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THE STRANGLERS are to tour the UK in September and October and have already announced seven shows with more in the pipeline. GO WEST will be playing a free show at the Wiltshire Festival at Chippenham's Moncton Park on July 22nd.
CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT singer BEN VOLPELIERE-PIERROT has recorded a new version of Curiosity's hit 'Name & Number' with dance act Elemental to be released on July 24th. FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM offshoot NFD play two London shows this month in support of their 'Dead Pool Rising' album which was released at the beginning of June. NFD play The Barfly on June 21st and The Mean Fiddler's 'Fright Club' on June 30th.
JANET JACKSON will release her new album '20 Years Old' on September 26th.
CYNDI LAUPER is among the first artists to be awarded a Platinum award for in excess of a million 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' ringtones sold.
IMAGINATION singer LEEE JOHN will play a jazz set at the forthcoming Birmingham Jazz Festival on July 8th. The show will take place at Birmingham's Electric Theatre.
TONY HADLEY has started to confirm autumn shows to support his much anticipated 'Passing Strangers' swing-inspired album. The shows which will feature the former SPANDAU BALLET singer backed by a seventeen-piece band kick off in October and continue until the end of the year.
GEORGE MICHAEL, ELVIS COSTELLO, BILLY JOEL, STING, ELTON JOHN and BONO have all recorded duets with veteran crooner Tony Bennett for his new album 'Duets - An American Classic' which will be released in September. BUCKS FIZZ release a twenty-fifth anniversary album 'The Lost Masters' on July 3rd. The 2 CD set features more then thirty previously unreleased tracks including solo tracks from CHERYL BAKER and new versions of 'My Camera Never Lies' and 'Now Those Days Are Gone'. MICHAEL JACKSON has cancelled the release of his long-overdue charity single 'What More Can I Give' in a row over royalties that saw all the performers, musicians and engineers give their services for free while Jackson was to retain all publishing rights to the song which would not have been given to charity.