A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
CMU Artists Of The Year. There are but two weeks until Christmas, which gives us just enough time to run you through our Artists Of The Year. As ever, we’re selected ten artists who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in the last twelve (or eleven and a half) months. We’ll reveal a new choice each day in the CMU Daily as we roll up to the Christmas holiday, our final selection being unveiled in the CMU Review Of The Year on 21 Dec. More about that next week though.
BRITs voting closes. If you’re a member of the BRITs Academy then you have until 3pm on Wednesday 12 Dec to vote. Voting for the Best Single, however, will open on 10 Jan and close a week after that, so that’s something to look forward to in the new year.
MPA Christmas lunch. The Music Publishers Association’s annual Christmas lunch takes place this Friday at the Park Lane Hotel in London, kicking off with a champagne reception and continuing long into the night (yes, this iconic event in the music publishing calendar goes on somewhat longer than your conventional lunch).
New releases. Arriving just in time for the Christmas present buying market, today sees the release of the new Bruno Mars album, which people have told me is surprisingly good, and the debut long players from Gallops and Rachel Zeffira, which I can tell you myself are very good indeed. Also on offer is a Black Sabbath vinyl boxset, the special boxset edition of Mumford & Sons‘ new concert film, and a dub version of Peaking Lights‘ ‘Lucifer’ LP. There are singles too, singles like the amazing ‘Lucky’ by Albert and ‘Disappear’ by Petite Noir. Oh yes, and the ‘X-Factor’ winner single and that ‘One Pound Fish Song’.
Gigs and tours. This Wednesday Friendly Fires will play a charity show to raise money to help improve awareness of male suicide, following the recent death of the band’s friend Adam Connelly. Meanwhile, with the festive season now upon us, there will be Christmassy shows in the form of Soulwaxmas, Bella Union’s Christmas Service, and a wintervallion gig hosted by Los Campesinos. As well as that, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens, Pinback, Cold Specks and Lowell will be playing one-off shows in London. You people outside London will be able to see Slow Club and Allah Las, and I think you should be happy with that.
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