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Caught in the Net: Get ready to hear Girls aloud


Girls, the acclaimed HBO series by the distressingly young writer/director/actor Lena Dunham is about to get a soundtrack release to accompany this year's first series, which ran in the UK on Sky Atlantic.

The digital release is twice the length of the physical version, and comes out in January. It includes music featured on the show from the likes of Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Belle & Sebastian and Icona Pop, among many others. The record also comes fresh with a new song from Santigold, a sparse electro-rap track, appropriately enough called “Girls”. It is streaming on the SoundCloud page of Fueled By Ramen, the label releasing the soundtrack – hear it at ind.en/SSPVSS.

Danger signs from Katy and co

Katy B has dropped a new EP. The London singer, who released her well-regarded debut album last year, offers up the four-track Danger EP as a free download at katybofficial.com, in return for registering some details on the site. The impressive EP flits from electro-dance to electro-soul, from pop to rap and has quite the outlay of collaborators, including Diplo, Wiley, Jessie Ware, Jacques Greene, Iggy Azalea, Zinc and Geeneus. The EP is also streaming at soundcloud.com/katyb/sets/danger-ep. And look out, too, for a fun video for second track “GotPaid” at youtu.be/ sH0qVXK-uKI.

Bad Seeds reach for the sky

The new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds single has been out for two weeks now. It's available on iTunes ahead of the February release of their new album, Push the Sky Away. It's a gorgeous quiet and solemn affair – a world away from the more riotous music he last made with the Grinderman. It and also comes with a YouTube “lyric video”, which you can see at nickcave.com, which as usual, displays Cave's deft way around a song.

MIA's getting a bit too much attention

Last week, MIA leaked a new caps-locks-interfering song called “atTENTion”. Seemingly, the track came after a fan – or group of fans – had been hassling the singer online (she's on Twitter – @MIAuniverse) to put out more music. Eventually she did so, emailing the song to one fan, which you might think sets some dangerous precedents for artist-fan relationships, The track was promptly put on YouTube but has since been removed.