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Music news round-up: Fri 19th December

Laura Marling returns with a new album Short Movie on 23rd March via Virgin Records. It's her first self-produced album with co – credit to her long time drummer Matt Ingram and studio engineer Dan Cox.

Lucy Rose plays the following dates in March:

09 Tunbridge Wells The Forum
10 Cardiff The Globe
11 Liverpool Loft @ The Arts Club
13 Glasgow Art School
14 Edinburgh Electric Circus
15 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
17 Brighton Concorde 2
18 London Dingwalls
20 Sheffield The Plug
21 Newcastle Think Tank
23 Cambridge Junction
24 Manchester Gorilla
25 Birmingham Temple
27 Bournemouth Old Fire Station
28 Southampton Engine Rooms

Esme Patterson releases her new album Woman To Woman on February 2nd, and has released a new track from it, 'What Do You Call A Woman?'. A concept album of sorts all the tracks are written entirely from the perspective of women immortalised in famous songs.

A response to Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Esmé says about the track: 'Michael Jackson's Billie Jean has always really bothered me. It's this slick pop hit by an artist that people worship, in which he literally says 'the kid is not my son', even though he admits 'his eyes were like mine', and he admits he followed her to her room, tacitly confirming they slept together. And I was wondering how this woman would feel, how angry and abandoned."

RCA Records have announced they have signed Van Morrison. A new album will be released early next year.

Steel Pulse will play their album Handsworth Revolution in full at the following dates next April:

Thu 2 Manchester, The Ritz
Fri 3 Birmingham, The Library
Sat 4 London, The Forum - LONDON SKA FESTIVAL
Sun 5 Brighton, Concorde 2

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