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27 Jul 2005 - 80's News

ERASURE singer ANDY BELL has revealed the tracklisting for his forthcoming solo album 'Electric Blue' which will be released in October. As previously reported the album features duets with ONETWO and PROPAGANDA singer CLAUDIA BRUCKEN and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and will be preceded by a single, 'Crazy'.

CULTURE CLUB drummer JON MOSS has played on a new download single released to help the victims of the recent London bombings and their families. 'People I Don't Know Are Trying To Kill Me' was written by journalist Neil McCormick and will be released on monday under the artist name, The Ghost.

TRANSVISION VAMP singer WENDY JAMES is lining up UK dates and has announced a September show at Bristol's Fleece under her own name rather than as her recent Racine project.

SOFT CELL
singer MARC ALMOND has announced that he has signed a new deal with Fullfill and his first release as part of the deal will be an album of cover versions, to include some of his favourite ballads, classic pop and torch songs, which will be preceded by a single.

PET SHOP BOYS
are to release their soundtrack to the 1925 film 'Battleship Potemkin' as an album. The duo, accompanied on the album by the Dresdner Sinfoniker conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer, release the album on September 5.

JOHN FOXX
will be doing a signing session in London on August 8th. The former ULTRAVOX mainman will be at Berwick Street's Sister Ray Records from 5pm signing copies of his new album 'Cathedral Oceans 3'.

THE SMITHS are to be the subject of a six CD boxset in 2006 alongside another (!) 'Best Of' album... meanwhile former Smiths guitarist JOHNNY MARR has signed a new publishing deal with Universal Music and is currently in the studio rehearsing new material ahead of making a new album.

SIMPLY RED
will play a very special London show on August 19th and on the same day will be holding a listening party for fans who will have the chance to hear the whole 'Simplified' album in advance of its October release. The listening party will take place in central London and the gig will happen at the Shepherds Bush Empire.

DEPECHE MODE's new single 'Precious' has been leaked onto the internet alongside an unfinished version of the song's video, however speculation on the internet points towards the track being deliberately leaked by the band's label, Mute Records, to build a marketing buzz for the band's forthcoming album.

TRACY CHAPMAN
has added more dates to her UK tour in November and has announced shows in Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

JANET JACKSON is in the studio working on a new album in collaboration with JIMMY JAM and TERRY LEWIS. The album is expected to be ready for a 2006 release.

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