel Powter, the man behind radio-hogging single Bad Day, has released a new single.
The track, Next Plane Home, is the first to be taken from his second album, Under The Radar.
• Ashby-de-la-Zouch band The Young Knives will be heading to South America next month to carry out an ambassador’s role.
The trio have been selected to represent British musc by the British Music Council, and will be taking their eccentric brand of indie to Beunos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo.
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Folky bloke a-okay

• HUNKY folk singer songwriter Seth Lakeman releases his new album, Poor Man’s Heaven, on June 30.
The West Country artist’s third album is another tasty slice of acoustic rock-influenced rhythmic folk.
• Pianist and singer Sara Bareilles’s new album, Little Voice, has hit the UK.
The album, which features the breakthrough single Love Song, has already proved a big hit in the US with its radio-friendly sound.
• New Yorker Jesse McCartney is destined to be a big Jesse, after releasing his album of R’n’B slicker than a greased hog.
Described as a blend of Michael Jackson and Timbaland, the album, Departure, features the single Leavin’.
• Bag yourself a bottle of Blue Nun and turn up the fondue – 70’s Dinner Party is released on July 7.
A three CD nostalgia trip, the compilation features artists Demis Roussos, David Soul, 10cc, Art Garfunkel, Telly Savalas, Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton and many more.
• BWO – Bodies Without Organs – release a new single, Lay Your Love On Me, on July 28.
The pop dance legends new single is a precurser to their latest album, singles collection Pandemonium, which is released on August 11.
• Swedish band Napoleon are ready to invade the UK’s shores with a raucous new single Send Me A Woman.
The sound of the band is a big as the band itself – made up of 10 members.
• Soapstar superstar Richard Fleeshman has a new single out, Back Here, on July 14.
The singer, a former Coronation Street actor, is also touring theUK during June and July – check out his myspace page for more information.
• Hip indie band Black Kids’ new single, Hurricane Jane, is released on June 23.
You can hear the song, which propelled the band onto the critics’ radars this year, at a series of UK tour dates up until August. For more details check out their myspace.
• There will be no mistaking The Corrections following the release of their debut album Repeat After Me on July 7.
The band, who have been compared to Radiohead and Arcade Fire, are back after previously hitting the shelves under the guise of The Fallout Trust.
• Former Afro Celt Sound System meber, Guinean kora and balafon player and singer N’Faly KouyatÈ releases an album with his backing band Dunyakan on August 4.
The LP, titled Tunya, tells stories frrom his West African homeland in traditional African music mixed with electronica, rock, classical and pop.
• Kaki King, the only female guitarist to ever be named a Guitar God by Rolling Stone magazine, is back with a dazzling new album Dreaming Of Revenge.
The guitarist and singer, whose virtuoso playing is world-renowned, has mixed her unearthly skills on a six-string with electronica and looping techniques to create an acheingly beautful effort.
• Cheeky Liverpudlians The Rascals have finally released their debut album Rascalize.
The indie boys’ album, a raw, energetic effort, will be lapped up by fans of The Coral and Arctic Monkeys.
• Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette has released her first studio album after a four-year absence.
Flavours Of Engagement blends her distictive pop rock sound with Eastern percussion, strings and electronica.
• Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros have released a new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endelaust.
The catchily-titled album sees the band’s spacey sound stripped down – as does the artwork.
• Whoooo! The Black Ghosts, made up of former knob-twiddlers in Simian and The Wiseguys, release their eponymous debut album on July 7.
The electro, dubstep album, destined for the dancefloor, features the Damon Albarn collaboration Repetition Kills You.
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