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Music News: The Selling Of Kylie Minogue, Plus Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead

Kylie_minogue_4GuestbloggerPlease welcome Robbie Daw, who will be penning occasional music posts for us here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own pop music site called Chart Rigger.

If you've got about $15.2 million stuffed under the sofa cushions, you could set yourself up to be the proud owner of Kylie Minogue's early back catalogue of songs. The Times reports that British producer Pete Waterman is selling the rights to his label PWL's biggest hits from the 1980s, including those off Minogue's albums with the company. (And, yes, "The Locomotion" and "I Should Be So Lucky" are on the table.) Heck, even though the sale includes recordings by other artists, it's strange to think Kylie herself hasn't plunked down the cash for the songs at this point.

In the meantime, the Aussie singer is gearing up to release "2 Hearts," her first single in almost four years. Due in early November, it's an overhauled version of a track initially performed by London outfit Kish Mauve. Kylie's tenth studio album is set for a November 22 European release.

Below is a clip of Kish Mauve's "Two Hearts" (the original). It's probably safe to assume Kylie ordered some extra drum machine on the side:

Lcd_soundsystemroad.jpg Sales figures indicate that Kanye West was simply harder, better, faster and stronger than 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson). West's final tally for Graduation is expected to be around 800,000 copies sold in its first week, while 50 Cent's Curtis is estimated at 600,000. Billboard will publish the final results tomorrow. In the meantime, after being beat to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday, Jackson has now accused West's label Island Def Jam of chart-rigging.

road.jpg James Murphy (left) and his New York-based act LCD Soundsystem are known for their lengthy songs, but the "disco symphony" 45:33 sets a new record for them. The longform track, commisioned from the dance/punk group by Nike for a promo campaign, was initially released exclusively as a download. Now a physical CD is being issued on Murphy's label DFA on November 13, along with three bonus tracks.

road.jpg After declining to renew its contract with iTunes, Universal Music Group has hopped into bed with newly-launched free download site SpiralFrog Inc. With over 2 million songs being made available in the next few months, Spiralfrog.com is aiming to be a legit alternative to illegal file-sharing networks.

road.jpg Radiohead have finally made their songs available for digital download, exclusively at U.K.-based online store 7Digital.com (which, unlike iTunes stores from other countries, is accessible to U.S. buyers). The band's songs are only being sold as bundles with their full albums, however, and not individually.

road.jpg TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:

BluntSophomore albums from James Blunt (All The Lost Souls) and KT Tunstall (Drastic Fantastic).

Céline Dion's new single, "Taking Chances."

The soundtrack to the Sean Penn film Into The Wild, featuring original songs by Eddie Vedder.

Reba McEntire's Reba Duets, on which the flame-haired country diva gets some vocal help by Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Carole King and Trisha Yearwood.

The Across The Universe soundtrack, which contains the actors' renditions of Beatles' songs.

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  1. Hurray! So does this mean we can expect 50 cent's retirement is imminent, or was it all just macho posturing?

    Posted by: Jordan | Sep 18, 2007 1:31:47 PM


  2. News on LCD Soundsystem AND Radiohead?! Thanks, Robbie!

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 18, 2007 1:32:12 PM


  3. Hey Rob, welcome back!
    Kanye's album is definitely hot, much better than Curtis. Can't wait for Julie Taymor's Across the Universe, I saw the trailer a few nights ago and it looks great. She is always so unique and prolific.

    Posted by: davey | Sep 18, 2007 1:34:14 PM


  4. Thanks for the Kylie update. Thank god for imports,because we won't be getting a domestic release of her new record until feb/march.

    The Kish Mauve song is cool, but I can't wait to hear what she's done with it.

    Posted by: michael | Sep 18, 2007 1:58:35 PM


  5. It is unlikely that "The Locomotion" would be in the song catalog being sold, given that the song was penned by songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1962. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Loco-Motion

    Posted by: Harold | Sep 18, 2007 2:06:00 PM


  6. It is a cover, Harold, but Kylie's particular recording would be owned by the label that released it.

    Posted by: Alex Krycek | Sep 18, 2007 2:08:34 PM


  7. SpiralFrog is selling WMA files, not MP3s. SpiralFrog also requires you be running WindowsXP, so Mac and Linux users need not apply. Oh and you can't play them on an iPod. Or, for that matter, a Zune (not that you'd want to anyway).

    What a brilliant scheme!

    Posted by: Gil | Sep 18, 2007 2:09:19 PM


  8. Robbie Dew you’re a great addition to the towleroad. I love that pic of Kylie (it's her right?) with the rhinestones (whatever) on her face and the butterflies in the background.

    Posted by: YourNewFan | Sep 18, 2007 2:24:35 PM


  9. ugh, more James Blunt...

    Posted by: Meeg | Sep 18, 2007 2:32:49 PM


  10. While usually I would damn Radiohead's move to not allow their songs on iTunes as being plain out stupid, I have to give them credit: Their songs will be sold at an extremely high-quality 320 kbps and have no digital restrictions; vs iTunes' 128 kbps (or 256 kbps for the handful of available DRM-free tracks). I'd like to complain, but it wouldn't make any sense.

    Posted by: damien | Sep 18, 2007 2:36:16 PM


  11. Now who on earth would want to own the drivel put out by Kylie Minogue at any point in her so called "singing " career..dear lord the woman is just dreadful.Singer? My rear end.!!!

    Posted by: Duncan | Sep 18, 2007 9:14:58 PM


  12. Why are all those "free-thinkers" singing with a right-wing religious nut and Bush-lover Reba McIntyre?

    Why reward her ignorance?

    Posted by: lou | Sep 19, 2007 1:15:20 AM


  13. Kylie's cover photo is obviously a copy of Madonna's True Blue album cover. No doubt about it!

    Posted by: Clint | Sep 19, 2007 1:42:42 AM


  14. Spiral frog is ok, but I hate not being able to lsten to tracks on my Ipod! Also, the tracks arent to keep, you must always come back to to the site cos the tracks are tethered! I found a UK ad finded site called www.we7.com which is backed by Peter Gabriel (from Genesis) where the music is to keep, DRM free. Definitely worth a look!

    Posted by: Kurt | Sep 25, 2007 6:01:37 AM


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