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James Franco Signs Record Deal For The Smiths Inspired Album

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Actor James Franco and his band Daddy have signed a record deal to release an album and film inspired by The Smiths. The album will be titled Let Me Get What I Want in reference to The Smiths' song 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ and will be released in 2016 through Kobalt records.

James FrancoJames Franco and his band Daddy will release a Smiths inspired album.

Daddy is comprised of the actor and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, while the album will also feature actual Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke playing on every track. Franco has previously written poetry influenced by The Smiths’ music and will use them as the basis for the album.

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Janet Jackson, The Smiths And N.W.A. Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees 2016

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This year’s longlist of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been released, and there’s a number of familiar faces among the new names.

Janet Jackson, who last week released her first new music in seven years with her eleventh album Unbreakable, is the biggest new name on the list, which also includes Chicago, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The J.B.'s and Los Lobos as first-time nominees.

A number of artists have been nominated in the past – most notably Chic, the influential disco and funk band fronted by Nile Rodgers, who have been nominated on 10 occasions without being inducted. Other artists for whom this represents a multiple nomination include The Smiths, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Yes and The Spinners.

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Morrissey Derides Crowdsourced Music As "Desperate" And "Insulting"

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Legendary indie music icon Morrissey has spoken out against crowdsourcing in pop. Currently without a record deal and having a reputation for falling out with record label bosses over the years, the star has vowed never to resort to raising money online as a means of making new music.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Mozfather took aim at artists who use the internet to source the money for album projects. “It is a desperate measure, and insulting to your audience,” he railed. “We have already provided sufficient amounts of money. What is the next thing you're going to ask?”

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Arcade Fire Cover The Smiths, Echo And The Bunnymen At Earl's Court Show

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Arcade Fire treated fans to a cover of London by The Smiths and Echo And The Bunnymen's classic track The Cutter during their second show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London on Sunday (June 8, 2014). 

Arcade FireArcade Fire covered The Smiths at Earl's Court

London, the B-side to 1987's Shoplifters of the World Unite, featured Will Butler on vocals and was a solid, hard-driving rendition of the Smiths favourite. The Cutter was less of a cover, given the band were joined on-stage by Echo frontman Ian Mcculloch

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The Smiths - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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Morrissey Compares Eating Meat To Pedophilia, Nazism

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Morrissey likes to make a statement, but he especially likes to speak his mind when it may be for a good cause. The Smiths singer is an outspoken animal rights activist, and his latest comments have him comparing eating meat to molesting children.

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"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder," he said in response to a fan question on website True To You (via the Huffington Post).

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Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey To Publish Memoirs As 'Penguin Classic'

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Morrissey appears to have ended his dispute with publisher Penguin and will finally release his memoir, titled Autobiography, as part of the Penguin Classics range on October 17, 2013.

According to a statement from the publisher, the book will come out in the UK, Europe and the British Commonwealth, though there are no plans to release Autobiography in the US or any other territory. 

This could have been the stumbling block that resulted in an initial delay in publication, with the fan-site True To You claiming that "a last-minute content disagreement . caused the [Penguin] venture to collapse," however it most likely hinged on Morrissey's desire for the book to be published as a classic.

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Morrissey Pulls Out Of Book Deal Three Days Before Publication, Says Semi-Official Fan Site

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Morrissey is either as miserable now as he ever has been, or his fan site True-To-You is stirring up rumours that will probably do more harm than good to the former Smiths singer. According to the online fanzine, Morrissey's auto-biography was due to hit shelves on 16 September, but "a last-minute content disagreement" with him and Penguin Books "caused the venture to collapse."

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Morrissey's book deal with Penguin, which may not have even existed, fell through at the last minute

With the due publication date set for Monday, 16 September, this "last minute" disagreement must have been brewing for some time as the book has yet to make it's way on any booksellers schedules, which usually give wind of an impending publication a few weeks before it is due out. According to the fanzine, Penguin never printed any review copies off and Morrissey is now searching for a new publisher to put his story out there. Penguin have so far refused to comment on whether the book was due to be released, or even confirm whether they had a prior arrangement with the singer.

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Still Brill! NME God Like Genius Award For The Smiths Johnny Marr

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Good news for former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr! He’s a God-like genius! That must be reassuring to know.

The axe-wielder, who also has an exhaustive list of other bands and collaborations, including working with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, Nile Rodgers from Chic, The Pretenders and New Order’s Bernard Sumner, among others, has won the NME God Like Genius award for 2013. The gong is basically a life achievement sort of thing, recognising the talent of an artist over many years of work.

"The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I'm in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world," Marr said in a statement. He’s in good company indeed; The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division and Dave Grohl have all won the award in the past. Last year’s winner was Noel Gallagher. NME editor Mike Williams said that it was Marr’s continuing evolution that had led to the award. "He's continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet," said Williams, reports Reuters. Of the other awards, Haim, Tame Impala, M.I.A and The Rolling Stones are all up for four categories each.

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Morrissey's Bleeding Ulcer Forces Him To Cancel 6 Shows

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Morrissey, ex-frontman of '80s band The Smiths, has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and may need surgery. His ill-health renders him unable to continue with his US tour currently, but is expected to return to the stage in February.

As NME reported on Sunday (27th Jan) Morrissey was suspected to have a bladder infection. However as more tests have been done having been admitted to the Beaumont hospital, in Detroit, it has become apparent that the singer in fact has a bleeding ulcer. As his representative, Lauren Papapietro, said in a statement, reported by SkyNews, he's expected to be well again in time to make his February 9th show in Las Vegas. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time." She said, "Morrissey apologises greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour."

His US tour had already been postponed after he rapidly returned to England to care for his mother, last October. The cities that shows have been cancelled: Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa; and Lincoln, Nebraska. It is expected that Morrissey will simply postpone these dates rather than cancelling them entirely. 

Odds Slashed! Could Fleetwood Mac Be 2013 Glastonbury Festival Headliners?

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Fleetwood Mac have announced their tour dates for US and Canada in 2013 and the last date of the tour is in Detroit on June 12… just a few weeks before the UK’s iconic Glastonbury festival, which takes place on June 21 – 23. Can you see where we’re headed with this train of thought? Well, it looks like we’re not the only ones starting to think that Stevie Nicks and co. would make a brilliant addition to next year’s line-up, as the bookies, William Hill, have slashed the odds of Fleetwood Mac headlining the festival’s Pyramid Stage on the Sunday to 6/1, making them second favourites.

Currently, The Rolling Stones are favourites to be announced as the festival closers though frankly we’d like to know who’s giving William Hill their inside info because they currently have The Smiths in third position and everybody knows that Morrissey and Marr will never agree to let bygones be bygones and reform in time for Glastonbury 2013. Or ever. Right…? Right? Or is there something that someone’s not telling us?

The line-up for Glastonbury 2013 hasn’t yet been announced, even though tickets for the event have already sold out – such is the pulling power of what is widely considered to be the best festival on the planet. In 22nd place, on William Hill’s list is the Korean rapper, Psy at 200/1. We’re not convinced that Psy’s going to produce another hit on the same scale as ‘Gangnam Style’; file that one under ‘wasted bet.’

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