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Damon Albarn’s Africa Express Preview New Album With ‘Johannesburg’

Africa Express, a musical collective led by Damon Albarn, will release a new album, Egoli, on July 12 via Africa Express Records. The album will feature appearances by Gruff Rhys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, Georgia and several South African artists. Albarn previewed the release with a new song, “Johannesburg,” which includes guest appearances from Gruff Rhys, Morena Leraba, Radio 123 and Sibot.

Africa Express is excited to announce new album ‘Egoli’⁣



Out 12th July! Pre-order using this link https://t.co/uvL3igSrmy



Featured artists include @Damonalbarn, Bcuc, DJ Spoko, @_georgiauk,
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Watch Blur Stage Surprise Reunion at East London Concert

Watch Blur Stage Surprise Reunion at East London Concert
Blur reunited for the first time in nearly four years for a surprise gig in East London Friday during Damon Albarn’s annual Africa Express concert. Blur last performed together in November 2015 following the release of The Magic Whip.

For the performance, Albarn rejoined his band mates Dave Rowntree, Alex James and Graham Coxon to play “Song 2,” “Tender” and “Clover Over Dover”; the latter performance marked the live debut of the Parklife track. For “Tender,” the band was joined by London Community Gospel Choir and Rokia Traoré.

Blur rehearsals for Africa Express: the Circus,
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Blur Is Back, With an Album So Good Even Noel Gallagher Likes It

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Blur Is Back, With an Album So Good Even Noel Gallagher Likes It
Nobody’s buying many albums these days, certainly not like they were in the late ’90s and early aughts during Blur’s commercial peak. But for Damon Albarn, front man of the British quartet, there’s at least one tangible benefit to having a new record, The Magic Whip, his band’s first in 12 years: “Now we don’t have to play the songs that I can’t sing anymore because they’re too high,” he says, smiling just enough to reveal a gold front tooth. Albarn, 47, is slouched onto a chair in the courtyard of Tribeca’s Greenwich Hotel next to guitarist Graham Coxon, 46, who’s vaping away behind a pair of Ray-Bans. They, along with bassist Alex James, 46, and drummer Dave Rowntree, 51, are in town to play The Tonight Show and a surprise concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and with a dozen new songs in their repertoire,
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Blur Band Announces Magic Whip Album, Releases New Song "Go Out": Listen

Blur Band Announces Magic Whip Album, Releases New Song
Back at it! 1990s favorites Blur surprised fans on Thursday, Feb. 19, when the band announced plans for a big comeback.  The veteran Britpop rockers secretly spent time in the recording studio and will debut a studio album of new music for the first time in 12 years. The announcement was accompanied by the release of the album's first single, a moody track called "Go Out." Back in the original lineup of musicians Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree, Blur will drop the 12-track album [...]
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Blur play Olympic celebration gig at Hyde Park - pictures

Blur play Olympic celebration gig at Hyde Park - pictures
Blur played a career-spanning set last night at Hyde Park to mark the end of the London 2012 Olympics. Backed by a brass section and extra singers, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James closed the BT London Live celebration concert with a two-hour show. The band had been supported by Bombay Bicycle Club, New Order and The Specials, before taking to the stage and opening with four tracks from their 1994 album Parklife. Special guests included Khyam Allami, who played the oud on 'Out of Time', which Albarn dedicated to those athletes who were unable to visit London for the games because of repression in their home countries. "That was just an incredible experience!!!! #Blurhydepark2012," said Allami on Twitter after the show. Phil Daniels reprised his spoken-word vocals from hit single (more)
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Watch: Blur's new song 'Under the Westway' gets a performance video

Watch: Blur's new song 'Under the Westway' gets a performance video
As promised, Blur delivered two new songs via Twitter this week, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan." Both now have official lyrics videos, and now one has a performance music video. Check out Blur's Damon Albarn behind the keys on "Under the Westway," filmed in the studio. It confirms the suspicion that drummer Dave Rowntree need only toms to make a beat interesting, that kid instruments still have a place in "adult" music, and Albarn must have a deep-seeded affinity for Procol Harum's "A Lighter Shade of Pale." Blur last released new music in 2010 on Record Store Day, a track called...
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Blur Announces Date For New Songs

Blur has revealed when you can download two of its new songs,"Under the Westway" and "The Puritan,"

"Monday the [July 2] somewhere in London on a rooftop, we will be performing both new songs, for the first time, live on Twitter," bassist Alex James said in a video announcement posted on the band's Twitter feed. The songs will be available for download following the performance.

Back in February, Blur reunited in London and played "Under the Westway," a melancholy number that recalls Let It Be-era Beatles tracks. According to James, the two songs were written in support of the band's upcoming Olympics closing ceremony celebration concert in London's Hyde Park on Aug. 12.

"'The Purtian' is a big and bouncy, up-and-at-'em singalong special," James said in the video. "'Under the Westway' is more of a hymn. But I think they'll both go down very well."

Blur's last album, Think Tank, was released
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Blur drummer Dave Rowntree sad over song tribute graffiti removal

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree sad over song tribute graffiti removal
Dave Rowntree has lamented the removal of graffiti on a London footpath inspired by Blur's 'For Tomorrow'. Olympic officials wiped off the tribute which read, 'And the view's so nice', a line in the song referring to Primrose Hill in Regent's Park where the graffiti was written. The 48-year-old drummer told the Camden New Journal: "It's a jobsworth attitude in an Olympic year where we're supposed to be celebrating British culture, and Blur did contribute to British culture. It's (more)
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Blur performing at London Summer Olympics

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Blur performing at London Summer Olympics
London (AP) — Organizers say Britpop icons Blur will headline an outdoor concert to coincide with the end of the 2012 London Olympics. The Aug. 12 concert in Hyde Park will also feature 1980s stars The Specials and New Order. Organizers of the BT London Live show say giant screens will broadcast the closing ceremony of the games, which will be held across town at the Olympic Stadium. Blur had 13 U.K. top 10 hits in the band's 1990s heyday, including "Parklife" and "Girls & Boys." The original lineup of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree reunited for...
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Adele Scheduled To Perform At The Brit Awards

Adele Scheduled To Perform At The Brit Awards
London — Soulful songstress Adele and tousle-haired singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran lead the race for the U.K.'s Brit music awards ahead of Tuesday's ceremony in London.

Twenty one-year-old Sheeran has four nominations including breakthrough act, best British album, for his debut "+," best single for "The A Team" and best British male solo act. He's up against James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Professor Green in that category.

Adele, who won six Grammys last week in Los Angeles for her sophomore album "21," is nominated for three Brits – British album, British single for "Someone Like You" and British female artist, an eclectic category that also includes Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who won the same prize 25 years ago.

Adele, who gave a show-stopping performance of "Someone Like You" at last year's Brits, is also due to perform for the first time
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Adele's Next Big Performance

Adele's Next Big Performance
London — Soulful songstress Adele and tousle-haired singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran lead the race for the U.K.'s Brit music awards ahead of Tuesday's ceremony in London.

Twenty one-year-old Sheeran has four nominations including breakthrough act, best British album, for his debut "+," best single for "The A Team" and best British male solo act. He's up against James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Professor Green in that category.

Adele, who won six Grammys last week in Los Angeles for her sophomore album "21," is nominated for three Brits – British album, British single for "Someone Like You" and British female artist, an eclectic category that also includes Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who won the same prize 25 years ago.

Adele, who gave a show-stopping performance of "Someone Like You" at last year's Brits, is also due to perform for the first time
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Blur to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music award at 2012 BRITs

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Blur to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music award at 2012 BRITs
London (AP) — Blur are to be honoured at the 2012 Brit Awards with a prize celebrating two decades of influence on British music. 21 years since the release of their debut album "Leisure," the band was announced Thursday as the 2012 winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Formed in the late 1980s, Blur were hailed as leading lights of the 1990s Britpop scene, and released seven studio albums. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree reunited for a number of concerts in 2009, including a headline performance at Glastonbury Festival. Previous winners...
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Blur are meeting up and recording again, says Damon Albarn

Blur are meeting up and recording again, says Damon Albarn
Blur frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed that the band have started to record new material. The Britpop stars - consisting of Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree - recorded a new track with poet Michael Horovitz earlier this year. The song was inspired as a reaction to the slight threat that Notting Hill Carnival could have been cancelled back in August, following the riots that hit the UK. Albarn told NME: "If they'd have cancelled the carnival - and thank God they didn't - maybe we'd have put it out. "It had its moment: it was a perfect plea to reinstate the carnival. (more)
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GameCity Prize announced: 'This is the Mercury Prize for video games'

GameCity Prize announced: 'This is the Mercury Prize for video games'
The GameCity Prize has been unveiled by Nottingham video game exhibition GameCity. Aimed to become the video game equivalent of the Mercury, Turner and Booker Prizes, the award will uncover the best gaming release of the last 12 months. With no restrictions on each nominated entry in terms of budget or scale, nominees include Portal 2, Limbo, Pokemon Black and Child of Eden. The jury is formed of individuals from fields outside of the industry, including musicians You Me At Six and Blur's Dave Rowntree, Doctor Who actress Frances Barber, Southbank Centre's art director Jude Kelly OBE and Tom Watson MP. "I'm bored of the debate of whether games are 'art' or not - the question isn't 'if' they're interesting, but 'how' and 'why'," said GameCity director Iain Simons. "The (more)
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Reformed Blur Are Working on Tracks Again

Reformed British band Blur are recording tracks for their first new album since 2003 - but fans face a six-year wait to hear the songs.

The "Parklife" hit makers revealed last year they were planning to record as Blur once again, but in January, drummer Dave Rowntree claimed they had still not entered a studio together. Now guitarist Graham Coxon has revealed Blur are recording tracks sporadically - although it could be a long time before they're released.

He tells NME magazine, "I suppose every now and then we like to meet up and record a few things. Whether it sees the light of day or not is a different thing. We just do stuff when we feel like it. I'd quite like to have a bit of time so you can really get stuck in.

He adds, "Well, I doubt it (will be released this year). Because all we're doing
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Blur drummer Rowntree fuels reunion rumours

Blur drummer Rowntree fuels reunion rumours
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has said that the band will 'definitely' do something in 2011. Speaking to Gigwise, Rowntree said that he wasn't sure what direction a second reunion would take. "Who knows what it’s going to end up like?" he said. “What I do know is that we don’t want to commit ourselves to anything vast at the moment.” Rowntree added that whatever (more)
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Rowntree: 'Cameron is Smiths tourist'

Rowntree: 'Cameron is Smiths tourist'
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has accused David Cameron of being a "Smiths tourist". Rowntree, who is standing as a Labour candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency next month, accused the Conservative leader of not being a real fan of the '80s indie legends. "He's a Smiths tourist," he told The Guardian. "Real Smiths fans dress a certain kind of way, and they have a certain kind of haircut, and they wear certain kinds of T-shirts. "But what they probably don't do is have their picture taken outside the Salford Lads Club." However, the Britpop star also blasted form Labour leader Tony Blair for his dealings with musicians during the '90s, when he invited popular acts to join him at Number (more)
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Reunited Blur to release new track after seven years

Reunited Blur to release new track after seven years
London, Apr 9 – After seven years of inaction, members of ‘Blur’ have finally reunited in the studio and are releasing a new track next week.

It is the first single from Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree since 2003’s ‘Good Song’.

Fans tempted them back into action with kind words after their recent warts-and-all documentary, ‘No Distance Left To Run’.

“Initially, Damon had no intention of going back into the studio with Blur. He’s been very busy with Gorillaz,” the Sun quoted.
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Albarn: 'I wanted to kick bandmate'

Albarn: 'I wanted to kick bandmate'
Damon Albarn has revealed that he thought kicking Blur bandmate Graham Coxon in the face would make him sober. The group, which consists of Albarn, Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, split in 2002 after Coxon went to rehab for alleged alcohol problems. Albarn said on their recent documentary: "I didn't want to do it, I had my other group Gorillaz - and then Coxon (more)
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Damon Albarn 'leaves Blur reunion behind'

Damon Albarn 'leaves Blur reunion behind'
Damon Albarn has said that he wants to get on with his life after this year's Blur reunion. The frontman told The Observer that he enjoyed performing with his bandmates Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree. Albarn said: "Bit by bit we got back to the level where we had been in our prime. Where it was stadiums and everybody singing and very euphoric. "And then after the last gig in Scotland, I got on the train and left it all behind. That's it, I haven't thought about it since." He added: "For me, it was so nice to do that again and to (more)
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