Music News: The Year That Was - January

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Mark Thomson

26th December 2007
At 01:14 GMT

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The year 2007, by all accounts, has been a very strange and contrasting period for music. With Radiohead and Prince pioneering new methods of distribution, the future for music sales looks rosy again.

But sadly, 2007 has also suffered from the loss of musical luminaries such as Tony Wilson, while bands such as The Cooper Temple Clause, Jurassic 5 and New Order, all met their demise, leaving us to reflect on former glories.

Back in January, however, the festival season was kicking off with the usual rumours of Radiohead or Oasis headlining Glastonbury. But it was the Californian Coachella Festival that scored the most brownie points, by convincing Rage Against The Machine to reunite and headline the April festival, while also hooking up the reformed Crowded House too.


One of the biggest cock-ups of the entire year, never mind January, involved Mos Def and Geffen Records. Pitchfork had the scoop on it all: "Geffen Records released 'True Magic' on December 29, a Friday, which is pretty much unheard of (Tuesday is the standard release day). And since it was put out at the very end of last year, after holiday shopping was long over and music nerds were too busy reading year-end lists to realize there was still music coming out in 2006. True Magic was guaranteed to get buried, and it did."

Problem was that Geffen changed their minds and actually did wish to promote the album, thus leaving 11,004 copies of the Brooklyn rapper's final Geffen album on the streets. Geffen did manage to spin their way out of it, labelling True Magic as a "pre-release".

V2, who had the likes of Moby, White Stripes and Elbow on its books, decided to cease its record label operations, in a move that sparked surprise amongst analysts. Originally formed by Richard Branson back in 1996, the label effectively cancelled all contracts and made its entire roster free agents.

Kevin Shields, frontman of My Bloody Valentine revealed that he intended to record a brand new album with the band, the first since 1991's 'Loveless'. Although there is no sign of the LP just yet, the band have a hectic 2008 planned, having scheduled headlining appearances at Benicàssim, and most probably at Coachella too.

Punk rockers Pretty Girls Make Graves split after five years together. Following drummer Nick Dewitt's departure, the band decided to finish their current U.S tour and call it a day. Their final gig was in hometown Seattle on June 9th.

And finally, the Shins have unquestionably achieved mainstream success with 'Wincing The Night Away' premiering at number two in the Billboard charts, this after shifting 118,000 copies in America on its first week of release. It went on to sell 500,000 copies this year, and was certified Gold.

And what better way to conclude January's review with one of the standout singles. This is 'Australia':


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