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PET SHOP?? BOYS are among artists appearing at a very special show for the Prince's?? Trust charity at Wembley Arena on November 11th. 'Produced by Trevor Horn' will?? bring together many of the musicians who have worked with the legendary producer?? and will also feature appearances from ABC, ART OF?? NOISE, BUGGLES, LISA STANSFIELD,?? PROPAGANDA, SEAL and YES.??More artists may be announed in the lead-up to the show.
DURAN DURAN??will release a second singles boxset on September 13th. 'Singles Box 2 '1986?? - 1995' will feature all of the tracks from the original UK 7" singles?? released during that period plus a host of 'bonus' tracks taken from the 12"?? versions, many of which are available for the first time on CD. The singles?? will be packaged in a flip top box with CDs in individual pouchettes reflecting?? the original single artwork, and will include a pull out poster.
NIK KERSHAW has been recording with Frou Frou singer Imogen Heap. Kershaw is also working?? on five new songs for inclusion on a new 'Best Of' compilation for release on?? Universal in September.
FIVE STAR??have altered their current line-up with original member DORIS PEARSON?? rejoining the band while STEADMAN PEARSON temporarily steps away from the group to pursue a solo career. FIVE STAR are to headline Manchester's?? Gay Pride Festival on August 29th.
ONETWO,?? the collaborative project from OMD's PAUL HUMPHREYS?? and PROPAGANDA singer CLAUDIA BRUCKEN, have?? announced their first live date. The show will take place at London's Islington?? Academy on September 30th and is promised to include material from OneTwo, OMD, Propaganda, ACT and solo material.
KYLIE MINOGUE?? is reported to be recording with up and coming dance act Scissor Sisters...?? Kylie is thought to be working on ideas with Scissor Sisters although there?? is no confirmation that anything from the collaboration will ever see the light?? of day.
DAVID BOWIE's?? classic single 'Heroes' has been covered by ICEHOUSE to coincide?? with the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens. The record will be available as?? a single as well as on a new album and is a new version of the song rather than??a remix of a previous version recorded by the Australian act.
RICK ASTLEY?? has announced a UK tour for September. The singer will play??eight shows starting??in Dublin on September 5th and finishing in London on September 20th.
DEPECHE?? MODE are reported to be planning an album of remixes for release later?? this year. The album is expected to be preceded by a new remix of the band's?? epic 'Enjoy The Silence' from Richard X.
TEARS FOR?? FEARS will finally release their new album 'Everyone Loves A Happy?? Ending' on the Sanctuary label in the UK on August 23rd... TFF are also riding?? high in the Upfront Dance charts this week with new mixes of their classic tracks?? 'Shout', 'Change' and 'Mad World' from remixers Skylark, Fergie, Jakatta, Joey?? Negro and Afterlife.
HEAVEN?? 17 are in talks with Virgin Records about remastering and reissuing?? the entire Heaven 17 and BEF catalogue next year. The reissues?? are expected to feature bonus material and will include the classic albums 'Penthouse?? & Pavement', 'How Men Are' and 'The Luxury Gap'.
KIRSTY?? MacCOLL is to have a three-disc box set made available by EMI on October?? 11th. 'From Croydon To Cuba' will feature material from all stages of MacColl's?? career which was tragically cut short by her death in 2000. Tracks include her?? 1981 debut hit 'There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop (Swears He's Elvis)',?? her version of BILLY BRAGG's 'New England', and her duet with??THE POGUES on 'Fairytale Of New York'...
REM?? will release the first single from their new album on September 27th. The single??will be called 'Leaving New York' and will be followed by the still untitled??album on October 4th.