❚ UNVEILED TODAY: the Nick Egan directed video for All You Need Is Now, the new single by 80s supergroup Duran Duran — which was available worldwide on iTunes from Dec 8. The nine-track digital album of the same name, produced by Mark Ronson is the band’s 13th in a studio. Ronson has called it the “imaginary follow-up to Rio that never was”. An expanded LP with additional original tracks will be released in March 2011 in various formats.
❏ Update AYN debuts at No 6 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums Chart Jan 5. DD will be the featured artist on VH1’s Top 20 Spin on Jan 30.
❏ Here’s the new Duran track Mediterranea at beach-bum tempo, streamed live from East Village Radio on Dec 10:
It’s on the EP From Mediterranea With Love, an iTunes release in Europe, here premiered on the bumbling Mark Ronson’s show at East Village Radio, NYC, when Le Bon and Rhodes had a battle to get a word in edgeways. Whatever his gifts in a recording studio, the music producer is fudge as a broadcaster. Also, it’s not for him to tell us his own production is “amazing”, durr! Ronson, stick to the day job and leave the criticism to the big beasts who can tell a hawk from a handsaw. As it happens, the new tune proves to be classic DD.
❏ Another premiere streamed from East Village Radio — why this new album track is called The Man who Stole a Leopard (feat Kelis) is finally revealed by ITN newscaster Nina Hossein:
➢ Nick Rhodes is the man from Duran — Evening Standard interview Dec 9, 2010 … Is Rhodes at all embarrassed by his 18-year-old self? “Not even slightly. When we were teenagers, the world was pretty grey. You want something more exciting — to travel, to see what’s out there.”