News Round-Up: Taylor Swift, Richard Ashcroft and more

Taylor Swift performs live at the O2 Arena in London (Photo: Alex Elms for Live4ever Media)

Taylor Swift performs live at the O2 Arena in London (Photo: Alex Elms for Live4ever Media)

Our recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the past seven days includes a quick album release from Taylor Swift and Richard Ashcroft’s live comeback.

The ninth studio album of Taylor Swift’s career, ‘evermore’, was given a quick deadline of midnight (EST) Friday.

Like ‘folklore’ before it, the announcement came out of the blue, Swift saying she and her ‘folklore’ collaborators including The National’s Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon ‘just couldn’t stop writing songs.

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Chance The Rapper is streaming one of the two new tracks which were due to feature on Merry Christmas Lil Mama: The Gift That Keeps On Giving when it was released last week.

The Return was joined on the festive collection by Who’s To Say, fresh material from the star after his Big Day album last year.

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London rapper Nines won Album Of The Year as the MOBOs returned on December 9th for a virtual ceremony.

With huge stars such as s Stormzy, FKA twigs, Dave and Skepta all nominated for prizes, it was a night for the connoisseurs to get the headlines, though Headie One did pick up Best Male Act, and JME got the public’s vote for Best Grime Act.

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Richard Ashcroft headlining Neighbourhood Weekender 2019 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Richard Ashcroft headlining Neighbourhood Weekender 2019 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Richard Ashcroft is aiming to make his return to the stage next year.

As we all hope for a resurgence in live music during 2021, the Verve frontman has signalled his own part in it by detailing two shows at the London Palladium on May 21st and 22nd, his first since an appearance at the Immersed Festival in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust last January.

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The new Liam Gallagher single All You’re Dreaming Of has been given an official video, directed by Peaky Blinders’ Anthony Byrne.

“It was a pleasure to make this video for Liam, to work with him again and to continue to develop this work which has been very rewarding,” the director says.

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Universal Music Publishing Group has announced the purchase of Bob Dylan‘s entire back catalogue.

It brings over six decades of releases, encompassing more than 600 songs, under the control of Universal, another major acquisition to go with the likes of Adele, Coldplay and Eminem.

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