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Morrissey to Release New Album

MorrisseyMorrissey has signed a deal to release his next album.

The 54-year-old singer, who has been without a label since the release of his last record Years of Refusal in 2009, has inked a new worldwide record deal with Universal Music's American-based Harvest Records.

In a statement, the singer said he was "thrilled" to have signed the contract and his tenth studio album will be released in the second half of 2014. The former frontman of The Smiths plans to head back into the studio in France later this month with producer Joe Chiccarelli, along with his longtime touring band, including guitarists Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias, bassist Soloman Walker, drummer Matthew Walker and keyboard player Gustavo Manzur.

Morrissey, who released his autobiography last year, was advised by doctors to take it easy after suffering from a bleeding ulcer, double pneumonia and a throat condition in January 2013. He had to cancel a string of live dates after collapsing and being rushed to hospital but the singer now plans to tour again this year.

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Jack White to Release New Solo Album?

Jack WhiteJack White has hinted he is finishing his next solo album.

The former White Stripes frontman teased fans during an online chat at the weekend on the website message board for his label, Third Man Records: "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them... One of them is mine."

It is believed he is referring to a solo album, which would follow-up his 2012 release Blunderbuss, which featured tracks including "Love Interruption," "Sixteen Saltines" and "Trash Tongue Talker."

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last year, the 38-year-old musician mentioned that he had between 20 and 25 songs already written: "It's definitely not one sound. It's definitely several. Like you heard in Blunderbuss, there's many different styles there. I don't pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me, and whatever style it is is what it is, and it becomes something later."

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Rihanna Working on Eighth Album

RihannaRihanna is back in the studio working on her eighth album.

The "We Found Love" star is reportedly planning a duet with Katy Perry and has been working with producer DJ Mustard on her next, as-yet-untitled, record. "I'm finally going in [the studio] with Rihanna. I'm just doing what I think she would like, and if she don't like it we'll just figure out something else in the studio, and I'll just keep making beats 'till she figure it out. But she's gonna get one," he said.

DJ Mustard, real name Dijon McFarlane, has previously worked with the likes of Young Jeezy, B.O.B, Meek Mill and Bow Wow and has hinted at a more urban sound for Rihanna's next album.

In November last year, it was announced that the producer had signed with the singer's label, Jay Z's Roc Nation.

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M.I.A.: I’m a Rapper, Not a Pop Star

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Hip-Hop & Rap, Pop,

M.I.A.M.I.A. dismisses the idea she is a pop star.

The "Bring The Noize" musician insisted she prefers to be known as a rapper and thinks people pigeonholing her the way they do is a bit "weird."

"I dunno... it's weird. I'm not really a pop star. I don't think I'm popular enough to be a proper pop star. I prefer being called a rapper," she told V magazine. She admitted there was a time before her fourth album Matangi when she questioned her own ability to make a successful pop album. "After I made the last record I was no longer on XL, my old label, and I felt like I didn't know how to make a big pop record. I didn't know how to do the thing that everyone wanted me to do - which seemed like the only thing you could do on a major label," she explained.

The "Paper Planes" hitmaker has opened up about her style in the past, and she has compared herself to polarizing artists.

Nicole Richie Isn’t Fussed by Labels

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers,

Nicole Richie on Fashion StarNicole Richie isn't bothered about fashion labels. The fashion designer - who is renowned for her sense of style - says she chooses clothes on whether she likes them not by how much they cost.

"I shop at more expensive stores and I also shop at thrift stores. Most of my vintage T-shirts and peasant dresses, they're like $10. There's not a specific store that I go to or any label that I'm obsessed with buying," she said.

Nicole - who is a mentor on reality TV show Fashion Star - says she often falls in love with certain items of clothing and finds it difficult to get rid of them: "Fashion is a form of self expression and it's really about how an article of clothing makes you feel. If I like a dress that I'm wearing, I will wear it until it's falling off of me and someone's like, 'You've got to take off that dress.'"

The mother-of-two recently revealed how she lets her mood dictate her style. Talking about choosing clothing for her role as a mentor on Fashion Star, she said, "It all depends on my mood for the day that I'm filming. I don't have my outfits planned out at all, it really just depends on my mood and where I am on that day."

Tamara Mellon to Sell Jimmy Choo

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors, Footwear,

Tamara MellonTamara Mellon is to sell her label.

The shoe tycoon - who was recently named as the founder and chief creative officer of the luxurious footwear firm - is reportedly close to appointing financial advisors in a bid to sell the company, which is worth up to $800 million. The 43-year-old entrepreneur owns a fifth of the brand, whose celebrity fans include , Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyonce Knowles.

Tamara began at the exclusive company in 1996 and was previously known as founder and president. Her new position of founder and chief creative officer saw her continue to oversee the label’s brand image, which included product design, public relations and advertising campaigns.

“Today’s announcement acknowledges the important contribution that Tamara makes to our brand image and design process. This new title is a better reflection of Tamara’s responsibilities and accomplishments at Jimmy Choo. Together with our creative team, she has been at the forefront of developing product and marketing, which has fuelled growth of the company,” Jimmy Choo chief executive officer Joshua Schulman said of the new appointment.

Marios Schwab on pressures of being Halston Creative Director

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Kate MossMarios Schwab says becoming creative director of Halston is a “huge challenge”. The designer was announced as the newest addition to the label earlier this week, and revealed he is thrilled to be joining the firm.

He said: “Of course I feel the pressure. It’s a huge challenge but fashion at the moment needs innovation. I would be hesitant to do just one thing - it’s important to be able to create and be open-minded. It’s a dream - to bring your creative force to a different brand. I love Halston. We share a very similar frame of simplicity and elegance as well as the technical approach. I’ve been an admirer for a long time.”

Marios added he plans to build on the firm’s reputation for working with strong women, but will also be pushing its aesthetic forward. He added, “For me, the brand is very well known for the women it dressed - Bianca Jagger was a favourite Halstonette - capturing a decadence and glamour. I want to embrace this. But paying homage is one thing but you need to bring it to the future. A modern view point is what I want to give - it’s crucial for future success.”

Marios will be moving to New York to take up his new position, but plans to keep working on his eponymous label - of which Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and Chloe Sevigny are fans - in London. He said: “I love the thought of having two fashion metropolises. London is amazing inspiration and New York is an interesting place to be - it’s important what comes out of them.”

LaCie Flat Cables

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, PC / Laptop, USB,

LaCie Flat CablesLaCie has come up with a new line of cables that they refer to as “practical and fun.” We like to call them cords for the “cable challenged.” The Flat Cables are available in three types of USB interfaces in blue, in addition to the orange FireWire 400 and 800, and green eSATA connectors. Each one has its own labels for more customization. The LaCie cable starts at a price of £9.00 (~$13.00.)

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CDR Becomes Such a Square

Square CDRUsing your old floppy disks for coasters these days? Poland’s Baba Akcja has designed CDRs in the shape of the 3.5-inch relics. Each one has enough storage space to hold 200 MB of data and comes with white and blue, red, green, and yellow labels to write the contents. You can get one for $10.00 or four of them for $28.00 at designboom. Just don’t make a mistake and attempt to set your coffee on it or try to place its square shape in a round slot.

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