AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW IN CD, 180G VINYL, AND LIMITED-EDITION CLEAR VINYL

PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD TRACK, “THROWIN’ MYSELF AWAY”, OUT NOW




21 MAY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Mercury prize winning, British band Gomez are announcing the 20th anniversary release of their triumphant second album Liquid Skin out July 12th via Virgin/Universal Music Canada. The band are also sharing a previously unheard track from the Liquid Skin sessions today, called Throwin’ Myself Away”.

Pre-order Liquid Skin HERE
Listen to “Throwin’ Myself Away” HERE

Abbey Road’s Frank Arkwright has delved into the archives to remaster Liquid Skin from the original tapes which will be released digitally & as a special 2CD / 2LP standard & coloured edition featuring 19 unreleased tracks.

Surrounded by instruments, broken toys and a four-track recorder, Gomez recorded large parts of their debut album Bring It On in a garage in their hometown of Southport. To create its follow-up, Liquid Skin, the group would expand their horizons sonically and geographically, visiting America, an ill-fated English stately home & some of the finest recording studios in the world between 1998 and 1999.

There was no pause between Bring It On and Liquid Skin – the records were released just 518 days apart. "The first album and this one merge into one in a lot of ways. A lot of the tracks were written at the same time” explains singer/guitarist Ben Ottowell. “There’s a song called ‘Bring It On’ on Liquid Skin, which says it all really. They were made very closely together, so it seemed like part of the same process. We were constantly making records".

As a result, writing and recording for Gomez’s second album did not so much have a definitive start but instead it emerged out of the same creative energy as their debut, although it soon took its own distinctive path…

Gomez’s drummer Olly Peakcock commented; “Liquid Skin was the step from the four track and recording in a garage to us accepting – in the most ridiculous way – that we were now doing music professionally. ‘Oh shit we somehow got our record deal, we are a band and we go to the studio now. We’re not going to be hacking it all together.’ There was an excitement because there were less limitations”.

“We were just using things we had access to... and for this album we had access to an orchestra! We just had a broader palette and we were getting more confident” added Ben.

Going to Number 2 in the UK Album Chart on its release in September 1999, Liquid Skin not only justified the label’s faith to allow the band to work how and where they wanted, but it saw the British band crystallize their unique sound & grow audiences in America, Australia and other parts of the world, confirming that their Mercury Prize-winning debut was no fluke.

The new Liquid Skin deluxe 2CD will include 5 previously unreleased tracks, 4 previously unreleased alternate versions and 9 live tracks recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco in 2000. There will be an accompanying remastered double LP release on black 180gm + a limited D2C transparent edition too.

In support of the release, Gomez have also recently announced a string of special headline dates and festival performances this July such as Latitude, Kendall Calling and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The band also tour Australia and New Zealand later in the year and will perform both Bring It On AND Liquid Skin in their entirety at both the Auckland and Brisbane shows. See full list of tour dates at gomeztheband.com/tour.

Liquid Skin REMASTERED – Tracklisting [2 CD]:

CD1:
Liquid Skin REMASTERED
1 Hangover
2 Revolutionary Kind
3 Bring It On
4 Blue Moon Rising
5 Las Vegas Dealer
6 We Haven't Turned Around
7 Fill My Cup
8 Rhythm & Blues Alibi
9 Rosalita
10 California
11 Devil Will Ride

Previously unreleased demos
12 Throwin’ Myself Away
13 Nobody’s Girl
14 Someday
15 Brother Lead
16 Summer

CD2:
Previously unreleased alternate versions
1 High On Liquid Skin (Demo)
2 We Haven’t Turned Around (No Orchestra)
3 Rosalita (Kit Version)
4 Las Vegas Dealer (Ben Vocal)

Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 2000
5 Hangover
6 Blue Moon Rising
7 Rhythm & Blues Alibi
8 Rosemary
9 Do's & Don'ts
10 Las Vegas Dealer
11 We Haven't Turned Around
12 Devil Will Ride
13 Bring It On
14 Gomez In A Bucket
  
Liquid Skin REMASTERED – Tracklisting [LP]:

A1 Hangover                         
A2 Revolutionary Kind          
A3 Bring It On                         
B1 Blue Moon Rising
B2 Las Vegas Dealer
B3 We Haven’t Turned Around
C1 Fill My Cup                       
C2 Rhythm & Blues Alibi       
C3 Rosalita
D1 California
D2 Devil Will Ride

RELEASE ‘LIQUID SKIN’ - THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ON JULY 12TH
Formats: Digital, Ltd 2CD deluxe 8 panel digipack, Ltd 180g Vinyl LP & Ltd Clear Vinyl LP
MADONNA TO PERFORM "FUTURE" LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT EUROVISION FINALE IN TEL AVIV ON MAY 18

MADAME X TOUR INTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12


7 May 2019 – Today, Madonna released “Future” featuring Quavo and co-produced with Diplo. The electronic-tinged Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” is the fourth track of five songs to be previewed before her highly-anticipated new studio album Madame X debuts globally on June 14. Following the release of the critically-acclaimed “Medellín”, the empowering “I Rise” and the infectious pop gem “Crave”, the next song to be shared with fans is the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet” on June 7. 

Madonna says of “Future” featuring Quavo, “It’s a song about the world that we live in today and the future of our civilization.” Listen to “Future” HERE.

Madonna is set to headline the stage at Eurovision in Tel Aviv on Saturday and will perform “Future” with Quavo live for the first time, as well as “Like A Prayer” which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Madonna will embark on her highly-anticipated Madame X Tour, a series of rare and intimate performances taking place exclusively in theatres in select cities, starting September 12 in New York. Tickets and further information is available at madonna.livenation.com. Here is a link to a video from Madonna about the Tour: https://madonna.lnk.to/TourVid.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

Rolling Stone says, “‘Crave’ is a sultry pop number about hungering for another person,” and MTV declares about “Crave” that, “It's nearly impossible to listen to this without a smile sneaking to the corners of your face.” Of “I Rise”, NME says the song, “is politics and positivity combined,” while Billboard calls it, “Powerful.” NPR says, “‘Medellín’ is a carefully dosed combination of…coolly narcotic dance-pop…and energetic reggaetón,” while Entertainment Weekly declares the song is, “A breezy, summer-ready anthem…” The Guardian says, “‘Medellín’ is a potent reminder of Madonna’s deft history of meshing genres.”

Madame X from Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album and is now available for pre-order HERE. Album pre-orders include a download of “Medellín”, “I Rise”, “Crave” and “Future” and are available across Apple, Spotify (pre-save), Amazon and all DSPs. Exclusive album pre-order bundles with limited edition merchandise are now available direct from Madonna.com.
THE SONG WILL BE FEATURED IN THE UPCOMING “SUBLIME” DOCUMENTARY


17 MAY 2019 - Today, Lana Del Rey released a cover of Sublime’s “Doin’ Time”.  The song was produced by Andrew Watt and Happy Perez and will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Sublime” that outlines the history of the iconic California band.

Listen to “Doin’ Time” HERE

“Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one Sublime song. They epitomized the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own.” - Lana Del Rey

“We are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this. The smoky, sexy, and iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles.” - Bud Gaugh of Sublime

“Lana’s cover of “Doin’ Time” is magical and haunting. What an honor to have her talent compliment the Sublime legacy.” - Troy Dendekker (Bradley Nowell’s Widow)

The documentary, produced by two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag (Twin Towers, You Don’t Have to Die), premiered this past April during New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.  The track is available now to stream and download on all partners via  Polydor/Interscope/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Most recently, Lana released “Mariners Apartment Complex”, “Venice Bitch”, and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it” to widespread praise.

Partnership will upskill and reskill 15,000 workers over the next three years and create industry-recognized credentials for AI skills

REDMOND, Wash. — May 17, 2019 — Microsoft Corp. and global education provider General Assembly (GA) on Friday announced a partnership to close skills gaps in the rapidly growing fields of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and data engineering, machine learning, data science, and more. This initiative will create standards and credentials for AI skills, upskill and reskill 15,000 workers by 2022, and create a pool of AI talent for the global workforce.
Technologies like AI are creating demand for new worker skills and competencies: According to the World Economic Forum, up to 133 million new roles could be created by 2022 as a result of the new division of labor between humans, machines and algorithms. To address this challenge, Microsoft and GA will power 2,000 job transitions for workers into AI and machine learning roles in year one and will train an additional 13,000 workers with AI-related skills across sectors in the next three years.
“Artificial intelligence is driving the greatest disruption to our global economy since industrialization, and Microsoft is an amazing partner as we develop solutions to empower companies and workers to meet that disruption head on,” said Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder of GA. “At its core, GA has always been laser-focused on connecting what companies need to the skills that workers obtain, and we are excited to team up with Microsoft to tackle the AI skills gap.”
The joint program will focus on three core areas: setting the standards for artificial intelligence skills, developing scalable AI training solutions for companies, and creating a sustainable talent pool of workers with AI skills.
  • To create clear and consistent standards for AI skills, Microsoft will be the founding member of GA’s AI Standards Board, and will be joined by other industry-leading companies at the forefront of AI disruption. Over the next six months, the Standards Board will define skills standards, develop assessments, design a career framework, and build an industry-recognized credential for AI skills. Learn more about GA’s Standards Boards here.
  • As businesses adopt AI and machine learning cross-functionally, business leaders and technologists alike must understand AI concepts and master AI tools. Today, Microsoft supports business in aerospace, manufacturing and other sectors with Azure, but many workers are not yet ready to leverage its full capabilities. The collaboration will focus on accelerating the workforce training needs of Microsoft’s customers so that more teams have the foundational skills needed to work with AI.
  • To ensure that businesses can meet ever-growing AI talent needs, GA and Microsoft will establish an AI Talent Network to source candidates for hire and project-based work. GA will leverage its existing network of 22 campuses and the broader Adecco ecosystem to create a repeatable talent pipeline for the AI Talent Network.
“As a technology company committed to driving innovation, we have a responsibility to help workers access the AI training they need to ensure they thrive in the workplace of today and tomorrow,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president of Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft. “We are thrilled to combine our industry and technical expertise with General Assembly to help close the skills gap and ensure businesses can maximize their potential in our AI-driven economy.”

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