Tuesday 19 January 2010

Urban Hymns Nominated For A BRIT

As the Brit Awards marks its 30th year this year, the show is awarding an Album of 30 Years prize. The Verve's Urban hymns has been nominated along with the following albums:

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dido - No Angel
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Duffy - Rockferry
Keane - Hopes & Fears
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required
Sade - Diamond Life
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Travis - The Man Who

Are You Ready? Asks Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft has unveiled the first material from his new project, the United Nations Of Sound.

The track was produced by No ID, and features Ashcroft working with a host of new musical collaborators.

The song is described as a taster for the album - recorded under the working title 'Redemption' - which will be released on March 29, although the tracklisting is yet to be confirmed.

Thursday 14 January 2010

Ashcroft Reveals New Album Working Title

Richard Ashcroft has revealed exclusively to NME.COM that the working title of his forthcoming new album is 'Redemption'.

The singer/guitarist is returning this year with a new band, which he has named United Nations of Sound. The album is expected to be released in late March.

Ashcroft has teamed up with producer No ID for the album, who produced Jay-Z's 2009 singles 'Run This Town' and 'DOA (Death Of Auto-Tune)'. It is being mixed by long-time collaborator Chris Potter.

Monday 11 January 2010

Ashcroft's Turkey Pet Gift For Vegetarian Son

Rocker Richard Ashcroft astonished his butcher by ordering a giant turkey - as a pet for his vegetarian son.

The former The Verve singer paid £20 for the bird - weighing in at a mouth-watering 16lbs - a few days before Christmas.

But instead of having it slaughtered the dad-of-two asked for a cage and whisked the turkey away for nine-year-old Sonny.

Richard, 38, who lives in Ledbury, Herefordshire, said: "My son has recently turned vegetarian and he said he wanted a turkey for Christmas. I travel to the butchers a lot and have definitely bought the luckiest turkey in Ledbury."

Butcher Matthew Waller of DT Waller and Sons added: "It was quite an odd request to take the turkey home alive but we were happy to oblige."

Richard, who had hits with Lucky Man and Bitter Sweet Symphony, has since named the turkey Lucky.