Phoenix 'channel' Michael Jackson's Thriller for new album, Parlophone sold to Warners, David Bowie's photo snub to Morrissey... Music News Daily
Friday, 8 February
Phoenix brought the soundboard used to make Michael Jackson's Thriller to record forthcoming album Bankrupt! (out April) after finding it on eBay. Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz purchased the historic mixing desk from a Californian recording studio specialising in Christian music, after seeing it on the auction site and deciding the band simply "had to have it". Phoenix managed to snap-up this piece of musical history for $17,000, half the asking price. "The most mysterious part to me was that no one else - no nerd or music engineer or memorabilia freak - seemed to want it," explained frontman Thomas Mars. If Phoenix match even ten percent of Thriller's sales it would be a wise investment indeed...
Warner Records have brought Parlophone for £487m. European competition regulators ordered that the EMI imprint had to be sold after Universal originally brought the British label. Warners have acquired the likes of Blur and Coldplay, though The Beatles were not part of the deal.
Cecil Womack of Womack And Womack has died. The singer passed away at his home in Africa, aged 65.
Exclusive - watch the video for British rock band Heaven's Basement's I Am Electric (out 25 March).
Rilo Kiley will release a B-sides and rarities collection Rkives on 6 May.
Influential jazz musician Donald Byrd has died. He was 80.
James Blake will release a new album, Overgrown, on 8 April. The album will be proceeded by single Retrograde which you can listen to below.
Autechre have released their new album early. Exai was supposed come out in March, but can be downloaded right now.
Pussy Riot will appeal their convictions for "hooliganism" at the European Court Of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Two of the band are currently serving two year sentences for their protest in a Moscow cathedral last year.
David Bowie has stopped Morrissey's label using a picture of the pair for the cover of a reissue of Last Of The Famous International Playboys. Possibly some bad blood remains after the former Smith walked on the Dame's 1995 tour, when he was a support act and then took a swipe at Bowie some years later declaring he was: "not the person he was. He is no longer David Bowie at all. Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they're yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant. He was only relevant by accident." Possibly...
Jack White says he already has 20 songs for the follow-up to his debut solo album Blunderbus.
Watch Two Door Cinema Club's video for single Next Year.
Nile Rodgers is playing a one off show at London's Indigo2 venue on 27 July.
Today's Track Of The Day is Polly Scattergood with Wanderlust
That's it for this week. Music News Daily returns Monday lunchtime - have a good weekend.
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