This has been a busy week in Duranland. Part of me thinks that must be because my partner-in-crime was gone, which left me to blog, when necessary. It’s all good, though. I like that there have been things to discuss! That’s the way it should be!!! On that note, I’ll do my best to summarize everything that I saw and heard.
Obviously, the two biggest happenings involved the lawsuit Duran is involved with and their upcoming performance on Fashion Rocks.
For those who missed the lawsuit information, which would have been hard to do since the news seemed to be on every news source, both domestically and internationally, the basic idea is that Duran Duran is involved in a lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc., a company they hired to run part of their paid fan club. I wrote a blog in reaction to this piece of information, which you can read here. Of course, there were fans out there who seemed confused or misunderstood due to poorly written headlines and really thought Duran Duran was suing their fans. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Duran Duran released a statement clarifying the situation here. Another good article about the situation could be found at Billboard.com here.
In more positive news, it was announced that Duran Duran would be one of the artists performing in this year’s Fashion Rocks, which will take place and be televised on September 9th. The blog on that is here.
There were lots of little bits of album news released this week as well. First, this month’s Katy Kafe with Simon revealed a number of tidbits. The blog about that is here. Social media also provided some information. John Taylor shared that Hollie Cook visited the studio. Hollie is a British singer who has performed as a solo artist and also as part of the lineup of the Slits. I’m not sure if this means she is working on the album or just visiting. Anyone know? Likewise, there was a studio visit with Natasha Khan of Bats for Lashes. Hollie and Natasha weren’t the only women in the studio as Anna Ross posted that she was in to work on a new track that she says we are going to love! According to her status update, she has worked on quite a few tracks. Beyond the news about who has been in the studio, John also posted a few pictures from the studio, including one with him and a dog, one with Nick and the same dog and one of Mark Ronson. While we are on the topic of the studio, have you checked out the new pictures in the dd.com gallery? If not, go here to see them!
The last pieces of news that caught my attention related to 1980s Duran. First, Buzzfeed posted an article about 6 things you might not have known about the Rio album. If you want to read it, go here. Then, Bop magazine announced that it would no longer publish monthly publications and would only issue special editions. For many of us, Bop magazine was one of THE magazines to provide Duran news and posters! I know that I wasn’t the only one who had many, mnay pictures and posters from Bop magazine decorating my bedroom walls as a kid. Thus, this news makes me sad. Truly, it is the end of an era.
I think that is about it! Of course, there was so much happening that I am sure that I could have missed one, ten or 10,000 things! If so, let me know so that I can edit this post and add it in!!!