That was a nice weekend, wasn’t it? It was all sunny and stuff, almost like winter is coming to a close. In fact, don’t the clocks go forward this Sunday? Winter is officially ending this week. Hurrah! I hate winter, it’s stupid. OK, it’s not that bad. But it’s quite cold, which seems unnecessary. At least summer tries to be warm. Anyway, I think I’ve babbled long enough, let’s get on with looking at the week ahead.
01: Conrad Murray jury selection. The Conrad Murray trial relating to the alleged manslaughter of Michael Jackson was due to start proper today. But because it turned out the doc’s lawyers hadn’t made any notes to share on any of the witnesses he plans to call, which the judge said was unfair on the prosecution, the whole thing has now been pushed back to May. Still, I’m sure we can all enjoy the jury for the trial being picked this week, which will still go ahead as planned. Being part of a group of people who will ultimately decide if the biggest pop star in the world was killed by the hand of another is what you might call a big thing.
02: Maroon 5 write song with fans. Now, I’m no fan of Maroon 5 (I hope you didn’t think I was), but this is sort of an interesting concept. The band are going to get together this week, and via the Coca Cola website write a song with fans over the course of 24 hours. Why not join in and tell them to make it louder, quieter or more like a band who are better?
03: Juno Awards. It’s the Canadian BRITs this week, or the Juno Awards as they insist on calling them (partly because that’s their name, but mainly because they have absolutely nothing to do with the BRIT Awards). Top of the nominee tree is Drake, who is up for six awards. Arcade Fire are up for five, and can enjoy a ceremony where people will probably know who they are. However, they may still incur the wrath of Justin Bieber fans, who is only up for four. We’ll find out who wins on Sunday.
04: New releases. I’m sure you’ve already all been out and bought the new Vessels album, so there’s probably no point me even mentioning that, huh. Also out this week is the new Strokes album. If you haven’t heard it yet, I would advise keeping it that way; you’ll be happier ultimately. Maybe instead you could check out the new albums by Yellowcard, Alice Gun, Hurray For The Riff Raff or ANR.
05: Gigs. Some people are touring this week. Most exciting of all of them is Patrick Wolf, whose new single, ‘The City’, was released last week. By the sounds of it, on his new album he’s cheered up a bit, which is nice. Also doing the rounds are Rumer, Fenech-Soler and Claire Maguire, who I’m not quite so thrilled by, but you shouldn’t let that spoil your enjoyment of them (if that’s how you choose to live your life).
Now, before you go, why not download a CMU podcast or two?
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