George Michael divides views with charity single

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Well, it’s been a long time since a charity single has been so divisive. Not from the charity angle, but from the reworked version of a classic.

I’m talking about George Michael’s Comic Relief offering in the guise of New Order’s True Faith. I played it earlier in the week with a ‘love it or hate it’ response. The version is slower and has George’s voice put through the vocoder. It certainly is different. Personally, I love it, as will George diehards, but I think many will not take to it. You can make your own mind up when it’s released digitally this Sunday.

Mumford and Sons frontman Ben Lovett says the band has already started work on the follow-up to their 2009 debut Sigh No More, but he admits the band has yet to financially profit from what they do. I really hope they can come up with another collection of songs as original and compelling as the first set.

James Franco, Sam Taylor-Wood and singer Michael Stipe are among the guest directors on a series of short films which are to accompany each track on REM’s new album Collapse Into Now. The Collapse Into Now Film Project, which was personally curated by Stipe, features a host of artists and film-makers tackling different songs from the band’s 15th studio album.  Nicole Scherzinger has announced details of her debut album. The singer, who officially quit the Pussycat Dolls in December, last year, will release Killer Love next Sunday. The star recorded the LP in between her filming commitments for Men In Black 3. ‘This album is fun and dangerous, soulful and with attitude!’ she said. The current single off it, Don’t Hold Your Breath, is a classic pop tune.

Underworld has confirmed the release of the soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. The electronic duo have provided the score for the director’s stage play, which features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in rotating roles as the doctor and his Creature.

Finally this week, Ronan Keating has teamed up with legendary composer Burt Bacharach for his new album. The Boyzone singer is due to release When Ronan Met Burt, later this month in time for Mother’s Day.