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To mark their quarter-century as the most iconic pop compilers on the market, Now That’s What I Call Music! 25 Years has been released.
The release is a three CD compilation of eighties, nineties and noughties music including artists ranging from Amy Winehouse to Phil Collins to Micheal Jackson.
• Houston, we have an album – Belfast rock ‘n’ roller Brian Houston is back with a new long-player, Three Feet From Gold.
Featuring his latest single, Oranges, the album mixes vintage rock and pop influences with classic songwriting.
• Superclub Ministry Of Sound releases it annual collection of dancefloor fillers, appropriately titled The Annual 2009, next week.
The album is a comprehensive round-up of the year’s biggest dance tracks from the likes of Basshunter, Calvin Harris and Mint Royale.
• Paul Carrack, who has worked with artists such as The Eagles, Ace, Squeeze, Mike And The Mechanics, Roger Waters, Elton John and many more, has releases a new solo album.
I Know That Name features his current single I Don’t Want To Hear Any more, which features Don Henly and Timothy B Schmidt of The Eagles.
• Add a little flava to you festive season with the new Massive R&B Winter Collection 2008 compilation.
The two-disc collection features tracks by artists including The Pussycat Dolls, Timbaland, The Game, Rihanna, Neyo, Snoop Doggy Dogg, LL Cool J and many more.
• Heart-throb James Blunt returns with a new single, Love, Love, Love, on November 17.
The stand-alone single is the first new material from James since his best-selling All The Lost Souls album.
• As well as visiting Nottingham’s Rock City on November 15, Death Cab For Cutie release a new single on November 17.
No Sunlight is the latest stunning track to be lifted from their brilliant album Narrow Stairs.
• Glittering star Santogold releases another pop nugget on November 24.
The stomping single, Say Aha, is taken from the eclectic singer’s eponymous LP.
Santogold will also be supporting Kanye West when he comes to Europe this month – including a gig at Birmingham NEC on November 15.
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Death Cab For Cutie a fare bet

• ALL hail Death Cab For Cutie, whose new single, the brilliant Cath, is out on July 21.
The track is the second to be lifted from the American group’s outstanding sixth album Narrow Stairs, a US number one.
The group are also currently treating UK audiences to a tour taking in Birmingham Academy on July 15.
• Predatory pop band Scouting For Girls are set to bag themselves another hit with their new single It’s Not About You.
The song, an indie pop track catchier than bird flu, will no doubt feature in the group’s current UK tour, which lasts until November.
• Folk experimentalist Jim Moray released a new album Low Culture, on July 14.
The glorious ten-track album is a mixture of traditional English folk music and modern influences, and features collaborations with grime rapper Bubbz, folk legend Roy Bailey and Art brut lead singer Jasper Future.
• Melodic pop rockers Melee are having a brawl with their latest album and UK debut Devils And Angels.
The album, preceeded by single Built To Last, hits stores on July 21.
• Get down with the musical underground that is The Subways new album, the brilliant All Or Nothing.
With Butch Vig, the man who produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, at the helm, the British trio have produced some of their most engaging work to date – incuding singles Alright and Kalifornia.
• Don’t be in the dark – Santogold’s new single Lights Out will be lining the shelves on August 4.
The track, taken from her epeonymous debut, mixes a heavy bassline with a chorus poppier than a bottle of Willy Wonka’s fizzy lifting drink.
• Singing sensation Phil Campbell’s new single No Love Songs has hit the streets.
The single, taken from his hotly-tipped album After The Garden, is the precurser to a tour taking in dates in Birmingham and Derby.
• Brighton based band Gloria Cycles are pedalling towards the big time with a new release, Vegas.
Already a big name in their hometown, the group are gambling on breaking out with the release and a swath of summer tour dates across the UK.
• It must be hard to swallow for the group, but Noah And The Whale aren’t yet a band of Biblical proportions.
However with a few more dreamy good time folk-indie-pop tracks like new single Five Years Time, featuring Laura Marling, it can only be a matter of time.
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