Stylo is officially released this week and is due to be everywhere on January 26 (Tuesday), as a digital download only. No word on any physical formats yet. Amazon.co.uk the download all day on January 25 but most other retailers including iTunes are releasing it on January 26.
Caravanslost in New Zealand, and thus further on in terms of timezones than most us, writes in to say that Plastic Beach is now available as a preorder on New Zealand iTunes and it has two bonus tracks listed:- "Plastic Beach just became available for preorder on iTunes. It's been put on the homepage. There are 18 tracks - the setlist we've already been given, and another two tracks called "Pirate's Progress" and "Three Hearts, Seven Seas, Twelve Moons". Sakanade adds: "I just checked the NZ store, the bonus tracks are for the deluxe version of the album aka the DVD version (night cover) iTunes also lists the regular version which contains the 16 tracks".
Cupnoodle sends news of a blog post reporting from a music conference where Gorillaz' manager Chris Morrison spoke out against illegal filesharing, saying he only came to a hard stance against it after Stylo leaked. Read the full story on Music Ally here.
Satania Niccals writes that Q magazine has a new short video preview (showing some of the new art) of its Gorillaz issue on its website here (NB video reported not to work in Internet Explorer).
gorillazmn2r23 writes:- "Hi, I wanted to let you know that I went to Gamestop the other day and saw that 'Just Dance', a game for the Wii, includes the song Dare."
And finally, don't forget to keep checking back on gorillaz.com every weekday for a new Plastic Beach teaser video accompanied by Gorillaz music. They're up to 7 now and there's many more yet to come.
Gorillaz manager criticises Pharrell Williams file-sharing views
Earlier this week, Pharrell Williams told the MidemNet conference that illegal file-sharing is “just taste-testing”. It’s fair to say that Chris Morrison – who manages Gorillaz, Blur and other artists – doesn’t agree.
In fact, he said so himself at the MIDEM Manager Summit this afternoon, responding directly to Williams’ claim. “It’s not [like taste-testing]. It’s like giving them the whole bloody meal!”
Morrison said he was fairly ambivalent about file-sharing until recently, when Stylo, the lead single from the new Gorillaz album leaked, mere hours after the first CD pressings were made.
Although he admitted that the leak had fuelled web buzz around the new single and album, he was more angry about the fact that the leak could have destroyed months of hard work on the launch campaign for the album.
“I just think that illegal downloading and pirating could be stopped, without a doubt,” he said. “We have to take the gloves off and say it has to be stopped.”
The leak does encapsulate the heated debate around file-sharing: pre-release leaks can both build anticipation for a new album – ‘Gorillaz Stylo’ was the 15th most-searched-for phrase on Google on the day of the leak – but also genuinely upset artists and managers , even though they’ll benefit from that buzz.
Morrison also criticised some partnerships between artists and brands, naming names. “The Duffy Coca-Cola ad was abysmal, and Robbie Williams on T-Mobile was terrible… You have to be very very careful with how you associate with brands.”
On the plus side, he loves Iggy Pop’s Swiftcover insurance ads…