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The Month in Music: October

Iona Salter

Tue Oct 18 2011

Gorillaz Single Collection 2001-2011 packshot

Gorillaz's singles album will celebrate ten years since the release of their self-titled debut album

Gorillaz's singles album will celebrate ten years since the release of their self-titled debut album

Ten out of ten for Twins and Gorillaz

THE tenth month of the year and it’s ten years in the biz for some big names in music. Hong Kong pop duo Twins have reunited to release a new album titled 3650 – signifying the number of days they have been performing together. Evidently the pair kept counting the days even during the three-year musical hiatus that followed Gillian Chung’s raunchy photo scandal.

Also celebrating a ten year anniversary are Gorillaz, who released their debut album around this time in 2001 and have been wowing fans and busting notions of genre ever since. Despite Twitter-fueled spilt rumours, the band is due to release a singles album (apparently the cool kids aren’t using the term “greatest hits album” anymore) on November 25th.

David Guetta releases DJ App

Club anthem king David Guetta may have only been on Australian shores for three days last week (“Hi David!” Bye David!”) but he’s left a little present in his wake for those who like to play DJ while they’re on the tram. The “djay David Guetta Edition” App for iPhone and iPod touch is available for $7.99 and features Guetta’s signature sounds and bonus electro tracks for your mixing pleasure.


No Rain for Korea, No Crue for Jakarta

There have been a few sad pieces of news out of the East Asian music scene recently.

Korean pop singer Rain has had to swap the microphone for a rifle in order to complete his mandatory military service. According to Associated Press, the 29-year old gave a military salute to tearful fans who gathered to watch him enter boot camp in the northern city of Uijeongbu last Tuesday.

In Jakarta, heavy metal fans have not only been disappointed to learn that talk of a visit by Motley Crue is unture; they’re out of pocket as well. Scammers had been selling fake tickets to the fake show, said to be taking place in early October. According to the Jakarta Globe, more than 1500 tickets had been sold for US$40 each. The promoter has promised buyers a refund.

Coldplay to live stream concert

In happier news, Coldplay fans can tune in to a live streamed show on YouTube on October 27th. The Barcelona show will be filmed by filmmaker Anton Corbijn and made available via YouTube Apps on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. Front man Chris Martin said: “Anton Corbijn has been a big hero to us for a long long time so we’re thrilled to be beaming this concert out to the world through his cinematic lens.” The concert is taking place at 7am Australian time – great for those who would prefer to wake up to Clocks than be woken up by an alarm clock, not so great for those who fancy a sleep in.