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AT THE beginning of 2001, only a handful of people had heard of Turin Brakes. By the end of 2003, they will be widely regarded as one of the most influential bands to have graced our generation.

The slow-burn success of the Optimist LP showed that good old-fashioned music talent can, and does, rise above the hype which all too often clutters the UK charts.

Their eagerly awaited second album, Ether Song, is scheduled for release in March and looks set to once again leave music lovers breathless.

Last year saw the Turin Brakes notch up a sell-out acoustic tour, an impressive support slot on the David Gray tour and their first Top 20 single, Long Distance.

This year promises many more wonderful music moments from the much underrated outfit, starting off with the release of single Pain Killer (February 17) and a full UK tour, both of which are a taste of the delights which must surely await on Ether Song. Prepare to be impressed.


IT'S been a long time coming, but diva Annie Lennox has decided the time has come to releases some more of her scintillating solo material.

The last time Annie was in the studio was to resurrect her music-making partnership with Dave Stewart for Eurythmics 2001 release Peace, which featured the outstanding single I Saved The World Today.

Annie's solo material has long been admired by music lovers the world over and she seems to have relied upon the old adage that quality, not quantity, counts.

That perhaps goes some way to explaining why she has been silent, in the solo sense, since 1998's Medusa. No matter, the Scots star looks set to unleash more music delights on the listening world later this year. Mark it in your diary.


MOTHERHOOD may be Sharleen's latest project, but she will also make a return to recording later in 2003.

No details as yet as to what style the new material will be, but it's certain to be met with a wave of critical acclaim.

The band continued their domination on the mainstream market with the release of Hush in 1999, which featured the singles Summer Sun, Once In A Lifetime and When We Are Together, while 2000's Greatest Hits allowed fans to marvel at the band's timeless appeal.

Sharleen and her Texas chums have developed effortlessly in style during their domination of the British music scene and there's every reason to expect their latest music incarnation to more than live up to the hype.


NEXT month sees the long-awaited release of Hell Is For Heroes' debut album, The Neon Handshake. Rumblings in music circles are that this outfit have what it takes to become one of the most sought after acts of 2003.

Their debut album is preceded by the single You Drove Me To It, which is released on January 20. Recorded in LA last year, The Neon Handshake saw the outfit enlist the production skills of Pelle and Eskil, who have previously worked with the likes of The Hives and Refused. Something of a slow burner, there's every reason to expect this band to become a guiding force in the world music market - just give them time. After all, creativity cannot be rushed.


ALREADY making waves across the Atlantic, American rock outfit 3 Doors Down are preparing to make their assault on the British music market. Their debut album sold a staggering 6million copies in the States and their single When I'm Gone, will be met with open arms by rock aficionados when it is released in March.

Produced by Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains maestro Rick Parasher, 3 Doors Down's new album, Away From The Sun, debuted at No.8 in the Billboard Charts and critics are confident that it will perform well when it is released in the UK this April. Watch this space.


HOTLY tipped to be one of the brightest new talents to emerge in 2003, Jody's first single Showdown is released later this month.

After wowing audiences as the stand-out support artist on the recent Blue tour, there are high hopes for 18-year-old Jody. So much more than another pop puppet, the talented singer/songwriter blends together R'n'B, soul and hip hop, which makes for interesting listening - not least because of her quite stunning vocals. Already the biggest music movers and shakers have sat up and noted this rising new star and it is surely only a matter of time before she becomes a household name.


FOLLOWING the Top 10 success of their album Hard Candy this year, rock outfit the Counting Crows release their version of the classic Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi on February 3.

Prior to the release of the single, the band return to the UK for a nine- date arena tour in January, taking in Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield, London, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle.

Adam Duritz's recognisably emotive vocals coupled with the Crows' richly textured folk-rock arrangements have put them at the fore of the international music market, although, it must be said, British audiences have been somewhat slow on the uptake.


ALL-ROUND rapping entertainer extraordinaire, Busta Rhymes is unquestionably one of the most idiosyncratic personalities in rap.

His incredible music complexity, inventiveness and wicked sense of humour have made him one of the most sought-after artists of his era.

In 2000, Anarchy was a huge success, but this ambitious man also had his eye on the movie world and he went on to appear on the silver screen in a remake of the blaxploitation classic Shaft, alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

This year sees Busta make a welcome return to making music with the release of his latest album, Ain't It Safe.


FORMED in 1993 as an outgrowth of the documentary Identical Beat, Asian Dub Foundation were (in a manner of speaking) the original and best reality TV band.

Since their debut, the London collective has been pushing back the limits of artistic expression, delivering a series of explosive albums and live shows, for over a decade.

February 3 sees the release of their latest album, Enemy Of The Enemy, which is preceded by the Fortress Europe EP at the end of January.


BRIT pop-metal outfit Feeder release their new single Just The Way I'm Feeling next week, taken from their fourth album Comfort In Sound.

Released at the tail end of 2002, the album has already performed well in the charts, going gold in the first week of release. February and March sees the boys hit the road again with their latest UK tour and they recently added an extra date at Glasgow's Barrowland as well as a Dundee date due to phenomenal public demand for tickets.

After the tragic death of drummer Jon Lee, Feeder have worked hard to overcome the despair they encountered at the loss of their band mate and friend but, as the title of their album suggests, they have found solace in making music.

Coming Soon..


David Sneddon Stop Living The Lie, Reef Give Me Your Love, Busted Year 3000, O-Town These Are The Days, Zoe Birkett Treat Me Like A Lady, Lucy Carr Missing You, Default Wasting My Time, Nas Made You Look, Audioslave Cochise, Badly Drawn Boy Born Again, Feeder Just The Way I'm Feeling, Lavo & Bushwacka Love Story, Bob Sinclair Beat Goes On, Libertines Time For Heroes, More Fire Crew Back Then, Darren Hayes Crush, Reef Give Me Your Love, Rosie Ribbons A Little Bit, John Silver Come On Over, Free Association I Wish I Had A Wooden Heart


Various Artists Classic Love Songs, Porcupine Tree In Absentia, Various Artists Ultimate Urban Album, Good Charlotte Young & The Hopeless,Various Artists More Music From 8 Mile, Various Artists Godskitchen Direct

SIMPLY RED are on the comeback trail with a new album and tour, which rolls into Glasgow's Braehead Arena on April 21.

It's their first visit since Mick Hucknall and his band played the SECC in March 2000. He told 192 last night, before being guest of honour at Real Radio's first birthday party in Glasgow: "I'm really looking forward to playing in Scotland.

"The last time we played there was three years ago and it was a fantastic night.

"The audience is one of the best in the world. I've got a Scottish grandmother so I feel I have a special connection with the place." The concert will be part of a nationwide tour on the back of their new album, due in March, which sees the band return to their soul roots.

The tour will be a first for, a joint venture with their management company which incorporates recording, touring, website and sponsorship all under the one umbrella.

Simply Red are the first band to embark on such on a venture but it's thought this will become a template for other established artists in order to allow them to both maximise revenue and control their own destiny. Mick is blessed with one of the great soul voices of the modern era - although he's recently been better known for partying in London's top nightspots. Formed in 1984, Simply Red first scored with their single Money's Too Tight To Mention.

However, it was Holding Back The Years that gave the band worldwide success,hitting the No.1 spot in the American charts.

In 1991, their fourth album Stars arrived to critical acclaim in the UK and sold in excess of 3.6million copies, but it wasn't until four years later they scored their first UK chart topper with Fairground.

Simply Red tickets cost pounds 35 and can be bought from Ticketmaster kiosks or by phone on 0870 444 6062. You can buy in person at Braehead Arena from 12-5pm, seven days - 0141 885 4611.
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