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Blur didn't finish new album 'because it was too hot'

Damon Albarn says Blur may never finish an album they started in 2013 because it was "too hot" where they were recording.

Damon Albarn, second left, pictured with Blur in 2012.
Damon Albarn, second left, pictured with Blur in 2012. Credit: Empics

"There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong," the singer, 46, told told NME. "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record.

"There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. "I think that's why we didn't get it finished."

Blur's Alex James bids to launch 'Britpop' drinks

Britpop could be making a comeback in the form of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks if Blur bassist Alex James has his way.

The musician, who became a cheese maker before rejoining his band mates in 2012, has applied to the Intellectual Property Office to trademark a range of drinks with the same name that was coined in the early 1990s.

Alex James was famous for his boozing habits during Blur's heyday. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The term Britpop was used to describe the UK music scene at the time of a fierce rivalry between Blur and Oasis.

James, who has also covered food issues as a journalist and broadcaster, could have his application challenged by rival entrepreneurs.

Read: Blur reunite for first time in three years at intimate gig

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Reunited Blur to debut new songs in Twitter live stream

Reunited Blur are to debut new songs on Twitter.

The band will play two new tracks - which have not been performed in public - in a live web stream next week.

The live stream takes place on Twitter at 6.15pm on July 2 at @blurofficial and there will also be an interview with the band.

Frontman Damon Albarn said: "I wrote these songs for Hyde Park and I'm really excited about getting out there and playing them for people."

Blur to go separate ways after Olympics gig

Blur to go separate ways after Olympics gig
Blur to go separate ways after Olympics gig Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Blur's front man Damon Albarn has revealed that the band will almost certainly go separate ways forever after the Olympics.

The band's final curtain call will be at the Games' closing concert in Hyde Park on August 12th - and there are unlikely to be any more Blur records, the singer said.

Albarn told the Guardian that the Britpop quartet would "end it" after the Olympics gig.

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