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DEALSSparks have announced that they will release their 26th album ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’ on 26 May.

The release sees them return to Universal Music’s Island Records, the label that put out their 1974 breakthrough ‘Kimono My House’. “Here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career”, say Ron and Russell Mael. “We’re happy that after so much time, we’ve reconnected with Island”.————————————————–APPOINTMENTSDIY distributor TuneCore has hired rapper Papoose to be its Head Of Hip Hop. “When hiring executives I look for expertise and experience”, says CEO Andreea Gleeson. “Papoose’s years of hustling and success in the industry make him uniquely qualified to advise hip hop artists because he’s been in their shoes, he understands what they’re going through and he knows first-hand what works”.————————————————–RELEASESPet Shop Boys will publish the 2023 edition of their ‘Annually’ book on 14 Apr.

It will come with a four track EP called ‘Lost’, featuring four previously unreleased tracks originally recorded in 2015 for their ‘Super’ album.

Vocalist Neil Tennant says that they were left off that record “not because we didn’t like them, but because they didn’t fit the album”.

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