On January 22th the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) will be presented by the European Commission in association with the European Music Office, IFPI, IMPALA,GESAC, ICMP/CIEM, MTV and Billboard at the Midem in France.

The European Commission has granted Sarah Bettens’(BE) debutalbum: SCREAM a European Border Breaker Award. The album has been released in Europe by the independent label Flow Records, March 2005.

For the third year running European artists, along with their record companies, authors and publishers, that have recorded the highest sales of a debut album in 2005 within the European Union, but outside their country of production, will be rewarded by the European Union with a European Border Breakers’ Award 2006. Last year one of the awarded artists were Katie Melua (UK) and Raveonettes (DE).
8 winners are selected out of 25 EU Member States for their record sales between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005.
The award highlights the diversity of European music and the potenial of new talents to reach international audience. In addition to the EBBA award, the winners can obtain financial EU support for the organization of a European Tour, including at least 4 EU Member states.

As Sarah Bettens will be performing on a big event in Ahoy (Rotterdam/the Netherlands) from January 20th until 29th, she won’t be able to attend the ceremony at Midem. Therefore the record company will represent her.









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On February 24th the third and fourth albums from the 9 Lives series of the Gun Club will be released . Mother Juno (2CD) and Danse Kalinda Boom (2CD).

The first two editions of the series are available now: the rereleases of the debut solo album of Jeffrey Lee Pierce: Wildweed from 1985, and the Gun Club album Lucky Jim from 1993. Both editions contain never before released material on CD, while Lucky Jim also contains a bonus CD of previously unreleased studio recordings and several over-the-top live performances.

9 LIVES is a project of the Dutch record company Flow Records in collaboration with the Dutch agency Alternative: Willem Venema. Each edition is part of a compilation series of 9 CDs of Jeffrey Lee Pierce & the Gun Club, and will contain re-mastered and re-mixed versions of recordings exclusive to these reissues. To most of the re-releases in the series unique bonus material (studio, live – and outtakes) has been added.
Once, in biting circumstances in 1996, while Jeffrey was recuperating from Hepatitis C at his father’s home in Utah, he suffered a brain aneurysm, fell into a coma, and passed away shortly after at the age of 37 in a Salt Lake City hospital.

The 9 editions (partly double CDs) are compiled by Gene Temesy from New York, Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s biographer and President of GUN CLUB Fan club - generally regarded as the major Pierce specialist/connoisseur of the world. Remixing and re-mastering has been done by Peer Rave (a.o. producer of Henry Rollins and the albums Lucky Jim and Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee). Over the next one and a half years, every three months a new re-release will follow, in special packaging with liner notes, and pages of unique photos.

The conclusion of the series is to be released in Spring 2007. The safe-deposit was filled with boxes of master tapes, including the recordings of the last tour in Europe. There are also ongoing plans to organize a tribute tour in Europe together with several musicians (probably with the original band members) in Spring 2006.

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1. Tindersticks - People Keep Comin’Around
2. dEUS - Great American Nude
3. Cinerex - Feminax
4. Wawadadakwa - Suerte
5. DAAU - Funny Little Feeling
6. Internationals - Ska Nr. 1
7. Think Of One - Nina
8. Mardi Grass BB - Psycholute Well Wicked Remix
9. Millionaire - Come With You
10. Babyjohn - Trip To Paris
11. Guru Jesus - Coming From The Heart
12. Vive La Fête - Nuit Blanche
13. Buscemi - Seaside
14. Lalalover - Negative
15. Soundsurfer - Beautiful

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