Sweet new single

• HERE’S one to get your teeth into – Candy, the new single from Scottish indie rocker Paolo Nutini is out this week.
The track is a taster for the 22-year-old gravel-voiced singer’s new album Sunny Side Up, which is set for a June 1 release.
• There are up to 23,000 seats at The O2 Arena – that’s a fact. And Katie Melua’s new live album recorded at the London venue sees her singing some of her best-known hits to a sell-out audience there.
The 19-track album, in stores this week, features If You Were A Sailboat, The Closest Thing To crazy and Nine Million Bicycles.
• Pianist Tori Amos releases her 10th studio album this week, the epic Abnormally Attracted To Sin.
The LP sees the singer songwriter again melding beautiful piano driven pop with dark electronica over a massive 18 tracks.
• Out now is Innerpartysystem’s new EP, the red hot Heart Of Fire.
The release, which combines a rock aesthetic with throbbing beats, has led the group to be compared to Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Pendulum.
• Kazak folk music may not trouble the charts often, but Chinese-born singer songwriter Mamer may change that.
His new album, Eagle, was released this week, mixing traditional Kazakstani music with alt-country in a style of his own dubbed Chinagrass.
• Vieux Farka Toure, the son of African blues legend Ali Farka Toure, has a new album out.
Fondo was released this Monday – and it clearly demonstrates that talent for crisp guitar work runs in the family.
• R&B star TI is out in the UK, ok?
The slick star’s new single, Whatever You Like, the latest track to come from the hit album Paper Trail, is out now.
• Mashing up ska and indie, London-based band Mouth Wash are a breath of fresh air.
The group’s album, True Stories, is available to buy, and the band are also touring, playing Birmingham’s Wagon And Horses on May 28 and Nottingham’s Maze on August 8.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com

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.

Third birthday celebrations for Frank Turner


• HARDCORE hero turned contemporary folk singer Frank Turner is set to release a new album, The First Three Years, spanning his solo career to date.
Starting with his tentative first release The Real Damage and finishing with a cover of ABBA’s Dancing Queen, the former Million Dead frontman’s new work is a must have for fans.
• Atlantan rapper T.I. releases a new album, Paper Trail, on November 24.
The album, which has already hit the number one spot in the US, is followed by a new single, the Rihanna collaboration Live Your Life, on December 8.
• Fans of the band can get a little more Paramore on December 8, when the pop punk rock band release standalone single Decode.
The track is the lead single from the forthcoming soundtrack to the movie Twilight.
• Former Fame Academy contestant Lemar releases a new album, The Reason, on November 24.
The singer’s fourth studio release is a collection of 10 soulful songs from the British R&B singer.
• Singer Estelle has teamed up with dancehall rapper Sean Paul for her new single, Come Over.
Released on November 24, the track is a raggae infused cut from her Mercury Prize nominated album Shine.
• Upwardly mobile Brighton-based band Gloria Cycles release a new single, No Zeros, on December 1.
You can also catch the group live in support of the raucous Cage The Elephant at Rock City in Nottingham on November 17, solo at Eddie’s Rock Club in Birmingham on December 4, and supporting The Rascals at Kasbah in Coventry on December 20.
• Mike Skinner, better known as The Streets, releases a new single from his fourth album Everything Is Borrowed on December 1.
The track, Heaven For The Weather, is an upbeat tongue-in-cheek take on life after death.
• Soul jazz and pop singer Natasha Panas relases her album Yellow Flowers on December 1.
The blooming sumptuous debut LP features her current single Kennington.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com.