News Round-Up: Paul McCartney, Adele and more

Paul McCartney in concert (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever Media)

Paul McCartney in concert (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever Media)

You’re in the right place if you’ve missed any of the week’s top news stories – here Live4ever’s News Round-Up presents a recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the last seven days…

Paul McCartney has announced the release of his latest solo album McCartney III on December 11th.

Although this record will be McCartney’s eighteenth solo release, it more directly draws a line to his 1970 debut McCartney and McCartney II of 1980, this one sparked like so many artists this year thanks to unexpected free time due to pandemic restrictions.

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The CMJ Music Marathon has officially begun online with featured artists such as Fontaines D.C., Wolf Alice and The 1975 split across ten virtual stages.

Amazing Radio acquired the CMJ brand earlier this year, but with ongoing lockdown restrictions the very welcome and much overdue return of New York’s popular October festival is currently confined to streaming and past performance videos, but founder Paul Campbell has reiterated his commitment to CMJ’s comeback proper as soon as is possible.

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Spencer Davis of the sixties UK combo The Spencer Davis Group has died at the age of 81.

The BBC reports that Davis passed away in hospital last Monday whilst being treated for pneumonia.

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Adele by Simon Emmett

Adele by Simon Emmett

The expected return of Adele this year with some new music feels a bit closer today with the pop superstar hosting an edition of Saturday Night Live yesterday.

Although there was no hint of a musical performance, her high profile booking on the US show represents a significant step back into the spotlight for someone who likes to keep away from it during time between massive selling albums.

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Arlo Parks will release her debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams on January 29th next year.

The album is set to arrive after a year of growing prominence for the London songwriter through the considered sound of singles such as Black Dog, and collaborations with artists including Phoebe Bridgers and Future Utopia, the solo moniker of producer Fraser T. Smith.

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Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James have reformed the original Damned line-up and will play four UK shows next summer.

“They said it could never happen,” Captain Sensible has said to Music Week. “So much for animosity and malice between this bunch of individuals – nobody thought we’d ever get back together again, but here we are!”

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