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News Round-Up – 5th June, 2018

New Music & Tours

The 1975 announced that their third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships will appear in October 2018. The band has already dropped the first single from the record titled ‘Give Yourself A Try’ which premiered on BBC Radio 1 last week. The 1975 previous album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It appeared in 2016.

Matt Healy, the band’s frontman, has also recently opened-up about rehab and his battle with drug addiction. The vocalist admitted that he was exhausted and found it hard to deal with the pressure which touring was putting on him. Healy decided to spend several weeks in a rehab centre in Barbados, before going back to the studio to record The 1975’s third album.

In an interview with DIY Magazine, he revealed: “And I knew that I wasn’t going to detox myself, so I went away and I got clean. I wasn’t going there to get straight-edge, I didn’t have a drinking problem or anything else, I was just chemically dependent on a substance and I didn’t wanna make a record as a fucking junkie. Who wants to hear that?”

After announcing a new album Be The Cowboy (out on the 17th of August), Mitski revealed that she will be going on a tour in support of it. Mitski will be visiting Europe, UK, Canada, and the US during the summer and autumn, and has included a date in Leeds at Brudenell Social Club on the 24th of September. She will also perform in Bristol and London on the 25th and 26th of September.

Perfume Genius revealed that he will be dropping a remix EP titled Reshaped on the 8th of June via Matador. The EP will include tracks from his 2017 record No Shape remixed by artists such as Mura Masa, Laurel Halo, Jam City, King Princess, mmph, and No Shape producer Blake Mills.

Listen to Mura Masa’s remix of ‘Slip Away’ below:

Music Industry

Spotify reverses hate content policy

Just a few weeks ago Spotify announced that it was introducing the Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy to its service, banning certain artists, such as R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, from its playlists. This week, Spotify decided to reverse the usage of the policy with Daniel Ek, the company CEO, admitting that “We rolled this out wrong” and that “It was never about punishing one individual artist.’

In the newest statement Spotify explained its decision in the following way: “Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists. Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”

“As some have pointed out, this language was vague and left too many elements open to interpretation. We created concern that an allegation might affect artists’ chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future. Some artists even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them.”

The full statement can be found on Spotify’s website.

Lollapalooza in Stockholm

Live Nation will launch Lollapalooza in Stockholm, Sweden, starting in the summer of 2019. The festival will take place on the 28th and 29th of June at Gärdet. Lollapalooza was originally founded by Perry Farrell in 1991 as a touring festival and now has five international destinations, including Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Paris, with Stockholm being the sixth and newest addition to the list.

Ticketfly data breach  

It has been revealed that the recent Ticketfly data breach led to 26 million customer email addresses being leaked to a public server on the 31st of May. The ticketing service owned by Eventbrite was closed until the 2nd of June. It was also confirmed to that other data, including phone numbers, addresses, and names of Ticketfly customers were included in the leak.

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