Arts and Entertainment Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

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Bob Geldof hasn't played with the Boomtown Rats' since 1986

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Sonic Youth man Thurston Moore's latest project Chelsea Light Moving has been slowly gestating in the last year

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Chelsea Light Moving is the latest project from Sonic Youth man Thurston Moore. His new four-piece outfit has been slowly gestating in the last year or so, throwing out occasional songs and now emerges with some strong words: "The band is ready to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullaboo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn't support right-wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology." The onslaught begins on 4 March when they release their self-titled first album through Matador. Ahead of that they've sent out "Empire of Time", an attacking track from the LP with guitar tones, chimes and crunching riffs. Find it at ind.pn/13yxIOL.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Who knew the dark-haired one from Abba has had quite a life? Her boyfriend is WH Smith...

Who knew that if the dark-haired one from Abba ever married her boyfriend, WH Smith, also known as Viscount Hambleden, being a social climber is absolutely the last thing she could be accused of? In fact, becoming a viscountess by marrying a stationery heir would mark a sharp descent in social status for a woman whose present title is Her Serene Highness, Princes Anni-Frid Synni Reuss.

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