Vaccines man writes with One Direction, David Bowie stream albums, Manchester International Festival announces line-up... Music News Daily
Friday, 1 March
The Vaccines' Justin Young has been writing with... One Direction. The singer confirmed his involvement after the boy band's Niall Horan recently hinted at the collaboration. "It was a really interesting creative process, writing with pretty much the biggest pop band on the planet," explained Young. "It was a very different world and very different process - that was one of the reasons I wanted to do it. I really enjoyed it. It's the first time I've ever done anything like that, I felt like I took so much from doing it. I've always said I love pop music and how much I want to write pop music."
David Bowie is streaming new album The Next Day in full ahead of its release on 11 March. The album can be currently heard via iTunes.
The Manchester International Festival has announced its programme of events for this summer. The biannual arts festival (4-21 July) will feature Massive Attack, The xx and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy among its musical offerings this year. Follow the link for the full listing.
Lily Allen made a live return, of sorts. The singer performed Smile at a Paris fashion show earlier this week while models strutted their stuff. Watch a video.
Morrissey has called on Paul McCartney to return his knighthood. "I know he works tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], but he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal," reasoned The Smith. "The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia... If he cared passionately about animals, he'd return his knighthood. He doesn't need the Queen's approval. He's given more pleasure to people worldwide than she could ever dream of."
A documentary about The National, Mistaken For Strangers, is set to premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival on 17 April. The film was shot by lead singer Matt Berninger's brother Tom. The band, who announced they will return with a new album in May, will play live after the screening.
Brian May has attacked plans to cull badgers in Britain. The Queen guitarist has said plans to reduce the animal's numbers are "a tragedy for Britain's wildlife and it's a tragedy for the farmers as well, I believe, because I think it will drive a wedge between the farming community and the general public, who actually will not stand for this."
Watch Atoms For Peace's video for Ingenue.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds series of personal bests continue, having gained their highest ever UK chart position this week with Push The Sky Away (Number 3), the band went into America's charts at 29 with the album - which is well up from their previous highest, Number 64 with Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Meanwhile former Bad Seed, PJ Harvey collaborator Mick Harvey releases new album FOUR (Acts of Love) on 29 April.
The Breeders will play a trio of UK dates this summer. Kim Deal's band play Glasgow O2 ABC (17 June), Manchester Ritz (18) and London Forum (19).
Kurt Vile will play a one-off, free London gig at Barfly next Thursday (7 March). Tickets can be won for the show via The Fly's website.
Today's Track Of The Day's David Bowie Week continues with The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
That's it for this week. Music News Daily returns on Monday at lunchtime. Have a good weekend.
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