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Fri 14 Nov 2008 19:00

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Ellie Goulding is gathering her coziest wintertime songs all in one place.
 
The Herefordshire singer has released a new six-song EP, Songbook of Christmas, featuring some previously released classic covers and past album tracks.
 
“I’m excited to release Songbook for Christmas, a compilation of my favorite festive holiday tracks and winter favorites,” Ellie says in a statement.
 
“These releases span across various releases and different stages of my career, so it’s really nice to have them together on an EP for my fans to enjoy.”
 
She adds, “This year has been challenging for so many, but I hope this EP can bring some festive cheer and some comfort this Christmas.”
 
The EP includes her 2010 cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,” which was featured in a Christmas ad for the British department store John Lewis & Partners, and the Christmas classic “O Holy Night.”
 
It also includes “The Writer,” off of Ellie’s debut album, Lights, and "Explosions," off her album Halcyon. Read more...

Worcester News

A Malvern rock fan is looking for local memories of Black Sabbath in action, for a book that is due to come out next autumn.
 
In fact, the industrious Chris Sutton of Barnards Green has two books coming out, and the other is also about an icon of rock, Alice Cooper.
 
The Sabbath book is due out in October 2021 and it will be launched at Carnival Records in Malvern.
 
The Alice Cooper book is out in March and will also be launched at Carnival. Read more...

Worcester News

Worcester Live is launching a new online community outreach project this month aimed at reducing isolation for people who have limited access to the Arts.
 
Culture Call was set up after the city-based organisation was successfully given a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.
 
Culture Call will be a series of one-to-one free online sessions with art practitioners and freelance artists.
 
The aim is to help people who are isolating during the current pandemic to still have access to activities such as music, dance or theatre.
 
It will provide a friendly face or some escapism in the current climate, help develop participants’ skills in different crafts, and encourage them to have fun at the same time.
 
Participants will have a choice of which art form they would like to take part in so that they can enjoy a programme that best suits their interests. Read more...

Music Week

Dance music has been booming during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
With clubbing, Ibiza and festivals off the agenda, DJ livestreams have become big business.
 
Music publishers have also speculated on how there’s a growing appetite for feelgood dance tunes.
 
Now Apple Music has exclusively revealed to Music Week how the genre is performing in the UK during 2020.
 
According to Apple Music UK, the DanceXL playlist has seen a 50% year-on-year increase in streams based on data for August 2020 compared to August 2019.
 
The playlist’s streams in August were up 76% compared to streams for March, the month when lockdown took effect.
 
In August 2020, unique listeners for DanceXL were up 41% year-on-year.
 
Apple did not reveal listener numbers.
 
Apple Music said its support for the genre has seen the DSP become key for the launch of dance singles.
 
The platform cited its dominant market share for the launch of Too Many Nights (Polydor) by 220 Kid and JC Stewart as one example.
 
“Their support on our recent Top 10 hits from Becky Hill and 220 Kid has been invaluable" said Tom March, co-president of Polydor Records. Read more...

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